Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly regarded photo-media artists having exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas for over thirty years.

She has held over 40 solo exhibitions and her work is included in all major museums in Australia. Zahalka’s work has often explored cultural and gendered stereotyping, challenging these with a humorous and critical voice. She deconstructs familiar images and re-presents them to allow other figures and stories to be represented that reflect on diversity and difference.

More recently her concerns have shifted to the environment and the ecological disaster that has been unfolding globally and in her country. In Wild Life, Australia, 2019, Zahalka reimagines early Australian dioramas from natural history museums to mark out unsettling ethical and environmental issues. By subverting these fixed narratives, she reflects on the changing relationships that exist between people and the natural world. Working with conservationists, scientists, curators and photographers, she incorporates new data to set out alternative ways of seeing the landscape and the damage that has been wreaked on it.

Zahalka was selected for the international photography exhibition Civilization – The Way We Live Now shown at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2018 and the National Gallery of Victoria in September 2019. In the same year, Zahalka developed a major exhibition with the Museum of Sydney presenting a history of early commercial street photography. She was commissioned to produce a series and portraits, restaging these historic photographs with descendants from the original images, set against the locations of the original photograph. In the same year, Zahalka travelled to Prague to undertake a residency at the Béhal Fejér Institute in Prague to exhibit The Fate of Things Prague, an installation about love and loss tracing her family’s story of persecution, exile and survival.



1994Master Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Sydney
1989Post Graduate Diploma, Sydney College of the Arts
1979Bachelor of (Visual) Arts, Sydney College of the Arts
1976Art Certificate, Stages 1 & 2, East Sydney Technical College (now National Art School, Sydney)

Solo Exhibitions

2020Lost Landscapes, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, 5 Dec 2020 - 31 Oct 2021

The Fate of Things, Béhal Fejér Institute, Prague 1-7 October
2019Wild Life, Australia, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

Street Photography, Sydney Living Museums, Museum of Sydney

The Fate of Things: Memory objects and art, with Sylvia Griffin, Sydney Jewish Museum

Wild Life in the Age of the Anthropocene, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, 26 July – 18 August
2018Threshold, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin 15 September – 2 December
2017The Landscape Revisited, MAMA Murray Art Museum Albury, 26 May – 5 November
2015Wild Life, Turner Gallery, Perth, Western Australia, 3 March – 1 April

Threshold, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, 16 June – 18 July
2014Anne Zahalka: Playground of the Pacific, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly 4 September – 25 October
2013Parliament House at work, 25th Anniversary commission, Parliament House, Canberra, 5 June – 10 August

Anne Zahalka and her Amazing Artists, Concordia Gallery, Stanmore, 23 September – 3 November

Anne Zahalka: a case study, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 10 May – 28 July

Anne Zahalka, Launch of WSPA campaign image against live animal export, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 6 June
2012Bondi Twitch: A Field Guide to the Noses of the Waverly District, with Sue Saxon and Jane Becker, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi
2011Return to Homeground, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington

Winter Magic, Art Trail located on outdoor council poster stands around Bondi

Bondi the Beautiful, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, 12th – 24th July
2010Homeground!, Union Hotel, Zanzibar and Town Hall Hotel, Newtown, Sydney, Head On Photo Festival

The Way things Appear and The Appearance of Things, ARC ONE Gallery Melbourne
2009Playing the Game!, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

A Bar to Call Home - The Changing Face of the RSL, NG Art Gallery & Mission Restaurant, Sydney

Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987 - 2007, Perc TuckerRegional Art Gallery, Townsville, QLD
2008Hotel Suite, Sofitel, in conjunction with Melbourne Art Fair, 1 July - 2 September 

Wild Life, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, 10 April – 3 May, 2008

Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987 – 2007, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
2007Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987 – 2007, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 23 March – 12 May 

Anne Zahalka, Focus Room, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 14 March – 2 May 2007

Wild Life, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 1 February – 24 February 2007

Leisureland, Australian Embassy, Washington DC.
2006Fotofreo, Fremantle Festival of Photography, Western Australia

Anne Zahalka: Wonderland, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
2004Natural Wonders, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Anne Zahalka: Portraits Past, Damien Minton Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
2003Leisureland Regional, University of Technology Sydney, 24 June – 18 July, a Grafton Regional Gallery touring exhibition

Welcome to Sydney, Museum of Sydney, Sydney

Anne Zahalka, Maritime Museum, Sydney
2002Leisureland, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, Australia

Fortresses and Frontiers, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Anne Zahalka, Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School, Sydney

Leisureland, New England Regional Art Gallery; Albury Regional Gallery, Albury, New South Wales; Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
2001Leisureland, Tamworth City Art Gallery, Tamworth; Bathurst Art Gallery; Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Australia; Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea, New South Wales
2000Leisureland, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Leisureland, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney

Fortresses and Frontiers, Robert Sandelson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
1999Leisureland, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
1998Woven Threads #2, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Woven Threads, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney
1997Open House, Fotogalerie in der Alten Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany.

Woven Threads, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne and Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania.
1996Collectors, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1995Open House, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
1994Gesture, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1993Gesture, City Gallery (now Anna Schwartz Gallery), Melbourne

Fortresses and Frontiers, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1992Details, City Gallery, Melbourne
1991Details and Resemblances I, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Artists, South Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Adelaide, South Australia
1990Artists, City Gallery, Melbourne
1989Resemblance I and II, Chameleon Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

Bondi: Playground of the Pacific, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney; Campbelltown Bi-centennial Regional Gallery, Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW
1988Resemblance I, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Camerawork Gallery, London, UK

Resemblance I and II, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1987Resemblance I, Kunstlerhaus Betheanien, Berlin; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1986The Wanderer upon an Castle came..., Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

The Tourist as Theorist: (theory takes a holiday), Kino Eiszeit, International Super 8 Festival

Selected Group Exhibitions


Exhume the grave - McCubbin and contemporary art, 14 August - 28 November 2021, Geelong Gallery

Collection Focus: Modern Australia, 6 June – 19 July 2015, Home Of The Arts, Gold Coast

Coastal Connections: beach culture past to present, 7 May to 20 June 2021, Caloundra Regional Gallery

Air Water Love, China Cultural Centre exhibition, 5 March – 29 April 2021

2020From all points of the Southern Sky: Photography from Australia and Oceania, Southeast Museum of Photography - Daytona, Florida, USA September 22 - December 13, 2020

You Are Here, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 21 March - 10 May 2020

Sublime Sea: Rapture and Reality, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 14 December 2019 – 23 February 2020
2019Civilization: The way we live now, National Gallery, 13 September - 2 February 2020

How Did I Get Here, Art Gallery of Western Australia collection regional tour, various venues, 13 April
2019 - 12 September 2020
2018Civilization: The way we live now, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 18 October 2018-28 February 2019

Incommensurable – photomedia in the era of globalization, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 23 February – 8 April

Cultural Landscapes, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 10 February – 18 March
2017Realising Mother, Kudos Gallery, Paddington, 1-18 November 2017

An Unorthodox Flow of Images, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 30 September – 12 November

Self/Selfie, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Backspace Art Gallery, 19 August – 17 September

Under the Sun. Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, State Library of NSW, 17 February – 17 April

The witching hour: 2017 Fundraiser exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 19 – 28 May
2016Tricking the eye- contemporary trompe l’oeil, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, 26 Nov – 12 February

Refugees, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 29 July – 11 September

Australian Exotica, works from the collection, Monash Gallery of Art, 16 April – 29 May

Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai Design District 3, 16 – 19 March

Hot Rods, Goulbourn Regional Gallery, 2 February - 2 April 2016
2015On the Beach, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria 11 December 2015 – 28 February 2016

The Photograph and Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Loud!, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Constructed Worlds, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Abbotsleigh.

The Significant Other, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.

Australian Vernacular Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

A Time and A Place: Landscape from the Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane.
2014A World Apart, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.

Australian Vernacular Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales Private Assembly: a contemporary collection, Tweed Regional Gallery, 24 January – 30 March

Private Assembly: a contemporary collection, Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW

New Passports, New Photography, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 15 November 2014 - 8 February 2015
2013Holiday and Memory, Penrith Regional Gallery, 16 November 2013 – 23 February 2014

Under my skin, Contemporary Australian Photography from the Corrigan Collection 5 October

Waves and Water, Australian Maritime Museum, Whitehouse Arts Space, Victoria and national tour

Collective Identities, Lake Macquarie City Gallery, 13 Septmeber – 17 November

Lines of Force...Space + Displacement, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney.

Onside, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula.

Every day I am a day older: Portraiture from the Griffith University Art Collection, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Mix Tape 1980′s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2012Things – Photographing the constructed world, curated by Helen Ennis, National Library of Australia

The Great Divide: Picturing the Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

Dissonant Visions, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus, Sydney

Controversy: The Power of Art, curated by Vivien Gaston, Mornigton Peninsula Regional

Fish in Australian Art, Australian National Maritime Museum

(re)vision, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Kitsch and Cliché, curated by Sandy Edwards, NG Art Gallery
2011Group Show: Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, TV Moore, Julie Rrap, and Anne Zahalka, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney.

Birth Art, ACU Gallery, Melbourne.

Sculpture by the Sea, Open House collaborative work with Aaron Anderson, Bondi south headland

Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, TV Moore, Julie Rrap, Anne Zahalka, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Birth Art, curated by Jasmine Proust and Tilly Morris, ACU Gallery, Fitzroy
Interpreting Portraiture: Macquarie 1810 – 2010, catalogue Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
2010Time travel: reimagining the past, Tweed River Art gallery, NSW

Screen, Head On Photo Festival, Curated by Isabelle Rouvillous, National Art School

Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. (Touring Exhibition).

Outside In, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Victoria.

The Stranger’s Eye, Curated by Donna West Brett, Peloton Gallery, Sydney.

Homeground! In association with Head On Photo Festival, Newtown Hotels, Sydney.
2009Red Exhibition, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

A Natural World, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Victoria
200850X50 Summer Show, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Step Right Up, The Circus in Australian Art, Albury City touring exhibition

OIKOS, Habitacles/Habitable Places, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal

Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

FX in Contemporary Art, McClelland Gallery, Victoria

Winner, Macarthur Cook Art Prize, Gallery 45, Melbourne

Silver-lined, the Arts Centre, Contemporary Artists and the Performing Arts Collection, Melbourne

Premonitions, Monash University Collection 1961–2007, McClelland Gallery, Victoria

Supercharged: the car in contemporary culture, IMA touring show – Logan Art Gallery, Redcliffe Art Gallery
2007Wonderful World, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide

Harbourlife: Sydney Harbour from the 1940’2 to recent times, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, New South Wales, 30 November , 2007 – 13 January, 2008 

Forty Eight Hours of Visual Arts, (FEHVA), Byron Bay Festival, NSW

Glimpse: Inside Gold Coast City Art Gallery’s Collection, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Supercharged: the car in contemporary culture, IMA touring show - 24Hr Art, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Pinnacles Gallery

Three Australian Photographers: Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, and Anne Zahalka , GEM/Fotomuseum, Den Haag, The Netherlands, 26 May – 28 October

Winner, National Photographic Prize, Albury Regional Art Gallery

Cuisine & Country: a gastronomic venture in Australian art, Orange Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 13 April – 20 May 2007
2006Supercharged: the car in contemporary culture, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria.

Monsters, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury, New South Wales.

Circus Polaroids, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury, New South Wales.

The Armory Show, New York, United States of America.

Acting the Part, Photography as Theatre, National Gallery of Canada, Ontario

Tunnel Vision, Greed & Stupidity: Reviewing Concrete Politics in Sydney, The Cross Art Projects, Kings Cross, Sydney

Swell: the art in contemporary beach culture, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Points of View: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2005Perception, The Daryl Hewson Photographic Collection, Queensland Centre for Photography, Bulimba, QLD, Australia

Death, Burial and Beyond, Jewish Museum of Australia, Victoria.

Winner, 2005 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Colour Photography Awards, Photographic Resource Centre, Boston University, Boston

A Matter of Time, Tamworth Fibre Biennial, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery

Take a Good Look, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales

16th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery

My City of Sydney, Museum of Sydney, Sydney

2005 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2004Supernatural Artificial: Contemporary photo-based art from Australia, curator Natalie King, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan, Chulanlangkorn Art Centre, Bangkok

UR IN EU: An exhibition which celebrates the ten new member nations of the European Union, Sir Hermann Black Gallery & Sculpture Terrace, University of Sydney

Isle of Refuge, (“Displaced Persons” collaboration with Sue Saxon), Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide (Ivan Dougherty Gallery touring exhibition)

All that glitters: Contemporary visions of the Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Australia

6ft +clean: surf and art, ArtMuseum, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide.

Gambling: thrills, spills & social ills, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales

Strike a Pose, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
2003Fair Game: Art + Sport, NGV Response Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

6ft + clean: surf + art, Manly Art Gallery, a Gold Coast City Art Gallery touring exhibition, Manly, NSW 

Stellar, Centre of Contemporary Photography Fundraising Auction, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Photographica Australis, Asia Link touring exhibition, National Gallery of Thailand and Singapore Art Museum

Isle of Refuge, (“Displaced Persons” collaboration with Sue Saxon), Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney 

Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Gallery 4A Fundraising Exhibition, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney

On the Beach with Whiteley, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney

Freestyle: the Bondi Beach Cole Classic, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

Skylounge, National Museum of Australia, Canberra

The Big River Show, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

Fieldwork, Natioanl Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

New Australiana, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth; Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury, Australia
20026ft + clean: surf + art, Gold Coast City Art Gallery touring exhibition, Surfers Paradise, Australia (to 2003)

Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 – 2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne (November 2002 to February 2003)

Photographica Australis, ARCO 2002, Sala del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain

Love at First Sight: Self-made Women, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2nd Sight Australian Photography in the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002

Embrace Contemporary Photomedia, Trinity Delmar Gallery, Sydney

The Big River Show: Murrumbidgee Riverine, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW

The First Twenty Years, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Anne Zahalka, Anne Wallace, Maryanne Lynch, Annette Bezor, Institute of Modern Art, January 31 – March 9, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Documenting Australians, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria

Watermarks, Maritime Museum, Sydney
2001Federation! But who makes the nation? Regional Galleries tour

Hermanns Art Award, Sherman Gallery, Sydney and regional tour

What John Berger Saw, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

New Australiana, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2000Sporting Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Sydney Metropolis + Suburb + Harbour, Museum of Sydney

Striking, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria; Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW; Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria; Mildura Art Centre, Victoria; Geelong Art Centre, Victoria

Journeys in the Dream Land, Dennis Del Favero, Jon Rhodes, Anne Zahalka, Fotogallery, Cardiff, Wales

All Stars 2000, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1999Signature Works, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

What John Berger Saw, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra, NSW
1998The Body in Question, Wessel + O’Connor, New York, USA

ICONS: Pictures of the City, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria

Unhomely, Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea

Haimish, (homely), curated by Naomi Cass and Natalie King, The Jewish Museum, Melbourne

After the Masters, Master of Fine Arts 1993 – 1997 Selected Work, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, Universiy of New South Wales, Sydney
1997Distanz und Domizil, Fotographie der Gegenwart, Künsthaus Dresden, Germany

Artists in the House, Elizabeth Bay House, NSW
1994About Face, Aspects of Australian Portraiture, c1770 - 1993, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Sydney Photographed, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1993Locations, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney and Asian tour

Luminaries, Monash University Gallery, Victoria

8 x 10, Fundraising Exhibition, contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide

It’s all in the Memory, Computer Generated Prints, Art Images, Adelaide

Recent Acquisitions, Waverly City Gallery, Victoria

The Art Factor: International Exhibition of Electronic Art, FISEA, Minneapolis, USA

Parcel Post Show, Linden, Saint Kilda Art Centre, Victoria

Mal was underes, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (studio show).
1992The Manipulated Image, City of Waverley Gallery, Victoria

Constructed Reality: Aspects of Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Southern Land/Empty Crossing, Camerawork Gallery, London, UK
1991Contemporary Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Fertile Ground, Griffith University College, Queensland, Australia
1990As idle objects lie, (collaborations with Felicia Kan), First Draft (west), Sydney

The Readymade Boomerang, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

8 x 10 Fundraising Exhibition, South Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Adelaide

Defective Models: Australian Portraiture 19th and 20th Centuries, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

Twenty Contemporary Photographers, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales & nationally

Australian Photography, City of Waverley Gallery, Victoria

100 Artists Against Animal Experimentation, Deutscher Gallery, Brunswick Street, Melbourne
1989Re-model, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Collaborations, (with David O'Halloran & Brenda Ludemann), Artspace, Sydney

re:Creation/Re-creation, Monash University, Melbourne
1988The Great Australian Art Exhibition 1788-1988, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tasmanian Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia

Australian Photography: The 1980s, curated by Helen Ennis, with assistance from Kate Davidson, Australian National Gallery
1987Pure Invention, Parco Gallery, Tokyo (touring Japan & Australia)

Window to Window, Deakin University, Victoria

From the Newsagency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Fortune, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Ivan Dougherty Gallery,
Sydney, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide
1986Suspending Belief, The Observatory, Brisbane

The Landscape Re-represented, Union Street Gallery, two person show with Geoff Kleem, Sydney

Elsewhere, Biennale of Sydney satellite exhibition

Union Street, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Union Street, Kelvin Grove College, Brisbane

In Full View, 20 x 24 Polaroids, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery

The Repeated Image, Griffith Collection, Brisbane
1985Anniversary Exhibition, Australian Centre for Photography

Photodramas, Artspace, Sydney

Rushes, Union Street Gallery, Sydney

...outside the poem...inside the dream...a story unfolds..., (two person show with Suzi Coyle) Union Street Gallery,

Curator's Choice, Developed Image Gallery, Adelaide

Photodramas, Chameleon Gallery, Tasmania
1984Manipulated Work, Images Gallery, Sydney

Future Unperfect, Artist Space, Sydney
19831984 show, Images Gallery, Sydney

N.S.W. Travelling Art Scholarship, Blaxland Gallery

New Light, Australian Centre for Photography
198250th Anniversary of the Building of the Harbour Bridge, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Harbour Bridge Exhibition, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney

Graduating Photography, Australian Centre for Photography
1981Four Photographers, Bondi Pavilion
1980Aspects of Sydney, Polaroid Exhibition, students S.C.A.


2016Newtown ArtSeat, Newtown, 2 February - 31 March 2016.
2014Department of Parliamentary Services, Celebrating 25 years of Parliament House, Canberra
2011 – 2012Monash University, Melbourne, Portrait of Professor John Redmond
2009National Portait Gallery, Canberra, Portrait of Marilyn Darling OA

University of Western Sydney, Portrait of Professor Janice Reid, Vice Chancellor
2008Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Limited Edition print
2002 – 2003Sydney Airport Corporation Limitied, Welcome to Sydney, 2002, Art at Work program

Public Collections

Albury Regional Gallery (now MAMA)
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Queensland
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Artbank Australia
Australian Bicentennial Collection
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
BHP Billiton
City of Waverley Collection
Curtin University
Deutsche Bank Collection
Geelong Gallery
Gold Coast Art Gallery
Grafton Art Gallery
Griffith University Collection
International Polaroid Collection, USA
Jewish Museum of Australia
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
Monash Gallery of Art
Monash University Collection
Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery
Murdoch University Art Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
National Australian Maritime Museum
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
National Library of Australia
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Sir Elton John Collection
Tweed Rivers Regional Gallery
University of Melbourne
University of Tasmania
Visart, New York
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Waverley Art Gallery


YearResidency Details
2017Turner Gallery Perth, Western Australia, 27 Feb – 18 March
2013HMAS Penguin residency commemorating the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy
Newignton College, Concordia through the Newignton Women’s Fund
2011Bondi the Beautiful residency, Bondi Pavilion Gallery
2008Sofitel, Melbourne, Victoria
2008Bundanon, Arthur Boyd Estate, New South Wales
1988Gertrude St, 3 month residency, Melbourne
1989Bondi Pavilion Community Centre, 6 month residency, Sydney
1986Visual Arts and Crafts Board residency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin


YearGrant Details
2006Development Grant, Australia Council
2000Fellowship, Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board
1996Project Grant, Australia Council Visual Arts/Crafts Board
1993Development Grant, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Australia Council
1991Project Grant, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Australia Council
1990Development Grant, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Sydney

Prizes and Awards

YearPrizes and Awards

2021 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, 16 July 2021 - 19 September 2021, Tweed Regional Gallery

2017Olive Cotton Portrait Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales (Director’s Choice), 21 July – 8 October

Tidal, City of National Devonport Art Award, finalist, Devonport Regional Art Gallery, 25 Nov – 29 January

Lisa Sullivan, Tricking the eye- contemporary trompe l’oeil catalogue
2016Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, finalist Gold Coast City Gallery, 25 June – 21
2013Olive Cotton Portrait Prize, Tweed Rivers Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
2008Winner, Macarthur Cook Art Award, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne

Selected finalist Basil Sellers Award, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
2007Winner of National Photographic Prize, Albury Regional Art Gallery
2006William Bowness Photographic Prize finalist, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria

Art & About, selected finalist, Hyde Park, Sydney
2005Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, finalist Gold Coast City Gallery

Winner of Leopold Godowsky Jnr award, Photographic Resource Centre, Boston

Art & About, selected finalist, Hyde Park, Sydney

Selected Bibliography


Issue 32 of Vault Magazine - The Future is Female
Michael Moran, Mullet Creek, Illawarra 1853, 23 February 2020

2019Sophie Deutsch, The Legacy They Leave, Australian Jewish News, January 18, p20

David Tatnall, Exhibition - Wild Life, Australia, View Camera Australia, 27 May

Charles Purcell, Lost and Found, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum December 8-9, p16,17

Gina Fairley, The revival of the Street Photography fad, Arts Hub

Jacqui Taffel, Two artists honour the memories of their parents and the family they never met, Wentworth Courier, 5 December 2019

Vanessa Low, Sublime Sea: Rapture and Reality, 5 December 2019

2018Steve Meacham, Fabulous 50 named and framed, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August

National Art Part One National Art School catalogue

Incommensurable: photomedia in the era of globalisation ANU Drill Hall catalogue
2017Dr Jacqui Durrant, The Landscape Revisited essay

Rita Lazauskas, The Landscape Revisited curatorial essay
2016The Photograph and Australia, AGNSW catalogue, pg 21, 287

Alasdair Forster, Dubai Photo Exhibition, catalogue, pg 118,141 - 144
2015On the Beach, catalogue, Mornington Peninsula Gallery, Victoria

Anne Zahalka: Playground of the Pacific, catalogue no. 181, Josef Lebovic Gallery

Naomi Cass, Threshold catalogue Arc One Gallery
2014Helen Musa, Photos breathe life into the hallowed halls of Parliament House, City News.com.au 20 June

‘Parliament House at Work’ exhibition shows the people behind the politicians, Her Canberra, online

Phillip Thompson, Behind the political scenes in Canberra’, Sydney Morning Herald, June 19
2013Andrew Taylor, Artist gets on board campaign against live animal export, Sydney Mornng Herald, June 7
2012Gavin Wilson, “The Great Divide, Picturing the Blue Mountains”, catalogue Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, pp 69

Helen Ennis, “Things – Photographing the constructed world”, catalogue National Library of Australia

“Bondi Twitch: A Field Guide to the Noses of the Waverly District”, catalogue Bondi Pavilion Gallery

100 Stories from the Maritime Museum, UNSW Press, 2012, Pp 75 -77

Dr Vivien Gaston, “Controversy: The power of art”, 2012 catalogue Morninton Peninsula Regional Gallery
2011Bronwyn Watson, Public Works, The Australian, Arts May 14

Josef Liebovic, “Return to Homeground”, catalogue Collector’s list No. 150, 2011
2010Louise Tegert, Slow Burn: A Century of Australian women artists from a private collection, Eva Breuer Art Dealer and National Trust SH Ervin Gallery, pp 200 -201

Kathleen von Witt, “Interpreting Portraiture: Macquarie 1810 – 2010”, catalogue Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, pp 30 – 35

Dr Anne Marsh, LOOK: Contemporary Photography since 1980, (Melbourne: Macmillan Press, 2010)
2009Edward Colless, “Anne Zahalka”, Australian Art Collector, Issue 49, July - September 2009, pp. 152-157
2008Alice McCormick and Sarah Rhodes ‘ The Artist’s Lunch’ Murdoch Books2008, pp 148 - 157

Sera Waters, ‘Wonderful World’, Eyeline, No. 65, 2008, pp. 52-54

Sylvain Campeau, ‘OIKOS Habitacles/ Habitable Places’, catalogue SBC Galerie D’Art contemporain, Quebec, March 2008, pp 68 – 71

Hotel Issue, Hotel Suite, Artichoke Magazine 24, pp 83 - 86

Stephen Haley, ‘Double Exposure: Post-photographic practice’, Photofile 84, pp38

Melbourne Art Fair July 2008, Melbourne Art Fair Foundation, pp 178 - 179
2007Essay by Daniel Palmer and Interview by Karra Rees ‘Anne Zahalka: Hall of Mirrors’, exh. cat. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 

Karra Rees, ‘Anne Zahalka: Wild Life’, Photofile 79 Summer 2007 pp 48 - 51

Naomi Evans, ‘Anne Zahalka: Wild Life’, HEAT, no. 14, 2007, pp. 97 – 112

Helen Ennis, Photography and Australia, Reaktion Books

Jacqui Taffel, ‘Click and myth approach’, The Hot Seat, Sydney Morning Herald, April 17, 2007

Lynne Minion, ‘A clue to the setting’, in Panorama, The Canberra Times, December 22, 2007, pp. 4-5

David Ellison, ‘Anne Zahalka’, wonderful world, exhibition catalogue, celebrating the University of South Australia’s new Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, S.A., pp. 48-9

Olivia Poloni, “Hall of mirrors: Anne Zahalka portraits 1987 – 2007”, Art Monthly Australia, July 2007 Number 201, pp. 3 – 6.  
Art Almanac (Cover), April 2007

Suzie Attiwill “Serendipity – Inside Anne Zahalka’s Hall of Mirrors”, Artichoke, 19, 2007, p. 74

Jacqui Taffel, “Click and myth approach”, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 – 15 April 2007, pp. 4 – 5 (Spectrum).

Clara Iaccarino, ‘Wildlife’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10-11 February 2007, p. 16 (Arts & Entertainment).

Stewart Hawkins, ‘In with the old, in with the new”, The Australian Financial Review, February 17 – 18, 2007, p. 34. 

Karra Rees, ‘Anne Zahalka: Wild Life’, Photofile, #79, Summer 2007, pp. 48 - 51
2006Lori Pauli, Editor ‘ Acting the Part’ National Gallery of Canada, Merrell Publishers Ltd Fig. 45 pp 52

Supercharged: the car in contemporary culture, exhibition catalogue, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Robert Nelson, Anne Zahalka, review of Wonderland, The Age, 8 February2006

The First Post, The Online Daily Magazine, September 23, 2006

‘Anne Zahalka’, EXIT, #23, Madrid, Spain, pp. 88 - 93

Juliette Peers, ‘Catatonic Curating’, Artlink, Vol. 26, #1, pp. 28 - 33
2005Leslie K Brown Jennifer Uhrhane “Leopold Godowosky, Jr. Color photography awards”, In the Loupe July/August 2005 vol 29 Number 4.

Margaret Marsh, Michele Watts and Craig Malyon A.R.T. 2 practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 2005 p. 45
2005‘Supernatural Artificial: Contemporary photo-based art from Australia’, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space and Asialink Centre, Victoria, Australia

Tracey Clement, “Critic’s Picks: My City of Sydney,” Sydney Morning Herald,Dec 31, 2004 – Jan 6, 005, p. 19 (Metro)
2004The Spirit of Celebrity, Griffith Review 5, pp 97 - 110

Gael Newton, ‘Photographic Australis’, Taipei Fine Art Museum  
Ken Bolton, “Australian Women Artists: Sailing to Tahiti,” Jamini: International Arts Quarterly, November, p. 68 - 79

Robert McFarlane, “Photography: Elusive rhythms of the night,” Sydney Morning Herald (Metropolitan), Tuesday, October 5, p. 15

Dominique Angeloro, “Critic’s Picks: Anne Zahalka,” Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 1-7, p. 27 (Metro)

Natalie King, “Anne Zahalka: Natural Worlds,” Australian Art Collector, issue 29, July – September 2004, p. 198, 199

Claire Armstrong, “Collector Profile: Dick Quan,” Art & Australia, Vol. 41 No. 4, Winter 2004, p. 615 – 617

Michael Hedger, “Timeless recreations,” The Star, Weekender, February 25, 2004

Jill Stowell, “Portrait of the artist,” The Star, Weekender, February 14 2004
Anne O’Hehir, “Anne Zahalka: How did we get to be here?,” Art & Australia, vol. 41, no. 3, Autumn 2004, p. 410 - 417
2003Martin Jolly, ‘Writing Archives’, Art Monthly Australia, Dec 03 – Feb 04, No.166, pg 5

Peter Conrad, ‘At Home in Australia’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 

Lara Travis, “Anne Zahalka,” See Here Now: Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, editors Chris MacAuliffe and Sue Harvey, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd, Victoria, p. 150, 151

Daniel Palmer, “Anne Zahalka,” Monash University Collection: Four Decades of Collecting, ed. Jenepher Duncan and Linda Michael, Monash University and Monash University Museum of Art, Victoria, 2003, p. 68

Stuart Koop, “Same As It Ever Was: photography in the Collection,” Monash University Collection: Four Decades of Collecting, ed. Jenepher Duncan and Linda Michael, Monash University and Monash University Museum of Art, Victoria, 2003, p. 40 - 44

Alasdair Foster, “Interview: Anne Zahalka,” Photofile # 69, August 2003, pp. 19 - 21

Margaret Plant, “The Journey from Field to Fieldwork 1968 – 2003,” Eyeline # 51, Autumn – Winter, 2003, p. 44 - 46

Zara Stanhope, “Take a Good Look at My Face, Love at First Sight: artists and their relationship with the camera,” Eyeline # 51, Autumn – Winter, 2003, p. 26 – 29

Dominique Angeloro, “Critics Picks: Leisureland Regional,” Sydney Morning Herald, (Metro), July 11 – 17, p. 27

Rosalie Higson, “Location is not everything,” The Australian, Friday May 30, p. 14

Peter Hill, “Focus on the Big Picture,” Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), May 24-25, p. 12, 13

“Anne Zahalka,” Blaze: Visual Art Writing from the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia 1990 - 2002, CACSA, Adelaide, p. 19 

Stuart Koop, “Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 – 2002, Broadsheet, vol. 32, no. 1, March, April, May, p. 8 - 11

Julian Raxworthy, “Love at First Sight,” Photofile #68, April, p. 69, 70
2002Charles Green, “Into the 1990s: the decay of postmodernism,” Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 – 2002, exh. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne (November 2002 to February 2003), p. 100 – 111

6ft + clean: surf + art, exh. cat., Gold Coast City Art Gallery touring exhibition to 2003, Surfers Paradise, Australia, Russell Storer and Daniel Palmer, “Anne Zahalka,” Big (Australia) Magazine

John McDonald, “Old Man River: The Murrumbidgee as inspiration,” The Australian Financial Review, Thursday 14 November 2002, p. 72 (Arts)

Gavin Wilson, ‘The Big River Show: Murrumbidgee Riverine’, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2nd Sight Australian Photography in the National Gallery of Victoria, exh. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 91, 96

Chris Reid, “Fortresses and Frontiers: Anne Zahalka; High Anxiety: Anne

Wallace, Pyjama Girl: Maryanne Lynch, Blush: Annette Bezor - Institute of Modern Art, January 31 – March 9, Brisbane” Eyeline #48, Autumn/Winter 2002, p. 48, 49
2001Pavel Buchler, Anne Zahalka, Theory Takes a Holiday, Portfolio, UK #31, June

Peter Anderson, Look and Learn, Eyeline

Robert McFarlane, Sydney Morning Herald, Metropolitan, 2nd Feb

Ben Genocchio, Review of Leisureland, The Australian, August 18
2000Christopher Coppock, ‘Journeys in the Dreamland’ (exh. cat), Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales

‘Portfolio’, Portfolio Gallery, London, UK, No. 31, June 2000

“Anne Zahalka,” VCE Art, Sporting Life, catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Sydney Airport, The Art Trail: a guide to experiencing Sydney Airports’ Art at Work
Ben Genocchio, Review Leisureland, The Australian, early August 
Programme, Sydney Airports Corporation Limited, Sydney
1999Leisureland, Photofile, No 57, October

Courtney Kidd, Spectrum review, Sydney Morning Herald, 26th August

Anna Clabuburn, Striking, catalogue, Monash Gallery of Art collection

Peter Emmett, Sydney Metropolis + Suburb + Harbour, Museum of Sydney

Robert McFarlane, Review, Sydney Morning Herald, May 10

Sebastian Smee, Exhibitions, Sydney Morning Herald Metro, May 

Robert Nelson, Focus on Photographers who click as artists, The Age, October 27

Freda Freiberg, Haimish (review), Like, No. 7, Summer
1998Bruce James, Galleries, Sydney Morning Herald, March 10
1997Haimish, (homely), exhibition catalogue, The Jewish Museum, Melbourne

Freda Freiberg, Anne Zahalka: Woven Threads, Photofile no. 51, August

Anne Zahalka, Collecting Insects, cat., Artists in the House

Heike Marx, Von Menschen und Dingen, Rheinpfalz, May 12

Ulrike Soltendiek, Einblicke in den Alltag, Manneheimer Morgen, March 12

Ute Aichele, Open House, Kunst, May

Christopher Allen, Art in Australia - From Colonization to Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson, London

Sarrah Preuhs, Anne Zahalka-Open House, Distanz und Domizil (cat. article), Dresden, Germany

Anne Zahalka, Woven Threads, Community Aid Abroad
1996Martyn Jolly, Anne Zahalka - Spurs of the Moment ,Art + Text, Vol. 54 1996, pp. 62 - 65.

Peter Weiermair, Prospect-Aspects of Contemporary Photography, Edition Stemmle, Kilchberg/Zurich

Daidalos, Art Architecture Culture, Urban Habitation, #60, June
1994Anne Zahalka, Gesture cat, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Catriona Moore, Manipulated Image, critique, Art Network #17
1993Maudie Palmer, Fantasy bathed in Irony, The Australian, December 30
1992‘Location’ (exh. cat), ACCA and Asialink, Victoria, Australia

Richard Neville, Faces of Australia, State Library of New South Wales Press
1991Margot Osborne, 'Breaking down the artistic cliche', The Advertiser, South Australia, 13 July
1990Isobel Crombie and Sandra Byron, ‘Twenty Contemporary Australian Photographers’ (exh. cat), National Gallery of Victoria

Charles Green, ‘Anne Zahalka, Artforum International, December

Michelle Helmrich, Portrait of an Artist, Artists, catalogue

John Peter Nilsson, Biennale of Sydney, Astonbladt, April 21, Sweden
1989Merryn Gates, re:Creation/Re-creation, exhibition catalogue, Monash University

Peter Weiermair, ‘Portraits’, Edition Stemmle, Zurich/Dusseldorf
1988Pat Simons, ‘Resemblance and Displacement’, Photofile

Rainer Borgermeister, ‘Resemblance’, Art + Text, #29

Michele Helmrich, ‘Anne Zahalka, Eyeline #5, June

Susan Butler, ‘Anne Zahalka at Camerawork’, Creative Camera

Australian Bicentennial Authority and David Hansen, The Face of Australia, The Land- The Present, Fine Art Press, Sydney

Sarah Kent, Time Out, previews, May 18-25, London

Australian Photography: The 1980s, Australian National Gallery, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne Oxford University Press
1987Resemblance, catalogue, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Beatrice von Bismark, ‘Resemblance’, Dokument und Analyse, Frankfurt, June
Terry Smith, No simple way to find the Australian in Australian art, Times on Sunday, 8 November

Here and There, exhibition cat., Monash University

Gary Catalano, Mapping the Art of Australia, The Age, 13 November
1985Martyn Jolly, Clash of Geneologies at the Future Unperfect show, On the Beach, #6 Spring

Judith Fox, Duo reworks themes to make the invisible visible, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May
1983Max Dupain, Let’s have a bit of pictorial blood-letting, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December
1981Photo-discourse, critical thought and practice in photography, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

Max Dupain, High Court under fire at Bondi, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October