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Leigh Hobba, CV

Leigh Hobba
Lives and works in Richmond, Tasmania.


P.O. Box 49 Richmond. Tas. 7025

ph 0488279733


Early/mid career work includes performance, video installation and exhibitions at major galleries throughout Australia and Internationally;
Highlights include: 1976 –80 Performances, Installations and collaborations focused around the

Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

1979 Art Gallery of Western Australia

         Art Gallery of South Australia

         Adelaide Festival Centre Gallery

1980 Paris Biennale des Jeunes, Paris
1982 Festival D’Automne Paris
1982 Sydney Biennale (Visions in disbelief)
1985 Australian Centre for Photography Sydney
1986 Biennale of Sydney (Originality and Beyond)
1988 Performance Space Sydney
1992 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (print work with Tony Coleing) Art Gallery of New South Wales (7th                         International Video Festival

1994 Sao Paolo, Brazil

1995 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1996 Queensland Art Gallery

         Adelaide Festival and Containers ’96, Copenhagen, Denmark

         Tasmanian Museum and Art Galley

1997 Fotofeiss, Edinburgh, Scotland

1998 Artspace, Sydney

2003 Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

2003 – 7 ; multiple performances, video/sound work and installations in artist run spaces and University Galleries, e.g. CAST (Hobart), Plimsoll Gallery (UTAS), Monash University Gallery, Fireworks Galley (Brisbane),  Brisbane City Gallery, DanceHouse Melbourne, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Long Gallery, Hobart.

1978/9 – Program Director, Aboriginal Studies in Music, University of Adelaide

1980 – 89 Overseas and Australia professional art

practice/residencies/various school / Art School contract teaching


1989 – 2015 Employed as founding academic of the Video Department at the Tasmania School of Art.
2015 - present - full time art practice.
Residencies include:
University of Western Australia
Experimental Art Foundation
Cite International des Arts Paris
University of Tasmania
Bundanon, NSW

Arthur River. - Tasmania (Tarkine Wilderness residency)

King Island Cultural Centre


Peer recognised appointments/awards during this time include:

1993 Australia Council Visual Arts and Crafts Board Fellowship 

Panel member, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board

Board Member, Visual Arts and Crafts Board, Australia Council.

Peer assessor, New Media Arts Board

Antarctic Humanities Berth peer assessor.

Australian Research Council Research Audit  peer assessor

PHD Research supervisor and examiner.

Chair, Paris McCulloch studio committee.

Peer assessor - Multi Arts. Australia Council (Current)

Major Curatorial projects
1983 Curator, ANZART – Australian New Zealand Art Exchange d Hobart 1994 Out of the Analogue,                  Plimsoll            Gallery,Hobart
1997  Pulse Friction, Plimsoll Gallery - Hobart
1999  Immediate (Installations of New Media), Plimsoll Gallery
2001  Spatial (Sound Installations) Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart. 2005/12  Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart.

          3 exhibitions of work from artists at the McCulloch studio , Paris. 


Recent work - 2007 - current

2007 Leigh Hobba – The Space of Presence.Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

           “The first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most highly regarded video, and performance,             i                        installation and sound artists” (Craig Judd – Senior curator, TMAG)

          Out of the Music (Leigh Hobba) - ABC RN produced and presented by Andrew McLennan.

2010 Fugues for Frank – curatorial/installation with Michael Kieran-Harvey, Bond Store TMAG for MOFO                                     (Mona Foma – Festival of Music and Art)

2010 Propositions – Media Dance performance( from Bundanon residencies) with Wendy Morrow and Trevor                                Patrick (CAT  - Hobart– for MOFO)

2010 Conceptual – Sculpture/video performance installation CAT Gallery,


2011 Seeing Double – media/ performance installation – Hobart/Malaysia

2012 Fia Fia  Jean P Hayden Gallery – American Samoa – Digital Prints
           Tama Samoa – Video Documentary from South Pacific Arts Festival

2013 Sailing to Samoa – in Acts of Exposure. HD Video, multi channel audio, performed text, digital prints 

2013 Death of a Fish – video installation  Hobart City Art Prize,TMAG, Hobart.
2016 Geologies with Wendy Morrow. – Theatre Royal/Queenstown Unconformity Festival.
            Video/performed text, light as medium and design, GOBO light design and

            installation, traditional and digital woodcut prints installation, music for String Quartet, sound for/with dancer                        Wendy Morrow (movement)

2017 'Pure World 1" for Proof of Life – artist’s book (A3 linen ) Long Gallery, Hobart,touring

2017 Launceston General Hospital. Ward 4a -  public art commission.

2018 TIDAL - Devonport Regional Gallery - single channel video.

           Some Days it Rains - Public Art Commission - Video wall animation and entrance foyer mural

            for Royal Hobart Hospital Development with Milan Milojevic.             

2019 Tarkine wilderness residency   

           "Beautiful Tree" - in Forest Obscura group show - Burnie Regional Art Gallery

2020 Any Which Way - installation. Latrobe Regional Art Gallery.

          Something about the Tarkine - media various - Burnie Regional Gallery

2021 King Island artists' residency.

          Going Dark (The River Project) - 'virtual' installation - King Island Town Hall.

          The String Quartets #1 project - Leigh Hobba, String Quartet #1, for Winter Light,

           Salamanca Arts Centre.

2022 White Night (Geelong) - Video projection for Rising Festival - Melbourne.


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