Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
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Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch


Self-employed Australian visual artist/educator; current founder/operator at Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery, a small retail business providing custom framing, fine art supplies, original art, unique giftware, art restoration and artistic servives.


Work: Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery, 12-B Owen Street / PO Box 1776, Innisfail, Far North Queensland, 4860, Australia


Work: 617 4061 1747












Australian (3rd generation)


Innisfail region, Queensland, AU.


Innisfail, Queensland, AU.


2003 - Certificate 4 in Public Art, Cairns TAFE, FNQ
1982 - Graduate Diploma in (Secondary) Education, Bendigo CAE, Vic. Majors: Art & Craft (Distinction)
1977 - Diploma in Art & Design, Deakin University Geelong Vic.
1974 - TOP Tertiary Orientated Program (equivalent Yr 12) - 8 Subjects - Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting, Art History, Pottery, Design, Social Science, English, ; Stawell Technical School, Vic.

Professional Development

2017 - 1989 Professional Art Practice Development
Numerous art workshops with exposure to various professional art tutors: Barbara Dover, Adele Outteridge, Rebecca Barret, Theo Tremblay, Jill O'Sullivan, Melissa Waters, Stephen Royster, Mollie Bosworth, Anneke Silver, Jenny Valmadre, Jill Kinnear, Sally L'Estrange, Rhonda Payne, Amanda de Haan, Ian Smith, Helen Broadhurst, Beverly Budgen, Rae O'Connell, Sam Di Mauro, Mary-Lou Hogarth, David Campbell, Dr Irene Amos, Marion Gaemers, Lindsay Wilson, Peter Thomson, Barbara Schey, Ken Smith, Sue Bisset, Rex Backhaus-Smith, Barbara Cheshire, Karen Laird, Wendy Mills, Dennis Magee, Anne Lord.


2017 - 1998 - Self Employed: Fournder, co-owner and operater of Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery, small retail business. As founder, set up for custom framing, fine art material supplies, studio and gallery with emphasis on Tropical North Qld local original unique art and handmade giftware.

2008, 2007 - Teaching Abstraction Art workshops aligned with my solo & touring 'Elevating the Spirit' Exhibition at Cairns Regional Gallery, then Sugarama Gallery. 

2003 - 1985 - Secondary Teacher, Good Counsel College, Innisfail.
Worked various full time/part time contract/supply teaching positions - a cross range of curriculum areas; Specialty areas - Art, Manual Arts & Graphics.
*Also worked in other Innisfail & District Primary & Secondary Schools.

2001 - Adult Art Teaching, Johnstone College of TAFE, Innisfail. Certificate 3 Art Module Units:
1. Observing the Body;
2. Acrylic Polymer Painting;
3. Lino Printing; Screen Printing.

1993 - Johnstone College of TAFE, Innisfail. Teacher Part-Time, all year. Trade Styling Certificate in Clothing and Manufacture Course.

1992 - Johnstone College of TAFE, Teacher Part-Time, all year Introduction to Drawing - Art Certificate III

1984 - 1983 - Education Department, Victoria 'Emergency' Teaching: Stawell, Ararat, Murtoa, Horsham,in both Secondary High & Technical Schools.


2018-1991 - Art Steward, Innisfail Show & District Association.
2014-2005 - Flying Arts Innisfail Regional Workshop Representative
2009-1987 - Art Coordinator, Innisfail Art Society Inc. Involved with organizing/coordinating many projects eg. Exhibitions, workshops (many RADF funded)
2003-2002 - Curator (Taskmaster) Remnants of Presence, Exhibition of 19 local (Innisfail & district) artists work; Sugarama Gallery, 4/5 - 29/6
2002, 1999-1992 - Committee Member, Regional Art Development Fund, Johnstone Shire Council
1994,'92, '91 - Organizer, Coordinator, Arts worker, for the 'Artist Xmas Market', Innisfail Art Space, 33 Rankin St Innisfail Dec.
1988 - Judge/Critique * Mackay & District Agricultural Pastoral & Industrial Assoc. Annual Show's Art Section (23 Categories) and Critique to audience 30 - 40 people.
1988 - Judge, Annual Art Show - Innisfail Agricultural Show & District Society

Gallery representation

Artropica Innisfail Studio Gallery
12-B Owen Street
Innisfail, Queensland
Tel/Fax: 617 4061 1747

Individual exhibitions

2009 - Elevating The Spirit, Main Space, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville; April 24-May31 (Jury Selected) (Toured)
2007 - Elevating The Spirit, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan Qld; July-Oct. (Toured)
2007 - Elevating The Spirit, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld; (Jury Selected - Community Exhibitions Program)
1994 - Figure Works, Drawings and Paintings, Innisfail Art Space, Innisfail, Qld.

Selected group exhibitions

Group Exhibitions
2017 - One Tree Matters, 2017 Brettacorp Inc., Tully + Recycled Pallet Art Auction., Sat. June 17, @C4, Mission Beach.
2010 - Tablelands, Perimeters and Parameters, Tableland Regional Gallery, 15 artists from the Kuranda Arts Cooperative Ltd. Feb 5-28
2009 - 9 x 5, Walker St. Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. (Dec)
2009,08 - Hidden Treasures, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld(selected).
2008 - Big, Insiders Members Kick Arts, COCA, Cairns, Qld
2007/2008 - Light, Time and Facade (curated), Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld
2007 - Flight, Insiders Members Kick Arts, Centre of Contemporary Arts (COCA), Cairns, Qld
2007 - Hidden Treasures, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (selected).
2006 - Annual National Competition (Selected) Cairns Art Society Inc Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (Aug/Sept)
2006 - Hidden Treasures, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (selected)
2005/06 - Duality (curated) Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld (Nov 13 2005 - Jan 29, 2006)
2005 - Teacher's Exhibition, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld (Oct 7-Nov 12)
2005 - Postcard Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld
2005 - Growth (curated), 11 members of Kuranda Arts Cooperative, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (July 30 -Aug 28)
2004 - Postcard Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (Nov 12 - Dec 3)
2004 - Sense of Attachment (curated), Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld (Oct 17-Nov 14)
2004 - Raw Expose (Over 18), Cairns Tanks Art Centre, Qld
2004 - Feast of the Senses (Mar) Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld
2003 - Postcard Show, Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (Dec.)
2003 - Annual National Competition, Cairns Art Society Inc. Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld (selected)
2003 - Remnants of Presence (curated), Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld (4 May - 29 June)
2002 - Blue, Kick Arts, Cairns, Qld Dec.
2002 - Year of the Outback DPI Awards, Flying Arts - Dalby, Qld
2002-2003 - Touring, Year of the Outback (Selected) Regional Qld
2002-2004 - Cross Currents (Selected) Touring, Regional Qld
2002 - Cross Currents: Micro - Macro, Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan Qld (4 May - 29 June)
2002 - Wunderkammer (Selected artist) Plimsoll Gallery Hobart Tasmania Aug/Sept.
2002 - Craft Connect Expo, Cairns Hilton, Qld May
2002 - Postcard Show, Cairns Regional Gallery Qld (Nov - Dec 6)
2001 - Co-operate Collaborate, Kuranda Arts Co-op. Cairns Regional Gallery Qld
2000 - Starkers, Post Office Gallery Port Douglas Qld 17/6 to 14/7
1999 - Postcard, Cairns Regional Gallery Qld (11.12.98 - 10.01.99)
1998 - Four Seasons - Vivaldi Music, Visual Arts Association of Far North Qld. Cairns Regional Gallery Qld (11 Oct - 1 Nov)
1998 - Flying Arts Inc. Northern Regional, Cairns Regional Gallery Qld (Oct-Nov)
1997 - Flying Arts Inc. Northern Regional, (Selected work) Mt Isa Qld (Oct - Nov)
1997 - 1996 - Screen-Printing Johnstone Shire Library Qld Dec-Jan
1996 - Member's, Innisfail Art Society Inc. 33 Rankin St. Innisfail Qld (Nov-Dec)
1996 - Artists Evening, Lugger Bay Rainforest Apartments Qld (August)
1994 - Landmarks, Innisfail Art Space Qld August
1991 - QLD Suncorp Art Awards, Selected Work, Cairns Qld
1991 - Windows to the Past, Paronella Park, Artists Gallery Qld
1991 - National Artists Week, Paronella Park, Artists Gallery Qld
1989 - Local Artists, Bamboo Gallery, Miriwinni Qld


2018 - Champion Art Award, 1st: Open Painting - specific size 30 x30 cm, 1st: Abstract/Contemporary Painting, at the Innisfail & District Agricultural Show
2013-2010, 2008-1990 - Numerous awards - covering areas of Drawing, Contemporary Painting, Digital Giclee Print, Creative Receptacle, Sculpture and Printmaking - annual Innisfail & District Agricultural Show.
2006 - Abstract Painting (Commended) Judge Sylvia Ditchburn. National Competition, Cairns Art Society Inc. Cairns Regional Gallery
2005 - Sculpture (Highly Commended) Judge Anneke Silver, Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc. (Oct/Nov)
2001 - Drawing, Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
2001 - Creative Fibre, Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
1999 - Drawing (Highly Commended) Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
1996 - Logo, Innisfail Harvest Festival Competition - Johnstone Shire Cultural Assn.
1995 - Drawing, Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
1995 - Open Section (Highly Commended)- Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
1993 - Miniature Painting, Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
1993 - Creative Receptacle (Fibre Basketry) Biennial National Competition, Innisfail Art Society Inc.
1991 - Local Artist (Highly Commended) Innisfail Art Society Inc
1989 - Drawing, National Competition, Mareeba Art Development Group
1989 - Drawing (Highly Commended) National Competition, Mareeba Art Development Group
1987 - Spinning, International Competition, Fibres & Fabrics Association, Townsville.


2003 - RADF Johnstone Shire Council for 'Remnants of Presence' Exhibition May-June 2003
2003 - Regional Quick Response Grant - Qld Arts Council for Workshop with Tutor Steve Royster for Exhibition 'Remnants of Presence' artists developmental/curatorial processes.
1997 - Professional Individual Development ,Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), Johnstone Shire Council; 'Creative Merchandising' Seminar Brisbane; half day seminar delivery report to Innisfail arts audience
1996 - Community Art Project, RADF, Johnstone Shire Council. 6 (2 day) weekends x Design & Screen Printmaking Workshops; Outcome: manufacture of Screen-printed Banner for Good Counsel Secondary College.

Public Collections

Johnstone Shire Council, Innisfail Qld

  • External Wall Mural Painting. Panel Size Approx 6m x 2.5m wall section

Good Counsel College, Innisfail Qld

  • 2D Artwork 'Sea of Hands' 1998 - Painted Canvas Fabric Panel, size 3m x 2m
  • 2D Artwork 'Tropical Inspirations' 1996 - Screenprinted Panel, size 2m x 1m
Private Collections

England, America, Australia.


2003 - Life Drawings Private commissions, Australia
1999 - Qld. Dept. Natural Resources - Colour work for 7 large display posters.
1999 - 'River Reflections' 8-page information brochure - computer layout/graphics. JSCA Innisfail RADF funding.
1993 - MURAL Artist (part of Group of 9) PUBLIC ART PROJECT: INNISFAIL SHIRE PUBLIC LIBRARY - External Wall Mural Painting. Panel Size Approx 6m x 2.5m wall section


2003 - 1993 Teacher/Artist Run and operate privately run Life Drawing Classes, mostly weekly basis at studio 33 Rankin St. Innisfail

1998 - SEA OF HANDS Canvas Fabric Panel (size 3m x 2m) for ASSPA Reconciliation Project. Artist in Residence, with an access day to all secondary students, teachers. (October) Good Counsel College, Innisfail

1997 - ONE DAY RESIDENCIES Working with Primary School students: DARADGEE FIELD CENTRE (selected students) - Design & Screen Printing; MURRAY UPPER State School - Drawing, Pottery, Painting and Group Mural work on canvases - All levels

1996 - PUBLIC ART PROJECT - Good Counsel College New Administration Block Foyer. PRINCIPAL DESIGNER/MAKER of Screenprinted Panel - 2m x 1m. Organizer, Project Coordinator and Artist Participant in RADF funded 'Design & Screen printing' Workshops over 6 weekends, with screen print Tutor/Design Public Art Advisor Rae O'Connell.

1993 - ARTS/CULTURAL WEEK (October) at Babinda State School. Artist in Residence: Involved access to Yrs 1 - 7 from a Cluster of 6 Primary Schools. Group activities involved chalk drawing, pottery and painting of 6 large canvases (one for each cluster school and to rotate over period of time)

1993 - ABORIGINAL ART/CULTURAL Studies ASSPA Program Good Counsel Primary - Invited Artist in residence for painting & drawing with Yr 4 Class over 6 week period ending with exhibition of student's work at Johnstone Shire Library

1992 - ARTS FUSION, INNISFAIL SUMMER SCHOOL, TAFE. Visual artist/tutor - Weekend Children's Classes in Painting and Pottery, culminating in Group Exhibition - feature was a large 9 panel mural of a sea serpent.

Selected Publications

Critical reviews and media coverage:
2007 - Valerie Keenan, Exhibition Review Elevating the Spirit, Arts Nexus Mag.Ed.65 p.30 Jan-Mar 2008
2007 - Think Outside The Square, Innisfail Advocate Sat.Aug 25 2007 p17
2007 - Karen van Harskamp: Raising Spirits, Cairns Post Timeout p18 Thur June 21, 2007
2007 - Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch: Elevating the Spirit, Art Dekko No30 Cairns Regional Gallery Mag. April-June 2007 pp6,8,12.

2004 - Sense of Attachment, Arts Nexus Jan-March 05
2003 - Lou West: Remnants of Presence - Nineteen contemporary artists, Arts Nexus July-Sept p.26
2002 - Craft Connect In the Tropics, NAVA Newsletter p.13 Sept
1999 - Sandra Hodgson: Inspiration in Network in the North, Courier Mail Thur April 1 p.38
1999 - K.Madsen-Pietsch: Artist's Profile, Kuranda Paper July
1998 - Sandra Hodgson: Environment, Region, Identity, Flying Arts Gazette, Dec. Issue No. 78 p.6-9
1998 - Marina Muecke: Weekly Feature Artist, Cairns Post Friday Aug 31/p36
1996 - Marina Muecke: Unique arts Display, The Cairns Post Fri Aug 30 p25
1994 - Editorial: Art Fills A Void, (Artist's Market) Innisfail Advocate Sat Dec 17/p12
1994 - Natalie Shaw: Kerryn Takes a New Look at Life, Innisfail Advocate, Thur May 26 /p5.
1993 - Karla Pincott: Wall of Vision, Townsville Bulletin Fri Aug 20/p21


& Other Published Works
2010 - Tablelands, Perimeters and Parameters
2009 - Elevating the Spirit (Townsville)
2007 - Elevating the Spirit (Mourilyan)
2007 - Elevating the Spirit (Cairns)
2007 - Light, Time & Facade
2004 - Sense of Attachment
2003 - Remnants of Presence, Brochure (20 pages - 19 artists) (Introduction/Rationale)
2002 - Cross Currents: Micro - Macro, Sugarama Gallery, ASIM.
2002 - Wunderkammer, Exhibition Catalogue/Essay Aug/Sept; David Humes
1994 - Wall Of Vision, Article reprinted in Your Guide to Beautiful Johnstone Shire publisher Graphically Speaking, March p.6 Karla Pincott

Artist Talks

2009 - Elevating the Spirit (Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, Qld)
2007 - Elevating the Spirit (Sugarama Gallery, Mourilyan, Qld)
2007 - Elevating the Spirit (Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld)

Judging Appointments

2015 Aug. - Mission Arts, Annual Aniversary Exhibition, Mission Beach, Qld. AU
1987 -  Mackay Art Show Exhibit., Show Pavillion, Mackay, Qld. AU

Professional Memberships


  • Qld College of Teachers (Qld.Teacher Registration)


  • Kuranda Arts Cooperative Ltd
  • Flying Arts Inc. Qld (area representative)
  • Kick Arts Insider, Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCa) Cairns
  • QLD Arts Law (Affiliate)
  • NAVA