Sean Rafferty

Sean Rafferty

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Born 1979, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland. Lives in Sydney, Australia

2008 MFA, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Selected Solo Exhibitions/Projects

2014 Cartonography, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
2014 Rockingham, Roscommon Arts Centre, Ireland

2013 Monuments of Fiction, West Space, Melbourne

2011 Violent Light (in association with Gallery 9), Chauvel Cinema, Sydney

2010 Photo-Synthesis, Locksmith Project Space, Sydney
2010 The Arcadia Project GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney (toured to The Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane and Craft Victoria, Melbourne)
2010 Journey to Arcadia, NSW, No Frills ARI, Brisbane

2009 Ghost Mountain Mop Projects, Sydney

2008 Home Theatre, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2007 Projection (Bleach), Kings ARI, Melbourne
2007 Transit Luggage Series, Imperial Arcade, Sydney

2006 Transitory Projects, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2005 Paper Crane, Gallery Wren, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Motion Pictures, PYT, Fairfield Sydney, curated by David Capra and Kate Blackmore

Bergie Seltz, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Strange Histories, Fairfield Museum & Gallery, curated by Sandra di Palma and Vaughan O'Connor, Sydney

Winter Screening Program, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists, Artspace, Sydney
2020 Curated by Robert Lake, Breezeblock, Sydney

Principle Matter, CAST, Hobart, curated by Jai McKenzie

Bad Angle, Stills Gallery, Sydney, curated by Clare Lewis
Talking Pictures Artspace, Sydney, curated by Melanie Oliver
Group Show, Gallery 9, Sydney

Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney
Draught, Tinsheds Gallery, Sydney
Big Thoughts, MOP Projects, Sydney

Unto the Breach (Dear Friends), Firstdraft Gallery

Itʼs All Been Done Before, Firstdraft Gallery, curated by Daniel Green
Backdrop, Bus Gallery, Melbourne
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney

Raise High the Roof Beams, Bus Gallery, Melbourne
From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come), 1⁄2 Doz.: Chauvel, Sydney
Fray- The Gift Project, Blacktown Regional Gallery, Sydney

Better Than It Really Is, Inflight, Hobart, Tasmania
Rumours, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Curated by Kathryn Gray
Greenhorns, Australian Galleries, Works on Paper, Sydney
ABN AMRO 2006 Emerging Artist Award, Aurora Place, Sydney


2014 Firestation Studios, Dublin Ireland
2014 Waverley Council Arist-in-Residence
2013 New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2013 Artspace Studio Residency, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2010 Artspace Studio Residency, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2009 Fraserstudios Residency, Ultimo, Sydney
2007 Winner, Hazelhurst Prize, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
2006 Cites Internationale Residency, Paris, France (Oct-Dec 2007)
2005 Studio Residency, Gallery Wren, Sydney


Rafferty, Sean, (pageworks [Composition 1 & 2]) Dupe Magazine issue 2, pp12-15, 2013
Downes, Briony, Principle Matter, Art Guide Australia, pp 47-48 Jan/Feb 2013
Rafferty, Sean, Artist-Run and Artist-Led, London and Non-London Initiatives in the UK, pp 72-75, runway issue 22, 2012.
Mudie, Ella, Talking Pictures, runway magazine, issue 19, Life, 2011
Oliver, Melanie, Talking Pictures, Column 8, p51, 2011.
Farmer, Margaret, Bad Angle, Artlink, volume 31 no.3, 2011
Marnie-Robertson, Zoe, Sean Rafferty, das Super Paper, issue 17, p9, 2011
Clarke, Suzanna, Rafferty's Message Bears Fruit, Courier Mail, 1 Jan 2011
Rafferty, Sean, Branding Exercises, Column, issue 6, pp 15-23, 2010
Sean Rafferty, Artist Profile, issue 13, 2010
The Lie of the Land, runway magazine, issue 15 Lies, p36, 2009
Screen Burn, Locksmith Project, Issue 2, 2009
Zettel, Tessa, Under Construction: Approaching Sean Raffertyʼs Ghost Mountain, Locksmith Project, Issue 1, p26-28, 2009
Tovey, Josephine, Sean Rafferty, Spectrum, SMH, p18, Jan 24-25, 2009
Artlife, Dead Set,, Jan 20, 2009
Middleton, Jaki, Editoral, runway issue 12, p2, 2009
Hughes, Grace, Cardboard Transition, Cofa Art and Design: issue 20: summer 2008 Fortesque, Elizabeth, Houses of Cardboard, Daily Telegraph, p77, 28/04/06
Lobley, Katrina, Domain, Sydney Morning Herald, p4, 27/04/06
Domain Events, Wren Flies The Coop, Sydney Morning Herald, 29/09/05 pg 4
Rafferty, Sean, Projection (observing the residue), runway, issue six: watching, p54, Oct 2005 Cubby, Ben, Culture Shock, Spotlight, Metropolitan, Sydney Morning Herald, 14/11/2004

Other Roles

2015- Registrar, Artbank, Sydney
2013-2014 Founder/manager of Breezeblock project space
2011-2012 Studios of Damien Hirst, London, Studio Technician
2009-2011 Runway Magazine editorial board member
2009-2011 Projectionist at Chauvel Cinema, Sydney
2005-2008 Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Gallery Assistant
2006-2007 Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Co-director