Payal Sehgal Mahajan

I am fascinated by the notion of self being formed by experiences, whether one’s own or another’s—experienced through documented history, narration of stories, etc. It is as if the past seeps into the present, forming a new future for it in the process.


2008                       Australian National University, Canberra

                                Honours (Visual Arts) Photography and Media Arts

1990-94             University of Panjab, India

                        Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking)

Solo Exhibitions

2010                 penso a te…, The Gallery, Canberra Boys’ Grammar School, Canberra

                        being on the edge of abstraction, Ramp Gallery, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

2009                 Survey of works 1997-2009

Parsons School Of Art and Design, Paris

2007                 les bleues et les rouges
                                Huw Davies gallery, Canberra

2003                 imperfect, impermanent, incomplete…
            Huw Davies gallery, Canberra

1997                 as it is…
                        PhotoAccess, Canberra

Selected Group Exhibitions

1997-2011         Access All Areas, PhotoAccess MembersShow, Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra

2009                       Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art, School of Art Gallery, Canberra

One Shot, Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery, ACT

art:house, art and design festival, Benedict house, Queanbeyan, NSW

2008                 Graduating Show, School of Art Gallery, Canberra

My favourite thing is to go where I have never been

Blue Roof Gallery, Tharwa

2006                       Shrine

ANCA Gallery, Dickson, Canberra

Wildside?  Whats going on on the hilltops of Canberra?

Huw Davies Gallery, Canberra


Awards (selected)

2010              Artist in residence, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra

                                Financial support received from the Multicultural Arts Officer, ACT for penso a te…

2009                 Grant recipient (Out of Round Funding) from artsACT for solo exhibition at Parsons School of Art and Design, Paris

Shortlisted for Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art, Canberra

2008                       EASS (Emerging Artist Support Scheme) recipient, Canberra Boys Grammar School Gallery, Canberra

2007                 Artist in Residence, PhotoAccess Arts Centre, Canberra

Bibliography (selected)

2010                       Belfrage Clare, Essay in catalogue for the exhibition penso a te

2009                       Canberra’s got style, Emma Davidson,, 03/02/09

2007                 Shifting red and blue moods, Ogilvy, Charly, The Canberra Times, 30/10/07

2006                 Broad visions in focus, Ogilvy, Charly, The Canberra Times, 08/06/06

2006                 A walk on the wildside, Ogilvy, Charly, The Canberra Times, 10/04/06

Other Experience

2008                 Visual Arts Teacher for Moon Festival 2008, organised by the Tuggeranong Arts Centre

2007-08           Music and Hindi language teacher at the Canberra Hindi School, Lyons

2005                       Supervised a 10 week photography project for kindergarten students of Telopea Park School, Barton

Exhibitions curated (selected)

2010                       Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2009

                                Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra

2008                 Visual Arts Teacher for Moon Festival 2008, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra

2006              Disposable

                   Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Canberra