Deborah Beck: CV





1973-76    Diploma in Art, National Art School and Alexander Mackie CAE

2007-09    Master of Arts (Research), History, University of Sydney. April 2010

2011    Accredited as a Professional Historian (MPHA) by the Australian Professional Historians Association, NSW



1979-2000    Part-time teacher, painting and drawing, Goulburn andRiverina CAE, St George College of TAFE,COFA, UNSW, National Art School (1986 painting lecturer), Hornsby TAFE, UWS

1996-2009    Painting teacher, Meadowbank TAFE ( Sydney Gallery School)

2005-2017    Archivist, historian and collections manager, National Art School.

2013-2014    Oral historian, City of Sydney Council

2000-2016    Lecturer, Drawing Department, National Art School, Darlinghurst



2017        Rayner Hoff: the life of a sculptor, Deborah Beck, NewSouth Publishing, March

2011        Set in Stone: the Cell Block Theatre, Deborah Beck, UNSW press, April

2005    Hope in Hell: a history of Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School, Deborah Beck, Allen and Unwin, November


2017        Curator, Rayner Hoff: life and art, Rayner Hoff Project Space, NAS, March

2016    Co-Curator, Ann Thomson and Contemporaries, NAS Gallery, May-July

2013    Co-Curator, Dobell Legacy, NAS Gallery, Aug-Oct

2012    Curator, Out of the Box: Kerry Dundas photographs 1944-88, Project Space, National Art School, October.

2011    Co-Curator Set in Stone, National Art School Gallery, April

2008        Co-Curator Lines of Fire, National Art School Gallery, July-August.



2016        Anzac Community Grant, for research re Anzac War Memorial, Sydney

2013        Australia Council for the Arts, residency London Sept-Oct    

2012    NSW Premier’s History Award, presented by the NSW Government and the State Library, for Set in Stone: the Cell Block Theatre

2009        History Publication Sponsorship Grant, City of Sydney Council, Set in Stone

2005    History Publication Sponsorship Grant, City of Sydney Council, Hope in Hell

2005    Recipient of the National Art School Residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (September-October)

2000    Recipient of a NAVA Marketing Grant, for publication of catalogue for Paintings in Stone



2017        Deco Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney

2014        Memento Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney

2012        Unrecognised Wilson Street Gallery at Danks, Sydney

2010        Mirrored Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney

2006        The Cars That Ate Paris Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

2003        Grilles and Grids Gallery SP, Sydney

2002        Small Works on Canvas Gallery SP, Sydney

2001        Paintings in Stone War Memorial Art Gallery, Sydney University

2000        Fragments UTS Gallery, Sydney

Chairs King Street Gallery, Sydney

1998        Facade King Street Gallery, Sydney

1995        Sideshow Access Art Gallery, Sydney

1993        Song Paintings Access Art Gallery, Sydney

1992        Ceilings Access Art Gallery, Sydney

1989        Recent Paintings Distlefink Gallery, Melbourne

1989        Dixon St Paintings Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

1987        Shop Paintings Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

Works on Paper Hogarth Galleries, Sydney



2017         Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery, December 2017

2016        Drawing Conversations, Rayner Hoff project Space, National Art School, Sydney

2014     Transforming, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, China, Living with Art, Drawing as Thought, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney

2010-12    Dobell Prize for Drawing, finalist, Art Gallery of NSW

2012    Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition, finalist, SH Ervin Gallery 2012         From Paper, Beijing Art Space, Beijing, China

2008        Albany Art Prize, Western Australia

2007-13    Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney

2001-07    Hazelhurst Art Award – Art on Paper, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery

2003        Blake Prize, finalist, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney

2003    Love Letter to China – Drawings by 35 Australian Artists, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and tour of work to China 2003 – 2004

2003        Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Gallery

2003        Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2003        Waterhouse Natural History Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide

2002        Hobart City Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

Sulman Prize Exhibition, finalist, Art Gallery of NSW

2001        Ignite Cell Block Theatre, NAS, East Sydney

1997        Surface Tension Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney University

1996-2009    Defiance, Newtown – 6” shows and Still Life exhibition

1974-1994    Exhibited in various group shows, including Goulburn Regional Gallery, Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, Blaxland Gallery, Cell Block Theatre, Bonython and Macquarie Galleries, Sydney


1984-2017 – multiple reviews, catalogues, magazines and encyclopedias


Represented by Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney.