Acme Studios — John Dunkley-Smith

Supporting Artists since 1972

John Dunkley-Smith

Australia Council for the Arts Residency

John Dunkley-Smith is an Australian photographer, film maker, painter, and installation artist. Since the late 1970s, he has made an enduring foundational contribution to analogue and digital, time-based, and venue-specific installation practice in Australia. Initially trained as a painter, John’s work with film and multiple slide projection installations date from the mid-1970s when he was living in London. His installations are characterized by duplicate and triplicate screens and sequences of images of time-based works that utilize procedural methods addressing the relation of pattern to indeterminacy, aspects of representation, and audience desire.

John's films, installations and/or paintings have been exhibited throughout Australia, in the UK and USA and in Europe, Japan and New Zealand at: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (1988); Institute of ModernArt, Brisbane (1980, 1981, 1985, 1989); The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (1993); The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2002); Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2009); Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2005, 2011).

Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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