Kate Rohde completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Since then she has become known for her intensely colourful jewellery and sculptural object based practice, nowadays working predominately with resin and hand casting techniques.

Recent exhibitions include Luminous Realms, a solo survey of her work since 2006 at Craft, Magic Object; the 2016 Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 21st Century Heide at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and Obsessed: Compelled to make, at the Australian Design Centre. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Rigg Design Prize at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Other projects include collaborating with Sydney fashion house Romance was Born on their 2010/11 S/S collections Renaissance Dinosaur and 2011 A/W Fruits and Flowers. Her work is held in the collections of several institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and Bendigo Art Gallery. 

Kate is represented by Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne.

Photo by Tobias Titz

Photo by Tobias Titz

Curriculum Vitae

 Lives and works in Melbourne


1998 – 2001 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Victorian College of the Arts


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2018 – HomegrownPieces of Eight Gallery Melbourne VIC

2017 – Striking a rich vein Artspace at Realm, Ringwood, VIC

            Art/Jewellery Ten Cubed, Melbourne, VIC

2016 – Luminous Realms Craft, Melbourne, VIC

           Ornament Crimes 2 Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2015 – Golden Age Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, VIC

2013 – Ornament Crimes Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, VIC

2012 – Hybrid Geology Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, VIC

            Atlantis Melbourne Art Fair, Karen Woodbury Gallery stand, Melbourne VIC

2010 – Fantasma Koishikawa Annex, University Museum, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2009 – Crystalised Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

            Kaiservilla University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD

2008 – Flourish TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, VIC

2007 - In my nature Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006 – Some kind of empire  Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, VIC

            Vicious Precious  Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, VIC

2005 – Chateau Fatale  Westspace Inc., Melbourne, VIC

2004 – The Big Chill Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, ACT

            Perfect Specimen Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2003 – Taxidermy Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2002 – Cabin Fever TCB art inc. Melbourne, VIC


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 - Floribunda Newcastle Region Art Gallery Newcastle NSW

2018 – Curiouser & curiouser Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Bathurst NSW

Monster Mash Benalla Art Gallery Benalla VIC

Craftivism Shepparton Art Museum Shepparton VIC

Fantastical Worlds MAAS Museum Sydney NSW

This Wild Song Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn VIC

Deakin Small Sculpture Prize Deakin University Art Gallery Burwood VIC

Flame Seed Incinerator Art Space Willoughby NSW

Wild: Flora and fauna in Australian art  Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Windsor NSW 

Odile Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens Dandenong VIC

            Chaos & Order RMIT Gallery Melbourne VIC

            Obsessed: Compelled to make Australian Design Centre Sydney NSW

2017 – Regale Craft, Melbourne,VIC

           Neon Summer Glasshouse Port Macquarie Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW

           Animal Kingdom The Johnston Collection, Melbourne VIC

           Collective Vision; 130 years Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC

           Crafting Civic Pride Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC

2016 – Magic Object, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Art Gallery of South Australia,

           Adelaide SA

           At home: Modern Australian Design Old Government House, Parramatta, NSW

           Fantastic worlds Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton QLD

           Wild thing: Animals in Contemporary Australian Art Mosman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

           Birds: Flight Paths in Australian Art Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery,

           Mornington VIC

2015 – Rigg Design Prize National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

           21st Century Heide Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC

           Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious The University of Queensland Art   

           Museum, Brisbane QLD

2014 – Express Yourself; Romance was Born for kids National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 


           Transit Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC

           In Your Dreams Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2013 – Melbourne Now National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC

           Diorama Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

           Airborn McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Langwarrin, VIC

           Suspended in Pink Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2012 – The rapture of death Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC

           Man and beast Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

           The bride, the ship and the wardrobe (collaboration with Romance was Born)

            The Johnston Collection, Melbourne, VIC

            Like Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, NSW

            Haunts and follies Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne VIC

            McClelland sculpture survey and award McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery,

            Langwarrin, VIC

2011 – Pagan Pop Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra ACT

           Curious Colony S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

 2010 – McClelland sculpture survey and award McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery,

            Langwarrin, VIC

            Your Move: Australian artists play chess Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo VIC

            Shifting Sands Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea, NSW

            Renaissance Dinosaur (collaboration with Romance Was Born) Karen Woodbury

            Gallery, Melbourne, VIC             

            Curious Colony Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2009 – Code Share Contemporary Art Centre (Šiuolaikinio Meno Centras) Vilnius, Lithuania

            Mute relics Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

            Quirky Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

            Strange eden Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2008 – Handle with care: Adelaide Biennial of Australian art  Art Gallery of South Australia,

            Adelaide SA

            Look: new perspectives on the contemporary collection National Gallery of Victoria,

            Melbourne, VIC

            Neo Goth: back in black The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD

            New Millenium Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Lismore, NSW

            Melbourne Artfair Kaliman Gallery Stall, Melbourne, VIC

            New The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD

            The contemporary collage John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne VIC

2007 – Voiceless: I feel therefore I am Sherman Galleries, Sydney, NSW

            Culture Trackers 24HR Art, Darwin, NT

            Art & about AMP Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

            Decadence, decay and the demimonde Home House, London, United Kingdom

            4αXY Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney, NSW

            B-side B Blindside ARI, Melbourne, VIC

2006 – Strange Cargo Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

            Flaming Youth Orange Regional Art Gallery, Orange, NSW

            Home Goal: Diversity in contemporary Australian art from the collection of Dr Dick

            Quan Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

            Beckon Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Perth, WA

            Shelf life MOP Projects, Sydney, NSW

            Fantastic Voyage Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

            The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award Werribee Park, Werribee, VIC

2004 – She’s Crafty Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, NSW

            Material Fiction Blindside ARI, Melbourne, VIC

            Supernatural (a collaboration with Kate Just) Horti Hall Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2003 – Home Sweet Home, Works from the Peter Fay Collection National Gallery of                 

            Australia, Canberra, ACT

            Animality The Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand

2002 – New Art Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, NSW

            Creatures George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

            Only the Lonely Block Gallery, Sydney, NSW



2015 – Finalist, Rigg Design Prize

            Finalist, Victorian Craft Award, Craft

2012 – Finalist, Mc Clelland Sculpture Survey and Award

2010 – Finalist, Mc Clelland Sculpture Survey and Award

2006 – Finalist, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award

            Finalist, Ripe: ANZ private bank / Art and Australia Emerging Artists Prize

2005 – Participant, ABN Amro Emerging Artists Prize

2004 – Postcard Prize Winner, Linden Postcard Show

2000 – National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Encouragement Award, VCA

           Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts


Grants / Residencies / Commissions:

2017 – Gallery Heronswood Scupture Commission Heronswood historic house and garden,

           Dromana, VIC

2016 – Australia Council for the Arts New work grant

2014 – Artist-in-Residence St Josephs College, Hunters Hill, New South Wales

           Workshop facilitator Ernabella Arts, A.P.Y  Lands, South Australia

           Workshop facilitator Ikuntji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory

2013 – Workshop facilitator Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Art Centre) Torres Strait,  


           Artist-in-residence Geelong Grammar School, Corio Campus

2010 – Australia Council for the Arts New work grant

2009 – Artist-in-Residence University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

2008 – Arts Victoria Creation grant

            Asialink Residency, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo

2007 – Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2006 – Culture Trackers Program, 24hr Art residency, Oenpelli, Northern Territory

2004 – Australia Council for the Arts new work grant

2003 – City of Melbourne Arts Grant




National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of South Australia

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

The University of Queensland Art Museum

Bendigo Art Gallery

Deakin University

State Library of Victoria

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Gold Coast Art Gallery

Museum of Applied Arts and Science 

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology



Inga Walton Creatures great and small, Trouble Magazine Issue 147, July 2017

Stephen Todd Decorative arts making a comeback in design world, AFR magazine, February 21, 2017

Gillian Serisier I want this apartment to be f@#$*d up, Australian Design Review, April 4, 2017

Lisa Slade Magic Object Catalogue essay, February 2016

Simone LeAmon Rigg Design Prize Catalogue essay, September 2015

Din Heagney Rigg Design Prize NGV Gallery Magazine September/October 2015 pg 42 & 47

Simone LeAmon In Studio: Kate Rohde NGV Gallery Magazine, March/April 2015, pp. 34-41

Nicholas Forrest Kate Rohde’s psychedelic geological jewellery designs Blouin Artinfo, June 13 2013 http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/914083/kate-rohdes-psychedelic-geological-jewellery-designs

Lucy Feagins Ornament crimes The Design Files, June 10, 2013 http://thedesignfiles.net/2013/06/kate-rohde-ornament-crimes/

Georgie Moore The art of enchantment Issimo Magazine, June 19, 2013 http://www.issimomag.com/2013/06/19/kate-rohde/

Rachael Watts Atlantis Q&A MAF catalogue for Karen Woodbury Gallery, August 2012

Robert Nelson Melbourne Art Fair 2012 The Age, August 3, 2012

John Mangan Six burning questions for Kate Rohde The Age, July 29, 2012

Mik Grigg The chronicles of Fairhall The Age, July 8, 2012

Delima Shanti Kate Rohde’s hybrid geology Broadsheet April 23,2012

Megan Backhouse In the galleries  The Age, April 21, 2012

Prue Gibson The rapture of death pp 38-39 & p 43 & p 67, Boccalatte, Sydney, 2010

Dan Rule Prehistory parades panache The Age, August 23, 2010

Robert Nelson Crystalised The Age, December 9, 2009

Ingrid Periz In my nature Australian Art Collector, Issue 50, October – December, pp.182-185

Prue Gibson Beastly tales Vogue Australia, March 2009

Lisa Slade Unnatural causes New catalogue essay, November 2008

Prue Gibson Sweet Mortality Australian Art Review, issue 17, November – January 2008/09, pp 62 – 64

Felicity Fenner Critic’s choice Australian Art Collector, issue 46, October – December 2008, p 132

Steven Alderton New Millenium New millennium catalogue essay, July 2008

Lisa Slade The thrall of the skull Neo goth: back in black catalogue essay, pp 25 – 26

Justine Khamara Kate Rohde: Flourish Artlink, volume 28, No. 3, 2008

Jenna Blyth An enclosed space Flourish catalogue essay, April 2008

Felicity Fenner Felicity Fenner speaks with eight artists from ‘Handle with care’ Art and Australia, volume 45, no.3, Autumn 2008, pp 344 – 349

Lisa Slade Responsible Hunting Handle with care catalogue essay, p 50

Jenna Blyth Kate Rohde Untitled: Portraits of Australian artists by Sonia Payes, pp 284 – 289, July 2007

Carmel Dwyer Collector: Dick Quan Australian Art Collector, Issue 41 July – September 2007

Daniel Palmer Looking back: solo shows Frieze Issue 104, January/February 2007

Kate Van Den Boogert Animal magnetism Vogue Living Australia, July/August 2007

Sebastian Smee Beastly goings on The Weekend Australian, March 2007

Tracey Clement Taxidermy meets mardi gras The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2007

Lisa Slade Return to wonder Strange cargo catalogue essay, October 2006

Rebecca Cannon Kate Rohde Un Magazine, issue 7, March 2006

Din Heagney Faux Chateau Nylon Magazine, March 2006

Pilar Arevalo Rohde kill Russh Magazine, November 2005

Margie Borschke Get the picture Harpers Bazaar Australia, September 2005

Dominique Angeloro Get Stuffed The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2004

Charmian Smith Gory Creations Pose Serious Questions Otago Daily Times, June 2003

Lenny Ann Low and Peter Hill Grin and Bare it The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2003