Artist working in River Studios

About Kirsty

Kirsty Budge is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. In 2016 she exhibited in The Painters Are In at Spring 1883, her first solo exhibition with Daine Singer; Painting More Painting, ACCA’s major survey of Australian contemporary painting; I’m not desperate, you’re desperate, a solo exhibition at Sarah Scout Presents; and at the Spinnerei Leipzig in Germany.

2017 saw her present her solo exhibition "Gawkalitis" at Daine Singer, Budge was included in the VCA150 9x5NOW alumni show, Spring 1883 Sydney and as a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

In 2018 Budge will undertake a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as recipient of an Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio Scholarship.

Budge has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Melbourne including Return, Daine Singer (2015); Tide (curated by Justin Hinder), C3 (2015); Man, Tristian Koenig (2015); Pretty Shit (curated by Colleen Ahern and Mark Hislop), Incidents Above a Bar (2015) and Paintings, C3 (2014).

Budge has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was recipient of the 2014 Stirling Collective Award for Painting. Her work is in the Artbank Collection and numerous private collections in Australia.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

My painting practice requires natural light, access to water and a reasonable amount of space.

River Studios has all of this and more, with install rooms for tenants to use to document work etc.