Lee Grant

About

About

Lee Grant is an Australian photographer and researcher with a background in social anthropology. She works on commissions and long-term independent and collaborative projects. Her approach is documentary in nature; combining photography, video, sound and text all of which is underpinned by historical and found archives, art and conceptual discourse. Project outcomes include printed publications (often in the form of photobooks and other printed matter), exhibitions and interactive websites.

Lee has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), the Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and the National Portrait Gallery amongst others and has won several photography awards including the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2010 and most recently the 2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize. 

In 2012, Lee published her first book, Belco Pride followed by the publication of her second book, The Five Happinesses, in 2015Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. 

From 2012-2014, Lee was an active member of the Australian photo-collective, Oculi. She was subsequently represented by international agency Institute for Artist Management from 2014 - 2017.

Lee is currently focusing on her own long-term projects in Australia, North and South Korea as well as several commissions with various Australian cultural institutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), both from the Australian National University.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Promised the Moon, ANU School of Art, Canberra
2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2017 Self-ID, M16 Gallery, Canberra
2016 Preset Memory, M16 Gallery, Canberra
2015 All that Fall, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2015 Urban Suburban, CMAG, Canberra.
2014 Insights, The Prinstspace, London, UK.
2013 Lens Love, CMAG, Canberra
2013 Hopeless Romantics, ANU SoA Foyer Gallery, Canberra
2013 CanberraVille, Photoville, Brooklyn New York, USA
2013 Olive Cotton Award. Tweed Heads Art Gallery.
2013 Oculi: Home. Reportage, Sydney.
2013 Australian Photography - a Projections curated by Jody Haines. Chobi Mela Photography Festival, Bangladesh
2013 Asian Women’s Photography Showcase – curated by Yumi Goto. Chaing Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Thailand
2012 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery
2012 10×100, Fremantle Prison Gallery, Fotofreo, Fremantle
2012 Inspire,  Newington College Gallery, Sydney
2012 Body, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Unearthly Garden, The Colour Factory, Melbourne
2011 Global Backyard, Latrobe Regional Art Gallery.
2011 Australian Pavilion, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2011 Olive Cotton Award. Tweed Heads Art Gallery.
2011 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Gold Coast Art Gallery
2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2010 Hijacked 2: Australia and Germany, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2010 Head On. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2010 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Belco Pride. Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Belco Pride. Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
2010 Belco Pride. ANU SoA Gallery, Canberra

Commissions

2018 - 2019 Commissioned by The Australian War Memorial, Canberra
2018 - Artist Residency, DMZ Project, South Korea
2012 - 2017  Artist Residency with Molonglo Group, Canberra
2015  Commissioned artist for ANZAC Centenary exhibition All that fall at the NPG, Canberra
2013  Commissioned by BTV/WildBear to work on documentary co-production in Beijing, China
2013  Commissioned by FilmCamp as on-set photographer for the Australian film, Galore

Grants/Awards

2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize - Finalist
2018  National Photographic Portrait Prize - Finalist and Overall Winner
2018 ArtsACT Grant (Transmedia Workshop, Melbourne)
2017  ArtsACT Grant (Self ID)
2014  William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize – Finalist
2013  Olive Cotton Award - Finalist
2013  Asian Women’s Photography Showcase (AWPS) – Winner.
2012  Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award - Finalist
2012  ArtsACT Grant (Belco Pride Publication)
2011  Olive Cotton Award - Finalist
2011  Australian Council for the Arts (Artstart Grant)
2011  Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award - Finalist
2011  National Photographic Portrait Prize - Finalist
2010  William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize - Finalist and Overall Winner
2010  ArtsACT Grant (Incite, FotoFreo)
2010  National Photographic Portrait Prize - Finalist
2010  Selected for Hijacked Volume 2 – Australia and Germany
2009  Critical Mass 09 - Finalist
2009  Sony/ACMP Projections 09. Finalist, Category Winner (Art) and Overall Winner

Client List

Monocle, The New Yorker, Le Monde Magazine, VICE, Frankie, Smith Journal, WildBear Productions, Beijing TV, The Australian War Memorial, The National Portrait Gallery, Monash Gallery of Art, St Vincent de Paul, Fujifilm Australia, Molonglo Group

Curatorial Projects

2013 Hopeless Romantics, ANU SoA Foyer Gallery, Canberra
2013 _On this site Bateman’s Bay (ACT). The Photography Room/Kaori Gallery, Canberra
2011-13 Timemachine Magazine (co-founder and editor)
2009-14 Light Journeys: Australian Women Working in Photography (founder and co-curator)

Collections

Australian Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Molonglo Group, Canberra
National Library of Australia
Canberra Museum and Art Gallery
Various Private Collections