Passaggi Scritti

angela cavalieri

curriculum vitae

'With letters we make words and from words we create stories.
Stories are written. They tell a tale.
These tales tell about people, cities, experiences, histories and the imagination.
I want to use these words to write my own tales'.

Angela Cavalieri, 2010.

Angela Cavalieri explores the art of writing in visual form.
In her large scale hand-cut lino prints, literary, religious and historical narratives eventually manifest as image.
Sources include poetry, religious epitaphs and inscriptions on public buildings.
Fragments of experience and narrative find their form in the enlarged, broken and repaired text.

Seeing the text as an image, she re-writes that part of history by re-working and integrating the text into forms that reinforce its physical and material presence. The narrative is constantly changing and rediscovering itself and new narratives appear.

Whatever the source, Angela's inspiration derives from her migrant family background, Italian being her first language. It is this intimate and personal connection that Angela uses to play with the ideas and architectures of language, storytelling and culture.

Biography: top

Angela Cavalieri was born in Melbourne and studied printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1981-1983.
Since 1984, she has exhibited in solo exhibitions at various venues including Australian Galleries, Gallery 101 and Christine Abrahams.

Angela was included in the La Biennale di Venezia Padiglione Italia Nel Mondo (The Venice Biennale, Italian Pavillion In The World Project), 2011. Also in 2011, she will be exhibiting at the IMPACT7 International Conference at Monash University. Her most recent touring survey exhibition is Parole Viaggiante: Angela Cavalieri’s Travelling Words, curated by Maroondah Art Gallery and La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

Angela has been awarded several prizes including the Manly Library Artist Book Award, 2011, the Geelong Print Prize Acquisitive Award, 2009, the Silk Cut Print Award, 2000 and the Shell Fremantle Print Award, 1999. She has undertaken several artist residencies including an Australia Council Overseas Development Grant for Barcelona, 2010. Angela has been invited to take up residencies at Piramidon - Centre for Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2008; Edith Cowan University, Perth, 2005 and an Australia Council Residency at The British School in Rome, 2003.

In 2010 she was an invited speaker at the 7th Australian Print Symposium, National Gallery of Australia, and in 2006 Angela was invited to speak at Focus on Artist's Books 3, Artspace, Mackay, Queensland.

Angela Cavalieri's work is held in many collections including the Australian National Gallery, The National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Geelong Art Gallery, State Library of Victoria, Monash University Library, Baillieu Library University of Melbourne, State Library of Queensland, Deakin University Art Collection, Piramidon Contemporary Art Collection, Barcelona, and Musees D'art et d'histoire, Geneva. The Victorian Arts Centre, in 2011, has commissioned her for an artwork exploring opera.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Melbourne, 1962.

Studies: 1981-83 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking, Victorian College of the Arts  

Solo Exhibitions: top

2011       Parole Viaggante: Angela Cavalieri’s Travelling Words, La Trobe University Museum of Art and Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne

2011       Un’altra Storia, IMPACT7, Monash University, Melbourne

2011       Chiacchierone, Australian Galleries, Smith Street, Melbourne

2008       Passaggi Scritti, Gallery 101, Melbourne

2007       Racconto, ICON Gallery, Deakin University Museum of Art, VIC

2006       Scripta Manent, Artspace Mackay, QLD.

2004       Città Scritta – written city, Ovens Street Studios, Melbourne.

2000        Motor Works Gallery, Melbourne.

1999       Quattro Pagine, Motor Works Gallery, Melbourne.

1998       Smyrnios Gallery Australia, Melbourne.

1996       Recent Works, 108 Moor Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

1990       Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.

1990       Syme Dodson Gallery, Sydney.

1986       200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne. 

Group Exhibitions:top

2011 Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion in the World Project, Venice, Italy

2011 Manly Library Artist Book Award, Sydney

2011 Fine Impressions, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

2011 The Rick Amor Print Prize, Montsalvat, Melbourne

2011 Weaving Art and Change, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2011 Reframed, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS

2010 Artists’ Prints made with Integrity 1, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

2010 The 36th Alice Prize,Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT.

2009 The Counihan Connection: Noel Counihan  and Contemporary Artists, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Hutchins Art Prize, Long Gallery, Hobart, TAS.

2009 Geelong Print Prize,Geelong Art Gallery, VIC.

2009 Works on Paper Art Prize, Banyule City Council, VIC

2009 Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira Arts Complex, Melbourne, VIC

2009 Surveying the Field,Counihan Gallery,Melbourne, VIC

2009 Books….beyond words, Highly Commended, East Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC

2009 Book Crossing – from the Deakin University Artists’ Book Collection,Geelong Art Gallery, VIC

2009 DLAP: City of Darebin La Trobe University Acquisitive Art Prize. VIC

2009 Transitions: European Island and Regional Cultures, La Trobe University Art Gallery, VIC

2009 CPM Print Acquisition Awards, Highly Commended Tweed River Regional Art Gallery,NSW

2009 Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS.

2008 Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize,Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2008 Visual Word,Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT, Melbourne

2008 Wish you were here,Tweed River Art Gallery,QLD

2008  Freestyle books, State Library of Queensland Gallery, QLD

2008  Transitions: European Island and Regional Cultures,Macquarie University ArtGallery, Sydney, NSW

2008 Anthology, Gallery 101, Melbourne

2008  Nocturnal,Whitehorse Art Space, Victoria

2008 Mirror of the World, State Library of Victoria.

2008 Fifty books from fifty years celebrating a half a century of collecting, Monash University Library, Victoria.

2007        Lessons in History Vol 1, Grahame Galleries + Editions, QLD.

2007        Works on Paper Art Prize, Highly Commended,  Banyule City Council, VIC

2007        Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS.

2006/7    PROOF, Contemporary Australian Printmaking The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, VIC.

2006       Meeting Place, Keeping Place, George Adams Gallery, Arts Centre, VIC.

2006       City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, TAS.

2006       Bookish, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, VIC.

2006       Lexicon, Gallery @ City Library, Melbourne.

2006       Art Bound, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, VIC.

2006       Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC.

2005-6    Academici: Answering the Other Question, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne. 

               The Academy Gallery, The British School at Rome, Italy. Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania.

2005    Bookscapes: exploring contemporary Australian artist’s book, Port Jackson Press Print Room,   Melbourne

2005       Seven Stories, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, VIC

2005       Lost in Translation, Spectrum Project Space, Perth, WA

2004       SMS Artists use TXT, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2004       National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC.

2004       Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2004       Shell Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA.

2004       Silk Cut Acquisitive Award, Glen Eira Arts Complex, Melbourne,VIC.     

2003       Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2003       Resident Artists Exhibition, British School at Rome, Italy.

2002       City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, TAS.

2001       Geelong Print Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, VIC.

2001       Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD.

2000       Hutchins Art Prize, Hutchins School, Hobart, TAS.

2000       Paris Syndrome, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.


2011 IMPACT7 International Conference, Monash University, VIC

2011 Commission for the Victorian Arts Centre Public Arts Collection, Melbourne

2011 Manly Library Acquisitive Artist Book Award, Sydney

2010 Invited speaker, The 7th Australian Print Symposium, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2009 Winner, Geelong Print Prize Geelong Art Gallery, VIC.

2009       Highly Commended Award, Books….beyond words, East Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC

2009       Highly Commended Award, The 13th CPM National Print Award, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2008-10  Touring Exhibition Transitions: European Island and Regional Cultures, Macquarie University Gallery, 

 2008      Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW, La Trobe University Art Gallery, VIC, Flinders University Art Museum SA.

2008       Overseas Development Grant, Barcelona Studio Residency, Australia Council.

2008       Three month residency at Piramidon - Centre for Contemporary Art,Barcelona, Spain.

2007       Highly Commended Award, Works on Paper Art Prize, Banyule City Council, VIC

2007/8    RMIT Summer Residency and exhibition at Project Space/Spare Room.

2006       Invited speaker at Focus on Artists’ Books 3, Artspace Mackay, QLD.

2006       Invited speaker at Art Bound Forum, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Victoria.

2005       Artist Residence Program, Edith Cowan University, WA

2001-5    Inaugurated and curated Touring Exhibition - Script

2005       Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Travel Sponsorship for Academici at The British School at Rome

2003       Overseas Development Grant, British School at Rome Residency, Australia Council.

2002       Artists-In-Schools Program Grant, Arts Victoria.

2000       Grand Prize, Silk Cut Award, Glen Eira Arts Complex Melbourne, VIC.

2000       Conrad Jupiter Acquisitive Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD.

1999       Shell Fremantle Print Award (for artist book), Fremantle Arts Centre, WA.

1990       Project Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council.

1986       Overseas Studio Grant Paretaio, Italy, Australia Council.

1984       Desiderius Orban Youth Award, Australia Council.

1983       Mitchell Endownment Acquisition Prize, National Gallery of Victoria.


Australian National Gallery Canberra

Art Gallery of New South Wales Library Collection,Sydney

Bailleu Library - Melbourne University

Banyule City Art Collection, Victoria

Deakin University Art Gallery, Victoria

Fryer Library - University of Queensland

Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland

Mackay Regional Gallery, Queensland

Manly Library, Sydney

Maroondah Art Gallery, Victoria

Monash University Library, Victoria

Moreland City Council Art Collection

Musees D’art et d’histoire, Geneva

National Gallery of Victoria

Piramidon Contemporary Art Collection Barcelona, Spain.

Silk Cut Foundation, Canberra

State Library of New South Wales

State Library of Victoria

Sutherland Shire Council, New South Wales

Whitehorse City Council, Victoria