Tim Sterling


Artist Statement

In my work I explore ideas of psychological unease created by the design of urban spaces. I'm specifically interested in the contradictory perception related to agoraphobia where a person undergos sensations of being both fixed and unfixed to their surroundings. These contradictions are recreated as analogies that explore the tension between the conceptual and empirical experience of artworks.



  • 2004–2005

    Masters Degree Sandberg Instituut, Netherlands, Amsterdam

  • 1999–1999

    Bachelor of Visual Arts – Honours 1st class University of South Australia (Underdale Campus)

  • 1994–1998

    Bachelor of Visual Arts University of South Australia (Underdale Campus)

  • 1992–1993

    Adelaide School of Art Program - Nightshift North Adelaide School of Art Croydon Institute of TAFE

  • 1991–1992

    Certificate in Applied & Visual Arts Kingston College of TAFE, S.A.


  • 2003

    The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship

  • 1998

    Dean's Merit List, University of South Australia


  • 2012

    Skills and Arts Development - Paris Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts

    • 2009

      Skills and Arts Development - Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts

    • 2008

      Skills and Arts Development – Milan Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts

    • 2001

      Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant (NAVA)

    • 2000

      Quick response grant, South Australian Youth Arts Board

    • 2000

      Project grant, Helpmann Academy

    • 1999

      Artists in Studios, (grant for studio space at the EAF),South Australian Youth Arts Board


  • 2005

    Model Mania, Olafur Eliasson, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kjetil Thorsen, Yona Friedman, Domus Academy, Venice, Italy.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014

    Pyramids and Labyrinths, Dark Horse Experiments, Melbourne, Vic.

  • 2013

    Platzangst, Hugo Michell, Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2012

    Mr Echo, Dark Horse Experiments, Melbourne, Vic.

  • 2011

    Architectural Follies, Hugo Michell, Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2010

    Metamaterials, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne

  • 2009

    Forum, Hugo Michell, Adelaide, S.A

  • 2008

    Hugo Michell Gallery, S.A.

  • 2007

    Orificeworks, Bus, Vic.

  • 2003

    Trajectory, Experimental Art Foundation, S.A.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2013

    Pont, Plus one Gallery, Paris, France.

  • 2012

    Melbourne Art Fair 2012, Hugo Michell Gallery,Vic.

  • 2012

    Lux 0.27, Dark Horse Experiments, Melbourne, Vic.

  • 2008

    Mentor mentored, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Hugo Michell Gallery, S.A.

  • 2006

    All city, Kings ARI, Melbourne, Vic.

  • 2006

    Klein en Groot, Downtown, Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2006

    Rumble, Until Never, Melbourne, Vic.

  • 2005

    Underline, consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2004

    Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, N.S.W.
    rec/play/pause, N-Gallery, Underdale University Campus, Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2003

    Z, Roslyn Oxley 9, Sydney, N.S.W.

  • 2002

    Fantasia, 220 Hindley, Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2001

    Forming Flight, pig (220 Hindley), Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2001

    Wallpaper Fables, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

  • 2001

    Gleam, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • 2000

    Hleam, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, S.A.

  • 2000

    Hatched 2000 : Healthway National Graduate Show, PICA, Perth, W.A.

  • tim sterling work