ella dreyfus
Curriculum Vitae


2012 Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
1990 Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1985 Bachelor of Visual Arts, City Art Institute, Sydney College of Advanced Education

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Under twelve Under twenty, Stills Gallery, Sydney

I forgive you every day, University Gallery, University of Newcastle

2011 To see beyond what seems to be, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
2010 The end of the bloody reds, The Red Rattler Theatre, Sydney
2008 Scumbag, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2005 Under Twelves, Ground Floor Gallery, Sydney
2004 Age and Consent and Transman, Broken Hill Regional Gallery
2001 Transman, Stills Gallery, Sydney and Nexus Gallery, Adelaide
1999 Age and Consent, Stills Gallery, Sydney and Campbell Mahony, Brisbane
1993 The Body Pregnant, Stills Gallery, Sydney
1992 Pregnancy Series, Stills Gallery, Sydney
1991 Camera Lucida, Sydney

Group exhibitions


Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

Cheveux Cheris, Musee du quai Branly, Paris


Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

Artworks and Artwords, National Art School, Sydney

Kitsch and Cliche, NG Art Gallery, Sydney

The Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, Queensland University of Technology Museum, Delmar Gallery Sydney, Burrinja Arts Centre Melbourne, The Schoolhouse Gallery Tasmania, Manning Regional Art Gallery Taree


Articulate Turns One, Articulate Project Space, Sydney

The Blake Prize for Religious Art, National Art School Gallery

The Blake Prize - Director's Cut Exhbition www.blakeprize.com.au/galleries/directors-cut

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Tweed River Art Gallery
Head On Portrait Prize Slide Show, Australian Centre for Photography
No People At the Vanishing Point Gallery, Sydney
Healing Space and Place Pod Space Gallery, Newcastle
Trans-lives Montana University Gallery, USA
William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Art Gallery
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Tweed River Art Gallery      
Head On Alternative Portrait Award Sydney
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Tweed River Art Gallery
Drawcard, National Art School, Sydney
WINNER, Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Tweed River Art Gallery
Citigroup Australian Photographic Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Weight and Sea, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney
Sculpture Inside, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
States of Transformation, COFA Gallery, University of NSW  
Women and Documentary Photography, Photo Technica Gallery, Sydney
Re-Presenting the Real, Documentary Photography, Stills Gallery
Re-Presenting the Real, Documentary Photography, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney University
Soundings, National Art School, Sydney
Photography from our Region, Gallery 15, Queensland Art Gallery
Castlemaine State Festival Photo Award, Castlemaine, Victoria
Sydney Leather Pride Art Exhibition, Tap Gallery, Sydney
We Are Australian, 3rd World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia. Durban, South Africa
We Are Australian, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
Maxwell Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Sacrifice and Memory, with Ari Ehrlich, Watt Space, Newcastle
Half Metre Square, National Art School, Sydney
We are Australian, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
The Body Pregnant/Women on Women, Stills Gallery, Sydney
Girlfriends...(and a few good blokes), Casula Powerhouse, Sydney 
Retracing the in-between, The Australian Museum, Sydney
Memory and Sacrifice, with Ari Ehrlich, Contemporary Performance Week 8
Neshamah, Performance Space Gallery, Sydney
Stills Artists on View, Stills Gallery, Sydney
A View from the Hills, The Australian Museum, Sydney
Mente Manque, Cellblock Theatre, Sydney
Imag(in)ing Bodies, inter sections 96, satellite event of Biennale of Sydney, COFA, NSW Uni.
Only Girls Can Do It, aGOG, Canberra
Salon Obscura, 24 HR ART, NT Centre for Contemporary Art
Agfa National Photographic Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Gallery
Graduate Diploma Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts

Lecturing appointments

2008-2013  Head of Public Programs and Lecturer in Photography at the National Art School
1987-2009  Lecturer in Photography: National Art School, Sydney and Northern Sydney Institutes of TAFE

Visiting Lecturer: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney; College of Fine Arts, University of NSW; School of Art, Australian National University; School of Art, University of South Australia; School of Art, La Trobe University; National Art School; Northern Institute of TAFE; Stills Gallery; SH Ervin Gallery; Nexus Gallery; SODA Gallery; Royal Hospital for Women; Liverpool Hospital; Women and Mental Health Inc.; Uniting Church Aged Care Chaplains Conference

Academic Conferences, Presentations and Publications

Representing Motherhood in the Arts, Literature, Media and Popular Culture, Conference paper, Mamapalooza Annual Conference, New York City
Weight and Sea, Conference paper, Art and Health Conference, University of Newcastle
Child Photographer of Child Pornographer? Convenor and paper, Head On Photo Festival Seminar, National Art School, Sydney
Behind Closed Doors, giving space to the world of silence, Conference paper with Maree Stenglin, International Conference on Multi-Modality, Universtiy of Technology, Sydney
Alfred Stieglitz, the Lake George Years, Artist's floor talk, Art Gallery of NSW

Punishing Silence, Conference paper, Violence and the Contexts of Hostility, Interdisciplinary.net Conference, Hungary

Photography: New Histories, New Practices, Conference paper, Australian National University

Bliss, Blasphemy and Belief, Symposium paper Blake Prize for Reglious Art, National Art School


1980-2012 Public and private photographic commissions