Lorna has held numerous solo shows including at the The infamous Tailor Room Gallery, Sydney ( curator Lee Frost) between 1998 – 2003, Peloton in 2005, 2009 and 2011, Mop Projects in 2013 and Airspace Projects Inc. in 2019, 2018 and 2016. Other galleries include, Imperial slacks, Herringbone, SNO, Phatspace, Zitlip and Firstdraft. Her work has been exhibited in the Portia Geach Memorial Prize, the Paddington Art Prize, The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, The Fishers Ghost Art Award, Mosman Art Prize and the Liverpool Art Prize. Before this, her time was spent in London, initiating community arts groups, namely The Dolehouse Collective and Scarecrow Tiggy-  an artist run co-operative in Camberwell, London. She is a graduate of both Sydney College of the Arts and The National Art School. Lorna currently teaches art history and painting at TAFE NSW, where she also acted as Head Teacher of St George College of Fine Arts and The Ceramic Design Studio, Gymea from 2018-2020.

In 2012 Lorna curated an exhibition titled ‘The Baker’s Dozen’ for UTS Gallery which featured prominent Australian artists including Nike Savvas and Debra Dawes; other curated projects include Homefront at Sheffer Gallery, with artists such as Reiko Azuma and Bridget Ralph and shows at the Exhibition Downing Centre in Sydney. In May 2018 she held a small intimate solo show at Airspace Project Inc , Sydney, titled Summer, marking a change in her practice. These works were painted plein- air.

In October 2020 Grear held her first solo commercial show at Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney and marked a return to the figure and landscape, titled, ‘From Flesh to Thunder’. At the same time, in 2020 she was a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award at the SH Irwin Gallery, Sydney.

2019 saw the opening of Tiergarten- a curated exhibition with Hiske Weijers and Nicole Eggers at Sheffer Gallery, Darlington, Sydney. Lorna exhibited work in Seed Pod Universe; a selected group show at Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, November 2015, was a finalist in WAP, Stonevilla Studio Wearable Art Prize, Sydney.

In 2014 Grear complimented her Diploma from East Sydney Technical College, her BVA, 1st class honours from SCA and Masters of Visual Art, Sydney College of the Arts with a Post Graduate in Design at Art & Design UNSW. She judged the Liverpool Art Prize at Casula Powerhouse Sydney the same year.

Her next solo show at Flinders Street Gallery will open Saturday 4 June 2022, 4-6pm. For all enquiries please contact Jason Martin- flindersstgallery@bigpond.com or Grear directly lornagrear@hotmail.com



1987-93                     Toured Europe, lived and worked in London, England

1989-1990                 Joined Arts Collective- Dolehouse Inc. with Bev Reknaw, Andy Snelling, Glenn Sullivan and Keith

1991 -93                    Established “Scarecrow Tiggy” Arts Co-Operative, London with Jane Waudby and Belle Tidswell

1994 -96                    Diploma of Fine Arts. National Art School, Sydney

1998- 2000               BVA 1st Class Honours, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, Sydney

2001-2003                Master of Visual Art, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, Sydney

2007                          Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, Charles Sturt University

2014                           Graduate Certificate in Design, Art and Design, UNSW


1997                           Selected Movements Alt, Surryhills Sydney

1998                          Body and Place The Tailor Room, Sydney

1999                          Numeralla Paintings, The Tailor Room, Sydney

2000                          System Paintings, The Tailor Room, Sydney

2001                          Touring Show, System Paintings, The Gallery Cafe,Syd

2002                          The Coloured Labyrinth, The Tailor Room, Sydney

2003                          The Coloured Labyrinth, SCA Gallery, Sydney

2005                          Eye Candy, Peloton, Sydney

2009                          CATCH, Peloton, Sydney

2011                          Stacked, Peloton, Sydney

2013                          Random Random MOP Projects, Sydney

2017                         Weave, Airspace Projects, Marrickville, Sydney

2018                         SUMMER, Airpace Projects Inc, Marrickville, Sydney

2020                         From Flesh to Thunder, Flinders St Gallery, Sydney


1994                          Women, Howard Leonard Galleries, Sydney

1995                          Annual year show, Zitlip Gallery, Sydney

1995                          Paintings, Cell Block Theatre, NAS

1995                          Are We Going To Alice Springs, Cell Block, NAS

1996                          Greenpeace Art Prize, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney

1996                          Annual year show, Zitlip Gallery, Sydney

1996                          Third Year Combine, Stairwell Gallery, NAS

1996                          14.2 Part 1, Stairwell Gallery, NAS

1996                          Painting, Third group show,Cell Block Theatre, NAS

1996                          Castlemountain, group show,Cell Block Theatre, NAS

1997                          Triptych, Level Gallery, Sydney

1997                          Here Is A Fresh Egg, Zitlip Gallery, Sydney

1997                          S H Ervin Native Title Now, Sydney

1997                          Lorna Grear and Lucy Culliton, First Gallery, Sydney,

1997                          Alumni, National Art School Graduate show, NAS,

1997                          Crystallise,Gallery group show Zitlip Gallery, Sydney

1997                          Diptych Level Gallery,  Newtown, Sydney

1998                          Group show, SCA grads,Particle Gallery, Sydney

1998                          The Glebe Art Show,,Glebe Town Hall, Sydney

1998                          Jabiluka, Herringbone Gallery, Sydney

1998                          State of Flux 235 Nelson St, Annandale, Sydney

1998                          Nude Studies,Pine Street Group, The Craven, Sydney

1998                          Alumni National Art School Graduate show, NAS,

1999                          Figure Studies, Pine St Community Centre, Sydney

1999                          Drawn In, Select Group, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney

1999                          Brandling St Painters, Brandling St, Erskineville, Syd

1999                          Alumination, Alumni Students body, NAS, Sydney

1999                          The People Group. May St Gallery, Sydney

1999                          Graduate show, Sydney College of the Arts,  Sydney

2000                          Winners, curated Maria Cruz/,Mikala Dwyer, Newspace,

2000                          Article, Curated Yann Vignes, Regent St Sydney

2000                          Driver, curated by Maria Cruz & Mikala Dwyer, Newspace, SCA,  Rozelle

2000                          College 2000, Glebe Nursing College, Glebe, Sydney

2000                          The Blue Lotus Section, Billy Gruner, Joe’s, Sydney

2000                          One Last Show, Herringbone Gallery, Sydney

2000                          The Blue Lotus Section, Select show, Abstract Art, Rocket Art, Newcastle

2000                         Portia Geach Portrait Prize, SH Irvin  Sydney

2000                         Damian’s Antiques, Special Window Display, Stanmore Rd, Sydney

2000                         The Fleurieu Landscape Prize, Fleurieu Biennale Inc,McLaren Vale, SA

2000                        Walking T Street, The Thai Patong Rest, Newtown

2000                        The Degree Show. SCA, Rozelle, NSW

2000                        Fired Up, Fired Art Yearly Show, Gig’s Balmain, NSW

2001                        Artists/ Poets exhibition Tap Gallery, NSW

2001                        Article, Select Show, Woolloomooloo Wharf, NSW

2001                        Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW

2001                        The Tutors Show, Waverley Woollahra Arts,  NSW

2001                        Damian’s Antiques, 2nd Window Display, Petersham

2001                        Last at First, ‘Nudies’,  First Gallery, Surryhills, NSW

2001                        Brandling Street Painters, Alexandria, NSW

2001                        Birchgrove Public School, select show, Balmain, NSW

2001                        Alumni,  National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2001                        Beazelel Art Exhibition, Mary Place Gallery, NSW

2002                        30, Select Group Show, Newspace.SCA,Sydney

2002                        Damian’s Antiques,, Petersham, Sydney

2002                        KAWA, 348a Crown St Surryhills, Sydney

2002                        Slacking Off, Imperial Slacks Final Show, Surryhills

2002                        Tutors, Waverley Woollahra ArtsCentre, Sydney

2002                        Alumination, NAS Alumni Show, Sydney

2002                        Glebe Youth Centre, New Gallery, Sydney

2002                        Masters Graduate Show, SCA, Sydney

2002                        Fund-raiser, Phatspace, Darlinghurst, Sydney

2003                        Royal Parade, 3rd Annual Directors Pick, First Draft

2003                        Colour Me Sideways, Phatspace,,Sydney

2003                        Walking The Street, Connect on King, Sydney

2003                        The Miniature, Phatspace, Sydney

2003                        Waverley Woollahra Arts Show, Sydney

2003                        Brandling St, Annual Painting Exhibition

2003                        Tutors Exhibition, TAFE, SWSI, Campbelltown

2003                        Alumination, National Art School, Cellblock, Sydney

2003                        AXS, Cellblock, National Art School, Sydney

2003                        Fishers Ghost Prize, Campbelltown City Art Gallery

2003                        Nonennui, Ultimo, Sydney

2003                        Phatspace, Auction , Sydney

2004                        Art Auction, The Tailor Room, Sydney

2004                        FONAS, select show, National Art School, Sydney

2004                        The Glebe Art Show, Benledi, Sydney

2004                        Annual Art Auction, Phatspace, Sydney

2005                        Art Auction, Adsteam Marine, Sydney

2005                        Glebe Art Show, Benledi, Sydney

2005                       Waverley Woollahra Art Prize, Sydney

2005                       TAFE.NSW. Staff exhibition, SWSI Institute

2005                      Drawcard, NAS, Cellblock, Sydney

2005                      ASX Reuters, FONAS. Pitt St , Sydney

2006                      Select show, The Drawing Show G @ A Studios, Syd

2006                      Broadway Café curated; Giles Ryder / Matthys Gerber

2006                      Post –It Select ,Peloton, curated;Tracey Clement

2006                      The Tip of The Iceberg, Sydney Artworld. Sydney

2006                      Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2006                      Stone Villa, Crissie Cottier, Camperdown

2007                      Waverley Woollahra Arts Prize, WWAC, Sydney

2007                      Gallery 34, Picton, NSW

2007                      TAFE staff exhibition, Macarthur TAFE Gallery, NSW

2007                      Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2007                      Echelon, Peloton, Sydney

2007                      Stone Villa, Chrissie Cottier, Camperdown

2008                      Drawcard, NAS, Sydney

2008                      Fundraiser MOP Projects

2008                      Stone Villa, Chrissie Cottier, Camperdown

2009                      5 Group, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

2009                      Glebe Art Show, Sydney

2009                      Drawcard, NAS, Sydney

2009                      Scarborough Art Show,Scarborough

2009                      Liverpool Art Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Casula

2009                      Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2009                      SWSI, Macarthur Gallery, Campbelltown TAFE

2009                      DET, Staff SWSI, Bridge St, Sydney

2009                      Peloton, Sydney

2009                      Stone Villa Annual Fundraiser, Chrissie Cottier.

2010                      Constructs, SNO, curated by Giles Ryder.

2010                      Fisher’s Ghost Award Contemporary Section, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2010                      Glebe Art Show

2010                      Staff Show, Macarthur Gallery, Campbelltown College

2011                      Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2012                      The Baker’s Dozen, UTS Gallery

2012                      SWSI TAFE Downing Centre Exhibition Centre, Liverpool St, Sydney

2012                      Pyrmont Art Prize, Sydney

2012                      Gastro Porn, Curated by Alice Stokes, NG Gallery

2012                      Open / Contemporary  Section Fisher’s Ghost Award

2013                      Goodnight, Peloton, Sydney

2013                      Tutors show, Downing Centre Exhibition Centre, Sydney

2013                      Bradman Art Gallery, Bowral

2013                      Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre Open section

2014                      International Women’s Day Art Prize, See St Gallery, Meadowbank

2014                      Glebe Art show, Sydney

2014                      Fishers Ghost Art Award, Open and Contemporary Section

2014                      FOURPLAY, select group show; Freya Jobbins, Anney Bounpraseuth,                                      Rosie Deacon Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

2014                      SNO fundraiser, Gallery  9, Sydney

2015                      Downing Centre Exhibition Centre, Sydney,

2015                      Fisher’s Ghost Art Award- open section

2015                      Seed pod universe, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

2016                     Conversations, Drawing Symposium, Hopper Gallery NAS, Sydney

2016                     Balmain Art Show, John Thierry, Sydney

2016                     Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Open and works on paper section

2017                     Connections, National Art School, Sydney

2017                     Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Open and contemporary section

2018                     Digital Light Gardens, ARTBAR, Museum of Contemporary Art curated by Anney Bounpraseuth

2019                     Tiergarten, Sheffer Gallery with Hiske Weijers and Nicole Eggers

2020                     Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2020                     Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

2021                     Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

2022                     Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC College Gallery, Sydney


2018-2020           A/ Head Teacher, St George College of Fine Art and Ceramic Design Studio, TAFENSW

2018- 2003           Visual Art Teacher/ Coordinator: Visual Art and Design, TAFENSW

2004-3                  Teacher painting, ESCC, Sydney

2004 -1                 Teacher painting & drawing WWAC Centre, Sydney

2002 -1                 Casual Lecturer, Foundation Drawing Sydney

2001                      College of the Arts, Sydney University, Rozelle, NSW

2003-1                   Teacher of Oil painting class, Fired Art, Sydney

2001-2                   Children’s Art workshops, holiday program, WWAC,

2001                      Travel London- The 13th London Contemp.Art Faiir

2001                      Certificate Three, Working With Children, TAFE.

2000-97                Community Arts teacher, Tom Foster, Marrickville

1999                       Local field trip to Numeralla, NSW. Research painting .

1998                      Art workshops and sculpture / painting installation Aboriginal Dreaming Festival, Pigeon House Mountain, Milton, NSW

1997                     Art workshops and sculpture / painting installation Aboriginal

Dreaming Festival, Pigeon House Mountain, Milton, NSW

1997                      Co-Operative Arts Initiative ‘ Here Is A Fresh Egg’

1996                      Co-ordinator of art workshops, Melaney Festival,  Qlds

1995- 97               Gallery  assistant, The Private Gallery,  Sydney

1995                     ‘Uluru and Back’ in art field trip; Uluru and Central Aust.

1993-91               ‘Scarecrow Tiggy’, manager and initiator of an artist run co-operative, Camberwell, London, England – a freelance arts business

1991-89                Dolehouse/Green Circus Productions. Facilitator of a live in warehouse, making the space available to the public through cafes, film nights, with  art and music studios, Peckham, London

1988                     ‘Leap’ A theatre project touring community centres and  youth clubs around England


1995                       William Fletcher Trust Art Grant

1997                       NAVA Marketing Scheme for ‘Here Is A Fresh Egg’

1997                       Pre Selection: Moet and Chandon Australian Art Award

1998                       Jerome De Costa Award, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle Sydney

1998                       Pre Selection: Moet and Chandon Australian Art Award

1999                       William Fletcher Trust Art Grant

2000                       NAVA Marketing Grant for System Paintings Show, The Tailor Room

2001                       SASCA funding grants, Sydney University, SCA.

2002                       SASCA funding grants, Sydney University, SCA

2012                       Curatorial grant for The Baker’s Dozen, UTS Gallery

2017                       Winner; Outstanding Teaching Practice, SWSI TAFE


2012                    Curated The Baker’s Dozen.  http://www.utsgallery.uts.edu.au/gallery/past/2012/thebakersdozen.html


2010                    Curatorial project- Homefront, Sheffer  http://www.sheffergallery.com/exhibitions/Homefront1/index.html

2009                     Untitled, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

1997                     Co-Curated ‘ Here Is A Fresh Egg’ , Zitlip Gallery, Sydney


2000                      Profiles, Art Almanac, November 2000

2001                      Sunday Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, May 13 2001. PG 36, Picture Perfect’. Photo by Peter Brennan.

2001                      Abstract Painting in Sydney From 1960. 5000 word research  paper, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

2002                     http://lornagrear.tripod.com

2003                     The Coloured Labyrinth 12,000 word research paper. SCA

2003                     Lenny Ann Low Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, Colour Me Sideways, Phatspace Low, p 11, February 1-2, 2003.

2004                     http://www.noborder.org/flottilla2004/news03

2005                     http://www.adsteam.com.au/announcements/pdf/050308

2005                     www.nas.edu.au/drawcard_2005/index.htm

2005                     http://www.visualarts.net.au/gallery/lornagrear

2005                     Profile, Art Almanac, November, 2005,


2007-8                TAFE Campbelltown Art School-                                                                                             http://www.swsi.tafensw.edu.au/aboutswsi/colleges/artschool.aspx

2009                      Open Gallery, SMH, Recommended, CATCH at Peloton.

2009                       NAVA webpage-   http://www.visualarts.net.au/gallery/lornagrear.

2011                       http://peloton.net.au/a/lorna-grear

2012                       Curatorial project; http://www.altmedia.net.au/bakers-dozen/50520/

2012                       Curatorial project;  http://www.utsgallery.uts.edu.au/gallery/past/2012/thebakersdozen.html


2012                       http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/03/gallery-exhibition-opening-the-bakers-dozen

2013                       http://www.artabase.net/exhibition/3458

2015                       http://www.visualarts.net.au/gallery/lornagrear/

2015                       http://www.artlib.com.au/artist/lorna-grear

2019                       https://www.tafensw.edu.au/media/-/blogs/tafe-nsw-student-wins-prestigious-noel-chettle-art-prize

2021                       https://lornagrear.com/.

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