Rushdi Anwar
Rushdi Anwar is a Melbourne-based artist originally from Kurdistan. His installation, sculptures, painting, photo-painting, and video works often reflect on the socio-political issues of the Middle East. Exploring these issues through an investigation of form conditions, material vocabularies and processes, his works reference the social and political unrest in his home country and his Kurdish heritage, but they also have a broader message and talk to us of care, attention and even redemption through art.

He was educated in Kurdistan and Australia studying at the Institute of Kirkuk- Kurdistan, Enmore Design Centre / Sydney Institute- Sydney and RMIT University, Melbourne. He holds a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Fine Arts RMIT University where he is a current candidate of Doctorate of Philosophy Art (PhD) in the School of Art.

He has held solo and group exhibitions widely in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Kurdistan, Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.

Exhibitions include: The Artist Project: Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, Canada (2016). "Hanging Issues" and "Irhal (Expel)", Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, The Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia (2015).Australian War Memorial,Canberra, Australia (2014)."4A A4", 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Sydney, Australia (2014). 19th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan (2014). "3 X 3" Project, the National Gallery Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (2013). "Landlock" Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia (2013). Hanging Issues", Ne Na Contemporary Art Space / Baan Monfai, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014). 18th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum (2012). Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia (2010).

He has been awarded grants from The Artist Project: Contemporary Art Fair, Installation Zone Toronto, Canada (2016). Australia Council for the Arts (2011), Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) (2012 and 2014), Kurdistan Regional Government through the Ministry of Arts and Culture(2010), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2012) and residencies from Ne Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai-Thailand (2012 and 2015) and Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney (2013). His works are held in collections of the Australian War Memorial Contemporary Collection in Canberra, The Kurdistan Regional Government, The Ministry of Arts and Culture, Slemani- Kurdistan and in private collections in Kurdistan and Australia.

Anwar has curated exhibitions for a group of international artists in Kurdistan (2010), Thailand (2012 and 2015), and Australia (2013) that received widespread media coverage. He is Co- founder and Co-coordinator; The Australian Thai Artist Interchange INC (ATAI) Organization Melbourne, Australia. 


Melanie Jayne Taylor
Having lived and schooled in Bangkok, Thailand during her teens – Thai art and culture has contributed extensively to Taylor’s artistic development and practice. Taylor completed a Master of Fine Art with high distinction at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2010.

Taylor has shown her work internationally at the Sardam Gallery in Kurdistan and at Ne’na Contemporary Art Space in Chiang Mai, Thailand and locally in solo exhibitions such as A Room for Ordering Memory at the Counihan Gallery in 2012, Cataloguing the Composite in 2011 at Beam Contemporary and Some Sort of Split, in 2011 at Blindside. She was recently awarded an Art Start grant through the Australian Council of the Arts that supported a self-directed research trip in Thailand and a residency at Mustarinda in Hyrynsalmi, Finland.

Taylor is a co-founder of the EYE Collective, a Melbourne based art collective and has coordinated successful exhibitions at Kings ARI and Dear Patti Smith in 2011. She is currently organizing forthcoming projects with the collective at Seventh Gallery in Melbourne in 2013.

Melanie Jayne Taylor is represented in Victoria by Beam Contemporary.

Both organizers have extensive experience in curating, promoting and managing art installations and working with fellow artists; together with strong cross –cultural skill sets.