Born 1950, Adelaide, South Australia


2000     The Australian National University
             Master of Visual Arts

1974     Torrens College of Advanced Education
             Advanced Diploma in Teaching (Fine Arts)

1972     Western Teachers College and the South Australian School of Art
             Diploma in Teaching Secondary Art, 

Solo Exhibitions

Upcoming solo shows

2024 CCAS Manuka, February,  Simple forms for Complex Times
2024 Belco Arts, March,  Lee Crisp Life Drawing

Past solo shows

2023 Lee Crisp at Sissa Sorella, ACT, September
2021 Art Box Barton, ACT
2019 ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Exhibition Pop up: Leeanne Crisp, Canberra.This exhibition with Sydney Nolan’s ‘Riverbend’ addressed the relationship between my work and Nolan’s painting and was accompanied by a talk and discussions with Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery.
2013 Chapman Gallery, The Thinking Heart, Canberra
2004 Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), Ordinary People, Canberra
2000 Canberra Institute of the Arts Gallery, Social Fabric, Master of Visual Arts exhibition, Canberra
  Tilley’s Divine Café Gallery, Celebration of the Life of Judith Wright, Canberra
  ANU School of Art Gallery, Season 2000 Post Graduate Exhibition, Canberra
1999 Canberra Institute of the Arts, Photospace Gallery, Borderspace, A collaboration with Helen Fuller, Canberra
1989 Giles Street Gallery, Canberra
1986 Tynte Street Gallery, Painting on paper, Adelaide
1985 Tilley’s Divine Café Gallery, Paintings on paper, Canberra
1983 Gallery Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1979 Contemporary Art Society, Adelaide
1977 Solander Gallery, Canberra

Group Exhibitions

2023  Altenburg Gallery final show, December

2023   Kaleidoscope LGBTQI, Belco Arts

2023   Queanbeyan Palerang Bendigo Bank Art Prize Exhibition

2023   Lethbridge small scale Art Award (online)

2023   ‘Time and Line’ National Portrait Gallery (Portrait of Gay Bilson)

2023    National Portrait Gallery Portrait of Helen Caldicott

2023   Braidwood Regional Art Group works on paper

2022   Marion Halligan at National Portrait Gallery for Writers Week

2022    M16 Drawing Prize Exhibition, ACT

2022   Kaleidoscope LGBTQI at Belco Arts

2022   The Percival Portrait Prize Exhibition, Townsville

2022   The Christmas Show, Altenburg Gallery

2022   Small works Christmas show, Beaver Galleries, ACT

2022   Portrait Prize, BDAS Bowral

2022   CAPO Auction exhibition, Canberra

2022   ‘Red’ Members show Braidwood Regional Artists

2022   ‘Nest’ Curated by Helen Maxwell for the River of Art Exhibition.

2021   CAPO Exhibition and Auction, Canberra

2021   Queanbeyan Palerang Art Prize Exhibition

2020   CAPO exhibition and auction, Canberra

2020   BDAS Portrait Prize (Elena Kats Chernin)

2020   Small things Art Prize, Saint Cloche, Sydney

2020 Art on Fire: Braidwood Artists respond to the Bushfires. Braidwood Regional Arts Group and accompanying book, 4 to 13 December, Braidwood
2020 Online drawing exhibition, M16 Gallery, Canberra
2020 BDAS, John Copes Portrait Prize exhibition, 19 Sep – 11 Oct, Bowral
  Saint Cloche Gallery, Little Things Art Prize, 16 – 27 Sept, Sydney
2019 Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman Art Prize, 11 Sep – 27 Oct, Sydney
  Braidwood Regional Art Group (BRAG), Reclaim the Night, NSW
2018 Braidwood Regional Art Group Members Show, NSW
  Nishi Hotel, Silent auction and exhibition for SpringOUT, NewActon, Canberra
  Altenburg & Co Braidwood, The Christmas Show – Coming home, NSW
2017 Altenburg & Co Braidwood, The Christmas Show, NSW
  M16 Artspace, M16 Studios Fundraising Auction and Exhibition, Canberra
  Q Gallery, The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Art Awards, Queanbeyan, NSW 
  M16 Artspace, Materiality, M16 Tenants’ exhibition, Canberra
  Braidwood Artists Member Show, NSW
  Braidwood Regional Art Group, The Women’s Show, NSW
  ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery, Random, Canberra
2016 Canberra Museum and Gallery, Capital Arts Patron Organisation, Annual Exhibition and Auction, 14 – 22 Oct, Canberra
  Braidwood Regional Art Group, The Women’s Show; The Regional Art Prize; The Members Show, NSW
  Muse, M16 Fundraising Auction, Canberra
2015 Canberra Museum and Gallery, Capital Arts Patron Organisation, Auction: CAPO 32, 31 Oct – 7 November, Canberra
  Braidwood Art Society, The Women’s Show; Members Show; and Group Show, NSW
2014 Canberra Museum and Gallery, CAPO 2014 Auction Party, Canberra
  Australian Embassy, 23 Australian portraits by member artists, a joint initiative with The Embassy of Australia and Portrait Artists Australia, selected by the National Portrait Gallery of America, 1 Aug – 19 Sep, Washington
2013 Canberra Museum and Gallery, Capital Arts Patron Organisation, Annual Gala Fundraiser Auction and Exhibition, Canberra
2012 Parliament House, Celebrating Innovators, selected by Portrait Artists Australia, Canberra
  Art House Hotel, The Artists Book, Launch and Exhibition, selected by Portrait Artists Australia, Sydney
  Bega Regional Art Gallery, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award and Exhibition, 1 June – 7 July, NSW
  BDAS, Members Show, NSW
  BDAS, Portrait Prize and Exhibition, NSW
2011 Victorian Art Society, All the World’s a Stage, selected by Portrait Artists Australia, Melbourne
  BDAS, John Copes Watercolour Prize exhibition, Winner, NSW
2010 S.H. Erving Gallery, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Finalist, Sydney
  Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), 2009 Archibald Prize: New South Wales Regional Tour, NSW
  Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), 2009 Archibald Prize: New South Wales Regional Tour, NSW
2008 ANCA, In the fold – 15 years at ANCA, Canberra
2006 Canberra School of Art Gallery, Picture This Painting Alumni 2000-2006, Canberra
  Gen Eira Gallery, Alice Bale Art Award Exhibition, Victoria
  BDAS, John Copes Memorial Prize for Watercolour exhibition, Bowral
2005 Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Calleen Acquisition Award, Cowra
2004 S.H. Erving Gallery, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, Finalist, Sydney
2004 Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, Distil, 21 Oct – 13 Nov, 2004, Canberra
  Araluen Centre, 33rd Alice Prize, Alice Springs
  BDAS, John Copes Prize for Representational Art exhibition, Bowral
  National Portrait Gallery (Old Parliament House), Masters of Fare, Chefs, Winemakers, Providores, Canberra
  Italo Australian Club, Canberra Art Prize exhibition, Canberra
2003 S.H. Erving Gallery, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, Finalist, Sydney
  Chapman Gallery, Watercolour on vellum painting, Canberra
  Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong Regional Art Prize exhibition, Canberra
  Italo Australian Club, Canberra Art Prize exhibition, Canberra
  Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS), Inaugural Contemporary Art Award,Canberra
  Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, Megalo Members Exhibition, Canberra
  ANCA, Mixed Blessings, for New-born Intensive Care Foundation, Canberra
  M16 Studios, Inaugural show, Canberra
2003/02 National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Sampling Australian Portraiture, the formal Opening of NPG, Commonwealth Place, Canberra
2002 ANCA, That was Then – 10 years at ANCA studios, Canberra
2001 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, National Craft Acquisition Awardexhibition, Northern Territory
  Australian Academy of Science, The Secret Life of Plants exhibition held during the fourth International Legume Conference of 2002, Canberra
  Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Hostage to Fortune, the Maternal Relationship, curated by Denise Ferris, Canberra
2000 S.H. Erving Gallery, Blake Prize exhibition, Sydney
  CCAS, Traditional Values, Canberra
  Capital Arts Patron Organisation, Fine Art Auction, Canberra
  Tin Sheds Gallery, Putting it into print, Sydney
  Tilley Divines Café Gallery, Celebration of the life of Judith Wright Paintings and illustrated book, Canberra
  Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards andexhibition, Victoria
1999 Spiral Arm Gallery, The Drawing show, curated by Helen Maxwell, Canberra
  Purple Wall Gallery, Hutchins Art Prize finalist, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
  CCAS, Colour my World, CCAS members Show
  Canberra Museum and Gallery, Printing History – 18 years of Megalo Access Arts, Canberra
  Metro Craft Centre, More Swanky Hankies, by EcoMusée des Textiles, Fourmies,France, Melbourne
  Jam Factory, Putting it into Print, and regional tour of South Australia with SATEP, Adelaide
  Stargard Szecinski Museum, Vital Signs, Szczecin, Poland
1998 Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Vital Signs, South Africa
  Canberra Institute of the Arts, Vital Signs, Canberra
  Canberra Institute of the Arts, Photospace Gallery, Vital Signs, Canberra
  Spiral Arm Gallery, The Drawing show, Canberra
  Canberra Institute of the Arts, Drawing Prize exhibition, Canberra
  Tilley Divines Café Gallery, International Word Festival, Writers at Tilleys, (Tribute to Judith Wright with Works on paper and illustrated book), Canberra
  CCAS, Tunnel of Love, Canberra
1997 Canberra School of Art (CSA), After Hours, Canberra
  Jam Factory, Swanky Hankies, Adelaide
  ANCA, Thinking Drawings, Canberra
  Canberra School of Art, Drawing Prize Exhibition, Canberra
1995 ANCA, International Women’s Day Exhibition, Canberra
  ANCA, 20/20 Studio Tenants’ Show, Canberra
  ANU, Australian Artists Against Racism – Collaboration with Chun-Chang Sihuk, Canberra
1994 ANCA, The year of the Dog, 24 Sep – 2 Oct, Canberra
  CSA, Playing with Fire, Canberra
1993 ANCA, Prints and Drawings, Canberra
  Spiral Arm Gallery, Anti Nuclear Testing in the Pacific, Canberra
  ANCA, Inaugural Tenants’ Exhibition, Canberra
1992 CCAS, Between the covers – Artists Books, Canberra
1990 Craft Council of the ACT, Artists Books, Canberra
1989 Kensington Gallery, Group Show, Adelaide
  Savode Gallery, Opening Show, Brisbane
  CCAS, Capital Art – Members Show, Canberra
1988 Centre Gallery, The National 1988 Women’s Art Award, Exhibition, curated by Betty Churcher, Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia), Gold Coast, QLD
  Swan Hill Gallery Regional Art Gallery, Watercolour Australia, Victoria
1987 CSA, The Staff Show, Canberra
1986 CSA, Time and Place – The Staff Show, Canberra
1985 CSA, Sense of Place – The Staff Show, Canberra
1984 Contemporary Art Society, Works on paper, Adelaide
1983 Contemporary Art Society, Paperworks, Adelaide
  CSA, Staff Show 3, Canberra
  Australian National Botanic Gardens, Photographic exhibition on Monet’s Garden, Canberra
1982 Staff and Students of the Graphic Investigation Workshop, Brisbane College of Art and Canberra School of Art, Brisbane and Canberra
  Huntly Gallery, Pastel is the Medium, Canberra
  CSA, Staff Show, Canberra
1981 Ararat Gallery, Miniature Textiles – Biennale Exhibition, Victoria
1980 27 Niagra Lane Galleries, Womens Art – Women’s Electoral Lobby show, Melbourne
  Collingwood Town Hall, Labor Art Show, Melbourne
1979 Solander Gallery, School of Art Staff Show, Canberra
  Australian Labour Party Art and Craft Fair, Melbourne
1977 Canberra School of Music, Canberra School of Art Staff Exhibition, Canberra
  Solander Gallery, School of Art Staff Show, Canberra
1975 Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Art and the Creative Woman, for International Women’s Year, South Australia
  Sydenham Gallery, Paintings and etchings, Adelaide
  Mitcham Village Gallery, Workshop etching exhibition, Mitcham, South Australia
  Canberra School of Music, Canberra School of Art Staff Exhibition, Canberra
1974 Contemporary Art Society, Recent Art from South Australia, and touring to Newcastle City Art Gallery, Adelaide
  Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Contemporary Art Society members show, Adelaide
1973 Contemporary Art Society of South Australia, Paintings, Drawings and Prints, Adelaide

Prizes / Awards

Mosman Art Prize finalist, 2019, Sydney
Bowral and District Art Society (BDAS), John Copes Watercolour Prize, First Prize, 2011
S.H. Erving Gallery, Portia Geach Memorial Art Award, Finalist, 2011, 2004 and 2003
BDAS, John Copes Prize for Representational Art, People’s Choice Award,  2004
Canberra Art Prize, Runner up and People’s Choice, 2004
John Copes Memorial Prize (and runner up), 2004
Canberra Art Prize, People’s choice, 2004
Tuggeranong Art Prize, 2003, Canberra
John Copes Prize People’s choice BDAS, 2003
Canberra Institute of the Arts, Post Graduate Materials Award, 1999
artsACT, Grant for new work in 2000, 1999
Canberra Institute of the Arts Drawing Prize Winner, 1998
Australian High Commission and Michaelis School of Fine Art. Cape Town,
    student grant to curate and install Vital Signs
Canberra Institute of Arts Drawing Prize, 1998
Canberra Institute of Arts Postgraduate Materials grant, assistance to send
    Vital Signs to Poland, 1998
American field Service International Scholarship, 1968 – 69


Bundanon Trust, Artist in Residence (Poussin Project), NSW
2003 Megalo Printmaker in Residence Program, Canberra
1998 Residency, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Painting Department, Cape Town University
1997 Megalo Residency (Silk Screen), Canberra

Publications and Essays

Leeanne Crisp, up and coming interview in Country Living, 2020

Leeanne Crisp, “Gentle Paintings with a Giant Brush.” In 2016 Creative Artist Yearbook, Collector’s Edition, 38-42. Woodlands Publishing, 2016.

Sasha Grishin, Crisp Exhibition Hitting Heights, The Canberra Times, 11 May 2013,

Leeanne Crisp, Words are the daughters of the earth – Portrait of Marion Halligan, 2002, Meanjin (Canberra Issue) and National Portrait Gallery database, 2013

Susan Parsons, Ways with pomegranate, The Canberra Times, 13 June 2012,

Sasha Grishin, Painted Scenes of Inner Selves – review of Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition, 9 Oct 2010

Diana Streak, Portia Geach Awards, The Canberra Times, 2010

Diana Streak, Capital Artists brush up for the Archibald, The Canberra Times 26 Feb 2009

Helen Grant, The Portrait Strikes Back, May 2009

Sasha Grishin, The folly of thinking bigger is better, The Canberra Times, 28 March 2009

Christopher Allen, Portraiture as a mugs game, The Australian, 26 Feb 2009  

Sonia Barron, A new project focusing on the face, The Canberra Times 6 April 2004

National Portrait Gallery, Tasting the history of Aussie food – Masters of Fare, 17 Dec 2004

Helen Musa, Halligans Farewell, Capital Life, The Canberra Times, 27 Sept 2004

Author unknown, Alice’s Treasure House enriched, Alice Springs News, 10 Nov 2004

Sonia Barron, What’s new in Print Distil Exhibition, The Canberra Times, 1 Nov 2004

Helen Musa, Crisp takes regional Art Prize, The Canberra Times, 29 Oct 2003

Helen Musa, High Expectations for Canberra Art prize, Capital Life, The Canberra Times, 2003

Jessica Stanley, Raising Funds or family: a mixed blessing, The Canberra Times, 31 July 2003

Ian Warden, Legume Conference inspires astonishing art, The Canberra Times, 2003

Evan Hanford, Creative Minds Mix it together (Bundanon), The Canberra Times, 9 Dec 2001

Sonia Barron, Drawing in a crowd, The Canberra Times, 21 Feb 1999

Francesca Rendle-Short, The Clothes my Mother made us, Canberra Arts Anthology, National Library of Australia, 1999

Hinchcliffe Meredith, Putting it into Print, Craft Arts International, Issue 45, 1999

Cassie Proudfoot, Exchange of ideas, The Canberra Times, 1 Oct 1998, ANU Reporter, VOL 29/14, 1998

Cassie Proudfoot, Of women, by women, but for all, The Canberra Times, 7 Mar 1995

Sasha Grishin, Drawing Show, Spiral arm gallery and Artspace, 26 April 1995

Cassie Proudfoot, A family of Artists at Dickson, The Canberra Times, 1994

Robert Macklin, First ANCA open day Sunday, The Canberra Times, Sep, 1994

Curating / Judging

Judge, Eurobodalla Art Prize, NSW, 2012
Curator, The Secret Life of Plants, The Australian Academy of Science, Canberra
International Women’s Day Show, ANCA studios, Canberra, 1995
Vital Signs, Postgraduate exhibition, CSA, Oct 1998 and touring exhibition to
    Cape Town, South Africa at Michaelis School of Fine Art Gallery,
    6 – 22 May 1999. Vital Signs toured to Muzeum Stargardzie, Szczecinskim,
    Poland in 1999.
Contemporary South African Art, Photospace Gallery, CSA, 6 – 9 Oct, 1998

Teaching / Selected Workshops

Canberra Institute of the Arts (renamed School of Art, 2004), ANU, casual,
    full-time and part-time positions in Painting, Drawing Graphic
    Investigation, Foundation Workshops and Continuing Education,
    1975 – 2015
National Gallery of Australia, Casual Educator,1979 – 2003 and Public
    program workshops until 2009
National Portrait Gallery, contracts in Education and workshops, 2007 – 2009
National Arboretum, four by four-day workshops in painting and drawing,

Interviews, Lectures, Presentations and Talks

2019 Talk, Exhibition Pop up: Leeanne Crisp, in Nolan’s Riverbend room, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU
2004 Talk, Artists in Conversation: Leeanne Crisp and Marion Halligan, CMAG, 4 April Interview, Ordinary people, Art Sound FM with Phillip O’Brien, 10 April
2001 Lecture, A Protestant Aesthetic, Seeking the Centre Conference at the Centre of Religion, Literature and the Arts, University of Sydney, 2 Feb
2000 Talk, Tony Tuckson a painter’s view, NGA
1999 Lecture, Monet and his Garden, NGA
  Presentation, Liminal for Sensational Images and Bodies, Post Graduate Conference College of Fine Arts, University of NSW
1998 Lecture, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; Canberra Institute of Arts and NGALecture, National Gallery of Cape Town, for staffing guides to learn about the NGA’s collectionFloor talk, Vital Signs to coincide with Cape Town Exhibition
  Interview, The Secret Life of Plants, ABC Website and Country Program
  Interview, National Radio Arts Today with Nell Schofield, 2 July
  Lecture, Sensational Images and bodies, Post Graduate Conference, College of Fine Arts University
  Lecture, Art Forum series, CITA, ANU, about experiences in South Africa and Art
1989 Talk, Colour Society, ANU, on the relationship to colour in my paintings
1987 Talk, Monet’s Garden, Garden History Society, Canberra
1983 Talk, Australian National Botanic Gardens, on Monet’s garden at Giverny, France and his paintings
1978 Interview, Women’s studies course Alexander Mackie College of Higher Education, Sydney
  Talk, Artist’s Residency at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Canberra School of Art Lecture Theatre, 1 Oct


Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, Australia 
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
National Library of Australia, Visual Collection: Illustrated books for Judith
    Wright and Kate Llewellyn, Muse Café and Bookshop collection, Canberra
University of Adelaide, Student Union, Adelaide
ACT Writers Centre, Canberra
Christopher Hunt (Director, Adelaide Festival of Arts, 1979)
Tony Bishop, Adelaide
Kansas City Youth Art Awards, United States of America


Fleur Montgomery, Melbourne (1992-1993)