In Conversation with Robert Andrew

21 April 2018 - Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS, Hobart

Robert Andrew’s practice investigates denied and forgotten personal and family histories. A decedent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley (WA), Robert’s artwork explores his identity and history with the use of contemporary technology.

These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and ‘artefact’. Robert’s recent work ‘Moving from the Binary’, presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense, evolves as English text translations of the Yawuru language are reformed through mechanical processes to create a new physical landscape.

Join the artist at the Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS in conversation with Dr Bill Hart, Chair of Plimsoll Gallery and Head of Art, School of Creative Arts (SOCA), College of Arts Law and Education, University of Tasmania.


Saturday 21 Arpril 2018, 11:30am - 12:30pm


Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts, UTAS, 37 Hunter St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000






Robert Andrew is an Indigenous artist and descendant of the Yawuru people of the Rubibi (Broome) area West Kimberley, Western Australia. Andrew’s installation-based practice explores his Australian Indigenous history.

Born in Perth in 1965, Andrew relocated to Brisbane in 2000. He completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art in 2012 at the Queensland College of Art (QCA), accepting his Fine Art Honours in 2013. He is currently completing his doctorate in Visual Arts at QCA, Griffith University. Andrew has exhibited widely throughout Australia including TarraWarra Museum of Art (2016); National Gallery of Victoria (2015); Cairns Regional Gallery (2014); and a solo exhibition at Museum of Brisbane (2017). His work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria for the 2015 exhibition Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future. He was the recipient of the Graduate Art Show and Survey Room Award (2013) and the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Prize (2013), and a finalist in the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2016) and the R&M McGivern Painting Prize (2016).

Robert Andrew ‘Moving from the Binary’ (2017), Photo courtesy of the artist © the artist