Simone Nelson is a visual artist who lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne. Informed by a background in modern dance and choreography, her drawing practice explores the body’s relationship to architecture, place and space through processes, actions and the performativity of documentation. Her works often take place outside traditional artistic settings and include site-specific drawings, drawing installations, works on paper and online publications.

Recent exhibitions include Abstraction, a project presenting the work of fifty female Australian artists curated by Missy Ueda and Emma Langridge while the online publications, Notation 3: Open Studio and Notation 3: Isolation Residency, trace the development of Nelson’s site-specific drawing at BLINDSIDE gallery, Melbourne, during the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions.  In 2019 she undertook a residency as part of the Matsushima Bunko Museum Project on Matsushima Island, Japan and exhibited a site-specific commission for ‘Architecture as…, curated by Alex Walker and Sebastian Haeusler, to mark the demolition/re-purposing of The University of Melbourne’s Union House.

In sharp focus in the foreground an orange pencil lies on the grey concerete floor next to a white eraser. The floor is littered with eraser pieces from the erasing process. In the background, the corner of the room and its white walls can be seen in soft focus.

Abridged CV


2018 – Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

2004 – Bachelor of Fine Art – Drawing, VCA, University of Melbourne

1990 – Bachelor of Arts – Dance, University of Adelaide




2021 – Seventh Floor, Incinerator Gallery Off-site Program, Flemington Library, Melbourne

2019Task 5a, 5 walls Gallery

2018 – Spare Room, Arcade Projects, 5 walls Gallery, Melbourne


2023 – Abstraction curated by Missy Ueda and Emma Langridge, 5 walls Gallery, Melbourne.

2019 – Architecture as… Curated by Sebastian Haeusler & Alex Walker, George Paton Gallery & Union House, University of Melbourne

2018 – VCA Graduate Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2018 – Act 4, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne (mentored by Bridie Lunney)

Awards, Grants, Commissions, Residencies

2020 – Solo Residency, Notation 3, BLINDSIDE, Nicholas Building, Melbourne

2019 – Residency as part of the Matsushima Bunko Museum Project, Matsushima Island, Japan

2019 – New work created for Architecture as… Curated by Sebastian Haeusler & Alex Walker, George Paton Gallery & Union House

2018 – Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship

Online Publications

2021 – Matsushima – No Visitor Island

2020 – Notation 3 Isolation Residency

2020 – Notation 3 Open Studio


2019 – Performer for Katie Lee and Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Set Elements

(2017-2019), Temporal Proximities curated by Kelli Alred, Magdalene Laundries, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

2019 – Performer for Katie Lee, In Vigil, No Single Thing, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne


2018 – VCA Graduate Catalogue Publication Committee

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