2009    Master of Visual Arts, Monash University

2006    Diploma of Art (Visual Art), Victoria University

1993    Bachelor of Arts (English, Australian Studies), University of Queensland


Public Art

2017  Love Lakes, community printmaking & mural project with Tiffany Forster, Lakes Entrance,
2016 Overflow, glass and bronze artwork - commission for Australian WWI memorial in Belgium

2015  Meeting Place, etched stainless steel sculpture with Wanda Bennett, Mackay QLD

2015  Shelter, Corten steel sculpture for East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale VIC

2014  Hover, suspended sculpture for Mackay Base Hospital, QLD

2013  Presence, and The Gathering, with Donna Maree Robinson, Jezzine Barracks Public Art Project, Townsville QLD

2013  Chiming Tree, sound sculpture with Fiona Bishop-Vuibeqa, Andergrove, QLD


Collaborative Projects

2017,18,19  Illuminate, light sculpture installation, Mackay Botanic Gardens with Wanda Bennett, Donna Robinson, Lalune Croker,

  Cheb Jeffrey

2018   Plastic Crochet Galaxy, Frouteville, Lakes Entrance VIC, with Rachael Pollac, Kelly Lawler & Don Ashby

2014   Horse Lanterns for Spirited exhibition, National Museum of Australia, ACT with Wanda Bennett

2014   Avant Garden, weaving and light project, Wintermoon Festival, Camerons' Pocket, QLD

2012-13 Memory Paths, multimedia production for Mackay 150, collaboration with Donna Maree Robinson and Fiona Bishop-Vuibeqa

2011    Carousel, Light Collective, with Wanda Bennett, Fiona Bishop and Magdy Shiha, Mackay Festival of Arts, QLD

2010    Art By Night, Light Collective, Paxton's Warehouse, Mackay, QLD  


Solo Exhibitions

2013   Open Studio, Pioneer Valley Artists Trail, QLD

2012   Pop-Up Gallery, Pioneer Valley Artists Trail, QLD

2010   Deep Structure, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Niche Gallery), QLD               

2009   Memory Surfacing, Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, VIC

2009   Maps of the Heart, Gargett Gallery, Gargett, QLD

2008   Sand Traveller, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC

2007   Immersion, Mackay Town Hall Gallery, Mackay, QLD 


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   Alpine Summers, Falls Creek
2018   Fresh off the Mountain, Great Alpine Gallery

2015   Summer Showcase, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale VIC

2014   Mackay Conservation Group Exhibition, Mackay, QLD

          Arts & Edges Conference, Kalgoorlie, WA, screening of Memory Paths

          Reactivate Morwell, VIC, screening of Memory Paths

          Art on Show, Mackay, QLD

2013  Memory Paths, projected installation at Mackay Sugar Classical in the Canefields, Greenmount Homestead, Mackay;

          with Donna Maree Robinson and Fiona Bishop-Vuibeqa

2012   Looking Forward, Looking Back: 150 years of Mackay, Artspace Mackay, QLD

2011   Strand Ephemera, Townsville, QLD

          Tree of Life, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW

          Printbank Awards, Artspace Mackay, QLD

2010   Connect10, Level 17 Artspace, Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC         

          Hiromi Hotel Mackay Art Farm, Mackay, QLD

          Caldera Art, Murwillumbah, NSW

          Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne, VIC

          Art on Show, Mackay, QLD

2009   Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hansen Art Awards, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, QLD

          Shi!ft, Reverse Garbage, West End, QLD

          Subject Matters, Artspace Mackay, QLD

          Artstreet, Sydney Street, Mackay, QLD

          Art on Show, Mackay, QLD

          Whitsunday Marine Art Show, Airlie Beach, QLD

          Sarina Art Extravaganza, Sarina, QLD

2008   Re:Connect, Level 17 Artspace, Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

          Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hansen Art Awards, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, QLD

          Regional Art Awards, Flying Arts, QLD

2007   Metamorphosis, Tracey Johnson & Jenny Leigh, Gallery 314, Richmond, VIC

          Rio Tinto Aluminium Martin Hansen Art Awards, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, QLD

          Flying Arts Regional Art Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD

          RAW07: Regional Artist Women: Belonging, Lagoons Gallery, Mackay, QLD

          Landcare and Wildlife Exhibition, Arthouse Gallery, Mackay, QLD

          20 Perspectives, Dinner Plain, VIC

          The Art4Aid Prize, World Vision, Victorian Society of Artists' Gallery, East Melbourne, VIC

          Light of Life, Centenary Religious Art Prize, CCTC, Mulgrave, VIC

2006   Victoria University Graduate Exhibition, VU Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

          Victorian Campus Art Prize & Exhibition, Per Square Metre, VIC

2005   Homage to Modern Masters, Port Art Gallery, Port Melbourne, VIC

          Victoria University Art Prize, Fitzroy Gallery, VIC

          Victorian Campus Art Prize & Exhibition, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, VIC

1993   Fringe Festival Group Exhibition, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin, NT

          Christmas Exhibition, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin, NT


Artist in Community Projects

2019    Living River: Waterbugs, Poetry and Stone Cairns, and art and environment project along the Poets Walk, Swifts Creek
2016    Festoon of Flowering Filaments, Frouteville, Nicholson River Winery, VIC

2015   Great Alpine Gallery Winter Workshops: Cyanotype Workshops

          (f)route Tour, Tambo Valley, VIC, Artists’ Studios and Workshops

          (f)lanterns for (F)routeville, Tambo Valley, VIC

2014   Wintermoon Weaving Project, Wintermoon Festival, Camerons Pocket, QLD

          Cyanotype Workshops, Artspace Mackay

          (f)route Tour, Tambo Valley, VIC, Artists’ Studios and Workshops

2013   Creative Generation Workshop for Education QLD, Flying Arts Tutor, Artspace Mackay

2013   Artist in Community Workshops, Djarindjin, Dampier Peninsula, Broome WA

2008-13 Artist in Schools and Community, River Rock to Mountain Top Festival, QLD

2012   Community Workshops, Woodlands Public Art Project

2011   Community Workshops, Strand Ephemera, Townsville, QLD

2009   Artist in Schools and Community, Bowen, Emerald & Marian, QLD  


Arts Management

2005     Cultural Programs Coordinator, Hume City Council, VIC
2002     Special Events Coordinator, Hume City Council, VIC
1997     Arts & Recreation Officer, Pine Creek Community Government Council, NT:
1995     Senior Projects Officer, Festival of Darwin, NT

1993     Community Arts & Cultural Development Officer, Northern Territory Arts Council, NT

1990     Local Coordinator, Darwin Symphony Orchestra in Katherine Gorge, NT

1990     Workshop Coordinator, Yulngu Art & Craft Workshops, Katherine, NT

1989     Festival Coordinator, Inaugural Katherine Arts Festival, NT



2014     La Muse Artists Retreat, Labastide Esparbairenque, France


Media & Publications

Weekend Australian, Stories Set in Stone, 2014

Outdoor Design Source, Public Art Precinct for QLD, 2014

Filming a Memory, ABC Open, 2013

Decoration Digest, 2013

Pop-Up Gallery, ABC Open, 2012

Art By Night, ABC Review and Interview, 2010

Art By Night, Vimeo

Maps of the Heart, ABC Review and Interview, 2009

Deep Structure, Niche Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, QLD, 2010  

Light Boxes, Inhabitat Magazine, 2009

The Cliff and the Sea, Milk Crate Press, Melbourne 2011, pp 22, 25, 34

Art By Night Catalogue, Light Collective, Mackay 2010

Art Monthly, #231 July 2001, p 64, Art By Night



Artist's Profile


Tracey Johnson is a full time artist working in a wide range of media, including public art, light-based interactive work, installations, painting, printmaking and digital imaging.  She has recently completed public art projects in Belgium, Mackay, Townsville and Bairnsdale, including a lightweight suspended metal sculpture, glass encapsulating digital imagery, laser-cut corten steel and etched stainless steel sculptural works. She enjoys working in collaboration with other artists and did so with many of these artworks.

Tracey has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, Townsville and Mackay, but her curiosity about new materials and technologies has seen her move further into the realm of interactive and large scale three-dimensional work over the past few years.

Tracey often works on projects with a community interface. In collaboration with digital artist Donna Maree Robinson and sound artist Fiona Bishop-Vuibeqa, she produced a series of digital storytelling projects with people from a South Sea Islander background. These works have been projected at arts events throughout the country.

Tracey conducts art workshops in the community, including constructing large scale lanterns for a lantern parade and illuminated installations in the Mackay region for many years. She delivered a series of creative concept development workshops in rural communities across north QLD, and facilitated an environmentaly-focused weaving and light project in the Tambo Valley.

In addition to her arts practice Tracey worked for nine years in the Northern Territory in community arts and cultural development in remote communities and in Darwin, and then in arts and cultural development in local government in Melbourne. She completed a Master of Visual Arts through Monash University in 2009 and and undertook an artist residency in France in 2014. 


Tracey has made her long term home in the foothills of the Victorian Alps in East Gippsland.



Artist's Statement

Fractal patterns are everywhere I look: in river systems, cellular structures, crystalline rock fractures, galaxies, aerial maps of human activity and in the human body - even wild and unpredictable chaos has patterns of its own. Our habits, bodies, and behaviours all echo the off-beat symmetry of the fractal patterns around us, and this speaks to me of belonging, of an embeddedness in the natural world. My work explores this connection, and curently I am working on applying my creative practive to a regenerative agriculture context.


I often use found and recycled materials in my work, which revolves around the themes of transformation and regeneration. I draw inspiration from the natural world and the way our fractal selves are deeply connected to that world. The flux of fracturing and re-making in natural processes is mirrored in my own human experience, and foundational in art-making.


Exploring the unknown is important to me in the creative process. I work intuitively with the natural tendencies of the materials to see what they are suggesting, being a co-creator in the morphogenesis of a form. I experiment with many different kinds of art forms, including 3D objects, painting, printmaking, photography, installations, light based and ephemeral works.


I find embarking on a creative journey with other artists very energising, opening up a myriad of possibilities and providing a community of support. I have facilitated many community based art projects, and enjoy seeing what the creative process brings when people work together in a hands-on workshop environment.


I have lived in many places around Australia, including the top end of the NT, northern NSW, Melbourne, Central QLD and now in the mountains of East Gippsland, VIC.