Pip Ryan is an Australian artist based in Melbourne. Her practice explores themes of uncanny and absurd using drawing, installation, sculpture and video. She is interested in the abject nature of horror and humour and how these two states of consciousness can and often do overlap. She uses reconfigurations of everyday objects including toys to subvert the familiar. 

Pip Ryan has completed her Masters of Fine Arts (research) at the Victorian College of the Arts with the assistance of an Australian Post Graduate Award (APA). Ryan has exhibited both nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions.


2011      Master of Fine Arts (research) Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)

2007    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors, 1st Class) VCA

2006    Diploma in Film and Television Footscray City College.

2005    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing) VCA

2005    Master Class in Facial Reconstruction VCA



2019 Upcoming - Pick it Till it Bleeds, Stockroom Kyneton

2018 Collaboratory, curated by Kent Wilson, Latrobe Art Institute, (The Ryan Sisters)

2017    Do Geese See God, Rubicon Ari

2017    Gruesome Twosome Nicholas Projects (The Ryan Sisters)

2016   1000 forms of fear – curated by Carollyn Kavanah, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Adelaide (The Ryan Sisters)

2015    The Horror Show, curated by The Ryan Sisters, Strange Neighbour

2013    Guess Who, c3 Abbotford Convent (The Ryan Sisters)

2013    Boggle Eyes, Slide Window, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space

2013    Slump, DUDSPACE - Kings, (The Ryan Sisters)

2012    Relive it Again, Daine Singer

2011     Collaborators and Saboteurs Mildura Palimpsest Biennale UniVARS

2011     VCA Masters Exhibition

2010    Collective Bad Luck, West Space Gallery

2010    Opticus, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2009   Machine Compilation 15, The Melbourne Propaganda Windows, Michael Koro Gallery

2008   Going Around in Circles, Bus Gallery

2006   The Space in Between, MIR 11



2019 28 Beasts curated by Ben Taranto and Jake Adam Tracey

2018 Up, Up and Away, QUT Art Museum, (The Ryan Sisters)

2018 The Dressing Room, BABESPACE,

2018 Clay Pest, Albert Street Gallery, Curated by MO

2017    As above so Below, Strange Neighbour Gallery

2017    Serious Work, Rearview gallery

2017    Disquiet (Off you) Dark MOFO (The Ryan Sisters)

2017    Maverick, curated by Reko Rennie, MCA artbar (The Ryan Sister)

2017    Soft meat/Tender edges, Brunswick apartment (The Ryan Sister)

2017    9x5 VCA 150 year group show, Margaret Lawrence Gallery (The Ryan Sisters)

2016    Melbourne Central Art Loop

2016    Play2 curated by Blindside projected at Fedsquare

2016    NotFair 2016, Sign of the times, curated by Kirsten Rann (The Ryan Sisters) 

2016    Selected finalist in Rookwood Cemetery Outdoor Sculpture Prize Hidden 2016 (The Ryan Sisters)  

2015    Displaced agency, Blindside, curated by Xanthe Dobbie and Anabelle Lacroix (Nite Art)

2014    DUMMY, Mailbox Artspace

2014    PLAY ME, Project Q.U.A.D,

2013    Wish you were here, SWARM collective, Linden contemporary, exhibiting under The Ryan Sisters

2013    Creep Show, Curated by Linsey Gosper and Ash Kerr, Strange Neighbour

2013    The Big East, Curated by Kiron Robinson

2013    One Hundred and Twenty Seconds, Fed Square

2013    Nite Art, Fed Square

2012    Locus of Control, Nellie Castan Gallery

2012    Hit me Baby One More Time, Linden Gallery

2011    Green Jelly, Fed Square

2011    The New Field, Dark Horse Experiment

2010    Swampland, Library Artspace

2009    AV Electundra Festival 09, Loop Bar, Curated by Michael Meneghetti

2009    Bene Gesserit House Nurseries, Curated by Sherry McLane, Library Artspace

2009    Seppuku, Lindberg Contemporary Art

2009    Sex, Death and Violence, Blindside Gallery,

2009    The Melbourne Connection, Curated by Sherry McLane, Museo de la ciudad de Leon, Mexico

2008    Prosthetic Animal, Curated by Veronica Kent, Cube 37 Glass studios projection space,

2007    Hungry like the Wolf, Student Gallery VCA

2007    Footscray Film & TV Grad Screening, ACMI

2006    Hatched 2006, National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art  (PICA), Perth

2005    Sweatshop of Fantasy, VCA Student Gallery

2005    Proud, Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA

2004    White Light-Witnessing Whiteness, Alliance Francaise

2003    Timing, George Paton Gallery



2018 Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence (April-May)

2017    Finalist in Darebin Art Prize 2017 (The Ryan Sisters)

2016    Winner of Nicholas Project Prize as part of NotFair 2016, (The Ryan Sisters)

2016    Finalist in Rookwood Cemetery Outdoor Sculpture Prize Hidden 2016 (The Ryan Sisters) 

2015    Artist in residence at Steeple residency, WASPS residency, Newburgh, Fife Scotland

2015    Strange Neighbour artist in residence summer program (The Ryan Sisters)

2014    Signal Screen Commission 2014 - mentoring and collaborating with young media artist working towards major projection exhibition.

2011     National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Women’s Association Award.

2011     Daine Singer Award.

2010    Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Victorian College of the Arts (MFA  Scholarship)

2005    Proud Award, Best Photographic Print

2005    Best Contemporary Drawing Award, VCA



Private collections in Australia


Artbox commission