DR Kate Just

DR Kate Just


  • Contemporary Art
  • Craft
  • Female Representation in Art
  • Feminism
  • Queer Embodiment
  • Skin, the Body and Subjectivity



  • Dr Kate Just is an American-born Australian visual artist. For the last fifteen years, Just has created an expansive body of visual art work in a diversity of media including knitting, resin, clay, collage and photo-media. Just's works feature figures, large text sculptures, abstracted forms and collections of knitted skins, tools and armours. A focal point in her practice is the development of representations of the body and womanhood that embrace subjective, embodied and multifarious perspectives. The use of knitting across works casts craft as a highly engaging sculptural medium, a poetic or political tool. Recently, Just has produced a series of socially engaged projects and public works about urban community, female representation and violence against women.

    Kate Just was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1974 and moved to Melbourne permanently in 1996. Just has a Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from VCA and a Bachelor of Science (Film) from Boston University. Just has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Australia including at Craft Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Art Fair, Silvershot, CAST, Chalk Horse Gallery, Nellie Castan Gallery, First Draft, MOP, PICA, CCAS and Daine Singer. Internationally, Just has exhibited her work at Nanjing University, Auckland Art Fair, AC Institute New York, and the Factory at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria. In 2015 and 2016, Just will exhibit her work at Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland, Chasm in New York City and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan.

    Just has been the recipient of numerous grants and prizes. She has been awarded funding by the City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts. She was the winner of the Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal for the best PhD in Art Design and Architecture in 2013 at Monash University. Just was the winner    



Selected publications


Additional Grant Information


    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
    Finalist, ABN Amro Emerging Art Award
    Finalist, Agendo Art Award
    City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant Recipient
    Australian Postgraduate Award, Master of Arts (Research), RMIT University
    Winner, Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall



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

  • Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo, 2016
  • Asialink Residency, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, 2016
  • 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.