Brigit Heller was born in Switzerland. In 1997 she moved to New Zealand to study design at Auckland University. 1998/1999 saw her complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In 2015 Heller completed a Masters of Visual Arts at Monash University.

Heller is preoccupied with nature as well as our relationship with the natural world. Her interest manifests itself through the use of materials, color, form and techniques. Her creations are testimony to her interest in traditional crafts and techniques.  

Being acutely aware of the fragility and the importance to maintain a healthy balance between environment and our lives, recycling, reusing and readapting plays a role in Heller’s work. 

Heller has held several solo exhibitions and shown her work in many group exhibitions around Australia. Heller’s works have been shown in some of the major art prizes in Victoria like the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, the McClelland Survey Award and the Deakin University Contemporary Small sculpture Award. Her works have won awards and prizes and can be seen in public places around Victoria as well as private collections in Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. 

 

 

Art related education

Masters of Visual Arts, Monash University, Melbourne 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Art, Melbourne

Certificate of Art and Design, Auckland Institute of Technology

Solo shows

September 2018           ‘Solitude, visitors and the village’ Montsalvat Eltham

August 2016                 ‘Between the Light and Darkness’ Stockroom Kyneton

March 2016                  ‘Water and Sky” Manyung Gallery, Malvern

September 2015           “Brigit Heller” Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza

October 2012               “I don’t want to drown” Mars Gallery Melbourne                                   

November 2005            “The Other Side” Icon Museum of Art, Deakin University

March 2005                  “Island”, McClelland Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

Aril 2001                       “His and Hers”, The Band Hall Gallery, Kyneton

February 2000              “The Graft” an installation on Herring Island, Melbourne

January 2000                “Precieux”, the Bank Hall Gallery, Kyneton

Selected Group Shows

November 2019            ‘Big Sculpture Veg Out, St Kilda

April 2019                     ‘Post’ Baynton Hall

March 2019                  ‘Nowhaus’ LCI Melbourne

February 2019              ‘Montalto Sculpture Competition           

November 2018            ‘Art in the Vines’ Hanging Rock Winery

March 2018                  ‘Landfall’ Lorne Sculpture Biennale

March 2017                  ‘Beached Verandah Project’, Port Fairy

October 2016               ‘Montsalvat Arts Festival’ Eltham

September 2015           ‘Montsalvat” Arts Festival’, Elthham VIC

April 2015                     ‘From Nature’, Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne

October 2014               Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Melbourne

March 2014                  Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne

February  03/2013        Montalto Sculpture Prize, Red Hill VIC

November 2012            Backyard Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ballarat

October 2011/09          Lorne Sculpture Biennale

2011/08/06/05/04        Toorak Village Sculpture Festival, Melbourne

2011/10                       aRtECYCLE Incinerator Arts Complex, Monee Ponds

October 2010               Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

February 2010              Williamstown Arts Festival, Williamstown

February 2007              The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award Werribee Park

October 2003               McClelland Survey&Award, Langwarren VIC

March 2003                  “Site Unseen”, Bendigo Art Gallery

2002/01/00                  Fundere Sculpture Prize Yarra Sculptre Space Melbourne

March 2002                  The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park

March 2001      Sculpture at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula

October 2000   National Sculpture Exhibition, Gasworks Park Melbourne

Grants

February 2019 Regional Arts Community Grant

March 2017      Regional Arts Victoria Quick Response Grant

Residencies

Nov 2016          Toolangi Sculpture Trail, Toolangi

Awards 

2018                 Art in the Vines – Popular Choice Award

2016                 Nillumbik Art Award, Highly commended and

                          Packing room award        

2013                 Second Prize, Toorak Villlage Sculpture Award

2011                 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, MARS Gallery Prize

2011                 Moonee Valley aRtECYCLE Award

2009                 Regional Artist Award Lorne Sculpture Exhibition

2006                 Winner of the Toorak Place Award

2003                 Toorak village Sculpture Festival, Highly

                          Highly Commended

2002                 Winner of the world sculpture news prize

2001                 The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, 

                          Highly Commended and Public Choice

2000                 Certificate of Merit, Inaugural Cleveland 

                          Highly Commended

2000                 Central Goldfields Sculpture Awards 2000, Highly 

                          Commended

1998                 National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award

1998                 Andor Mesaros Sculpture Prize, Highly 

                         Commended

Commissions 

2019                 City of Port Philip 

2018                 Mike and Maria Smith, Bellarine VIC

2018                 John Henderson, Lorne

2015                 Marchese Family, Camberfield VIC

2013                 “Sister City Concept”, New Library Project,

                         Brendigo

2012                 “Outrospective” City of Ballarat

2010                 Twigs on Main,Romsey

2008                 “Habitad” Spaces Design Group, Armadale

2005                 “Poles Apart” Deakin University, Burwood Hwy

2004                 “The Guardian” Wyndham City Council

2003                 “Sculpture by the Creek” Vic Health and 

                          Mt. Alexander Shire

2001                 “..and kingdom come” Parks and Wildlife, Tasmania

2000                 FHA Image Design, Melbourne

2000                 “Wattle Gully reborn” Parks Victoria, Castlemain

1999                 “a plain tree” G.&C. Carpenter, Richmond

 

Public Presentations/Workshops

2019                 ‘Weaving on the Veranda’

2019                 Environmental engagement – AABAT – Art in the Bush

2018                 CRAFT Victoria – selling yourself

2018                 AABAT – Art in the bush, adventure therapy

2016                 Montalsvat Arts Festival, Giant Weaving

2016                 ‘Phoenix arts project’ Fire recovery program, Lancefield 

2015                 Montsalvat, Arts Festival, on creativity

2015                   Megafauna-Festival, Lancefield

2015                   Beeac – Window Space

2004                 AG Ideas, Design conference Melbourne “ideasondesign”