Vivienne Binns

Vivienne Binns: Enamels at Conners Conners

Conners Conners is presenting a solo exhibition of enamels by Vivienne Binns. The exhibition at Fitzroy Town Hall, Naarm/Melbourne will bring together a varied array of enamelled works from throughout Binns’s career, revealing the breadth of her experimentation and approach.

Showcasing iconic two-dimensional works alongside rarely exhibited enamelled goblets and copper-based sculpture from archives and private collections across Australia, the exhibition highlights the ways in which process and relationships have remained consistent, animating currents underscoring the artist’s manifold career.

Vivienne Binns: Enamels
Conners Conners (Fitzroy Town Hall, Naarm/Melbourne)
16 May – 15 June, 2024

Vivienne Binns in ‘Staging Oneself’ at Cairns Art Gallery

Vivienne Binns’ video work Self-portrait Self-image (1980) is featured in the group exhibition ‘Staging Oneself: Photography and New Media Self-Portraits by Women Artists’ currently on show at Cairns Art Gallery.

Staging Oneself examines the creative ways in which contemporary women artists use role play, disguise, and self-portraiture to explore womanhood and female identity within the public and private spheres. Using photography and new media, these self-portraits reveal a complex interpretation and understanding of identity informed by real and imagined experiences.

Vivienne Binns’ video work Self-portrait Self-image (1980) consists of an interview and a two-channel slideshow – one depicting the life of her mother Joyce, and the other revealing events from corresponding years in the artist’s life. The artist’s work seeks to give value to hitherto ignored, and subverted aspects of women’s lives, questioning notions of self-identity, along with the colliding public and private worlds inhabited.

Staging Oneself: Photography and New Media Self-Portraits by Women Artists
Cairns Art Gallery
24 February – 19 May 2024

Vivienne Binns and Elizabeth Gower at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Works by Vivienne Binns and Elizabeth Gower are included in the landmark group exhibition Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now | Part 2 at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG). On tour from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), this exhibition follows on from the success of the first iteration that took place at the NGA in 2020.

A celebration, a commitment and a call to action, Know My Name is a gender equity initiative of the National Gallery of Australia, celebrating the work of all women artists with an aim to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now | Part 2
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
25 November 2023 – 18 February 2024

Exhibition Catalogue ‘Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface’

Available now through the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Monash University.

Edited by Anneke Jaspers and Hannah Mathews, softcover, 33.5 x 24.2cm, 280 pages

‘Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface’ now open at the MCA

A partnership between the MCA and Monash University Museum of Art, ‘Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface’ brings together over 100 artworks spanning six decades alongside a rich selection of archival materials. Curated by Anneke Jaspers, Senior Curator, Collection, MCA and Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator, MUMA.

MCA 15th July – 25th September 2022.

Vivienne Binns at the NGV

Vivienne Binns is included in 𝘘𝘜𝘌𝘌𝘙: 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘎𝘝 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
𝘘𝘜𝘌𝘌𝘙 shines a light on the NGV Collection to examine and reveal the queer stories works of art can tell. This exhibition of works from the NGV Collection spans historical eras and diverse media including painting, drawing, photography, decorative arts, fashion, video, sculpture, and design and explores queerness as an expression of sexuality and gender, a political movement, a sensibility, and as an attitude that defies fixed definition.
On at the National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, 10 March 22 – 21 August, 2022.

‘Doing Feminism: Women’s Art and Feminist Criticism in Australia’ by Anne Marsh

Doing Feminism represents over 220 artists and groups including Catherine Bell, Kate Beynon, Vivienne Binns, Anne Ferran, Elizabeth Gower, Sara Hughes, Helen Johnson, Laresa Kosloff, Lindy Lee, Rosslynd Piggott, Nusra Latif Qureshi and Jane Trengove, with 370 colour illustrations punctuated by extracts from artists’ statements, curatorial writing and critique.

Tracking networks of art practice, exhibitions, protest and critical thought over several generations, Marsh demonstrates the innovation and power of women’s art and the ways in which it has influenced and changed the contemporary art landscape in Australia and internationally. 

Language: English
Pages: 544
Illustrations: Colour
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780522877588

Vivienne Binns at MUMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2022

Since the 1960s, Binns’ ground-breaking work has played an important role in the evolution of feminist, collaborative, community-based and studio practice.

A new retrospective of her work titled On And Through The Surface will show at Monash University Museum of Art from February 5 – April 2022, then at the Museum of Contemporary Art from July 15 – September 25, 2022.

The exhibition will encompass over 100 key works and cover six decades of Binns’s practice, spanning painting, drawing, assemblage and collaborative projects, loaned from public and private collections as well as the artist.

Major works by Vivienne Binns, Nicholas Mangan acquired by Tate/MCA

We are thrilled to announce that major works by Vivienne Binns and Nicholas Mangan have been jointly acquired by Tate, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. The acquisitions were made possible through a corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation that has enabled both museums to expand their collections each year, bringing the work of Australian artists to new global audiences. Binns and Mangan join a group of esteemed Australian artists–among them Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson–whose work has been acquired as part of this ambitious program.

7 Sutton Gallery artists featured in landmark National Gallery of Australia initiative ‘Know My Name’

Kate Beynon, Vivienne Binns, Anne Ferran, Elizabeth Gower, Helen Johnson, Lindy Lee and Rosslynd Piggott are included in Know My Name: Australia Women Artists 1900 to Now. A gender equity initiative of the NGA, Know My Name features a program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships that highlight the diversity and creativity of women artist throughout history and to the present day.