Ruth O’Leary

Born in Melbourne, Australia 1990.


2010 - 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing, RMIT University, Melbourne.

2012   Exchange at Aalto University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland (6 months)

2014 TAKT Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany (3 months)

2015 Monash University Fine Art Honours 



2016  'The Transit Lounge' , TCB Art Inc 

2015‘Little  Windows’, BUS Projects, Melbourne. 

2015‘I used to do my hair with rollers now I use a spray can and pliers’, Seventh Gallery

            Night screen.

2011     ‘Internal’, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



2016       Chin Chin Wall of Art Projection Space, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

2016       'Wink', supervised by Donald Holt, Greenwood Street Projects, Melbourne.

2016       'Tell Me What You Have And I Will Know What You Are', curated by Audrey Schmidt, Unit 3, 2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.   

2016       'The Joke', curated by Zara Sigglekow, Neon Parc, Melbourne.

2016       Westspace Fundraiser Auction, Melbourne.

2016       ‘Debut’, curated by Xanthe Dobbie, BLINDSIDE Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne

2016‘Gong-bath Mountain at Wellness and Wild, curated by Clementine Edwards, Brunswick Sculpture Centre, Melbourne.

2015       ‘As if: Small Print’, curated by Danielle Hakim and Emily Castle, Mailbox Art Space,  Melbourne

2015       ‘Control’, curated by Louise Dibben, Merry Crisis Art Space, Sydney.

2015       ‘What would a Feminist Methodology Sound Like?’(collaboration with Ellena Savage), curated by Liquid Architecture, Westspace, Melbourne.

2015      ‘Death Box 24’, curated by Zac Segbedzi, A’Beckkett Towers, Melbourne.

2015      ‘Boulevard’ curated by Matthew Linde, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne.

2015      ‘Lovers in a Parking Lot’, Art Beat Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne.

2014      ‘Grassy Knoll’, curated by Monica’s Gallery, Melbourne University Geology and Earth Sciences Building.

2014     ‘The Artist interprets Highpoint’ curated by Monica’s Gallery, Fort Delta, Melbourne.

2014     ‘Benglis 73/74’, curated by Geoff Newton, Sutton Projects, TCB Arts Inc, Neon Parc,  Melbourne. 

2014     ‘Made and Found’ Group Show, TAKT A.I.R. Berlin, Germany.

2013    ‘Dual’, collaborative exhibition with Larissa Papamanos, New Low Gallery, Melbourne.

2013     Crazy in Love Magazine Launch Exhibition, Feltspace, Adelaide.

2012    ‘Drawing Twenty Twelve’ BFA Graduate Exhibition, RMIT drawing, Melbourne.

2012    ‘Living Art’, Aalto University Project Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.

2012    Badginnie Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne.

2012    Light-scape Laneway Project Exhibition, Rodda Lane, Melbourne.

2011    ‘Art Land’, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Brunswick Campus, Melbourne.

2011    ‘Making Space’ curated by Hannah Matthews, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Drawing Gallery, Melbourne.

2010    ‘New Collectables’, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

2010    RMIT graduate fundraiser auction 2010/11/12/13/14

2009    Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards travelling Exhibition, 120 Collins, Shepparton Art 

           Gallery, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Kyneton Arts Festival, Gippsland.

2008   ‘Top Arts’, The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.



2017   BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award (Finalist)

2015   Monash University Fine Art Honours Prize

2014   Studio resident, TAKT Artist in Residence, Berlin

2012   RMIT Travel Grant

2012   John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarship

2011   Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Link Arts Union Grant Funding (new video work)

2009   Outstanding Young Artist Prize, Cancer Council Victoria, Australia.



2016     Dissect Journal Issue 3, photographic collaboration with Phebe Schmidt   


2016      'Worth their weight in gold: young australian artists to invest in right now', Jessie French, i-D Magazine.


2016     Front Cover design of Lifted Brow #29

2016     ‘Life Drawing’s unexpected revolution’, Audrey Schmidt, i-D Magazine


2015    Lynda Benglis' provocative art inspires trio of exhibitions’, Dan Rule, Sydney Morning Herald,  October 3,  2014 

2014     Endless Lonely Planet, Issue 3 (published poem in Internetemotions)

2014     The Lifted Brow ‘Sex Issue’ (Photograph)

2013     Crazy In Love Magazine (Photograph and online gif page)

2012The Lifted Brow (Photograph)