Paul Yore

A prominent queer artist whose iconoclastic works engage with the histories of ritual, queer identity, popular culture, nationalism and neo-liberalism, Paul Yore was born in Naarm in 1987, completed his studies in painting, archaeology and anthropology at Monash University in 2010, and lives and works on stolen, unceded Gunaikurnai land. Yore’s garish yet playful works recast a vast array of found materials, images and texts into sexually and politically loaded tableaux, suggesting hybridity, contradictory meanings, or an overturning of stable categories altogether.

Yore has shown in major institutions across Australia including Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Artspace and Gertrude Contemporary. Yore has shown extensively internationally, including in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, the UK and USA. Yore has been awarded several grants and prizes including The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Australia Council Arts Project Grant, and the Wangaratta Textile Prize. Yore has participated in numerous residency programs including Seoul Artspace Guemcheon, South Korea, Gertrude Contemporary, Australian Tapestry Workshop and Artspace. His work is held in various public and private collections, both in Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Si Shang Art Museum Beijing, the Textile Art Museum Ararat, Artbank Sydney, The Ian Potter Museum, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Bendigo Art Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery and Buxton Contemporary. Yore has been included in important international publications, including Phaidon’s Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art and Thames & Hudson’s Threads: Contemporary Embroidered Art.


2022  WORD MADE FLESH, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
SEEING IS  BELIEVING BUT FEELING IS THE TRUTH, RISING Golden Square Carpark Melbourne, Australia
THIS WORLD IS NOT FOR YOU, Station Gallery, Sydney
2021  Let Them Eat Cake, Neon Parc, Melbourne
2020  Patriot, Micheal Reid, Berlin, Germany 
Pleasures Against Nature, RMIT Project Space and Spare Room, Melbourne, Australia 
Crown Of Thorns, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Australia 
2019  Let The World Burn, Textile Art Museum Ararat, Australia 
It’s All Wrong But It’s Alright, Dark Mofo, Black Temple Gallery, Tasmania, Australia
2018  YOUR CAPITAL IS AT RISK, Neon Parc, Melbourne Australia, 27 Oct – 15 Dec
2017  Paul Yore, Sunday Art Fair London, United Kingdom, 5-8 October
OBSCENE, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide 
2016  Paul Yore, NADA, Miami Beach, United States of America 
Love Is Everything, Neon Parc, Melbourne 
2013  Fountain of Knowledge, Neon Parc, Melbourne 
2012  Boys Gone Wild, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Studio 12 Exhibition, Melbourne
And, Gertrude Contemporary Project Space Melbourne Art Fair
Panta Rei, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne
2011  ANTHROPOP, Blindside Artist Run Space 
2009  The Big Rainbow Funhouse Of Cosmic Brutality Part 2, Heide Museum Of Modern Art, Melbourne 
2008  The Big Rainbow Funhouse Of Cosmic Brutality, O’ Projects Artspace, Melbourne 


2022  QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Text Tile, Caves Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Fresh Material: New Australian Textile Art, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Queensland
 FLUID, Wyndham City Art Gallery, Melbourne
20/20: Shared Visions 40 years of Contemporary Australian Art, Artbank, Sydney
Embroidery: Oppression to Expression, The David Roche Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
2020  SOFT_WARE, Kunsthaus Erfurt, DE
Exhibition Colectiva, Galeria Casa Colon, Yucatan, Mexico
Misfit: Collage and Queer Practice, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
Lots of Nudes, LON Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019-20  16th international Triennal of Tapestry: Breaching Borders, Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa,  Łódź, Poland
2020  Pleasure, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019  Idle Worship, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Lismore New South Wales, Australia
2019  London Summer Intensive Works in progress showcase, Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
HERE COMES THE FUN, Melbourne Fashion Week, Melbourne, Australia
THE ABYSS, Griffith University Art Museum, Queensland, Australia
Garden of Eden, Schloss Neuhaus, Austria
MOSTYN Open 21, Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno, Wales
RIJSWIJK TEXTILE BIENNIAL, Rijswijk Museum, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
National Anthem, Buxton Contemporary Museum
Carney, Neon Parc
POP! Reflections on Popular Culture, Wangaratta Art Gallery
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms, Shepparton Art Museum (24 November – 17 February 2019), Warrnambool Art Gallery (04 March - 05 May 2019), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, (17 May - 21 July 2019), Museum of Australian Democracy (06 September - 02 February 2020), Bega Valley Regional Gallery (15 February - 23 May 2020), Warwick Art Gallery (03 July - 15 August 2020), University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery (12 September - 31 October 2020)
2018  WORD, Hugo Michell Gallery, 30th August – 13th Adelaide, October
It Takes A Village, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, 2nd June - July 15th 
New Histories,  (FAMILY FIRST! collaboration) Bendigo Art Gallery 14th April – 29th July 
Suburbia, Cement Fondu, Sydney
Art Kalsruhe, Germany, Axel Pairon Gallery
Art + Body Politic, The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery February 
Romancing The Skull, Art Gallery of Ballarat
2017  Group Show, Axel Pairon Gallery, Knokke, Belgium 
PAN Amsterdam Rai, Axel Pairon Gallery
I ♥ Pat Larter, Neon Parc, Melbourne
Can’t Touch This, Verge Gallery, Sydney
Mad Love, Arnt Art Agency, Berlin
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Hugo Michell
Spring 1883, Neon Parc, The Establishment
Soft Core, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, (2016) Museums and Galleries of NSW travelling exhibition 2017-2019: Lake Macquarie City Gallery NSW (3 February -12 March), Hawkesbury Regional Gallery NSW (30 March - 14 May 2017), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery NSW (9 June - 30 July 2017), Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW, (19 August - 10 September 2017), Shoal haven Arts Centre NSW, (4 November 2017 - 13 January 2018), Shepparton Art Museum VIC, (27 January - 8 March 2018), Ararat Regional Art Gallery VIC, (31 March - 10 June 2018), Wagga Wagga NSW, (11 August - 28 October 2018), Art Gallery Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery QLD, (10 November 2018 - 13 January 2019), Caboolture Regional Art Gallery QLD, (23 January - 2 March 2019), Cairns Regional Gallery QLD, (17 May - 7 July 2019)
2016  The Public Body .01, Artspace, Sydney
2015  Synthetica, NETS Victoria travelling exhibition, Wangaratta Art Gallery (08 February – 15 March), Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery (21 March – 03 May 2015), Counihan Gallery In Brunswick (15 May – 07 June 2015), Gippsland Art Gallery (10 July – 20 September 2015), Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (16 January – 13 March 2016).
2015  Y Fibre, Workshop Art Centre, Sydney Loose Canon, Artbank, Sydney
2014 Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Fertile Ground, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne 
Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013  Here, There and Everywhere, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul 
The Incoherence Of The Incoherence, Sydney Contemporary 13, Carriageworks, Sydney 
Poetry, Dream and the Cosmos: The Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 
Bloodflowers, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 
Wangaratta Textile Prize, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta 
Home: Reframing Craft & Domesticity, Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne 
2013  Like Mike, Linden Contemporary, Melbourne 
BACKFLIP: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 
GNAP, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat
Blue and Pink Phenomenon, The Substation, Melbourne
2012  Gertrude Studio Artists Exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne 
Sensation And Fabrication, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne
The Mathematics of Small Numbers, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne 
John Fries Memorial Prize, Gaffa Galleries, Sydney 
Rainbow Eaters, Westspace, Melbourne 
MoNow, Federation Square Atrium, Melbourne 
Gertrude Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne 
2011 Global Backyard, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Morwell 
Beautiful Volcanoes, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Melbourne
Everything Is Going To Be Alright, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne             
Better Than Art, Kings ARI, Melbourne 
Yeah, We’ve All Been There, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 
2010  Wish You Were Here, Collaboration with Devon Ackermann, Tocadero Art Space, Melbourne
Collapsing Conditions, Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
ARtecycle, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne
Glen Eira Artists Exhibition 2010, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
Newer10, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne 
Finding Space, Midsumma Festival, Carlton Club, Melbourne
2009  Mof Off, St Ignatius Community Hall, Melbourne 


2022  Australia Council Arts Project Grant
Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize Peoples Choice winner 
Slade Art School Summer Intensive, London
2015  Australia Council Arts Project Grant 
2015  Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship (2015-2016)
2014  Artspace Studio Residency, Sydney
2013  Geumcheon Residency, Seoul
Wangaratta Aquisitive Textile Prize winner
Guirguis New Art Prize Finalist
Australian Tapestry Workshop Residency
2012  John Fries Memorial Prize Finalist
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Studio Residency (2011-2012)
2010  ARTecycle People’s Choice Award, Incinerator Arts Complex
2009  Alliance Francaise Prize
Trocadero Art Space Award


Ararat Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Art Gallery of South Australia
Bendigo Art Gallery
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Ian Potter Museum of Art
Si Shang Art Museum Beijing
Michael Buxton Collection
National Gallery of Victoria
Wangarrata Art Gallery
Private collections