Madeleine Preston is a Sydney based artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. The current focus of her practice is how people choose to remember the past and how and what they choose to forget. She is a director of Home@735 Gallery in Redfern


My work includes oil paintings, installation, and three-dimensional pieces, my choice of material and medium is informed by the content. My recent work has focussed on the past and how we choose to remember and how we forget. Recent exhbitions include Intolerable Leisure and Bad Mannerism curated by Chelsea Lehmann at Galerie Pom Pom, Glazed and Confused curated by Lynda Draper at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, and Gertrude Contemporary’s annual Octopus series Octopus13:On this day alone curated by Glenn Barkley.

In 2016 I was a finalist in the Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, and in 2017 won the highly commended prize in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. I am currently the co-director of Home@735 Gallery in Redfern. In 2017 I undertook a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris followed in August 2018 with a residency at the Slade/Camden Arts Centre London Summer Intensive. In April 2019 I undertook a sculpture fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in the US.


2018            Intolerable Leisure, Pom Pom Gallery, Sydney
2017            DEIY collaboration w/Michael Filocamo, 55 Sydenham, Sydney
2016            Tanagras Archive: The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2015            Tanagras Archive: The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Archive, Sydney
2013            Aerogramme Mailbox 141, Melbourne
2013            Don’t Look Back Firstdraft, Sydney
2013            to each… Current Projects @ Ryan Renshaw Windowbox, Brisbane
2012            Don’t Look Back Inflight, Hobart
2012            Great Wall Branch3D, Sydney
2012            The future is known (curator) Firstdraft DEPOT, Sydney
2011            Darlinghurst Eats its Young - redux, Sawtooth, Launceston
2011            Child’s Play II, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
2011            Artlist - Image, GAFFA, Sydney CBD, Sydney
2010            Child’s Play Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Marrickville Council, Camperdown, Sydney
2010            Snapshot - Darlinghurst Eats its Young, Sedition, Darlinghurst, Sydney


2010            Three Storey Facade, St Hilliers for NSW State Rail, Glenfield, Sydney


2019            Sydney Contemporary, Blackartprojects curated by Georgia Hobbs into Art Money booth, Carriageworks
2019            The Fridge Show
Dinney House, VSC, Johnson Vermont
2018            London Summer Intensive Showcase
 Camden Arts Centre, London

2018            Bad Mannerism - curated by Chelsea Lehmann
 Pom Pom Gallery, Sydney
2018            Clay Date, Art Month, 541 Art Space, Sydney
2017            Recent Paintings, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
2017            Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize,
 Special commendation prize,
 Woollahra, Sydney
2016            Eutick Memorial Still Life Award,(Finalist) Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,Coffs Harbour
2016            Guilty Pleasures, Kensington Cotemporary, Sydney
2016            2016 Archibald, Wynne & Sulman, (Finalist in the Sulman) The Art Gallery of NSW
, Sydney
2016            The Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award 
(Finalist), The Arts Centre Gold Coast, QLD
2016            Stuck in the Mud, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2016            OverUnderSidewaysDown, curator Glenn Barkley, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney
2016            The 64th Blake Prize, (Finalist) Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
2016            Hashtag Winning, The Bearded Tit, Sydney
2015            Likeness, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne
2015            Outsiders, Imposters & Aliens, Dominik Mersch Curators Award, Dominik Mersch, Sydney
2015            City of Hobart Art Prize (Finalist) Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
2015            Mosman Art Prize (Finalist) Mosman Art Gallery,  Sydney
2015            Not Singing:A Poetics of Protest, Affiliated Text, Sydney
2015            Bookmarked, STILLS Gallery, Sydney
2014            Glazed and Confused, curator Lynda Draper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
2014            BUNKERED, Branch3D, Sydney
2013            Low Relief, One Night Stand series, curator Connie Anthes, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
2013            on this day alone-Octopus 13 curator Glenn Barkley, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
2013            Cement Town: Placing Cementa13 at Kandos, curator Jo Holder, XAP, Sydney
2013            Counter Intuitive, Cementa13, Kandos, NSW 
2012            Over here, INDEX, St Peters, Sydney
2011            As it Stands, The Papermill, Sydney CBD, Sydney
2011            The Piracy Project - AND Publishing, Byam Shaw School of Art, London
2011            Home World, e-flux Agency of Unrealised Projects archive -


2019             Vermont Studio Centre, Sculpture Fellowship, VSC Vermont, USA
2018             The London Summer Intensive - Residency, The Slade School of Art & Camden Arts Centre
2018             Copyright Agency Limited, Ignite Grant
2017             Development Grants Individuals and Groups, Australia Council for the Arts
2017             NSW Artist Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
2017-18        Art Gallery of NSW Moya Dyring Residency Studio Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2014             Artist in Residence at TAFE Sydney Institute Ceramic Design Studio, Gymea, NSW
2013             Woollahra Council Artist in Residency Program, EJ Ward Centre, Paddington, NSW
2012             Haefliger’s Cottage Residency, Hill End, Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
2011-12        First Draft Depot Studio, Residency 


2000             Royal Melb Institute of Technology University, MA Fine Arts 


National Gallery of Australia, Private


2016             States of Non-Being, Catalogue essay, Monumentalism, Nov 2016, KUDOS Gallery, Sydney
2016             Stuck In The Mud, Catalogue essay, Stuck in the Mud, September 2016, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2015             Guest Editor, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 54/3 November 2015
2012             Occult to do list 1988/2012 - review of Ms&Mr’s exhibition DAS 500 10/10/12
2012             Austral Ave:An experiment in living with art - Jane O’Neill ed. book review for
                    DAS SUPERPAPER  Issue 24 31/8/12
2012             Isolation One is the loneliest number - article on studio practice for DAS 500 14/2/12 
2011             Through Line - review of Georgina Pollard’s exhibition DAS 500 13/11/11
2010             Making Ideas Happen - Scott Belsky book review for FORTUNE GREY 12/12/10 


2018-19       Sessional Staff Representative NAS Academic Board, National Art School, Sydney
2018-19       Masters Supervisor, National Art School, Sydney
2017-19       Casual Academic National Art School, Sydney
2012-19       Casual Academic UNSW | Art & Design, Sydney
2015            Professional Practice (short course) National Art School, Sydney 
2014            ‘The museum in the expanded field’ AAANZ Geo Critical December 2014, Launceston
2014            Articles of Photographic Faith 3rd Int.Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference Pera Museum,Turkey


2019            Concept to Practice, The Sculpture Issue, The Journal of Aust. Ceramics, Vol 58 No2 Juy 2019 
2018            What Next, Jane O’Sullivan, Art Collector, Vol 84 Apr - Jun, 2018
2016            Clay, Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson, October 2016
2016            Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at the Ian Potter, Audrey Schmidt, Art Monthly, 7.12.16
2016            Commentary|Garth Clark: Are Australian Ceramics at the Tipping Point? cfile daily 14.11.16
2016            Contemporaries, Q&A with Kilnit artists, 7.9.16
2016            Stuck in the Mud, Art Almanac, 2.9.16
2016            Arts Thursday, Eastside Radio, Bronwyn Rennex interview, 1.9.16
2016            In Every Direction “Overundersidewaysdown”, Toni Warburton, Art Monthly, Issue 291/Aug 2016
2016            Undiscovered, Harriet Flavel, Art Collector, Vol 76 Apr - Jun, 2016
2016            The Comforts Funds Makers, Tai Snaith, Bus Projects catalogue essay, 8.6.16 - 25.6.16
2016            Arts Thursday, East Side Radio, Bronwyn Rennex interview, 26/5/16
2016            ABC News 24 The Mix 16-04-16, ABC TV, James Valentine interview, 16.4.16
2016            20 Things to see, hear and do this weekend, Sharne Wolff, Shortlist, SMH, 15.4.16
2016            Material thinking & sustainability in contemporary ceramics, Altair Roelant Artlink 36: 1.3.16
2016            Etsy or Regretsy, Gina Fairley,, 8/3/16
2016            What to see at Art Month this year, Sammy Preston, Broadsheet, 18/1/16
2015            Something’s been brewing at Dominik Mersch Gallery, Artist Profile, 1/10/15
2015            Visual Art, Patricia Anderson, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 4/7/15
2015            Tanagras Archive:The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Stella Rosa McDonald,
                    The Art Life 22.6.15
2015            Documentary shows reaction to cutting edge art festival in Kandos, Sam Paine, 
                    Mudgee Guardian 8.3.15
2014            Glazed and Confused Lynda Draper, Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 53/3 November 2014
2014             Visit Kandos Cement a Friendship Ann Finegan on Cementa, Artlink,Vol.34/4 December 2014
2014             A new way of experiencing visual art Radio National Weekend Arts Melanie Tait
2014             Fuzzy Logic, Talking Data and the Aesthetics of the inifintely small at CMA2014, 
                     Connie Anthes, Runway Australian Experimental Art 25/7/14
2014             15.02.14, Home @735 Gallery Meredith Birrell, The Art Life, 28/02/14
2014             Review: Low Relief, Damien Minton Gallery Chloe Wolifson,Das Platform, 20/01/14
2014             11.01.14, Home@735 Gallery James Compton,Das Platform, 20/01/14
2013             Damien Minton Gallery - One Night Stand:Low Relief, Glen Locklee, sixtoeight, 19/12/13
2013             Woollahra Artist in Residence interview, Eastside Radio, Natalie Penova, 7/10/13
2013             Your weekend: In the Galleries, Dan Rule, The Age, 10/8/13
2013             …to each”, Amy Clare McCarthy, Essay from Brisbane ARI Current Project’s DISPATCH
2013             Local ARI Project launches national exchange program, Linsey Rendell, 
                     What is on in  Brisbane - The Weekend Edition 3/05/13
2013             Art from Kandos makes waves in Kings Cross,  Sam Paine, Mudgee Guardian 6/03/13
2013             Four Make Home of New Digs, Emma Schiller, Wentworth Courier 27/02/13
2013             Artist brings image of Kandos art movement to life, Sam Paine, Mudgee Guardian 6/02/13
2012             Interview with Jesse Cox about The Future is known, FBI Canvas, 19/02/12
2011             Communicating a Time and Place, Mary Machen, The Launceston Examiner, 19/11/11
2011             Bottling Blondes - Social Musings of Cut & Paste, Tangent Magazine, 15/6/11
2010             Interview with Nell Greco about Child’s Play, FBI Canvas, 10/10/10
                     darlinghurst-eats-its-young-photos-from-inner-city-sydney, Jason Gee, 8/10/10
2010             Its child’s play, The Inner City Weekender, Issue 10, 8/10/10
2010             Re–Invent Re–Interpret Re–Make, Lou Pardi, Beat, 4.8.10
2010             Brushstrokes with artist Madeleine Preston, The Brag, 17.5.10
2010             Everything Except a Barbershop Quartet, Adam Fulton, Sydney Morning Herald, 14.5.10