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Donna Malone is a visual artist based in Yuggera Country (Meanjin -Brisbane) and Bundjalung Country (Far North Coast NSW). Shortlisted and highly commended in many Australian art prizes, Donna has focused her attention on cultivating a dynamic practice based in drawing.

Using materials and inspiration from her environment, she engages in a reciprocal process that is open and responsive. Both formally educated and mentored, the artist has a career spanning several decades that includes both exhibitions and residencies across Australia, Europe, USA, India and most recently in Barcelona, Spain.

In describing her practice Donna states...

“For me Drawing is not just the art of measuring and putting down, it is also the act of receiving. When the language of Drawing is open, I experience and respond to an energy coming from behind the given set of appearances. The work is ‘done’ when the piece is still alive and conversing, when it hasn’t been laboured over or silenced, when I am still able to hear it breathe.



Represented by Lorraine Pilgrim



2021 ongoing project (20 years +) Dynamic Drawing Participant with Ron Curran and Liz Friend

2021 ongoing project (15 years +) Inspired and supported by (and Practising with)  Jude Roberts, Gabriela Soelkner, Michael Baartz, Lorna Crane, Nicola Moss and Ron Curran

2021 ongoing project 10years +, Remapping Mitchell, Mitchell Western QLD 

2018 Because of Her We Can NAIDOC Ongoing Art Project participant on site Maranoa River, Mitchell, QLD

2017 Cunnamulla Draw 4 All trip, Western QLD

2017 A. i. R. Bull Bay, Bruny Island, TAS 

2016 Art Print Residence, Barcelona, SPAIN

2015 Jervis Bay Residency with Lorna Crane, Sth Coast, NSW

2014 South France drawing workshop with Diane Olivier (US)

2014 GAP Venice Global Art Project participant, Venice, Italy

2013 A. i. R. Ithaca TAFE, Red Hill, QLD (6 months)

2012 U.S.A. Journal tour, La Trobe College (Melbourne) NYC, USA

2010 Sketchbook Tour, Rajasthan, INDIA

2009 A. i. R. Beverly Art Gallery, Rural W.A.

2008 Desert Art Tour Larapinta NT

2003 TAFE Visual Arts Cert III (Murwillumbah, NSW) High Distinction

1995 TAFE Drawing Certificate (Murwillumbah, NSW) Top Marks for NSW

1981 - 82 Graphic Design Cert (Randwick TAFE) NSW

1980 Animation Cert, Randwick TAFE NSW

1980 SCA Sydney College of the Arts (Graphic Art Degree) NSW

1979 HSC ‘1’ in Art and Art History 


2021 Sanctuary, (with Rachael Lee) Albion Art Hub, QLD

2020 DRAWING LIFE, Albion Art Hub, QLD

2019 Dust and Water, Studio 87, Southport, QLD

2019 Barcelona! Here Comes the Sun, prints and collages from Art Print Residency, Revival A&D, Brisbane, QLD

2017 MIRACULOS, Studio 87, Southport, QLD

2016 10 years – Becoming, a Retrospective, Percolator Gallery, Paddington QLD   

2015 Walking Through French Fields, Studio 87, Southport QLD 

2012 IN essence, Studio 87, Southport QLD

2009 bird on the wire, LP + NYST gallery, Southport QLD

2007 savage joy, Arthouse Gallery, West End QLD

2007 liminal – threshold, Doggett St Studio QLD

2006 the gentle things, Old Post Office Gallery, Benowa, Gold Coast QLD

2006 kindness and rage, Doggett St Studio, Brisbane QLD 

1997 Donna Malone's Solo Show, Mullumbimby Art Gallery NSW 



2021 LP Summer Show, Southport, QLD

2021 TABLE, The Artist Business Lounge Exhibition, Finite Gallery, Paddington, QLD

2021 ALL EYES ON THE ARTS, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD

2020 Lorraine Pilgrim's Stable, M-ARTS, Murwillumbah NSW

2019 Sydney Contemporary Show, Impress Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 20 Days on the Island, Percolator Gallery, Paddington, QLD

2016 Visual Lexicon, Percolator Gallery, Paddington QLD

2015 Awagami Paper Factory mini print exhibition, JAPAN

2013 In the Garden, Percolator Gallery, Paddington, QLD

2013 CPM Printmakers Show Tweed River Regional Art Gallery NSW

2012 La Trobe College New York City Tour Journal Show, Melbourne, VIC

2012 9 lives, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney

2012 Magic Millions Retrospect Galleries Gold Coast

2011 Unchartered Depths Circle Gallery, Brisbane

2011 Petits Travaux Retrospect Galleries Byron Bay and Gold Coast

2011 Drawn Forth, LP + Retrospect Galleries

2011 Drawn to India, (India art tour participants) curated by Catherine Parker USQ Toowoomba

2010 Something in Nothing in Particular, TACIT Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2010 Pathways to Collecting, Inanimate (still life)

2010 Drawn Together, (drawing show) Lorraine Pilgrim + NYST

2010 Artpiece Opening Night Exhibition, Art piece Gallery, Mullumbimby

2009 - 2010 Drawing Breath (collaboration of 4 artists) Tweed River Art Gallery

2009 The Fourth Estate, If you can’t stand the heat, THE INNOCENTS @ LP + NYST

2008 22 of the best @ LP + NYST Gallery, Southport, QLD

2007 FEHVA Art Auction, Bangalow, N.S.W.

2007 REVERENTIAL, DEKA, Fortitude Valley, QLD

2006 MOVING ON UP, DEKA, Fortitude Valley, QLD

2003 SQUEEZE Graduate Exhibition, Murwillumbah TAFE NSW

2003 TAFE Acquisition Prize, Lismore TAFE NSW

1995 Finding the Silence, TAFE Graduate Exhibition, Murwillumbah TAFE NSW

1982 Graphic Design Graduate Show, Randwick Technical College, TAFE NSW



2021 Lethbridge 20000 Small Works Finalist, QLD

2021 Lethbridge Landscape Online Finalist, QLD

2021 Milburn Art Prize Finalist BIA QLD

2019 Brisbane Portrait Prize Finalist, Powerhouse, QLD

2019 Rotary Art Spectacular finalist, Brisbane, QLD

2018 Marie Ellis Drawing Prize finalist, Webb Gallery, QCA, Southbank QLD

2017 Rotary Art Spectacular Finalist, Brisbane, QLD 

2016 Rotary Art Spectacular, Mixed Media Prize winner, Brisbane, QLD 

2014 & 2012 Shortlisted for Clifton’s Art Prize, Brisbane, QLD

2013 SCAP Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist (artwork sold at SCAP Auction)

2013 Redlands Art Prize Finalist, QLD

2013/2015/2016/2017 Shortlisted for Lethbridge 10,000 Art Prize Paddington, QLD 

2010 Wilston Art Show, Highly Commended - Contemporary Art (Bruce Heiser – judge)

2012 & 2008 Wilston Art Show Winner- Contemporary Art (Bruce Heiser – judge)

2009 Warwick Art Prize, finalist

2008 Stanthorpe Art Prize finalist

2007 Mitchell Landmark Art Show Overall Winner, Mitchell, QLD

2003 Focus: TAFE NSW Arts and Design Prize (semi-finalist)

1995 Highest Marks (TAFE NSW 1995) awarded for 1995 Drawing Fundamentals Certificate

1980 NSW Inaugural High School Certificate Travelling Art Exhibition, University of NSW, Sydney