Tasmanian born artist Liam James completed his Bachelor of Contemporary Art at the University of Tasmania in 2010 with Honours from the Australian National University in Canberra in 2012. Now based in Hobart, he has shown work in various galleries across Tasmania, and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

He has an accompanying curatorial practice that has seen him involved with artist run initiatives, and project based exhibitions that inform and compliment his practice. James works primarily with photography, creating evocative scenes and portraits rich with references to Australian art history, his personal identity and the wider canon of art. Each image cleverly critiques its place in this dialogue, and provokes questions from the viewer about the discomfort of belonging, and our understanding of art and local history as it is presented to us and by whom.


1990, Launceston, lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania

2012 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Australian National University, Canberra
2010 Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Visual), University of Tasmania, Launceston

Professional Appointments
2016 – Ongoing Co-Curator, HOBIENNALE, Hobart
2016 – Ongoing Co-Chair, Constance ARI, Hobart
2014 – Ongoing Invigilator, The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
2014 – 2015 Board Member, Constance ARI, Hobart
2013 – Ongoing Gallery Attendant, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
2011 – 2012 Co-Director, Skinny Geans, Launceston
2010 – 2012 Board Member, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston
2008 – 2010 Director, Powerhouse Student Gallery, Launceston
2007 – 2010 Art Assistant, St Patricks College, Launceston

Selected Curatorial Exhibitions
2016 Somewhere, Away, 146 ArtSpace, Hobart
2015 The Disillusioned James Gillies, Electrona 7054, Town hall, Hobart
2014 It Is Not It That We See, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston
Tallest You’ll Ever Be, The Round Room Gallery, Hobart

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 The Blue / The Haze, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2015 Seven Sisters : The Sailing Ones, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
2014 Dole/Dolour: An Allegory For The Fifth Corner Of The World, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Photo Access, Canberra
2013 Kids These Days: Liam James Video and Photography, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
Newstart Payments, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston
After The Party: Single Again, Constance ARI, Hobart
2011 Kids These Days: A Better Guide To Self Understanding, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Speed: Mobility and Exchange, Mona Foma, Academy Gallery, Launceston
RACT Portrait Prize, Touring
Cool and Collected, Academy Gallery, Launceston
Patterdale Project, Ten Days on The Island, Mills Plains, Deddington
2016 Artbank Social Club, Artbank, Sydney
Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
RACT Portrait Prize, Touring
Something Less, The Meat Markets, Nextwave Festival, Melbourne
National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2015 Land Of Milk and Honey, Multi-site, Hobart
RACT Portrait Prize, Touring
2014 Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
Tallest You’ll Ever Be, The Round Room Gallery, Hobart
2013 The Ruckus, The Swamp Gallery, Hobart
2012 Australia National University Graduation Show, Canberra
Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
Backbone 2high Festival, Brisbane
RACT Portrait Prize, Touring
Fence Jumping, 146 ArtSpace, Hobart
2011 RACT Portrait Prize, Touring

Awards and Residencies
2014 MONA Scholarship Recipient, Musuem of Old And New Art
Board Mentorship, Contemporary Art Tasmania
Commendation Tidal Art Prize, Devonport Regional Gallery
2013 Rosamond Mculloch Studio, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, The University of Tasmania
2008 Uniprint Award Scholarship, The University of Tasmania

RACT, Hobart
Photo Access Collection, Canberra
EWS Consultancy, Sydney
Nolan Gallery, Hobart
Island Workshop, Hobart
St Patrick’s College, Launceston
Private Collections, Internationally

Liam James is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart