Irene Koroluk is a Tasmanian artist whose practice draws from her connections with the natural environment. Through her work, she aims to capture and reveal beauty and diversity in the landscape. Drawing on her imagination, memory and personal experiences from her travels and explorations, Irene captures both stillness and movement through detailed and layered interpretations of the places she encounters.

Primarily working in textiles, Irene creates tactile and detailed art quilts, often using mixed media in her compositions. Her practice also encompasses drawing, print making, photography and painting. 

Interested in the fragility and transitory nature of the landscape, her work aims to instil the value and importance of appreciating and protecting natural habitats, highlighting the places and species that touch and replenish her soul.

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Education

2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts, printmaking, UTAS

1995 Master of Environmental Studies, UTAS

Awards

2022 Juried. Australia Wide 8, Warwick Art Gallery, Warwick, QLD (upcoming)

2022 Finalist. Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize (emerging), Gordon, NSW 

2022 Finalist. John Villiers Outback Art Prize, Outback Regional Gallery and Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, QLD

2021 Recipient. Creative Support Small Grants Fund, Arts Tasmania

2021 People's Choice Award x 3, Out of Hand, Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart, Tas

2021-2025 Juried. Fur, Fangs, Feathers & Fins, Saqa Global Exhibition, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona, USA 

2021 Juried. Fibre Art Now, Emerging Artist Showcase, Massachusetts, USA 

2021 Finalist. Art Quilt Australia 2021, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra, NSW, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, Vic

2021 Juried. SAQA Virtual Gallery - Impressions of Oceania From Around the World, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., Hebron, CT, USA

2021 Finalist. 6th Biennial Golden Textures Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough, Vic

2021 Finalist. John Villiers Outback Art Prize, Outback Regional Gallery and Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, QLD 

2020 Finalist. The Heysen Prize for Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, SA

2020 Juried. 2 works. The New Quilt 2021, Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, Windsor, NSW

2020 SAQA Juried Artist Member. Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., Hebron, Connecticut, USA

2020/2021 Finalist. One Step Further, Kyabrum, Vic 

2020 Finalist. 2 works. Australian Textile Art Award, Melbourne, Vic

2020 Finalist. Petite Pieces, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane

2019 Curator's Choice Award & Finalist. 2 works. Australian Quilts in Public Places, Metamorphosis, Whitehorse ArtSpace Gallery, Melbourne

2019 Finalist. Hornsby Art Prize, Hornsby, Sydney

2019 Finalist. 2 works. Foot Square, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane

2019 Finalist. Clip Award, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth

2018 Finalist. Henry Jones Art Prize, Henry Jones Hotel, Hobart

2018 Finalist. Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2018 Winner & second prize (emerging), Buda Contemporary Textiles Exhibition, Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine, Vic

2018 Finalist. Petite Miniature Textiles 2018, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Vic

2018 Finalist. Ebb and Flow, Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize, Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Hobart

2015 Finalist. History Her Story, Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize, Narryna House, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

2015 Viewer’s Choice 3rd prize. Autumn Challenge Quilters Easter Showcase, Brighton Civic Centre, Tas

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Lost Worlds, Onewall Artspace, Acacia Grove, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

Group Exhibitions

2021 Margaret Oppen Prize for 2021, My World, Gallery 76, Concord West, NSW

2021 Out of Hand, Lightbox, Salamanca, Hobart

2021 d'Arcy Doyle Art Awards, Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, QLD

2019 Island Quilts, Launceston Silverdome, Launceston

2019 Out of Hand, Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart

2019 Clip Awards Digital Showcase, Perth Cultural Centre Screen, Perth

2019 Women’s Word, Kingborough Community Hub, Kingston, Tas

2019 Abstracting Time 3, Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart

2018 Abstracting Time Petite, Onewall Artspace, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

2018 Travelling Exhibition for Ebb and Flow: Bay of Fires Winter Art Festival, Gallery Parnella, St Helens; Wonders of Wynyard Gallery;

Gone Rustic Studio & Gallery, St Marys; Island Quilts Exhibition, The Goods Shed, Hobart

2017 Women of the Island, Wild Island Tasmania, Salamanca, Hobart

2017 Abstracting Time 2, Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart

2016 Abstracting Time, Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart

2016 Travelling exhibition for History Her Story: Wonders of Wynyard Gallery; Bay of Fires Winter Art Festival, Gallery Parnella, St Helens; Gone Rustic Studio & Gallery, St Marys; Tasmanian Quilt Expo, Hobart Show Grounds Pavilion

2015 University of Tasmania Graduation Show, Hunter St Campus, Hobart

2014 What’s Up? Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart

Bibliography

Studio Art Quilt Associates, 2022 Portfolio, SAQA Art Quilt Quarterly (upcoming)

Dianne Williams 2022, Artist Portfolio, Art Quilting Studio, Spring Issue, pp. 26-37

Studio Art Quilt Associates 2022, Portfolio, SAQA Art Quilt Quarterly 2022, Issue No. 26, p. 72

Fibre Art Network 2021, Emerging Artist Showcase, Fibre Art Now, Volume 10, Issue 3, Summer/Fall, p. 26

Studio Art Quilt Associates 2021, Member Gallery Emergence: Cautious Steps, SAQA Journal, Volume 31, No.4, p. 17

Simone Marsh 2021, An Out of Hand exhibition, Kingborough Chronicle, Issue No 597, September 14, p. 1

The Hobart Magazine 2021, artwork image, September, Issue 26, p. 25

Dianne Firth (editor) 2021, Art Quilt Australia 2021, Catalogue, University of Canberra

The Quilters Guild of NSW Inc 2021, The New Quilt Catalogue 2021

Lynda Worthington (editor), Australian Textile Art Award 2020, ArtWear Publications Pty Ltd

Australian Quilters Association Inc, 2019 Australian Quilts in Public Places, Metamorphosis

Collections

SAQA's Online Collection, Hebron, Connecticut, US 

Whitehorse Art Collection, Boxhill, Vic

Private collections in Australia and internationally

Professional Activity

2022 Artist in Residence (upcoming), BILPIN International Ground for Creative Initiatives Big Ci

2021 Overview and Artist Insights, artist talk, Art Quilt Australia 2021

2021 An Accidental Artist, Lightning Talk presenter, SAQA 2021 Conference: Oceans Apart, Connected by Art

2021 Meet the Artist Zoom Event, artist talk, The New Quilt 2021

2021 Artist in Residence, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart

Gallery Representation

Henry Jones Art Hotel

Wild Island Tasmania