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My Journey
to Finding Daily Magic

A portrait of Dr Catherine Gomersall smiling
A portrait of Dr Catherine Gomersall smiling

"Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places."

- Frances Hodgson Burnett, 'The Secret Garden'

A history of experience: 

 

Creative Businesses founded: 

Virtual Openings Pty Ltd (2021)

Delame and Co (2020)

Disruptor Web (2013)

Catherine Gomersall Photographer (2000)

Education, Qualifications, Professional Development:

Access Bars Practitioner (2023)

NeuroFit Trainer (2023)

Yoga for Kids Teacher Training (2022) Zenergy 

Evolve National Cohort (2021) SBE Australia 

International TESOL License (2021) ATA

Trauma Integrated Approach to Care and Practice (2020) We-Ali 

Summer Curatorial Residency (2012) Node Center Berlin

Doctor of Philosophy: Communications (2011) Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Graduate Certificate of Research Commercialisation (2010) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland

Certificate IV Small Business (2013) Sarina Russo Institute

Bachelor of Communications: Honours (2006) Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Diploma of Photography (2000) Southbank Institute of TAFE, Brisbane, Queensland

Independent Curatorial Projects:

Positive Feedback Loop Conference Series (2012-2015), Disruptor, Brisbane

Letters From the Field (2012) The Node Center, Berlin, Germany

One Night Stand (2012) Queensland Festival of Photography at Through the Looking Glass, Brisbane

New Economy: Innovation and Experimentation Through the Digital Photograph (2012) FotoFreo Festival at Freerange Gallery, Perth

Cameraless (2008) [co-facilitated by Daniel Nevin] Artrage Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Perth

Inner Landscapes (2006) [co-curated by Yolande Pickett] Perth Centre for Photography

Warning: May Contain Horror Themes (2005), Projections at Perth Centre for Photography and online exhibition 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions: 

I AM U Revisited (2023) NFT Collection on Celo 

Tinder Lucida (2019) TAP Gallery, Sydney

YES (2019) Contain Art, Eureka Stockade Park/The Eureka Centre, Ballarat

Meu Homer, Meu Amor (2018) Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat, Victoria 

I AM U (2018) Photopia Studios, Gladstone 

Photobook Review (2016) Prospect Studios, Brisbane

On Fate and Love (2012) Spectrum Project Space, Perth

Femme Fatalist (2011) Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

Body Bags: “I am a Trash Bag” (2010) Breathing Space, ECU Library, Perth

Brooklyn Bags (2008) Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne

Fake It Til U Make It (2008), artist-in-residence, Spectrum Project Space, Perth

Woman With Taxidermy Open Studio (2007) artist-in-residence, Spectrum Project Space, Perth

Crème (2006) [in collaboration with Felicia Lloyd] in a shop being renovated in Auchenflower, Brisbane

Death Lilly: Performing the ‘flower girl’ role in the age of consumption (2006), School of Communications and Arts, Building 3, ECU, Perth

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Beyond 50% (2019) Backspace Gallery, Ballarat VIC

Under Civilization (2018) Gympie Regional Art Gallery, Q 

Shared Vision: Wspolna Wizja (2011) Touring Exhibition, Poland

Home Is Where My Heart Is – Mentor (2009) Propel Youth Arts WA

WAMI: Kiss My Camera (2009) Museum of Western Australia

Desire (2009) New Orleans Photography Alliance, USA

Artrage Festival (2008)

My Captive (2008) Youth Week supported by PropelArts and Youth Advisory Council Western Australia

Top 40 (2008) Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, USA

Inhibition (2007) Spectrum Project Space, Perth

Iris Award (2007) [student winner] Perth Centre for Photography (PCP)

What is your Nemesis? (2006) Perth Centre of Photography

Videodromo 1.5 (2007) 24Hr Art, Darwin

Videodromo (2006) Spectrum Project Space

Tryst: Bluetooth Intervention (2006) Fotofreo Festival, Fremantle 

Guest Lectures:

New Media, Postmedia. (2014) Griffith University

Curating in the Expanded Field: Content Marketing for Curators and Collection Managers. (2013) Griffith University

Art Practice and Written Articulation (2012) The Parsons New School, New York (MFA Photography)

Practice-led Methodologies for Creative Research (2010) Edith Cowan University

Virtual Trash: New Media and Art in the Expanded Field (2010) The University of Western Australian, Bachelor of Arts

Total Years Teaching Experience: 10+ including freelance short courses and workshops

Professional and Industry Publications:

'Survivor Personae' (2021) a collaboration with Robert House, launched as part of 'Out of the Darkness: A Survivor's Journey' at The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia. 

'Tinder Lucida' (2019) Disruptor Press: Australia.

'Tinder Machina' (2019) Disruptor Press: Australia. 

'Letters from the Field' (Exhibition Catalogue), The Node Center for Curatorial Studies, 2013, Berlin, Germany

‘Body Bag: On Brooklyn Bags’, Art(e)fact ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’ Iss. 3. Summer 2010

Co-editor, Voicing the Unseen, Curtin University Humanities Conference 2010 Proceedings 

Photo editor, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies Journal, 2008-2010

 

Selected Awards and Commissions:

Robert House (2020-2021), Myer Family Grant (2020), Beyond Empathy (2019-2020), Cache Curating (2019), BOAA (2018), Edith Cowan Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2007-2011), CCI Travel Bursary (2011), Commercialisation Training Scheme (2010), ANZCA Travel Bursary (2009), Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia visual arts grant (2008)

 

Conference Presentations / Workshops:

Presenter – ‘The Power of Subjection: Knowledge, Psychic Life and Conscience’, Perspectives on Power, The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane (2011) co-authored by Gerald Keaney

Presenter – ‘Body Bags: “I am a Trash Bag”’ Voicing the Unseen, Humanities Postgraduate Conference, Curtin University, WA (2010)

Presenter – ‘Virtually Trash: Revenge Tragedy and the Tube’, Digital Media Technologies Revisited, European Communication Research and Education Association, Berlin (2009)

Presenter – ‘Plastic Bags: Desire and Excess’, Futures, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference (2008)

Presenter – ‘Femme Fatalism and the Fate of the Goddette’, Vision, Memory, Spectacle, The National Women and Gender Studies Association Conference (2008)

 

Creation of Learning Products and Materials:

Bachelor of Communications, Edith Cowan University (Lectures and Tutorials), Bachelor of Photography, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Course Outlines, Lectures and Tutorials), and several clients in the higher education sector (not to be disclosed under NDA)

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