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Katie Banakh is a Naarm / Melbourne based fine artist. She completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Painting and Photography in 2010, and achieved First Class Honours in Photography at Deakin University in 2011. In 2012, she established and managed North Melbourne ARI, Raglan Street Gallery for an 18 month period, while also working at Deakin University as an Image Technician until 2017. In 2017, she attended the Winter-Spring semester at Lunga School in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, which has had a lasting impact; diversifying and energising her practice. She has since exhibited works in various mediums throughout Australia and internationally, been a finalist in several art prizes, including being awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist prize in 2020. In 2019 she returned to tertiary study at the Northern College of the Arts and Technology to obtain a Certificate III in Visual Arts, to expand her printmaking practice. Katie is currently teaching photography and digital media at Latrobe College of Art and Design. 


Katie Banakh

Born in Kiev, Ukraine. 

Living and working in Naarm/Melbourne


Awards and Prizes

2022                 Albert Park College Art Prize, Melbourne, VIC, finalist

2021                  BlueThumb Australia Art Prize, Online, finalist

2020                 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Sydney, NSW, winner

2020                 Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW, finalist

2017                   Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize, Red Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, finalist

2012                   Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW, finalist

2009                 Verandah Literary Journal Art Award, winner 

Solo Exhibitions

2017                   Momentum, NOIR Darkroom, Melbourne, VIC

2017                   Here, not Here, The Old Net Factory, Seydisfjordur, Iceland
2017                   Morpheus: the Sandman, (joint solo) Soma Art Space, Melbourne, VIC 

2016                   From the Ether, (joint solo) The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

2011                    Lovelike, Phoenix Gallery, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC


Group Exhibitions

2020                 Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, East Gosford, NSW 

2020                 Still Life, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2020                 Miss Rona, Noir Darkroom, Melbourne, VIC

2020                 Art Aid, Gippsland Regional Art Gallery, Sale, VIC

2019                   It So Happened, Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne, VIC

2019                  Cascade Art Christmas Show, Cascade Art Gallery, Maldon, VIC

2019                   The Art Room End of Year Exhibition, The Art Room, Melbourne, VIC

2019                   All the Things That Remain, NOIR Darkroom, Melbourne, VIC

2018                   This is Not a Drill Collective, The Project Space, Geelong, VIC

2017                   Caring For Country, Boonah Cultural Centre, Boonah, QLD

2017                   Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize, Red Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2017                   Black and White, NOIR darkroom, Melbourne, VIC

2017                   Crisis Mango, LungA School, Seydisfjordur, Iceland 

2017                   Coping Mechanisms for and Uncertain Present, Hotel Aldan, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

2017                   Catalogue, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC

2017                   A Reading, Skaftfell Art Centre, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

2017                   Borderline Vanilla, The Old Net Factory, Seydisfjordur, Iceland 

2016                  Girlhood, The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

2016                  On Water, Deakin Project Space, Geelong, VIC

2014                  Stay with me, Raglan Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2013                  Slide night, West Space, Melbourne, VIC

2013                  High Views Festival, Melbourne, VIC

2012                   Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Prize, Melbourne, VIC

2012                   Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW, finalist



2017                   Modulated by Noise, Zine, Non-Linear. Self published. Melbourne 

2017                   Ask The Fortune Horse, Lunga School. Self published. Seydisfjordur, Iceland

2009                 Verandah Literary Journal 24, p.19



Macquarie Group Collection, Sydney, NSW

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook, New South Wales

Held in private collections in Australia and overseas



2019                   Create; Cert III Visual Arts (CUA 31115), Northern College of Art and Technology, VIC

2017                   LungA School, Seydisfjordur, Iceland 

2011                   Bachelor of Arts Honours (Photography) Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC

2010                 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art Painting and Photography) Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC



2012-2017       Image technician, Deakin University, Melbourne and Geelong Waterfront, VIC

2012-2014       Manager, Raglan Street Gallery, North Melbourne, VIC

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