Ms Alison Alder

Head of Workshop, Printmedia and Drawing
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) 190502
  • Art Theory 190103

Research interests

Printmedia and Drawing

Art and activism

Political and social graphics



Alison Alder is a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice. She has worked within community groups, research institutions and Indigenous organisations. 

Alder’s work has been exhibited in several key Australian exhibitions including, amongst others, Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Roads Cross: Contemporary Directions in Australian Art at the Flinders University Art Museum and Gallery (Adelaide & touring) and Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention at Cross Arts Project (Sydney & touring).

Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most State galleries, numerous regional galleries and the Australian War Memorial, for example, as well as private collections including the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the Kerry Stokes Collection. Internationally her work is held in the collections of the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics (USA), the Interference Archive (USA), New York Public Library Print Collection (USA), the National Normal Taiwan University and the Yilan Museum of Art (Taiwan).

Alder is currently Head of the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art.


Researcher's projects

Fellow: Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy

Picturing Politics: Symposium and related events, ANU School of Art

The News Network: Research collaboration between artists based in New Zealand, the ACT and Victoria (ongoing).

The Uniform Project: Art Monthly project with Megan Hinton and Dan Edwards

Future Feminist Archive: A Contemporary Art and Feminism research project (ongoing)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (last 10 years)

2018 Newscrap. Canberra Contemporary Art Space

2017/18 One To Eight. Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra

2015 Death of a Broadsheet. Megalo Gallery, Canberra

2014 Carcass. Canberra Mueum and Gallery, Canberra

2013 Cutting Out Stories of Lanyon. Lanyon Homestead, Canberra

2011/12 Dirty Water. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

2010 Cutting History:2. Kala Art Institute Project Space, Berkeley, USA

2009 Cutting Out History. Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2009 Carcass. Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra


2018. State of the Union. Potter Museum. Melbourne University. Vic

2018 Propaganda. Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Vic.

2018 The News Network II. Forrester Gallery. Oamuru, New Zealand

2018 The News Network. C3 Gallery, Melbourne

2017  Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2017 Kinmen International Printmaking Exhibition. Kinmen, Taiwan

2017 Widening the Gap. Cross Art Projects, Sydney

2017 Aura: Repetition, reproduction and the mark of the artist. Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2016 The Uniform Project. Craft ACT, Canberra.

2016 MCA ArtBar. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

2016 Broadcast: The News Network. RMIT Melbourne

2016 Innervisions. International Print Centre New York. USA

2016 Future Feminist Archive. Cross Art Projects, Sydney

2016 Too Hot to Handle. Centre for the Study of Political Graphics, USA

2015 Fremantle Print Award. Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, WA

2015 Late Edition. Dunpin Gallery. China Art Academy, Hangzhou, China

2015 Yilan International Print Exhibition. Yilan Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan

2015 See you at the barricades. Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2015 Some Posters/Local Positions. Cross Art Projects, Sydney

2014/15 Interchange. Silpakorn University, Tahiland; ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW.

2013 Fremantle Print Award. Fremantle Art Centre, WA

2013 The Triangle. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

2013 Bad Girls. Canberra Cotemporary Art Space, Canberra

2013 Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention. Cross Art Projects, Sydney

2012 Merchants of War. Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney.

2012/13 Roads Cross: Contemporary Directions in Australian Art. Flinders University Art Museum and Gallery; Charles Darwin University Art Gallery; Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2012 Volume One. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

2011 Challenge of Place. Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2010 Beneath the Skin. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2010 Alice Prize. Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

2009 Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2009 Paper Cuts. Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

2008 Signs of Change. Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh; Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland,  USA

2008 New Social Commentary. Warrnambool Art Gallery, Vic

2008 Alice Prize. Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs


2018 Commission: Australian War Memorial – Propaganda

2016 Commission: Art Monthly Australasia –The Uniform Project

2015/16 Fellow: Australian Prime Ministers Centre – The First Eight

2015 Commission: Australian National Gallery – The Known World

2013 Highly Commended: Fremantle Print Award

2010 Winner: Alice Prize

2009 Project Grant: Arts ACT


2015 Future Feminist Archive. Wollongong Art Gallery & Wollongong University Archives

2014 Open Studio. Toronto, Canada

2013 Lanyon Homestead, Canberra. ACT heritage, artsACT & ACT Museums and Galleries

2012 Alice Springs Art Foundation. Alice Springs NT

2010 Centre for Contemporary Prints. Connecticut, USA

2008 Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. Canberra


2018  Posted Extravaganzas. Art History Association, UK. Courtauld Institute, London

2017  Drawing Home. China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China (paper)

2016  Picturing Politics. ANU School of Art and Design, Canberra (convenor)

2015  Impact9. China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China (exhibitor)

2015  Death of a Broadsheet. Mildura Print Triennial, Mildura Vic (paper)

2011  Impact7. Monash University, Melbourne (convenor – round table)

2004  Punttu. National Print Symposium. National Gallery of Australia (paper)


New York Public Library Print Collection (USA), University of NSW, National Gallery of Australia, National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan), Yilan Museum of Art (Taiwan), Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of WA, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Library, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, NSW State Library, Kerry Stokes Collection, Powerhouse Museum, Wollongong University, John Curtin University, Centre for the Study of Political Graphics (USA),  Araluen Art Collection, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Museum of Australian Democracy, Australian Parliament House Library Collection, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery, State Library of Queensland, Interference Archive (USA)









Current student projects


Exhibition and Conference

China Art Academy, Hangzhou China

December 2017 - January 2018

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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