Sophie Westerman makes work that has a narrative, whose content is often inspired by playwriting and short fiction, as well drawn from personal experiences. She thinks about time, space and memory, and in particular how we decide to memorialise our lives and things we have lost. Her images have a quiet presence and their minimal compositions are charged with emotion. Her work wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve, while keeping you at a safe distance.

Westerman completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded the Print Council of Australia Print Commission in 2016 and James Northfield Lithography Scholarship from the Australian Print Workshop in 2015. Her most recent body of work, 'Close Distance', was exhibited at Hub Furniture in 2017.

She is also a founding member of 5 Press, an collective of five Melbourne based artists: August Carpenter, Cheralyn Lim, Sarah McConnell, Jaime Powell and Sophie Westerman. The collective was formed with the intention of investigating the artist book form, through traditional printmaking and book binding techniques. They have participated in a number of art book fairs around Australia and will shortly be exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September 2018. 

For enquiries please contact sophie.westerman@hotmail.com

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b. 1991, live and works in Melbourne, Australia



2013 - Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing), University of Melbourne

2011 - Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne


solo + collaborative exhibitions

2017 - Close Distance, Hub Furniture, Melbourne + Sydney 

2015 - Soft Copy (with Jaime Powell), Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

2014 - Create/Cancel (with Jaime Powell), Bus Projects, Melbourne

            I have no memory of this place, Community Project Wall, Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne


selected group exhibitions

2017 - Litho, Mono, Screen & Unique State Prints, Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, Queenscliff

            Queenscliff Literary Festival Exhibition and Great Authors Print Exchange, Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, Queenscliff

2016 - Impressions,  Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne

            Panoply, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

            Portland Artist Residency, Portland Art Centre, Portland 

            between here and there,  Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne 

            Editions,  Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne 

2015 - Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, Melbourne

            Mark Making Form, George Patton Gallery Project Spaces, Melbourne

2014 - Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne

            Artist's Book (reprised), George Patton Gallery, Melbourne

            Editions, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne

            Bright Sparks, Firestation Print Studio Gallery, Melbourne

2013 - CamArt, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Melbourne

2012 - Impressions 2012,  Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne



2015 - Portland Artist Residency, Portland,  Australia



2016 - Print Council of Australia Print Commission Emerging Artist Award

2015 - Australian Print Workshop James Northfield Trust Lithography Scholarship

2011 - National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Encouragement Award


5 Press

2018 - Paper Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney

            HOB/ART  Book Fair, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart 

            Melbourne Art Book Fair, National Gallery of  Victoria, Melbourne

2017 - Volume Art Book Fair,  Artspace, Sydney

            abbe 2017, artists’ book and multiples fair, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

            MCA Zine Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

            Melbourne Art Book Fair, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

            Buku Mini #2, Juara Dunia, Ace House, Jakarta

2016 - Printspace at Open Spaces, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

            Melbourne Art Book Fair, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2015 - Volume Art Book Fair,  Artspace, Sydney