Chris Fox is an artist and the founder of Studio Chris Fox whose work bridges the disciplines of art, architecture and construction. Utilising a wide pallet of materials, Studio Chris Fox creates whimsical works which weave between artistic intervention and architectural construction to create landmark sites of wonderment and beauty.

 

Fox holds degrees in both fine arts and architecture and has been the recipient of many awards, grants and residencies, such as the 2018 National Trust Heritage Award for the Most Outstanding Project of the Year. 

 

Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Art Processes and Architecture at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. He has exhibited in numerous solo, group and collaborative exhibitions in Australia, the USA and Europe, with an established sculptural practice of large scale public and private commissioned artworks.

 

Projects include ‘Interchange Pavilion’ (2020) for Mirvac at South Eveleigh and ‘Interloop’ (2017) for Transport for NSW at Wynyard Station.

EDUCATION 


2015 - 2017 Master of Fine Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
2005 - 2006 Bachelor of Architecture, Honours (MArch equivalent) University of Technology Sydney
2003 - 2004 Socrates Erasmus Exchange (Master of Science in Architecture) TU Delft The Netherlands
2002 - 2003 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Technology Sydney
1995 - 1996 Research Course, EcoDesign Foundation
1994 - 1997 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

 


AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES


2022 Place Leaders Asia Pacific - commendation award for small scale placemaking project - Wanna Dance
2021 Good Design Awards Australia, Gold Accolade in the Architectural Design - Urban Design and Public Spaces
2021 Architecture MasterPrize, Honourable Mentions in Architectural Design - Miscellaneous Architecture, Landscape Architecture - Installations & Structures
2021 Finalist in the Australian Timber Design Awards, Recognising excellence in timber design - Standalone Structure
2021 The Mainstreet Australia Awards, Finalist for the Best COVID-19 Response Initiative in a Main Street
2020 Shortlisted for the [d]arc award for structures - exterior lighting scheme
2018 World Architecture Festival shortlist for the World Interior of the Year
2018 National Trust Heritage Award for the Most Outstanding Project of the Year
2018 National Trust Heritage Award for Education and Interpretation
2018 Interpretation Australia Awards of Excellence, Judges Choice
2017 ACSE Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering
2016 University of Sydney Postgraduate Award
2012 Artist in Residence Program, St Joseph’s College
2011 Arts NSW, Individual Project Grant
2011 National Association for Visual Arts, Marketing Grant
2010 Australia Council for the Arts, Los Angeles Studio Residency
2009 FraserStudios Visual Arts Residency Program
2007 Arts NSW Artist Grant, National Association for Visual Arts
2003 IESS International Scholarship, University of Technology
2001 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Michael Carr Gallery Technology Award
2001 + 2002 Australia Council for the Arts, Emerging Artist Initiative Grant, Imperial Slacks
1995 Golden Key National Honour Award Academic Excellence 

 

COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS 

 

2021  Immerge, public artwork, Harold Park Tramsheds, commissioned by MIRVAC
2020 Interchange Pavilion, public artwork pavilion, South Eveleigh, curated by Carriageworks commissioned by MIRVAC
2018 Time Window, generative digital artwork for a residential site, collaboration with Alex Davies
2018 Pareidolia, Wentworth Point Public School wall work for NSW Department of Education, collaboration with Tina Salama
2017 Interloop, Wynyard Station, integrated public artwork, Transport for NSW
2014 Transmission, integrated public artwork, Moreton Bay Regional Council, North Lakes Library, QLD
2013 Drift, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Prime Minister’s Office, Sydney
2013 Tracing Back to Bligh, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Prime Minister’s Office
2013 Droga Architect in Residence Collection, Durbach Block Jaggers and Australian Institute of Architects
2011 Convergence, Global Switch, data centre commission through lobby and atrium, Clichy, Paris
2011 Mother of Invention, public commission for Ausgrid Training Centre, collaboration with Dillon MacEwan
2010 Salon Jetpack, Orange Regional Gallery, acquisition for collection, Orange
2009 Ripper, Orange Regional Gallery, permanent public work, Orange
2008 Substation Trench, permanent commission for a residential site, Paddington
2007 1 Kilo Block Feeds the Whole Family, Jerilderie Art Gallery, acquisition for collection
2006 Fire Dogs, World Square Chinese New Year, collaboration with Studio Zeds, Sydney
2005 28 Potatoes, Australian Technology Park, acquisition for collection, Eveleigh
2005 Inside a Radio Wave, Sculpture by the Sea, collaboration with A&US Willea Ferris, Bondi, Sydney
2003 Folding Void, commission for Sherman Galleries, Paddington
2001 Waterwall, commission for a residential site, Paddington
1999 Vapour, commission for a residential site, Cammeray 

 

SOLO, GROUP AND COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

 

2021 Wanna Dance, with Michael Cohen, Chris Fox and Emma Saunders for CoS & Sydney Solstice, Parker Lane Haymarket
2018 The Centenary Exhibition, curated by Chris Fox + Iakovos Amperidis, Sydney University, Architecture Design Planning
2018 The Competition Games, MCA ARTBAR, curated by Chris Fox with Daniel Nimmo, Museum of Contemporary Art
2018 Apparatus Suspension, New Contemporaries, SCA Galleries, Sydney
2018 Interloop Maquette, Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Group Exhibition 2018, Sydney
2017 Performative Drawing Apparatus: Relations of Constraint and Abandon, SCA Galleries, Sydney
2017 Art Month Sydney, Art at Night - Launch Night, Apparatus Tethered, Sydney
2017 Nice One Picasso, SCA Galleries and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney
2016 Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Group Exhibition 2016, Sydney
2016 Drawing Conversations, National Art School, collaboration with Robin Hearfield
2016 Sunday Punch, curated by Liam Garstang for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Sydney
2016 Para-functional Apparatus with Koji Ryui for MCA ARTBAR curated by Huseyin Sami, Museum of Contemporary Art
2015 Cosmic Love Wonder Lust: The Imperial Slacks Project, SCA Galleries and Campbelltown Arts Centre
2015 NAIL IT! for MCA ARTBAR Curated by Koji Ryui, Museum of Contemporary Art
2013 Baadlands: Yurt Empire - collaborative rogue housing project, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney
2013 Celebrate: The Journey, Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2013 Vivid Sydney, Eat the Collection, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2012 Art Month 2012, Perturbation City, Tortuga Studios, Sydney
2011 Scope Miami 2011, Scope Pavilion, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Miami
2011 Urbanition, 2011 Sister City Biennial, CarriageWorks Sydney + SFAC Gallery, San Francisco
2011 Prague Quadrennial 2011, Issue 2, Australia Architecture Section, Prague
2011 Los Angeles Art Show, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles
2011 ICDYAP : CULTURE LAB, First Draft gallery, Surry Hills
2010 Big Thoughts, MOP projects, Sydney
2010 The Jetpackers, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles
2010 Final Celebration of two decades of Australian Artists at 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles
2009 Salon Jetpack, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2009 FraserStudios Exhibition, NG Art Gallery, Sydney
2008 ABN Amro Emerging Art Prize, Sydney
2007 Art and About, AMP Forecourt, Circular Quay, Sydney
2007 Invited Artists Project, Strand Ephemera, Townsville
2007 Lubricant City, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2007 ABN Amro Emerging Art Prize, Sydney  
2007 Homes in The Sky, Museum of Sydney
2006 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace
2006 GBK at Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
2006 Here’s one I prepared earlier, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2006 Flaming Youth, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
2005 28 Potatoes, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2005 GBK at Span, Span Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Muscle Reconfigured, collaboration with Hyperbody Research Group, TU Delft, The Netherlands
2004 Work, Rest, Play, [Escape], collaboration with Imperial Slacks Collective, Artspace Sydney
2003 Confusion + Coherence, Hotel Bellville, Waterloo, London, UK
2003 Artbox Inc. Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Paddington
2002 Slacking Off, collaboration with Mark Brown, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney
2002 Egress, Sherman Artbox, Sherman Galleries Hargrave
2002 Desk Job, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2002 Positive Overkill, Imperial Slacks
2002 Advent, SCAA, Scotts Church, Sydney
2001 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi + Tamarama foreshore, Bondi
2001 Art Castle, Dover Heights Reserve, Sydney
2001 Independence Day, Space3, Chippendale, Sydney
2001 Period, collaboration with Imperial Slacks, Blaugrau, Sydney
2001 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney
2001 Temporary Fixtures, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2000 Imperial Alliance, Imperial Slacks, Surry Hills
2000 Pursuit 2000, collaboration with Léa Donnan, Imperial Slacks, Sydney
2000 The Palace of Exaggeration + Everything, collaboration with Imperial Slacks, Grey Matter, Sydney
2000 One Last Show, Herringbone Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney  
2000 UnBecomings, collaboration with Performance Space, Redfern 
2000 Eighteen is Enough, Herringbone Gallery  
1999 Factory Sellout, Herringbone Gallery, Sydney  
1999 Fundraiser, Herringbone Gallery, Surry Hills  
1998 Indahaus, Herringbone Gallery, Sydney  
1997 1997, Kirkbride, Rozelle, Sydney  
1997 Reference, Hester Gallery, Newtown, Sydney  
1996 Landed, Kirkbride, Rozelle, Sydney  
1996 For Your Information, Kinesis, Liechardt,  
1996 MCLX, 235 Nelson Street Gallery, Sydney  
1995 Artful Park 2, Centennial Park, Paddington, Sydney  
1994 Show + Tell, Allen Street Gallery, Glebe  
1994 Artful Park, Centennial Park, Paddington 

 


INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE


2014 - 2016 BIT.FALL water curtain event structure for Semipermanent, Vivid, Melbourne and Sydney Festival
2014 - 2015 Modular furniture design and development
2013 - 2015 3D terrain and building visualisations, Design for infrastructure site systems for Vertel
2012 - 2014 Residential dwelling design and development, Lake Macquarie
2012 - 2014 Set Design and Construction, Steampunked, MKR
2011 - 2012 Project Designer and Manager for construction, Vertel offices and kitchen cafe, Sydney
2006 - 2010 Graduate Architect, project lead for competitions and residential projects, Group GSA  
2005 - 2006 Project Designer and Manager, Vertel Event Pavilion + Tech Labs
2003 - 2004 Design and Construction - Residential and Commercial, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2003 - 2005 Exhibition Co-ordinator for artist Fiona Tan, throughout Europe
2003 - 2004 Production Design Construction, Nederland 3, Dutch Television, Amsterdam
2002 - 2003 Architectural Assistant, Residential design, Buzacott Associate Architects
2001 - 2005 Museum Preparator, Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 - 2002 Architectural Assistant, Michael Fox Architects
1999 - 2000 Builder’s Labourer, Kell and Rigby Builders
1997 - 1998 Studio Manager and Designer, Cydonia the Glass Studio
1998 - 2000 Performance, Film and Video, The de Quincey Company
1994 - 2001 Set Design and Construction, The Performance Space

 

PUBLIC TALKS AND AFFILIATIONS


2022 Presentation at the Mirvac 50 year anniversary Design Conference 
2020 City People Webinar: How arts and culture can connect people in public spaces during COVID-19
2020 Accelerator for Arts and Culture in the Public Domain - Covid-19 and Beyond, City People
2019 Outside the Square, Q&A – Public Art: A sound investment or waste of money?
2019 Creative Mornings talk - Symmetry | Disruption | Intervention
2019 Sydney Design Festival, ‘Beyond Industry 4.0’ panel
2018 SYDNEY OPEN Focus Tour, Escalation Sensation, Wynyard Station
2018 Australian Institute of Architects, CPD - Digital Design and Documentation Speaker
2018 NAVA's Public Art: best practice commissioning roundtable
2018 Raising the Bar, ‘For the Love of Art’
2018 Festival of Urbanism, Sydney Walking Tour
2018 Group GSA, Design Culture Talk
2018 Interpretation Australia Conference, Keynote Speaker and Panel
2018 ACSE talk, Unusual Project Award, Excellence in Structural Engineering
2018 Transport for NSW and Sydney Trains - Environment Forum 2018 - Interloop Presentation
2016 Panel Chair for ‘UGLY heritage’ a discussion about Sydney’s Brutalist architecture, 107 Projects, Redfern
2011 - 2015 Board Member of Artspace Sydney, Woolloomooloo
2015 Symposium: Artist Run Spaces, Collaboration & Collectives in Contemporary Art, UNSW Art & Design
2015 SCA ART TALKS - Chris Fox, ‘Para-function’
2015 Talk Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Imperial Slacks presents The Slackers
2015 Vivid Ideas, Two-Up Talks, 107 Projects, Redfern
2015 ‘Para-function’ UTS Interior and Spatial Design, Public Lecture
2012 Vivid Ideas, Creativity Under Fire, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2012 UTS Interior Spatial, Public Lecture
2012 University of Sydney, Public Lecture
1998 - 2002 Imperial Slacks, Artist in Resident and Founding Member 

 


TEACHING


2012 - 2022 Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Art Processes, University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
2012 Artist in Residence Intensive Teaching Program Yr 7 + 9 high school students, St Joseph’s College
2010 - 2011 Art Workshops Tutor, Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
2010 Sculpture Tutor, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2008 Architecture Tutor, University of Technology, Sydney
2006 - 2016 Guest Critiquing - University of Sydney, UNSW, UTS, TAFE

 


MASTERS BY RESEARCH THESIS


”Through investigating relations between constraint and abandon, this research paper discusses how a series of performative drawing projects have effected the relationship I’ve had with control in my drawing practice. Experimenting with drawing’s expansive potential – the interconnected processes involved in this research has been both analytical and exploratory. “

Final Thesis (PDF) - https://hdl.handle.net/2123/22975

 

 

SELECTED PRESS

 

https://www.studiochrisfox.com/press

Australian Financial Review - Life & Leisure, 17-19 Dec 2021, Breath of Fresh Air, Feature by Michael Bleby, Double page spread p12, 13
Nine News, 6 June 2021, Wanna Dance for Sydney Solstice feature by Mike Dalton
Arts Review, Wanna Dance for Sydney Solstice - Feature on Wanna Dance
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Major art installation transforms industrial zone into meeting place, Nick Galvin, 25 August 2020
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - LARGE SCULPTURE A LOOP INTO THE FUTURE AND A TILT TO WYNYARD STATION’S PAST
Matt O’Sullivan, December 4 2017 https://bit.ly/2ZeTJDp
ABC RADIO SYDNEY 702 INTERVIEW, Robbie Buck interviews Chris Fox about ‘Interloop’ at Wynyard Station
Tue 5 December 2017, https://ab.co/2P6hSvX
ABC NEWS ARTICLE THE GUARDIAN - WYNYARD STATION’S INTERLOOP: A RARE WIN FOR PUBLIC ART IN A CITY THAT CAN LEAVE YOU COLD,
Alex McKinnon, Tuesday 5 December 2017, https://bit.ly/2iUDuwc
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - MAY 2018 OLD ESCALATOR RISES TO GIDDY HEIGHTS, https://bit.ly/2TNlh1j
2SER 107.3 RADIO INTERVIEW Eleanor Harrison-Dengate interviews Chris Fox
ABC RADIO - SATURDAY AFTERNOONS, Jessica Ong interviews Chris Fox - Sat 9 Dec 2017
Nine News Wynyard Station welcomes a five-tonne hanging sculpture - 2017 https://www.studiochrisfox.com/press
7 News Sydney CHRIS FOX’S “INTERLOOP” OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AT WYNYARD STATION - 2017 https://bit.ly/30hby5S
News.com.au https://bit.ly/2Nie4oN
The Daily Telegraph. https://bit.ly/31Idipc


 

Chris Fox

Artist and Founding Director of Studio Chris Fox