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Fran Callen, Gig in Surry Hills, 2011, pen, colour pencil and watercolour on paper, 350 x 280mm.

Fran Callen

Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Teaching, Wall work

Drawing from life is Fran Callen’s inspiration. Her energetic works capture people, moments, human behavior, social interaction and relationships. Callen is an artist who immerses herself in the performance of life, in the thick of the action, aiming to capture fleeting moments, the energy and absurdities of daily existence. Working in pencil, oils and watercolours - the everyday spills onto her works, incorporating whatever might be around her at the time such as beer or tea.

Her ‘Tabletop’ drawings began as an exploration of new-motherhood, domesticity and the struggle to find the ultimate art/mother balance. Initially records of domestic rituals, they also venture to other places. Objects are drawn as they pass across the surface in daily moments. Wine, sap, plants and salt, for example, become mark-making mediums. Drawings evolve into a palimpsest of moments, a record of time passing. The narrative of the artworks’ own history is revealed within its layers.



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Solo Exhibitions

2017, The Collections Project, with Flinders University Art Museum/Guildhouse
2017, Fran Callen, Christopher Carapetis and Glenn Kestell, BMG Gallery
2016, Jam, onsite live-art & collaborative tabletop drawings from SALA residency, Adelaide Central Market
2012, Her Nature to Decide, Little Fish Gallery, Sydney
2010, Social Intercourse, AP Bond Gallery with Ian Abdulla's Murray River Me
2009, Love Vomited, with Suzannah Jones, Wheatsheaf Hotel, SALA Festival
2007, Zoo, Fox Creek Winery, Adelaide
2007, Mapping Us, Caos Café, SALA Festival, Adelaide
2006, Polyptich Jam, Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
2005, Icons, Dorritt Black Building, SA School of Art, Adelaide
2004, Frenetic, The Bank Space , Underdale Campus, University of SA
2003, Riff Raff, Exeter Hotel, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions

2017, Side by Side 2, Prospect Gallery, SA
2015, Mad For, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, co-ordinated by Eleanor Zecchin
2015, Wish You Were Here, Postcard exhibition, Central School of Art
2014, SALA Festival Open Studio with Anne Newmarch
2014, ArtParty, Exhibition/Live Art, 4 'Pop Up' Galleries, Sydney
2013, Red Thread, invited artist, Lincoln College, Adelaide
2013, Loreto College Spring Art Exhibition, invited Artist
2012, Move, Light Square Gallery with Megan O’Rourke, Marie Littlewood, Yusuf Hayat
2012, Helpmann Acacemy Maestros & Apprentices Silent Auction
2011, Alpha Gallery, Alpha House, Newtown, Sydney
2011, Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2011, Bird, Red Poles, SALA Festival, Adelaide
2010, Dog, Red Poles, SALA Festival, Adelaide
2010, Melbourne Artsfair Postcards, Feltspace, Adelaide
2009, Wishlist, Craftsouth Members, Central School of Art
2009, The Art of Chai, ARI Art Space, North Adelaide
2009, Selected Artists with Eleanor Zecchin, Gallery 139
2009, Skulls in art, selected artists, Gallery 139
2008, Fundraiser exhibition, Seedling Art Space
2008, Traces, Kerry Packer Gallery, SASA Staff Exhibition
2008, Dogs and Cars, Artroom 5, Henley Beach, Adelaide
2008, Under the Banyan Tree, Light Square Gallery, SALA
2008, SALA on Sale, Rundle Street Markets, SALA
2008, Selected Artists with Driller Jet Armstrong, Gallery 139
2008, The Meaning of Life, Helpmann Academy Graduates, Eye to Eye Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
2007, International Elephant, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi
2007, Tales of the Decongested, Exhibition/Booklaunch, Foyles Bookshop Gallery, London
2006, Vitamin, Online Exhibition, Curated by Shaw Hendry
2006, Meet & Greet, Downtown Artspace, Adelaide
2005, University of South Australia Graduates Exhibition, City West Campus


2016, Limber Up/Guildhouse Mentorship with Christopher Orchard
2009, Advanced Diploma Professional Writing, ACArts, TAFE SA
2008, Critics Masterclass, Adelaide Festival of the Arts
2008, TAA Training & Assessment, TAFE SA
2006, Visual Arts BA Honours, Painting & Drawing, SASA University of South Australia
1999, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art/Eng), University of South Australia
1998, Bachelor of Visual Arts, SASA University of South Australia


2017, Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize
2017, Finalist, Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Gallery
2016, Winner, Food & Wine Art Prize
2016, Shortlisted, Watershed Art Prize
2016, 3rd Prize, Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize
2011, Shortlisted, Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize for portrait of Chrissy Amphlett
2006, Nominated for Mawson Lakes School/Helping Hand Aged Care mural project, SA Art Educators Awards
2005, Peoples Choice Award ‘Comrades in Arts’ 20x20 Portrait Exhibition
2005, Shortlisted, Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre Gallery
2004, Shortlisted, Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre Gallery
2001, Mount Barker Council Community Arts Award, Past Present Future of Mount Barker Mural


2016, Artist in Residence, Adelaide Central Market, SALA Festival
2013, Artist in Residence, mural artist, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
2013, Carclew Artists in Schools Residency, Trinity College
2008, Carclew Artist in Schools Residency, The Grove Education Centre, Woodville
2007, Helpmann Academy Cultural Exchange, Sanskriti Kentra, New Delhi
2005, Carclew Artists in Schools Residency, Mawson Lakes School Murals
2003, Ruth Tuck Scholarship, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy

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Paul Guest Drawing Prize

29 Jun 2018

'Dappled Things' has travelled to Bendigo Gallery for the Paul Guest Drawing Prize which opens on the 29th June! This canvas evolved during The Collections Project at Flinders Art Museum 2017, thanks to Guildhouse. Thanks also, to Kaurna Warra Karrapanthi for advice and permission to use Kaurna words for local plants amongst the drawing.

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Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

16 Jun 2018

This canvas, 'Gather', has made it's way to the Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize! The exhibition opens on Saturday 16 June at Stump Hill Gallery at the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, 5-7pm. The opening event at Signal Point Gallery (where this canvas will be spending it's time) will take place the following day, June 17th, 12 noon-2pm.

'Gather' is a gathering of domestic moments layered, spilt, drawn, erased, and re-drawn. Moments taking place among spatterings of remnant endangered Grey Box Grassy Woodlands in the Adelaide Hills.

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Sketchy Botanics for Children

23 Jan 2018

Suitable for kids aged 8-12, this sketchy-crafty workshop is full of imagination, creativity, and inventive fun!

Make your own family of ‘sketchy-creatures’, inspired by unusual scientific illustrations. Wind pipe-cleaner legs to Banksia-people. Glue gumnut eyes onto seedpod families. Make crazy-bird-monsters with leaves and sticks.

Then draw your creations with mixed media and collage, using experimental drawing techniques. Invent names for your creatures. Where do they live? What do they eat? What do they do for fun?

Take your creations home to share!

See the link below for more info and to enrol through TAFESA.

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Image: Fran Callen, Tabletop 2, 2016

Fran Callen | Finalist National Still Life Award

19 Oct 2017

Congratulations to Fran Callen who is a finalist in the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD. The finalists were selected from over 600 entries – the highest number of entries to the Gallery’s still life award in its ten year history. Artists from all states and the ACT, and at all stages of their careers, are represented among the finalists. The exhibition will be on show from 24 November 2017 – 18 January 2018. The official opening will be Saturday 25 November 2017. People’s Choice voting begins on Thursday 23 November 2017.

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Fran Callen, Tablescape (Adelaide Central Market), 2016

Fran Callen | Finalist Tatiara Art Prize

09 Oct 2017

Congratulations to Fran Callen who is a finalist in the Tatiara Art Prize. Tatiara District Council is an enthusiastic supporter of arts and culture in the community and the Art Prize is an award that not only recognises the work of local artists, but brings artwork from around Australia for the community to enjoy.

An exhibition of finalist works will be on display at the Walkway Gallery in Bordertown from 9 October to the 24 November 2017.

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Fran Callen | Finalist Whyalla Art Prize

30 Sep 2017

Congratulations to Fran Callen who is a finalist in the Whyalla Art Prize. Originally designed to promote emerging artists in the area by the Whyalla Arts Council in 1972, the Prize has since grown into a significant national award showcasing contemporary Australian art. The community of Whyalla has acquired a notable collection of artworks in iconic styles reflecting the changing face of the country over this time.

The 2017 Whyalla Art Prize exhibition will open at the Middleback Arts Centre on Saturday 30 September and run until Saturday 2 December.

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The Adelaide Review | Fran Callen

01 Aug 2017

Featured in the August 2017 edition of The Adelaide Review. Read the full article on the link below.

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