DR Kate Just

DR Kate Just


  • Contemporary Art
  • Feminist Art
  • Participatory Art
  • Skin and Embodiment
  • Textiles/Craft



  • Kate Just is an established artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles and photography to produce contemporary art works that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Specific to Just’s practice is the use of knitting as engaging sculptural medium and an unwitting political tool. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to create large scale, public projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.
    Kate Just holds a PhD in Sculpture from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts. Just’s practice led PhD in Sculpture, The Texture of Her Skin, won the Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal in 2013. Just has been a Lecturer in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts since 2005, and in 2017 was appointed as The Head of Graduate Coursework.
    Just has exhibited her artwork extensively across Australia in over one hundred group and solo exhibitions including at The National Gallery of Australia, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Artspace, the Melbourne Art Fair, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Craft Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, RMIT Project Space, the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at VCA, The Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Art Fair, the Contemporary Art Space of Tasmania, MOP projects, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Internationally she has exhibited her work at AIR Gallery and the AC Institute in New York, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond Virginia, the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Auckland Art Fair, Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, Sanskriti Gallery in New Delhi, Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo and Titanik Galleria in Turku, Finland.
    Just has been the recipient of over forty grants, prizes, fellowships, aw   



Selected publications


Additional Grant Information


    Art OMI Australian Fellow, New York Residency
    Red Gate Gallery, Beijing Residency
    Australia Council Arts Development Grant
    Asialink Residency, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo Japan
    Winner, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award
    Artist in Residence, Billilla Mansion

    City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant
    Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal

    Winner, Rupert Bunny Visual Arts Fellowship
    Finalist, Blake Prize

    Winner, British Council Realise Your Dream Award
    Australia Council New Work Grant
    Finalist, Hobart Prize
    Artist in Residence, Australian Tapestry Workshop

    Barcelona Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts
    International Artist in Residence, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria
    City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant
    Monash Postgraduate Research Publications Award
    Janet Holmes a Court Artist's Grant
    Melbourne University Creative and Conference Research Fund (for staff)

    St Kilda Bowling Club Studio residency (2010 - 2011)
    Monash Graduate Scholarship (2010 - 2012)
    Monash Postgraduate Travel Grant
    Finalist, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery National Works on Paper Award
    Finalist, St Michael's Archangel Award
    Finalist, Qantas Contemporary Art Encouragement Award

    Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, NSW
    Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Residency, (2008 - 2010)

    Finalist, Ola Cohn Sculpture Prize
    Finalist, The Blake Prize
    Janet Holmes A Court Artists Grant
    Australian Postgraduate Award, Master of Arts (Research), RMIT University

    Artist in Residence, Heide Museum of Modern Art


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2013
  • MA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2010
  • BA, Victorian College of the Arts 2002
  • BSC, Boston University 1996

Awards and honors

  • Red Gate Residency, Beijing China, 2018
  • Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo, 2016
  • Asialink Residency, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, 2016
  • Youkobo Artspace Residency Japan, 2016
  • Wangaratta Textile Prize, 2015
  • Artist in Residence, Billilla Mansion, Brighton, 2015
  • City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant, 2014
  • Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal, 2014
  • Rupert Bunny Visual Arts Fellow, 2013
  • Artist In Residence, Australian Tapesty Workshop, 2012
  • Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (Midcareer), 2012
  • Australia Council for the Arts Barcelona Studio, 2012
  • British Council Realise Your Dream Award, 2012
  • KREMS (AIR), Austria International Artist in Residence, 2011
  • Monash Research Scholarship, Monash University, 2010
  • National Gallery Women's Association Encouragement Award, 2010
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, RMIT University, 2006
  • Siemen's Postgratuate Travel Award, RMIT University Siemen's Prize, 2006
  • Winner, Toorak Village Sculpture Festival Emerging Art Award, 2003



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Kate Just's research areas include contemporary art, contemporary sculptural practice, feminism, knitting, craft, autobiographical narrative in art, the female body in representation, the skin of the body, the body in public space, subjectivity, and queer theory/art practice. Just supervises coursework and research students at the Honours, Masters and PhD level.