Shaelene Murray's sculpture speaks of history, experience, nostalgia, gender and society.

She studied and taught ceramics at East Sydney Technical College, obtaining a First Class Honours Degree in Visual Arts at Sydney  College of the Arts in 1995.

In 2000 Shaelene was a speaker at the Glass Art Society Conference in New York. She exhibited in 'Soft Sculpture' at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2009 and was a finalist in the Wynne Prize in 2013.

An exhibitor of sculpture nationally and internationally 2016 saw Shaelene longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize in the UK  and a finalist in the 2017 Deakin Small Sculpture Prize and 2018 The University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize.

Shaelene is represented by the Stanley Street Gallery 


1992-1995 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours, First Class) Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1991  Creative Jewellery, Randwick TAFE, Sydney NSW
1988  Post-Certificate, Ceramics, East Sydney TAFE, NSW
1987  Ceramics Certificate, East Sydney TAFE, NSW

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Kin, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2013  A Tracing of Thread, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2005  Bouquet, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2005  Ironic Inversion, Glass Art Society Conference, Lions Art Centre, Adelaide, SA
1998  Home on the Range, Centre for Contemporary Craft, Customs House, Sydney, NSW
1995  New Professional Grant Exhibition, Craftspace, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize, finalist, Campbelltown, NSW
2017 On point, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
2017 Deakin Small Sculpture Prize, finalist, VIC
2016  Salon of Infectious Ideas, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
2016  Aesthetica Art prize, Longlisted, York St Marys, York, UK
2015  The Kennedy Prize, Foundation Choice Finalist, Kidman Park, SA
2015  Portraits, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW
2015  sPIN, Australian National Capital Artist's Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2014  Finalist Kennedy Prize - SA
2013  Wynne Prize – finalist, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2009  Soft Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2004  Sister Sister, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
2003  City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart TAS
2002  Bag that! Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
2002  Guild Unlimited, touring to Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh UK for the Craft in the Twenty First Century;
xxxxx Theorising Change and Practice conference
1998  Past Tense – Future Perfect, National Emerging Artists’ Show, Craft West and Fremantle Arts Centre for Contemporary Craft,
xxxxi  Customs House, Sydney NSW
1992  Wearable Glass, Asa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1991  Fifth International Triennial of Ceramics, Sopot, Poland
1990  National Ceramics Award Exhibition, Canberra, ACT


East Sydney Technical College
International and National Private Collections
Manly Gallery, NSW
The Barbara and Oscar Feldman Collection, Detroit, MI, USA

Selected Publications

2013   Art Almanac Exhibition Brief, 26 March 2013
2013   “it is what it is – beyond the debate”, featured exhibitions, artwhatson.com.au, June 2013

Career Development

2013   Speaker, Artist Panel, Wynne Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
2000  Emerging Artist, Speaker, Glass Art Society of America Conference, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York, USA