peter westwood

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Peter Westwood, artist, curator and arts writer lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Westwood’s art practice has centered on ideas of the reflective ‘self’ within a complex and amorphous society. Westwood works through a long-standing interest in painting, however he also works with performance (through video-media), drawing and collage, in order to explore a range of complex social and environmental issues. Over the past 15 years he has also focused on the complementary relationship of artist/curator, exploring writing, curating and collaboration..
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Westwood graduated from RMIT University and Monash University, exhibiting widely, holding group and individual exhibitions in a range of independent and commercial galleries in Melbourne, along with inclusion in many group exhibitions in regional galleries and major museums within Australia. His work is included in public museum and corporate collections and he has curated two to three annual exhibition projects for the past 15 years in Australia and overseas.

Westwood’s PhD research topic is titled New new, the perpetual new, a critical assessment of our infatuation and dependence on ‘cycles of newness’ supporting excessive consumption.

Westwood is currently employed at RMIT University as a lecturer in the Drawing Studio. He was Coordinator of School of Art International Artist in Residence (iAIR) Program until the end of 2010, He established the School iAIR project in 2004 as part of a larger program of various international initiatives and connections.  In 1995 he established and opened Project Space and Spare Room Gallery (PSSR) which he managed until 2004