Kate Durham is a Melbourne-based artist, practising in jewellery, sculpture and drawing.

Her work has been shown in Japan, England, the USA and around Australia. She is represented in several major collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 2001, she established Spare Rooms for Refugees, a project to provide community accommodation for asylum seekers. In June 2002, she travelled to Nauru with a BBC journalist and thus provided the first images of Australia’s Pacific Solution.


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne The National Gallery, Canberra Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.

Talks, Lectures, Seminars and Teaching

RMIT Lunchtime Series, Melbourne 1984 Futur-Fall (Post-Modern) Conference Sydney University 1984 European Crossroads, Melbourne University Colloquium 1986 Jewellery RMIT 1987 Warrnambool City Art Gallery 1989 Townsville City Art Gallery 1989 ABC Radio National Sightings 1991 Lecture National Gallery of Victoria 1992 Melbourne Cultural Forum 1992 Monash University 1993 Swinburne University of Technology 1993.

Various speaking engagements on refugees including 2003 The Migrating Mind at the International Conference of Psychiatry and the Law, Sydney.

Cultural Exchanges, Awards and Committees

2001 Founded organisation spareroomsforrefugees, a web-based register of accommodation volunteers – www.spareroomsforrefugees.com 1995 Member, Cultural Advisory Board, Melbourne City Council 1994 Judge, Melbourne Art Directors Club 1993 Annual 3-Dimensional Art Awards (three prizes) New York Organiser, Illustrator’s Association Exhibition 1991 Port of Melbourne/Yokohama City Lecture Tour.


Diploma of Fine Art, Chisholm Institute of Technology Post Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts.