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Meet the Artist Behind Monument Park – Callum Morton


Meet the Artist Behind Monument Park – Callum Morton

Callum Morton was born in 1965 in Montreal, Canada. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Victoria College Melbourne in 1988 and a Masters in Fine Art in Sculpture at the RMIT, Melbourne in 1999. He has taught at numerous institutions in Australian and overseas and is currently Professor and Head of Fine Art of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University, Melbourne.

Morton currently serves as a Council Member of the National Gallery of Australia, is a member of the Ranters Theatre Company Board, Monash University Museum of Art Board (MUMA) and was also a member of the reference group advising the Federal Government on the National Cultural Policy.

His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (1999), Tommy Lund Gallery, Copenhagen (2000), Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria @ Federation Square (2003), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2003), Gimpel Fils, London (2004), GOMA, Brisbane (2010), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2005) and most recently a retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art at Heide (2011).

Morton’s work has also been included in ‘Face Up’ at the Hamburger Bahnhoff in Berlin (2003), ‘Architypes’ at the Charles H Scott Gallery in Vancouver, ‘Public/Private: The Auckland Triennial’, Auckland, New Zealand, ‘The Indian Triennial’ in New Delhi, India (2004), ‘The 2nd Istanbul Pedestrians Exhibition’ in Istanbul (2005), ‘Everywhere, The Busan Biennale’ in Sth Korea, ‘High Tide: Currents in Con- temporary Australian Art’ at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw Poland and Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006), Archeology of Mind (2008), Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden, Kunsti Modernin, Taiteen Museo, Vaasa, Finland, Stardust (2009) at The Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, GoMA, Qld (2011).

In 2007, Morton was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale.
In 2008, he completed the work ‘Hotel’ on the Eastlink freeway in Melbourne, in 2009 he realised the pavilion ‘Grotto’ for the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and in 2010 he completed a major outdoor commission, ‘Silverscreen’, for the new premises of MUMA in Melbourne.

MAB is actively involved in shaping Melbourne through the creation of interesting & engaging places for people to live, work and play such as NewQuay. After diligently working on the Monument Park project for two years, MAB and the design team are thrilled to see the sculptures and landscape come to life and provide a new iconic place for visitors and locals to enjoy.