Carly Scoufos is an Australian visual artist working across a range of mediums. Her current studio practice predominately focuses on sculpture and installation however her earliest qualifications were in drawing and painting. She studied at the Santa Rosa Junior College in California, before completing a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Queensland College of Art - Griffith University.
After graduating Carly was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2008 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship and exhibited in QAG’s Watermall Café as part of the Starter Space program. In 2009, following the receipt of the Siganto Travel Scholarship, Carly undertook a studio residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo where she presented her first solo exhibition, Seam. Since then she has exhibited regularly, been awarded numerous grants and awards and completed a large number of public commissions in both Australia and overseas. Her most recent commissions include a large-scale sculptural installation for the foyer of 1 William Street, Brisbane - the new home of the Queensland Government and a 30 m suspended sculpture at the Domestic Terminal of Perth Airport. She is currently working with UAP Shanghai to deliver her largest work to date for a new residential and commercial development in Shenzhen, China - due to be completed in August 2017.
Carly currently lives between Brisbane and "Rutherglen", QLD where her studio is located. Together with her husband and baby daughter, she is nearing the end of an extensive renovation project to her great grandparents 1930’s farmhouse.
"Working across both sculpture and installation, my art practice explores abstract and fleeting moments within natural phenomena. While the material most common to my practice is hand-woven industrial wire, I also regularly use pins and yarn to make large-scale, site specific installations, hand-sewn and wrapped paper installations and more recently, carved and constructed timber facades of rural buildings. These processes of weaving, sewing and woodworking parallel traditional textile techniques. Particularly in regards to the woven wire technique I have refined over the past eight years, which references traditions such as needlework, lace making and knitting, in which single strands of fibre are interwoven to create structure and define space. Within my work however the 'fibre' or 'thread' used is either fencing or welding wire with properties that are rigid, sharp and unforgiving, therefore juxtaposing the femininity of domestic techniques and the ‘handmade’ to the use of industrial materials. I’m also interested in the intersection between drawing and sculpture and incorporating this within my practice to create a perceptual push and pull between two-dimensional sculpture and three-dimensional drawing".
2007 Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2007 Mentee in Griffith Industry Mentoring Program – Mentored by Sebastian Di Mauro
2004 Fine Art Career Certificate, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA
2017 (in progress) Phase, Shenzhen Yifang Shopping Mall, Shenzhen, China
2017 (in progress) Ascent, St Margaret's Anglican Girl School, Ascot, Brisbane
2015-16 Coalesce, Foyer Artwork, 1 William Street, Brisbane
2014-15 Substratum, Suspended Sculpture, T1 Domestic Pier, Perth Airport, Perth
2014 Perpetuate, Suspended Installation, Macquarie Centre, North Ryde, Sydney
2013-14 Convergence, Courtyard Sculpture, Somerville House, South Brisbane
2012-13 Mergence, Entrance Sculpture, 28 Hennessey Road, Hong Kong, China
2011-13 Continuum, Atrium Sculpture, Infinity Tower, 43 Hershel St, Meriton, Brisbane
2010-12 Flume, NICU Courtyard, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast
2011 Interstice, Atrium Sculpture for Phoenix City, Beijing, China
2011 Unstable Surface Tension, Library Foyer, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane
2009-10 Confluence, Foyer Sculpture for AECOM Brisbane Office, Wickham Street, Brisbane
2008 Transitional Viscosity, Foyer of Macmahon Building, SW1 South Brisbane
2014 Void, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba
2013 Chapters from the Interlaced Manuscript, Dogwood Crossing, Miles
2013 Chapters from the Interlaced Manuscript, Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery
2013 Petri, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg
2010 Repositories, LEVEL, Gallery 2, Newstead, Brisbane
2010 CABIN. in the room, Crucible Space at Artisan, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
2010 Uncommon Destinations (Interlaced Derivation), KickArts - Contemporary Arts, Cairns
2009 Seam, Youkobo Art Space, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
2016 MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School, Ascot, QLD
2014 SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Currumbin, QLD
2014 Seven With Another Retrospective, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD
2014 Tangible: recent works by Sebastian Di Mauro and Carly Scoufos, Pine Rivers Art Gallery
2014 MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School, Ascot, QLD
2013 A River Without Banks, The Hold Artspace, West End, Brisbane, QLD
2013 Clayton Utz LAUNCH Art Award, Clayton Utz Offices, Riparian Plaza, Brisbane, QLD
2013 Drawing a Line, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD
2013 Linden Postcard Show 2013, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, VIC
2012 Immediacy, Through the Looking Glass, Fleet Lane, South Brisbane, QLD
2012 2012 Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2012 Art for Eva, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Fortitude Valley, QLD
2012 Caravan for Under the Radar, 2012 Brisbane Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
2012 MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School, Ascot, QLD
2012 Oh Video, Griffith University Queensland College of Art, South Bank, QLD
2012 Seven with Another, Substation No.4, 22 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
2011 Sensorial Loop, Tamworth Textile Triennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW
2011 Subdivision: LEVEL pop-up Art Fair, 167 James St, Fortitude Valley & LEVEL, Newstead
2010 eating biscuits…those everyday spaces we occupy, LEVEL, Brisbane
2010 Travelling Scholarship 2010, Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin
2010 Sunshine Coast Art Prize ’10, Caloundra Art Gallery, Caloundra
2010 The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Queensland College or Art, South Bank
2010 Something or other, Old Space exhibition, Bowen Hills, Brisbane
2010 The Stanthorpe Art Festival 2010, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe
2009 15 Artists, Redcliffe City Gallery, Redcliffe
2009 Tiny Worlds, Artisan Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
2009 Agendo, Phoenix Gallery, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria
2009 The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Anglican Church Grammar, Brisbane
2009 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Pine Rivers Regional Art Gallery
2009 Prometheus Art Exhibition, The Prometheus Foundation Gallery, Gold Coast
2008 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize 08, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2008 The Great Divide, Artisan Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Launch – Clayon Utz Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2008 Starter Space, Watermall Café, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Thiess Art Prize 2007, Dell Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Gardening at Night, 2007 QCA Fine Art and Photography Honours Exhibition, Brisbane
2007 Artists x HMAS Diamantina, Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane
2006 Thiess Art Prize 2006, Dell Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Fine Art Graduation Exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2006 Papyrus, Brisbane Writers Festival, South Bank, Brisbane
2013 Australian Artists Grant - National Association for the Visual Arts
2012 New Work Early Career Grant - Australia Council for the Arts
2010 Australia Council ArtStart Grant
2008 Siganto Travel Scholarship 08, Artworkers, Brisbane
2008 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery
2007 High Commendation Award, 2007 Thiess Art Prize, Dell Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Griffith University Medal for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Griffith University
2007 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2007. Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2006 High Commendation Award, 2006 Thiess Art Prize, Dell Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Thiess People Choice Award, 2006 Thiess Art Prize Exhibition, Dell Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2006, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2006 eX de Medici Award, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2005 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2005, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2004 Charles & Anna Cherney Memorial Art Scholarship, Santa Rosa Junior College, California
2004 Dean’s Highest Honours – Spring 04 & Fall 03, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA
2003 Doyle Scholarship – 2003/2004, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA
Griffith Artworks, Toowoomba Regional Council, Moreton Bay Region Art Collection, Sculptors Queensland, Private collections in Australia, USA and Japan
2015 Alumni Panel Discussion for QCA Showcacse, Queensland College of Art, South Bank QLD
2015 Artist talk, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD
2014 Alumni Panel Discussion for QCA Showcacse, Queensland College of Art, South Bank QLD
2014 Artist talk, QCA Sculpture students, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, QLD
2014 Talk with the Artists - Carly Scoufos & Sebastian Di Mauro, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, QLD
2013 Artist workshop, Energies Immersion Day, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
2013 Artist talk & workshop, Brisbane School of Distance Education, Coorparoo, Brisbane, QLD
2013 Somerville House Visiting Artist Program, Somerville House, South Brisbane, QLD
2013 Artist talk, Seven with Another Artist Talks, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD
2013 Artist talks - Yr 11 & 12 art students, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD
2013 Artist talk, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD
2013 Artist seminar session, Creative Futures Symposium, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, QLD
2013 Artist talk, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Spring Hill, Brisbane, QLD
2012 Artist talk & workshop, Brisbane School of Distance Education, Coorparoo, Brisbane, QLD
2012 Artist talk, MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD
2012 Artist talk, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD
2011 Artist talk, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW
2011 Presenter, Pecha Kucha Night, Turbine Hall, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane
2010 Artist talk, Level, Newstead, Brisbane, QLD
2010 Alternative Approaches to Drawing, QCA Gallery Holiday Workshop, South Bank, Brisbane
2010 Panel Discussion - The road less travelled, KickArts, Contemporary Arts, Cairns
2010 Guest speaker, February Symposium, Sculptors Queensland, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, QLD
2009 Artist talk, 15 Artists Exhibition, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD
2009 Guest speaker, Sculptors Queensland, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, QLD
2008 Guest speaker and presenter, Queensland Independent Education Union Art Awards, Brisbane, QLD
2008 Workshop for Sunday at the Gallery program, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2008 Artist talk - Starter Space Program, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
'Airport news: Substratum - Carly Scoufos', Runway Magazine, Iss. 9, Feb-Apr 2016, pp. 24-25.
Brown, Laura. Tangible: Recents works by Sebastian Di Mauro and Carly Scoufos, February, 2014.
'Special focus: An artfully exceptional piece', Australian National Construction Review, Oct 2014, p. 34.
Pottinger, Sandy. 'Regional exhibitions show off a variety of skills', Chronicle, June 2013.
Jackson, Beth & Younger, Jay. Immediacy (Exhibition Catalogue), December, 2012
Hirst, Kim. ‘July – Featured Artist’, Interview for NAVA e-bulletin and website, July 2012.
Parsons, Rachael. 'The LEVELer in Residence - Carly Scoufos', Summer 2010/2011, pp. 17-21.
Fraser, Margie. ‘Carly Scoufos at Crucible’, Artichoke, Iss. 32, Sept-Nov 2010, pp. 72-73.
Porch, Debra. Eating Biscuits…those everyday spaces we occupy…(Catalogue Essay), August,’10.
Foulds, Gordon. ‘Moreton Bay Region Art Awards’, Craft Arts International, Iss. 77, 2009, pp.104-5.
Exposure – Volume one, DVD series profiling Queensland Artists, MSSR (Moreton Street Spare Room).
James, Alan. ‘Young artist weaves her way up at South Bank’, Creations Magazine, Winter 8, pp 3-4.
Armitstead, Jacqueline. The Great Divide (Catalogue Essay), August, 2008.