Kylie Banyard is an artist and academic with over ten years undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Australia’s leading Art and Design Colleges. Her expansive painting practice incorporates installation, photography, video and sculpture, it also intersects with fields such as architecture and education. In her work she explores the utopian imagination and the history of experimental models for living and learning. She creates images and spaces that question whether the faded optimism associated with discarded utopias of the early counterculture and radical technological and social experiments of the past can be regenerated through aesthetic experiences to poetic and critical effect. She creates images that offer viewers the chance to glimpse future possibilities for alternative ways of being in the world. Banyard’s work combines archival research with fantasy, drawing on images and ideas from the past and bringing them into the present in a way that helps us contemplate what the future could hold. She has been the recipient of several competitive artist’s residencies, such as: The Cité International des Arts Paris, France, the Firstdraft Emerging Studio Residency Program, Sydney. She has received competitive funding from Arts NSW and the National Association for the Visual Arts, as well as a Start-up Research Grant from La Trobe University and postgraduate research grants, such as the Australian Postgraduate Award and the COFA, UNSW Travel Grant. She was a recent finalist in the inaugural Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize and winner of the National Tertiary Art Prize and The Basil and Muriel Art’s Scholarship, Art Gallery of NSW. Banyard has exhibited nationally and internationally, she holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of NSW Art and Design. Banyard is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney and Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including Artbank, Australia.