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PAULA DUNLOP (b. 1979)

lives and works in Brisbane/Meanjin, Australia



2011      Doctor of Philosophy, “Unravelling Design: fashion, dressmaking, ethos”, QUT, Brisbane

2007    Bachelor of Fine Arts: Honours, QUT, Brisbane

2006    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion), QUT, Brisbane

2000    Diploma of Visual Art, Southbank TAFE, Brisbane


selected solo projects and exhibitions

2023    Open Studio: Paula Dunlop, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

2021     ADAPT, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2019     The Part and the Whole, Side Gallery, Brisbane

2009    wearer/maker/wearer, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

2007     Making Plans, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa


selected group projects and exhibitions

2021    MUTUAL INTENT, Brisbane Powerhouse

2019    Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

2019    Contemporary Wearables, Toowoomba Regional Gallery

2019    CONTINGENCIES, Compere Collective, Brooklyn

2018    Et. Al., Side Gallery, Brisbane

2018    Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

2018    IMA Annual Gala, IMA, Brisbane

2018    Some Like Poetry, Space 776, Brooklyn

2018    Edition 776, Harbour Art Fair, Hong Kong

2017    Contemporary Wearables, Toowoomba Regional Gallery

2017    IMA Annual Gala, IMA, Brisbane

2016    Shape of Things to Come, The Block, Brisbane

2013     Push/Pull, Artisan, Brisbane

2011      Co-operative Fashion 2 (with Madeleine King), The Stitchery Collective, Brisbane

2008    How You Make It, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

2008    How you Make It, Object Gallery, Sydney

2008    Co-operative Fashion (with Madeleine King), IGNITE, Brisbane

2007    Slow Fashion, Noosa Regional Gallery

2007     Unleashed, Craft Queensland, Brisbane

2006    Slow Fashion, The Loft, QUT, Brisbane

2006    In Progress, Tom Heath Gallery, Brisbane

2006    Brisbane Writer’s Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse

2005    Tag, Craft Queensland, Brisbane

2005    Draft, Brisbane Powerhouse

2003    The Echo Project, Old Government House, Brisbane


2019      Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

2019      Finalist, Contemporary Wearables '19

2018      Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

2017       Finalist, Contemporary Wearables '17

2008     QUT Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) Top-Up Scholarship 

2008     Australian Post-graduate Award


2023   Open Studio Artist in Residence, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

2019    Artist Alliance Inc's LES Studio Program, New York City (March-June)

2019    Residency Unlimited, New York City (March-June)

2018    Space 776, Brooklyn, New York City (March-June)

authored publications

“Beauty, Duty, and Hope” (2015) in Remotely Fashionable: a story of subtropical style, Buick, N and King, M. (eds.) Brisbane: The Fashion Archives.

“Fashion, Ethics, Ethos” (2012) in Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice, Felton, E., Vaughan, S., and Zelenko, O. (eds.) Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

“Dressmakers, Designers and Re-made Things” (2009) in Five: Fashion Musings, Vaughan, S. and Schmidt, C. (eds.) Teneriffe, QLD: Post Pressed.


Q&A, Museum of Brisbane (May 2020)

Residency Unlimited Artist Interview Series, Compere Collective (May 2019)

Space 776 Residency, Space 776 (May 2018)

TFAQ&A, The Fashion Archives (2013)


2013     The Fashion Archives, “Remember or Revive” (online), Issue 3

2008    Rhodes, K.  “The ‘How’ in How You Make It”, Object Magazine, Issue 56.

2005    Schmidt, C. “Draft at Brisbane Powerhouse” M/C Reviews (online), October 20.

professional experience

Designer-maker at Paula Dunlop (2014-present)

Co-creator (with Madeleine King), The Good Object (2012-present)

Designer/dressmaker, The Stafford Street Studio (2011-2015)

Co-founder, manager and workshop facilitator, The Stitchery Collective (2009-2011)

Guest lecturer and sessional tutor, fashion history and theory, QUT (2006-2011)

Sessional tutor, visual arts, QUT (2008)

Studio technician, fashion department, QUT (2006)


selected talks and workshops

2021                Artist talk, Metro Arts, Brisbane.

2019                Artist talk, Side Galley, Brisbane.

2018                Artist talk, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

2016                Artist talk, Bureau Proberts, Brisbane

2015                2D to 3D presentation and workshop, IMA, Brisbane

2015                Future Beauty exhibition tour and design workshop (with Madeleine King), GoMA

2015                Tutu history and design, 'Tutu Reimagined' exhibition workshop series for secondary students, QUT Art Museum

2014                Community Sewing Group (with Madeleine King), Inala Community Centre

2011                 “Industry & Autonomy: what is sustainable fashion?” Panel discussion, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (Fashion After Hours), SLQ, Brisbane.

2010               Erub Island Sewing Workshops (as part of the Stitchery Collective), Torres Strait

2009              “Dressmakers, Designers and Domestic Spaces”, GOMA, Brisbane.

2009              “Chance and Co-operative Fashion”, Revealing Practices, QUT, Brisbane.

2009-2011    Refugee Sewing Program (as part of The Stitchery Collective), Brisbane

2008               “Fashion and the Plan” Artspoken, QUT, Brisbane.

2008               Co-operative Fashion (with Madeline King) IGNITE, QUT, Brisbane.

2007                Artist talk, DEKA Furniture, Brisbane.

2006               Artist talk, Tom Heath Gallery, Brisbane.


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