Jacqui Shelton is a visual artist, researcher, and photographer working in Narrm (Melbourne) who holds a PhD from Monash University.

Her art practice manifests across performance, film-making, writing, photography, reading, and drawing. Working with processes of embodiment, storytelling, documentation and vocal action, each work produces a set of temporary relations between people, sites, or histories, that are then pushed to a limit and examined for intimacies and conflicts that develop. 

As a photographer, Jacqui has worked with numerous government, commercial, and artist-run galleries to document artwork installations and performances, as well as regularly working with independent artists in the production and documentation of their work. She is especially fond of documenting movement and performance works.

Born 1989 in Moranbah, Australia. Based in Narrm/Melbourne.


2019    PhD

           Monash University School of Art, Design & Architecture

           Project title: Listening across a distance

2014     Masterclass Residency

Sound, Art and the Environment with Phillip Samartzis

Bogong Centre for Sound Culture

2012    Bachelor of Fine Arts Hons. (First Class Honours)

           Monash University

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Performances

Something Like Dancing (ongoing performance)

The News of the Building of the Wall (ongoing performance)

2018     Something Like Dancing, MADA Faculty Gallery, Monash University

Images are Struggling in the Corners of this Room, Bus Projects, Melbourne

Something Like Dancing, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2017     Behind the Water Curtain, Arts House, Melbourne

2016     The News of the Building of the Wall, Testing Grounds, Melbourne

2015     More politely than shaking hands progress report, Royal Arcade, Melbourne, and ACCA, Melbourne

Winter Through a South-Facing Window, The Living Room Project, New York City

2014    What works best (each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else), Westspace, Melbourne

SUB, Transit Gallery, Melbourne

gallery labels, Substation Gallery, Melbourne
Limber, Bus Projects, Melbourne
Sunshine on the super-illegitimate, Dudspace, Melbourne

2013     Framing everyday negotiations: never confuse movement with action, Screen Space, Melbourne
A wave is just a part of the ocean, Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
Silt/Suspended Load, SEVENTH Gallery Night Screen, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances


2019     Ventriloquy (Octopus 19), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, curated by Joel Stern

Check Website for Details, Kuiper Projects, Brisbane, curated by Simone Hine

Incinerator Art Prize, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

The Puppet’s Freedom, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

Bus Projects Annual Editions Exhibition, Bus Projects, Melbourne

MFA Graduate Exhibition, showing as invited artist, MADA, Melbourne

Cutting Laps, Castlemaine State Festival, curated by SISTERS AKOUSMATICA
2018     TO DO/TO MAKE, 215 Albion Street, curated by Shelley Lasica and Zoe Theodore

            Holes (working title), Our Neon Foe, Sydney, curated by Therese Keogh

Avantwhatever Festival, Melbourne, curated by Ben Byrne

Performer in Fiona Macdonald’s FILM PERFORMANCE (Act 3), MUMA, Melbourne

2017     Archives in Motion, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville, curated by Liquid Architecture

Phantasmagoria, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, Bogong, Victoria

            Open House, True Estate Gallery, Melbourne

our selves, CTRL+SHFT, Oakland, California

Loosen Performance Week, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne

            Seventh Fundraiser, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

            Performer in Goldin+Senneby’s work “Standard Length of a Miracle” in Greater Together, ACCA

2016     ACCA in the City, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

            Starting Point, curated by Alice Mathieu, Kings ARI, Melbourne

Performing Cinema, Metro Arts, Brisbane
Unconformity Festival, Queenstown, Tasmania, a project by Liquid Architecture

Title is Important. Blindside Gallery, Melbourne

Authenticity..?, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

2015     Sign/Action, Screen Space, Melbourne
Hana’s Wartz, Duckett Street Studios, Melbourne
NARS Artist Residency Open Studios, NARS Foundation, New York City

2014     vis-à-vis, curated by Laura Thompson, A Staple Space, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne Exhibition Building, Melbourne
John Fries Award Finalists Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, Sydney
First Night On The Job,
Dudspace, Melbourne
Moving Pictures/Expanding Space
, Careof, Milan
A4 Westspace Fundraiser, Westspace, Melbourne

2013     Experimental Congress, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
Repeat Offender, curated by Boe-Lin Bastian, Bayside Arts and Culture Center, Melbourne
Leverage, in collaboration with Hind Habib, Blindside ARI, Melbourne
Between Architecture, as part of the Writing Project at Felt Space, Adelaide

2012     HATCHED, PICA, Perth
The Threshold Project, Screen Space, Melbourne

2011     Kodak Salon, CCP, Fitzroy

2010     The Domestic, Kings ARI, Melbourne
Greater Than One, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne
Between Bodies, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy




2017     Arts House Listening Room Residency, Arts House, Melbourne

2016     Testing Grounds Artist Residency, Testing Grounds, Melbourne
            Bogong Centre for Sound Culture Supported Residency, BCSC, Victoria
2015     NARS Foundation Studio Residency, New York

2014    Sound, Art & the Environment Masterclass with Phillip Samartzis, BCSC

2010    Monash Study Abroad Program, Prato, Italy




2019    Finalist in Incinerator Art Prize

2018    Arts Projects Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2017    Monash Travel Grant

2015    Australian Postgraduate Award

2014    Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant

           NAVA Australian Artist Grant

           John Fries Award Finalist, Viscopy

           Shortlisted for NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award

2013    Artstart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

MATCH, Creative Partnerships Australia

2012    Finalist in HATCHED award show, PICA

2010    Arts in Prato Travel Scholarship, Monash University


Writing and Published Works


Crush, Island Island, February 2019
Why Listen to Plants? Review,
Art + Australia Online, January 2019

Listening Across a Distance, PhD Thesis, Monash University, February 2019

A rhythmic pattern of touching hands, a linking of bodies and actions, with Therese Keogh, Un magazine 12.2, 2018

Eavesdropping: silence is what allows you to hear everything here, un extended, un Magazine, August 2018
It is Something Like Dancing, with texts by Zoe Theodore and Melissa Deerson, independently published, 2018

Lull, independently published with Therese Keogh, Melbourne, 2016

What works best (each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else part two), Melbourne, 2014

Framing Everyday Negotiations: never confuse movement with action, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne 2013

Leverage exhibition catalogue, Blindside Gallery, 2013

Disparate, Independent publication, Melbourne, 2013
Between Architecture, Independent publication as part of The Writing Project at Felt Space, 2013

Bibliography/Media Coverage


Audrey Schmidt, Ventriloquy at Gertrude Contemporary, Memo Review, June 2019

Will Cox, In The Galleries: Five Shows to See In June, Broadsheet, June 2019

Romy Ash, The News of the Building of the Wall, commissioned for The City Speaks, ACCA, 2016

Dan Rule, ‘Our pick of what’s showing in galleries around town’, The Age, December 18, 2015

Zoe Theodore, ‘Parallel Expeditions,’ ACCA Art Blog, November 13, 2015

Dylan Rainforth, ‘Young Guns Shine at ACCA Startups Exhibition’, The Age, October 20, 2015
Joe Scott; ‘Notes on the Perfect Project’, catalogue essay, 2014

Jake Wilson, ‘Closed Circuit: 2013 Experimental Congress’, RealTime Arts issue #118 Dec-Jan 2014 pg. 25
Naima Morelli, ‘An artist in a waitress’s body’, Art Monthly Australia, November 2013, Issue 265, pp.38-40

Alison Lasek, ‘Jacqui Shelton’s Language of Movement’, catalogue essay Screen Space, 2013
Robert Nelson, ‘Resisting Walls and Shrinking Spaces’, The Age, 12 June 2013


Positions Held


2019-                Sessional lecturer at MADA, Monash University

2019-                Unit Coordinator at MADA, Monash University

2019                 Copyeditor, Discipline Contemporary Art Journal

2017-                Freelance Photographer (for various arts organizations and artists)

2017-                Bus Projects Artistic Advisory Group Member

2016-19            Front of House Coordinator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

2017-19            Gallery Attendant, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

2018                 Photographer, Bus Projects Artists in Schools Program, Collingwood College

2017                 Volunteer Manager for Kader Attia’s Ghost production, ACCA

Current and upcoming:

Something Like Dancing, ongoing one-on-one performance work. Contact for details.

Channels Festival Opening Party, performance, August 2019.

Check Website for Details, Kuiper Projects, October 2019.