Jill Sampson, 2019, photo Steve Mardon

Jill Sampson
artist, curator, art project coordinator

Lives in both Brisbane and on a farm near Maidenwell, Queensland, Australia.

Curators talk, Bimblebox 153 Birds, Gympie Regional Gallery, 2016.
Keynote Speaker at the EcoArts Australis conference, Wollongong, 2019.

Artist Statement

Through my work I shape stories that are lived and gleaned from the land where I have grown.  My work encourages a re-examination of history and explores: environmental themes, both personal and collective histories, land use change and stories. I am an installation artist, sculptor and printmaker with a spatial practice.  

I spent my childhood riding horseback across the family farm. This was the perfect way to observe wildlife and move easily through the landscape. Now I walk the farm, traversing the hills and valleys with open senses; this feeds into my art practice. I also explore the woodland and vine scrub, its native plants and animals that now exist alongside invasive exotic weed species and introduced animals.

I often use objects and materials that provide a temporal connection through history, environment, people and place. Through further research I may uncover cultural, agricultural, historical or scientific information that informs my understanding and which I build into the artwork. 

An artwork or project often begins while I’m walking the farm. It may start with thinking on a problem (Bimblebox Art Project), picking up an object (Object series), collecting natural materials in the landscape (Love Letters Project), repurposing man-made objects (Squatters Hopscotch), an event (After the Fire), discarded detritus (This Place, my place) and items used on the farm (Tarp Stories and A roomful of stories: in winter colours).  

Disintegration is a theme that often runs through my work. Collaboration with meat ants and a dead rabbit tracked the dismembering of a rabbit as ants carried it piece by piece down into their nest. I transposed the disappearance of the rabbit through drawing onto low plaster plinths, the drawn marks sinking into a substrate of plaster. My installation This Place, my place, explored invasion history through creating a temporal geological and cultural landscape across a wall and floor space using accreted detritus. These material objects are collected remnants of the farm rubbish dump, in use between 1907 and 1973.

Home for me is this little farm near the Bunya Mountains (Qld), on Kaiabara land. My art practice has roots in Art Povera, Environmental Art and Expressionism. Yet the strongest influence is always the land, light and life-lines of this place.

This is where I grew up: it is my still point, my place of return. Although I am of settler/farming heritage, my connection to this place defines me and it is where my art practice is embedded.  My own story is just a tiny moment here. Through my work I respond to my lived experience and try to understand and acknowledge the deeper stories and layered histories that are written into the land.   

Biography:

Jill Sampson is a contemporary artist. She is also the coordinator of the Bimblebox Art Project and curator of Bimblebox 153 Birds. 

Sampson completed a Fine Arts degree at Queensland College of Art in 2019 extending her previous study at the Sydney Gallery School. She was awarded the 2001 Pata Paris residency (France), by Daniel and Anne Pata with the Sydney Gallery School. Sampson was also selected as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Stewart House Preventorium, where she engaged with the students and created a body of artwork inspired by the beach environment of Curl Curl. 

Sampson was a keynote speaker at the Eco Arts Australis 3rd National Conference, Wollongong. She values communication and is a dynamic speaker who has given numerous talks, presentations, interviews and opening speeches. Sampson has also participated in panel discussions, written for publications, and has organised public programs, artist camps and developed two touring exhibitions. Her work has been selected for the Fishers Ghost and JADA art prizes and has toured nationally with JADA and Bimblebox: art – science – nature. Sampson’s work has been featured in newspaper and digital articles as well as Imprint, Artlink and Textile fibre forum magazines.

Selected CV

For a full CV, please message me via the contact form on the Contact page.

Education:

2019                Bachelor of Fine Art, with Distinction (Sculpture), Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane,Qld., Australia
2018 – 2019  Academic Excellence Award, 2017, 2018, 2019
2003                Statement of Attainment in Advanced Creative Fine Arts, Drawing Specialisation III, Sydney Gallery School, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, NSW
2000                Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, Printmaking major, Sydney Gallery School, NSIT, Meadowbank, NSW.

Curatorial:

2013–present
Bimblebox 153 Birds, developed, curated and manage.
2018–19         
Developed the touring package for Bimblebox 153 Birds.

Selected Exhibitions:

2019         
Tree Place, curated by Anne Harris, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa, Qld., 7 December 2018 – 27January 2019.
2018               
Refraction Attraction, QCA Graduate Showcase, Griffith University, Qld., 31 October – 5 November, 2018.
2018               
Rights of Nature National Art Exhibition, curated by Jenny Brown, Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane, Qld., 22 – 28 October, 2018.
2017               
Imaginings, curated by Rona Green, Neospace, Collingwood, Vic., 1 – 19 Dec, 2017.
2015–present
Bimblebox 153 Birds, Visitors Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra 2022; The Centre Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Regional Council 2022; Webb Gallery, QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2019; Gladstone Regional gallery, Gladstone; 2019, Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre, Maleny, 2018; Gympie Regional Gallery, 2016; Brisbane Writers Festival, SLQ 2015; Impress Printmakers Gallery, Brisbane, 2015.
2014–2017    
Bimblebox: art – science – nature, National touring exhibition (Qld, WA, SA and NSW). 18 May 2014 – 26 March 2017.
2013               
Document://Bimblebox, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania, 5 – 27 April, 2013.
2008–2009     
Bridging, travelling print exchange, Kirkharle Arts Centre, Northumberland, UK., Project Gallery, Qld College of Art, Brisbane, and Hexham’s Queens Hall, Hexham, UK. The Project Gallery date: 23 September – 5 October 2008.
2002–2004     
Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Travelling Exhibition (Qld, NSW, Vic and Tas).
2002    
Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW., 23 October – 8 December, 2002.           
Handwriting, Jill Sampson & Elizabeth Pozega, A-Space on Cleveland, Surry Hills, NSW., 4 – 27 September, 2002.
2000               
Sample, A-Space on Cleveland, Surry Hills, NSW., 7 – 18 November 2000.
Trevor was a Chiropodist, But Kevin is the Dancer, Trinity Delmar Gallery, Trinity College, Ashfield, NSW., 9 – 17 September 2000.
1999               
Acid, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, NSW., 30 November – 5 December, 1999.

Awards:

2002                Finalist, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW., 23 October – 8 December, 2002.
2002                Finalist, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW.
2001                Finalist, Arts North, Hornsby TAFE Art Gallery, Hornsby, NSW., 30 March to 6 April

Residencies:

2016 – 2018    
RONA16, AELA Rights of Nature Tribunal, artist in residence program, October 2016 – 2018.
2013               
Bimblebox Artist Camp, Bimblebox Nature Refuge, Central Qld. 7–15 September.
2012               
Bimblebox Artist Camp, Bimblebox Nature Refuge, Central Qld, 8–17 September.
2001               
Pata Paris Residency, Paris, France, awarded by Daniel and Anne Pata, and Sydney Gallery School, 9 September – 7 October.
Stewart House, selected inaugural Artist In Residence, Stewart House Preventorium, Curl Curl, NSW., 4 February – 14 April.
1989               
Queensland Rural Youth Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Hosted by Young Farmers clubs across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Sponsored by Queensland Industry Development Corporation (QIDC) and Queensland Rural Youth. 13 April – 8 October.

Selected Presentations:

2019               
Sampson, J. “Bimblebox 153 Birds”, Art in the Pub, Contemporary Art Space and Education c-a-s-e and Byron School of Art, Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW, 16 October.             
Sampson, J. Keynote speaker, “Bimblebox 153 Birds”, Eco Arts Australis 3rd National Conference, Using the Visual and Performing Arts to encourage pro-environmental behaviour, University of Wollongong, 26 – 28 May.              
Sampson, J. (coordinator and chair)with conservation biologist Dr April Reside, poet Brett Dionysius and artist Dr Emma Lindsay. Panel Discussion: A Conversation about the Black-throated Finch. Webb Gallery, QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane, 4 September.
Sampson, J. (Organiser and chair) “Artist Talks and Writers readings for Bimblebox 153 Birds”, QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane, 14 September.
2015–2019     
Sampson, J. Curator talks and opening events speaker for Bimblebox 153 Birds.
2016/17         
Sampson, J. Guest speaker at opening of Bimblebox: art – science – nature, at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly, Sydney, NSW., 1 July, 2016; At Logan Art Gallery, Logan, Qld., 14 October, 2016; At The Condensery, Somerset Regional Art Gallery, Toogolawah, Qld., 10 February, 2017.
2016               
Sampson, J. (Panelist) “At the Interface of Art and Social Action, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly, Sydney, NSW., 3 July.2016               
Sampson, J. (Presentation), Bimblebox 153 Birds and the destruction of a forest, Wild/Flower Women symposium, Central Queensland University, Noosa, Qld., 23 November.

Art Project work:

2012–present
Bimblebox Art Project coordinator and Bimblebox Artist Camps coordinator.  (Includes developing and coordinating annual artist camps at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.
2013–present
Bimblebox 153 Birds, curator and coordinator.
2012–2014    
Bimblebox: art – science – nature, national touring exhibition, initiator, project developer and part of the team that took my idea to realisation and tour.


Texts and Media

Georgie Cyrillo, ‘It’s our job to take risks’: Artists reflect on the climate crisis October 27 2021, NAVA
Jill Sampson, Bimblebox 153 Birds – flying under the radar”, chapter 14, Using the visual and performing arts to encourage pro-environmental behaviour, ed. David Curtis, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020.
Erin Semmler, Bimblebox 153 Birds takes aim at Coalmining, ABC Capricornia, 14.3.19
Carol Schwarzman, Tree Place:  A Multicultural Collaboration, Polycentrica: notes on culture and collaboration, 13 February, 2019.
Jody McDonald, For the love of Birds, Overland digital journal, 2 September, 2016.
Anne Harris, Is Craft a Dirty Word in Today’s Contemporary Art Scene, Textile Fibre Forum Magazine #123, September, 2016.
Jill Stowell, ART: come to your senses, Newcastle Herald, 13 May, 2016.
Jack Wilkie-Jans, What’s on in Queensland? Bimblebox: art – science – nature, Art & Artists, 20, November, 2016.
Jill Sampson “About Bimblebox Art ProjectBimblebox: art – science – nature, Redland Art Gallery, 2014 ‘Exhibition Catalogue’.
Sampson, Jill. Bimblebox: art – science – nature, Tangible Media, 2014 ‘Digital exhibition catalogue’ (supplied writing, photos and digital videos, coordinated writers and it includes my artwork).
Art captures essence of Bimblebox, Southburnett.com, 24 March, 2014
Sampson J, Bimblebox Art Project, Imprint, Winter 2013, Volume 48, Number 2
Nick Galvan, Alison Clouston’s monstrous artwork against Clive Palmer’s coalmine, SMH, 31 March, 2014
Jill shares tales from Bimblebox Art Project, SouthBurnett.com.au, 17 March, 2014.
Beth Jackson, Bimblebox: Artistic Witness at the Frontline of Queensland’s Galilee Basin, Artlink vol. 33/4, 2013
Brett Dionysious, Bimblebox 153 Birds, Sotto – Australian Poetry, December 2013 (online article, no longer available)
Andrew Beard, Capturing something precious, CQ News, 13 September 2013
K. Calderwood, Bimblebox ‘Such a timeless place’, The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 29 September, 2013
Simon Green, Artists Capture Bimblebox Beauty, CQ News, 21 September, 2012
Simon Green, Bimblebox fight takes to canvas, CQ News, 5 September, 2012
Alice Roberts and Paul Robinson, Capturing Bimblebox, 3 September, 2012 (ABC radio interview and digital article)
Profiles, The Isolation Edition, Artworkers Alliance Newsletter, 2006

Academic Research that I’ve participated in as coordinator of Bimblebox Art Project:

2020 – 2022
Andrew Grodecki, QUT, PhD research, A new values-based model of stakeholder engagement in public art-science activity that supports societal transformation. (to address climate change and the environmental emergency).
2016–2018    
Andrew Nicholson, The Depiction of Environment through Art. The role of exhibited environmental art in public engagement with environmental sustainability: a case study of the Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition”. Research UNE, 2018.

Professional Membership:

2012–current  NAVA, National Association of Visual Artists, Professional Membership
1998–2021      PCA, Print Council of Australia
1996–2011      Artworkers Alliance