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Les Blakebrough


Painting and Ceramics, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney, NSW, 1957; Apprenticed to Ivan McMeekin, Sturt Pottery, Mittagong, NSW, 1957–59; Studied under Takeichi Kawai, Kyoto, Japan, 1963–64.

Related professional experience
Manager, Sturt Pottery, Mittagong, NSW, 1960–72; Director, Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, 1964–72; Senior Lecturer, Ceramics, School of Art, Hobart, Tas., 1973–81; Associate Professor, Head of Ceramics, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas., 1989–94; Principal Research Fellow, Ceramic Research Unit, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas., 1996 – present.

Selected solo exhibitions since 1980
Bowerbank Mill Gallery, Deloraine, Tas., 1981; Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne, Vic., 1981, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1996; Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, 1985, 1990, 1996; Bonython-Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide, SA, 1986; Saddlers Crescent, Richmond, Tas., 1987; Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tas., 1987; Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, NSW, 1987, 1988, 1989; Les Blakebrough: Retrospective, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas., 1988, and touring to five Australian venues, 1989; Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW, 1995, 1997; Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT, 1996, 2001; Savode Gallery, Brisbane, Qld, 1997; BMG Fine Art, Adelaide, SA, 1998, 2000; Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW, 2000.

Selected group exhibitions since 1992
Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld, 1993; Home Made, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas., 1995; Ceramics Survey 1969-1995, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW, 1995; Delinquent Angel: Australian historical, Aboriginal and contemporary ceramics, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy and travelling in Asia and Australia, 1995–97; Newcastle Purchase Award Exhibition, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, 1996; Triaxial Blend, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA, 1996; Four Visions of Antarctica, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, 1997; Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Vic., 1997; The Japan Inspiration: Influence in crafts and design, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA, 1997; Southern Light: Contemporary Australian porcelain, SOFA 98, Chicago, USA, 1998; Contemporary Australian Craft, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, 1999; The Language of Clay, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA, 1999: Response to the Island, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tas., 2001.

Public collections (Australia)
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA; Australian National University, Canberra, ACT; Flinders University, Adelaide, SA; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW; Parliament House, Canberra, ACT; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tas.; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Qld; Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Vic.; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tas.; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld; University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas.; University of Western Australia, Perth, WA; Victorian State Craft Collection, Melbourne, Vic.

Public collections (international)
Kunstindustrimuseet i Oslo, Oslo, Norway; Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy.