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Todd Fuller

(b. 1988. Branxton, NSW, Australia)

Todd Fuller has exhibited annually with the Gallery since his debut in 2011 at the age of 23, having graduated from Sydney's National Art School the previous year. His practice integrates sculpture, animation, drawing, performance and painting to construct narratives drawn from empirical experiences, personal or otherwise. 2016 saw Fuller hold a solo exhibition and participate in an Artist in Residence program at Grafton Regional Art Gallery, and will be followed by a residency at Hill End in 2017. These residencies continue Fuller's success, having been awarded the William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship to the British School at Rome and residencies at both the Cité International des Arts in Paris and Sydney Grammar School.

Fuller's practice is multidisciplinary and multifaceted. Within his video work there are two main threads of inquiry, the first being creatures, potbellied men and even the Pope carting a burden that is then released, and the second being investigations into the perception of homosexuality, particularly within rural areas. In 2016 Fuller created the Unite project. A participatory artwork surveying a range of responses to marriage equality that sees members of the public confronted and comforted by two men engaged in a passionate pash. Later in 2016, Fuller began his socially engaged project Gay for Grafton. His practice also includes the drawing stills from these films and sculptures that bring his narratives into three dimensions. These works have seen Fuller enter a number of collections including Artbank, Newcastle Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Deakin University Art Gallery, the ELLIOTT EYES COLLECTION, Sydney Harbour Trust Collection and private collections in Australia, China, England, France and Hong Kong.

Fuller's video works have screened globally in Latvia, Lebanon, India, Greece, Lithuania, Peru, Russia and Ecuador as a part of CologneOFF, and in South Korea with the ARES International Film & Media Festival, as well as nationally in Albury, Newcastle and extensively in Sydney. He has also had video art screenings at the 15th Asian Art Biennale (2012), 16th Asian Art Biennale (2014) and Art Stage Singapore (2015). Fuller's hand-drawn animations have won the Drawing & Printmaking category of the Fisher's Ghost Art Award (2015) and the People's Choice Award at The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2015).

With his interests also spanning into curatorship and arts production, Fuller has held positions as a Gallery and Curatorial assistant at Waverly Council, seasonal lecturer at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, Co-Director and Curator for Sculpture in the Vineyards, Education and Touring Manager for dLux Media Arts, Events, Education and Online co-ordinator for the Biennale of Sydney and Curatorial consultant for Cessnook Regional Gallery. In 2016 Fuller co-curated Just Draw with Lisa Woolfe. This exhibition travelled from Newcastle Art Gallery to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, showcasing artworks that reveal the varied nature of contemporary drawing practices. Fuller is also one half of the art/dance hybrid Flatline, whose success includes international film screenings, an acquisition from Grafton Regional Gallery, multiple performances and a solo exhibition (2014), as well as residencies at Blacktown Performing Arts Centre and Bundanon Trust.
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