TESSA BERGAN CV

Born 1990, Lismore, NSW

Lives and works Gold Coast, Qld

Education

2017 Projection art masterclass with Yandell Walton, Testing Grounds, Melbourne, Vic

2016 Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld

2015 Queensland College of Art Study Tour, Indonesia and Singapore

2012 Bachelor of Arts (Writing and Media Studies), Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW

Exhibitions / Performances

2019 Surf Salon, The Walls Art Space, Gold Coast, Qld

Transmission, Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival, Southbank TAFE, Brisbane, Qld

2018 HOT SAUSAGE, #PrizeNoPrize, The Walls Art Space, Gold Coast, Qld

BAM Art Prize, Thomgallery, Byron Bay, NSW

SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast, Qld

reHeat, 4/39 Ventura Road, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, Qld

Young Heroines, Maverick Art Space, Gold Coast, Qld

POWER PARTY, The Walls Art Space, Gold Coast, Qld

Golden Breed, Palm Beach Library, Gold Coast, Qld

A Tropical State, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns, and First Coat Studios, Toowoomba, Qld

When Then Becomes Now, SOFA Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld

2017 Level Up Showcase Exhibition, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Qld

GLOW Festival, Evandale Park, Gold Coast, Qld

2016 Short List, River Studios, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Qld

One Size Fits Most, Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Qld

Digital Horizons, White Box Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Qld

SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast, Qld

SWELL Smalls Exhibition, The Way of Design Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld

2015 Jalan-Hidup, Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Qld

SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast, Qld

SWELL Smalls Exhibition, The Way of Design Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld

2014 First Year Showcase Exhibition, White Box Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Qld

Underwater Wanderlust, Collectors Café, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Brisbane, Qld

Awards and Grants

2019 HOTA Creative Development Grant

2016 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in the Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith Universi

Navigate: Young Artist Development Program, City of Gold Coast Council

King Street Co-op public art design commission (shortlisted), Lendlease

2015 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in the Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

New Colombo Plan Travel Scholarship, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government

2014 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in the Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

2013 Endeavor Student Exchange Scholarship, Department of Education and Training, Australian Government

2012 Vice Chancellor’s Rising Stars Scholarship, Southern Cross University

Residencies

2018 MICRO AIR, The Walls Art Space, Gold Coast, Qld

11th Ave Creative, Palm Beach Library, Gold Coast, Qld

2017 Level Up: Youth Arts Incubator Residency Program, Gold Coast, Qld

Commissions

2017 Gold Coast Music Awards, People’s Choice Award

Bibliography

2016 Morris, Samantha. ‘SWELL Sculpture Festival artist profile: Tessa Bergan.’ More Gold Coast (online), 9 September 2016.

O'Driscoll, Natalie. 'Straight To The Point.' Blank Gold Coast (online), 26 May 2016.

O'Driscoll, Natalie. 'Straight To The Point.' Blank Gold Coast, issue #34 26 May 2016.

2015 Walsh, Alison, and Russell Shakespeare. 'This Queensland Life.' QWeekend (The Courier Mail), 26 September 2015.

Bergan, Tessa. 'New Waves at the SWELL Sculpture Festival.' Interview by Ashleigh Wadman. Cult GC (online), 7 September

2015.

Bergan, Tessa. 'SWELL Artist Profile: Tessa Bergan, Tide Lines.' Interview by Samantha Morris. Blank Gold Coast (online), 27

August 2015.

Bergan, Tessa. 'A Groundswell of Local Talent.' Interview by Samantha Morris. Blank Life Gold Coast, issue #25 September

2015.

Bergan, Tessa. 'The Search, 2015.' The Equal Standard Broadzine, issue #2 2015.

Collections

Private collections

Professional Memberships

NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts), Sydney, NSW

Related Employment

Dec 2018 – present

Studio Assistant, Clayton Blake Thompson, Gold Coast, Qld

Jul 2017 – Nov 2018

Public Programs Assistant, Gallery at HOTA, Home of the Arts, Gold Coast, Qld

  • Design, production and facilitation of art workshops for children and adults

  • Content creation for marketing, including social media

  • Administration and technical assistance for event production and delivery

Jul – Aug 2018

Co-curator (with Adrienne Kenafake), Young Heroines exhibition, Maverick Art Space, Gold Coast, Qld

Oct 2017 – Apr 2018

Curator, Peter Carnavas: Colour Wonder (Somerset Celebration of Literature Illustrator Exhibition), Helensvale Library, Gold Coast Qld

Jan – Jun 2017

Public Programs Intern, Gold Coast City Gallery, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, Qld