Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre garden has two new sculptural installations by ROBBIE ROWLANDS. The two works titled Stem and Where to from here were produced during his recent residency at Hazelhurst.

Working site specific and reclaiming found objects, Rowlands transforms everyday materials common to the public eye, to poetic gestures filled with new meaning.

In Stem, Rowlands presents a cluster of street poles and signs welded together form a large thorny rose-like stem.
A seemingly unlikely location to find street signs- confusing our whereabouts and displacing our expectations, collectively these street signs reveal the area’s complex and layered history. 
In the second installation titled Where to from here a local boom gate scheduled for demolition finds a new place and abstracted shape, expanding thoughts on how architecture of regulations conform our pattern of moving through society. Where do we go when no where is forbidden? 
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ROBBIE ROWLANDS: Place of Assembly, Melbourne Festival

As part of this year's Melbourne Festival, Robbie Rowlands is among 11 guest artists who will create site specific works to acknowledge the closing of a vital chapter at the Abbotsford Convent's community life after 120 years.

Official opening Wednesday 10 October, 6pm
Abbotsford Convent.
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After the devastating floods of January 2011, Charlton’s newly renovated historic courthouse will hold an exhibition, The Trial by ROBBIE ROWLANDS.

6th - 10th June.

Artist Talk 11am Saturday 9th June. 

Charlton Courthouse

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm
8 Camp Street
Charlton Victoria 3525
Contact: Carolyn Olive 0418 361 971
Limited disabled access

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ROBBIE ROWLANDS has created an extraordinary site responsive sculpture The Utilitarian as part of the City of Greater Dandenong's place making program.  

The Utilitarian alters a teal green street lamp decommissioned from service in Lonsdale Street in 2010.

Commissioned in 2011, the work rests in a compact park between the press of buildings that connects Lonsdale Street and Palm Plaza in Dandenong, Victoria.


ROBBIE ROWLANDS has been selected for the 2012 McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award to be held from 18 November 2012 – 14 July 2013.


ROBBIE ROWLANDS has designed the set for Insomnia, a new conceptual work by Megan Washington.  His set has received a fantastic review in the Drum Mag.

"Robbie Rowlands' set design for the show, was absolutely stunning, evoking a top-floor old-world New York City apartment with touches of pre-war Berlin, featuring a larger window (which doubled as a screen where short pieces of video art were displayed) and industrial props across a warm and romantic palate of lighting. "

A multi-layered show, Insomnia incorporates art, poetry, photography and designs, all drawn from Washington's personal archives. It offers a revealing insight into an intense 12 months for the double ARIA Award-winning artist, exploring all sides of her emotional and creative life.


ROBBIE ROWLANDS' work has been included in the new publication Erratic: Visual Impact in Current Design.  Robbie is one of the three Australians included in the publication.

Published by Gestalten, Erratic is a collection of current, often playful work by designers, photographers, and artists who are exploring the reciprocal effects between stability and instability, symmetry and asymmetry, and pressure and counter-pressure.


ROBBIE ROWLANDS has been selected to exhibit in the Lorne Sculpture prize, 2011.  Lorne Sculpture 2011 is a biennale exhibition launched in 2007 in the coastal town of Lorne, one of Australia’s premiere tourist attractions.

Over 90 artists from Australia and internationally who work within the contemporary sculptural realm will be included. These projects will include a mix of object based, representational, installation, site specific, ephemeral, time based media, sound, light, kinetic, video projections, happenings and performance. 

The Lorne Sculpture Award exhibition is on until November 8th



Congratulations to CATHERINE WOO and ROBBIE ROWLANDS who have both been Highly Commended in the City of Hobart Art Prize.  The City of Hobart Art Prize will be open to the public from Saturday 23 July to Sunday 18 September at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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ROBBIE ROWLANDS has been featured in a number of online magazines and forums, most notably BOOOOOOOM, where reaction to his work has been extremely positive. Read it here.

JOURNAL DU DESIGN, an online French design journal has also taken note of ROBBIE ROWLANDS' recent work.  This art and design review for April focused specifically on the conceptual and formal aspects of ROBBIE'S work. Read it here.

ROBBIE ROWLANDS has a group show opening at The Library Art Space, an artist run initiative. The show, entitled Google me this, is a series of self portraits by artists based on the results of a google search of their name.  This show opens Wednesday 11 May. More information

ROBBIE ROWLANDS has been selected as a candidate for the City of Hobart Art Prize for 2011.  Winners of this award will be announced Friday 22 July 2011, followed by an exhibition of the works from 23 July to 18 September 2011.


PETER DAVERINGTON, ROBBIE ROWLANDS and SAM SHMITH have been included in Australian Scholarly Publishing's latest publication, New Romantics, a lavishly illustrated survey of contemporary Australian Romanticism (2000-2010).  

Curator of Gippsland Art Gallery, Simon Gregg presents this book in conjunction with the exhibition New Romantics at the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale.

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ROBBIE ROWLANDS will be speaking this Thursday, 14 April from 6.30-8.30pm in a panel on New Directions - Public Art in the 21st Century.  This panel discussion will look at how the nature of public art is changing under the influence of new technologies, changing interpretations of what constitutes 'public art,' and new artistic approaches to placing work in the public domain.  

The Substation|1 Market Street| Newport

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ROBBIE ROWLANDS is participating in the exhibition Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? Bristol Building 1970-2010. The opening is on Wednesday 15th December at 4.30pm. Daily viewing hours - Thursday & Friday 11am - 3.30pm (December 16-17). Corner of Scotia Street & Oakover Rd, Preston. 

Robbie Rowlands have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Councils Arts Funding and Advisory Body for this project.


ROBBIE ROWLANDS is a finalist in the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award 2010. Displayed throughout 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens, the McClelland Sculpture Survey is intended to provide sculptors the opportunity to present their works in an outdoor exhibition context. The exhibition is accompanied by a major comprehensive catalogue.

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An audio documentary of The Offering: Sculptural Site Intervention, a recent project by ROBBIE ROWLANDS will be presented on ABC Radio National 360 Saturday 29th May at 2pm. A repeat will be played on Wednesday 2nd June at 1pm.


ROBBIE ROWLANDS has been invited to present a series of lectures at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit in March. He will be working with students on current projects and considering a site intervention in the Detroit landscape also.  Grace of Ruin is a survey show of Robbie's works to be held at Gippsland Regional Gallery from 24th April until 6th June 2010. This show will feature works such as Down (Electricity Pole), Collapse (Wooden Chair), Persuaded (Steel Bed) and more. Robbie will also be creating a site specific work within the gallery space. Robbie will be creating a new work using a decommissioned Wheat Silo for the upcoming McClelland Sculpture Prize from 21st November until 17th July 2011.