Willemina Villari

Bio
For the last 15 years Willemina Villari calls Avoca Beach home. A visual artist, very much affected
by her surroundings, our ocean and the bush. With her desire to explore the possibilities of working
with a variety of materials she creates works on paper or board using mixed media as well as
making sculptural pieces. Wire is often the main element for her 3D works to make flowing
drawings in space. On a regular basis she is working outdoors with friends trying to capture the
light, mood and beauty of the natural environment, the local lagoons being one of her favourite
spots. She has met many art loving locals who came to her workshops at her studio to create and
connect with each other with a cuppa and a piece of home baked cake. In the last couple of winters
(Covid permitting) she has been fortunate to have had a chance to go painting in Australia’s red
centre and have recently come back from an art residency near Queenstown.

Bachelor of Fine Art, Sculpture major, 2001 National Art School, Sydney
Exhibitions
2023 Back to Nature, Mist Gallery, Cabaret Beach
2019 Drawings in Space, Gosford Regional Gallery
2016 Drawings in Wire and Collages, Klei Gallery, Sydney
2011 As we See it, Gosford Regional Gallery
2008 Two Sydney Women, Kensington Gallery, Adelaide
2005 Wall Sculptures & Drawings Xavier Art Space, Sydney Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions
2023-2008 Ephemera, Avoca Beach
2023-2008 Connections, Avoca Beach
2022,2018, 2015 North Sydney Art Prize
2022 Tom Bass Art Prize, Sydney
2022 Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi
2022, 2016 Sculpture at Sawmillers, Sydney
2019, 2012, 2010, 2008, Paddington Art Prize
2007 2019 Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee
2019 Conversations with Alice, Lane Cove Gallery, Sydney
2019, 2015 North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney
2019 – 2017 Art in the Open, Art House, Wyong
2018 Re:Worn, Wollombi
2018 Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, Brunswick
2018 Gallery Ten Forty Seven, Sydney
2018 – 2008 The Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery
2017 Artisans in the Garden, Sydney
2016 Art@Wagstaff, Wagstaff
2015 Diversity@The Warf, Wagstaff
2015 The Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook
2014 4+1=1+4 Gosford Regional Gallery
2007, 2005, 2003, 2002 Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney
2009 – 2002 The Miniature Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery
2007 – 2005 The Drawing Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2006 Adelaide Festival of Arts, Kensington Gallery
2005 The Nature of Sculpture, Byron Bay
2004, 2002 Matamata Sculpture Symposium, New Zealand Awards

Awards
2022 Second Prize, Sculpture at Sawmillers, Sydney
2019 Paddington Art Prize, Defiance Gallery Award
2018 People’s Choice, Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk
2016 Artist’s Choice, Art in the Open, Avoca Beach
2016 Major’s Prize, Sculpture at Sawmillers, Sydney
2009 Sculpture Prize, Gosford Art Prize
2008 Overall Winner, Gosford Art Prize
2003 Highly Commended, Mosman Art Design Competition
2002 Sculpture Prize, Fonas Alumni Exhibition, Sydney Tuition

Tuition
2023 – 2008 Sculpture workshops, Avoca Beach
2023 – 2006 Sculpture, WWAS, Sydney
2014 – 2011 Art Camp, The Emanuel School, Sydney
2014 Workshop Cockatoo Island, Sceggs, Sydney
2013 Summer School, NAS, Sydney

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