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Sarah Pirrie is an artist, curator, writer and educator living and working in Darwin, Northern Territory. Pirrie currently works at Charles Darwin University as a Lecturer in Visual Arts and sits on several boards including Tactile Arts Board and City of Darwin, Public Art Advisory Board. Her most recent projects include catalogue and essay Waiting for Water, 2016, place centred responses to the social and environmental context of water in Australia; co-curated exhibition and catalogue Counting Tidelines produced as part of the Darwin Festival and Nomad Arts exhibition, catalogue and educational tool, SECRET WORLD: Carnivorous plants of the Howard sand sheets. Sarah Pirrie’s collaborations commenced with the establishment of Aphids in 1994. Since then Pirrie has worked on interarts projects including (2014) Temporary Territory, Darwin Festival Event collaborating with Simon Cooper and Jakarta based Arts Collective Ruangrupa, (2013) Hidden/Pulse Disturbance by Stray (collaborative team of Sarah Pirrie and Natasha Anderson) at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA).

Pirrie works across a conceptual, site-responsive and often collaborative art practice that incorporates drawing, sculpture, installation events and public interventions. Pirrie’s work has referenced a range of social and environmental issues and is often shaped by local activity and phenomena. Exhibitions include (2016) Waiting for Water, nan Giese Gallery Drawin, Watch this Space, Alice Springs and Pumphouse Point, Tasmania; (2014) Terraforming at Nomad Gallery; (2014) 135th Meridian East curated by André Lawrence at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF); (2014) Botanica & Botanica 2 curated by Cath Bowdler touring Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre and Chan Contemporary Art Space; (2014) Made to Last- the conservation of art curated by Sherryn Vardy at Charles Darwin University Art Gallery; (2012) Runoff at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art; (2012) Art or Cunning? Curated by Alice Buscombe at Watch this Space, (2012) Art on Wheels, curated by Siying Zhou throughout Darwin City; (2011) Cuttings, curated by Rosemary Joy at Linden Contemporary Art Space; (2011) Names on Trees (NOT Project) a Darwin Festival Events at the Jingili Watergardens.

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Research Output

  • 4 Article
  • 2 Book
  • 2 Comment/debate
  • 1 Conference Paper published in Proceedings

Waiting for Water: An Art and Science Collaboration about Water in Three Regions of Australia

Pirrie, S., Jackett, A., Jones, P. J. & Lyon, S., 2018, In : The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 13, 3, p. 9-26 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Winsome Jobling: the nature of paper

    Leach, G., Cameron, A. & Wood, W. (ed.), 12 Aug 2016, Darwin, NT: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. 96 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Connecting the threads of string theory

    Pirrie, S., 2014, In : Art Monthly Australia. 269, p. 16-19 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Yalangbara: Art of the Djang'kawu

    Pirrie, S., 2012, In : Art & Australia. 49, 4, p. 678-678 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Thesis

    Artist with axes: the making of a resource as a contemporary environmental aesthetic

    Author: Pirrie, S., Jun 2011

    Supervisor: Wilson, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    Wax, text, flesh: the materiality of a queer practice

    Author: Van Roden, M., Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Pirrie, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU