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Richard Kelly Tipping      Curriculum Vitae        

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Richard Tipping studied at Flinders University and completed both a masters degree and a doctorate at the University of Technology Sydney. Thesis title: Word Art Works: visual poetry and textual objects. He is known for his photography as well as documentary films on writers. He has exhibited sculptures, prints and drawings widely in Australia, and in the USA and Europe. He currently lives in Sydney.

His poetry has been included in over thirty anthologies including: The New Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, edited by John Kinsella (2008), The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry, edited by Phillip Mead and John Tranter and the New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, edited by Les Murray.


Off the Page and Back Again (visual poems and sculptures), Writers Forum, London, 2010

Subvert I Sing (visual poems and graphics) Red Fox Press, Ireland, 2008

Notes towards Employment (poetry) Picaro Press, Warners Bay NSW, 2006

Nearer by Far (poetry, hardback) University of Queensland Press, 1986

Signs of Australia (photographs) Penguin Books Australia, 1982

Domestic Hardcore (poetry) University of Queensland Press, 1975

Soft Riots (poetry) University of Queensland Press, 1972

Small press books

The Sydney Morning (poetry and visual concrete poems, in four volumes) Thorny Devil Press,Newcastle 1989-1994

Five O’Clock Shadows  (poetry) Thorny Devil Press, Newcastle 1989

Headlines to the Heart  (poetry, with drawings by Maze Turner), Pothole Press, London, 1985

Diverse Voice  (visual poetry) The International Poetry Archive, Oxford, 1985


2008 Only Emotion Endures  Australian Galleries, Sydney

2007 Multiple Choice, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW

2005 Roadsigned (postcard pack) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2002  Public Works Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2002

2002 City Rubbings Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney and Cologne

1997 Hear the Art  The Eagle Gallery, London

1996 Multiple Pleasures  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Film and Video:

1984-86 - documentary portraits of writers including:

Roland Robinson, Les Murray, Peter Porter, Randolph Stowe, David Malouf, Sumner Locke-Elliott

1994-present - documentary portraits of artists who make books including: Bob Cobbing (UK), Ronald King (UK), Warren Lehrer (USA), Ed Ruscha (USA), Christo and Jeanne-Claude (USA), Purgatory Pie Press

Solo exhibitions:

2009 Hearth, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

2008 Only Emotion Endures, Australian Galleries, Sydney (catalogue published)

2008 Subvert I Sing, Multiple Box Sydney

2007 Multiple Choice, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW (catalogue published)

2007 Fresh Concrete, John Miller Gallery, Newcastle

2007 Imagine Silence, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (catalogue published);

2004 Errrorism, Multiple Box Sydney

2004 Art Signs and Word Sculptures, Banning + Low, Washington DC

2004 Exit Strategy, The Studio, Sydney Opera House

2003 Street Talk, Banning Gallery, New York

2002 Public Works, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2001 One Two Many, Multiple Box Sydney

1998 Versions: Perversions, Subversions and Verse, Ubu Gallery, New York

1997 Hear the Art, The Eagle Gallery, London

1996 Multiple Pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (catalogue published)


The Word as Art, special issue of Artlink (Vol 27 No.1) 2007

The Friendly Street Poetry Reader, Adelaide University Press, 1977

Mok magazine, 5 issues 1968-1969

Grants and Awards:

2002   Visual Arts/Craft Fund, Australia Council, publication grant

1996   Visual Arts/Craft Fund, Australia Council, project grant

1996   The Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery sculpture commission

1996 The Roland Robinson Literary Award, Lake Macquarie, NSW

1994 Scarp Magazine Visual Poetry Award, Wollongong

1994 Arts Design Industry Award, NSW Ministry for the Arts

1984-88 Archival Film Program, Australia Council, grants for film documentaries

1984 Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, overseas studio residence (Milan)

1984 Literature Board, Australia Council, overseas studio residence (Venice)

1984 Art Gallery of NSW, Dyason Bequest (with Maize Turner)


Australia: The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Galleries of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts, Brisbane; regional art galleries including Lake Macquarie, NSW; Lismore, NSW; Gold Coast, Qld; major libraries including the National Library, Canberra; the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW; the State Library of Victoria; the State Library of Queensland; university library and art collections in NSW, Victoria, SA, ACT and Qld.

International: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Deutsches Telekommunication Museum, Frankfurt; the Sackner Archive of Visual Concrete Poetry, Miami; the Beinecker Library, Yale University; Rare Books Collection, Buffalo University; the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Los Angeles.

Selected Commissions:

2004 Sign Language, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Sydney

2001 Signed Signs, permanent installation of signworks for the precinct of the Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts, Brisbane

2000 Watermark, a 15m long steel sculpture (‘Flood’) for the Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts, Brisbane

1999  Art Lifts: Lifting Art, an installation in the two lifts of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the inaugural work of a series

1999 Signs Signed, an installation of signworks in Salvatorplaz, Munich, as a part of Piazza: Language and Art, organised by Art Circolo with the Literaturhaus, Munich

1998 Sounding Silence (Listen: Silent), a granite sculpture for Cataract Gorge, Launceston

1997 Hear the Art, a 5m diameter lightwork on the facade of  Australia House, London

1996 Hear the Art (Earth Heart), a 22m diameter brick wordwork for the grounds of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW

1993 The Shouting Zone (Quiet), a large wall installation in Swanston Street, Melbourne, for the 5th Australian Sculpture Triennial

1993 Neoeon, an animated neon work for Monash University Art Gallery, Melbourne (permanent collection)

1992 Smothered, a 3 metre animated neon work for the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (permanent collection)

1992 Road Works, two 18 metre ’poem banners’ on a city bridge, for the 9th Biennale of Sydney (director, Anthony Bond)

1990 Shifting Ground, a large cloth ‘earthquake crack’ on the facade of the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (with Caroline Jones)

1988 Imaginaction, a cloth banner installation across the whole front of the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (with Caroline Jones

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Zine Fair this Sunday

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 22:34 0 Comments

Come along to the Museum of Contemporary Art this Sunday 20 May from 11-4.30 to check the Zine Fair. Chris Mansell's PressPress and Richard Tipping's Artpoem are sharing a table. The Zine Fair is a part of Writers Week.

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At 15:08 on January 23, 2012, Adrian Wiggins said…

Hello Richard, and a very warm welcome to Sydney Poetry.

This is a social site built by the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds) for the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds).

You can:

This being a social site the more we all do here the more interesting it becomes for everyone.

While there's no editor deciding what gets published there is just a bit of post facto moderation (please do read) to keep it clean and on-topic.

I hope you enjoy your time on the site and find it useful.

Best wishes,


At 17:54 on May 12, 2012, Richard James Allen said…

Sounds like fun, Richard....

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