TOM BORGAS . BIO & CV



Tom Borgas is an Adelaide based artist working from a sculptural foundation across multiple platforms including gallery and project work, public sculpture, festival interventions and performance. Developed through an oscillation between digital and analogue processes his work is an investigation of the space between image and object, virtual and physical, maker and viewer.

Tom has exhibited at shows and galleries around Australia including PICA (Perth), The Jam Factory (Adelaide), Artisan (Brisbane), Salamanca Arts Centre (Hobart), and as part of the 2018 Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial. Commissioning bodies include Urban Art Projects, Golden Age Group, The City of Brisbane, Rockhampton City Council, The Hilton Adelaide, Splendour in the Grass, the City of Adelaide and Renewal SA. Tom’s practice has also received support through contributions from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia, Copyright Angency, NAVA and The Helpmann Academy.


TRAINING & EDUCATION

2013 University of South Australia, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours- First class)

2012 Adelaide College of the Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts (sculpture major)

1999 University of South Australia, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art/Design)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Temporary Localised Art Project, Northern Festival Centre, Pt Piris

2018 Unexpanded Sculpture, Hills Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2018 Barriers IRL, FELTspace, Adelaide

2018 Active Forms_Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial, Kyneton, Victoria

2017 Orthogonal Ruptures, SALA exhibition, Propaganda Club, Adelaide

2017 Striped Pole Maquette (88mm), JPE Studio, Adelaide

2016 Striped Pole Maquette (90mm), Blankspace, Fremantle

2016 IRL Artefacts, Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton, Victoria

2016 Portugal, Format Gallery, Adelaide

2016 Poles (Adelaide 2016), CACSA Garden Space, performance/installation, CACSA, Adelaide

2016 25 Poles (176cm), Performance, CCBombarda, Porto, Portugal

2015 Postdigital Ruins, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay

2015 Hands On - Tom Borgas & Julien Scheffer, Salamanca Art Centre Hobart

2014 Postdigital Fragments, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2014 Riparian Artefacts, CACSA Projects Space, Adelaide

2014 200 Striped Boxes, Felt Space, Adelaide

2013 Work in Progress - Tom Borgas and Zoe Kirkwood, The Mill, Adelaide

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Concrete: Art, Design and Architecture, Jam Factory, Adelaide

2018 Abstract Works, Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2017 Notfair, Windsor, Melbourne

2017 Thousand Mile Stare, Chamber Presents, Melbourne

2017 Concrete, Artisan, Brisbane

2017  Liminal, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2015 Abstract | Narrative, Adelaide Central School of Art

2015 Provisional Objects, Jam factory, Adelaide

2014 Built Constructs, Adelaide Town Hall

2014 PICA Salon 2014, PICA Perth

2014 Arcadia, SALA, Centennial, Park Adelaide

2014 FeltMaps, temporary public art program, Port Adelaide

2014 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2014, Drill Hall, Adelaide

2013 Full Circle, Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate exhibition, University of South Australia, Adelaide

2013 I Can’t Forget This Time and Place - One Night Sculpture ‘13, Liverpool Street Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide

2013 Hatched National Graduate Exhibition, PICA, Perth

2013 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2013, Drill Hall, Adelaide

2012 Flashpoint, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

2012 Selected Works, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

COMMISSIONS

2019 Golden Age Group, Gold Topography (Opera), Opera Apartments, Melbourne

2019 RCC- Fringe Festival Entry archway, University of Adelaide

2018 Nonda Katsalidis, Active Form, private property, Mt Macedon, Victoria

2017 Rockhampton City Council/UAP, Alluvia (public sculpture)

2017 Hilton Adelaide/Helpmann Academy emerging artist commission

2017 Concordia College, Highgate, Fibonacci Cubes sculpture suite

2017 Renewal SA, Riverbank Pedestrial Bridge, Postdigital Epiphyte

2016 Adelaide City Council via The Mill– public sculpture, 11 Spheres (Klein Blue),

Victoria Square, Adelaide.

2015-2017 Concordia College- sculpture suite for new art/science & admin buildings (ongoing)

2015 Carclew- public work for Davoren Park Shopping Centre in collaboration with students from Swallowcliffe Primary School

2015 Splendour in the Grass/Lismore Regional Gallery NEWART Commission

COLLECTIONS

Various private collections in Australia

Fundacao Bienal de Cerveira, Porto Portugal

CATALOGUES, ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

2019 Concrete: Art, Design and Architecture, Jam Factory, Adelaide

2018 FELTspace Preview, Tiarney Miekus, Art Guide June 2018

2016 Architecture, Algorithms and Art, Fineprint magazine, collections issue (author)

2015 Postdigital Artefacts, (Interview) Teo Magazine, Issue 1, May 2015

2015 Conversation with Tom Borgas, (interview with Polly Dance) pollydance.com

2014 Profile: Tom Borgas, Jane Llewellyn, The Adelaide Review, May 12th, 2014

2013 Hatched National Graduate Exhibition, (catalogue) PICA, Perth

2013 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, (catalogue) Helpmann Academy

2012 New Blood, Louise Nunn, The Advertiser (SA Weekend supplement), November 17th p25

2012 Objet D’art, Nat Rogers, indaily.com.au Friday November 16th p42

2012 Rock Art, Lance Campbell, SA Life, Vol.9 No.11 p18

2012 Flashpoint, (catalogue) Light Square Gallery, Adelaide College of the Arts.

GRANTS & AWARDS

2017 Arts South Austraila Independent Makers and Presenters Grant

2016 Copyright Agency Career Fund Grant

2015 ArtStart Grant– Australia Council for the Arts

2015 Splendour in the Grass/Lismore Regional Gallery NEWART commission

2015 Copyright Agency, Career Fund Grant

2015 Helpmann Academy Grant

2014 NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant

2014 NAVA Arts SA Future/Forward Summit Travel Bursary Recipient

2014 Helpmann Academy Grant

2013 Hill Smith/Friends of Helpmann Academy Travel Prize

2013 Helpmann Academy Backers Prize

2012 NAVA Ignition Award for Professional Practice

ARTS INDUSTRY ACTIVITY

2016 Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (Departamento de Arquitectura), guest lecturer

Splendour Arts, co-producer

SITUATE Art in Festivals, Arts Lab artist

Pom Pom Art Space -School Holidays workshop facilitator

2015 Bienal de Cerveira- artist in residence, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

Adelaide Central School of Art- artist in residence

Pom Pom Art Space -School Holidays guest artist/facilitator

2014 Production Assistant, Splendour Arts, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay

Pom Pom Art Space- Guest artist/facilitator

Helpmann Academy Grant recipient

Barossa Regional Council- Anderson Hunt Public Art Masterclass

2013 UniSA Gear Up grant recipient 20 Rocks installation, University of South Australia (City West)

2011-2012 Fabrication/installation of sculpture for Heysen Sculpture Biennial (John Hayward & Ian Hamilton)

2007-2010 Freelance graphic design work

TEACHING

2015 Adelaide College of the Arts, Studio Lecturer (sculpture)

2014 University of South Australia, School of Art, Architecture & Design

2014 Studio lecturer/tutor in sculpture, installation and drawing

2010 Concordia College- secondary Art/Design teacher

2008-2009 Croydon TAFE, Studio Lecturer (Advertising and Graphic Design)

2001-2006 Faith Secondary School, Head of Design & Junior Art teacher