Carrie Fraser

Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

Master of Art Therapy, Western Sydney University, 2019
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), University of New South Wales Art & Design, 2017

Carrie Fraser is a visual artist working in the field of drawing. Her art practice explores how rules-based, process oriented drawing can become a metaphor for the exploration of self.

The works begin with a system (set of rules), a grid on paper and a supply of pens. In hand drawing to a system, there comes a time in the drawing process when mistakes are made. At first these were feared as the ‘rules’ had been broken but now they are welcome because the outcomes cannot be predicted and are often surprising. From ‘rule breaking’ in her drawings, Fraser was then able to consider the ‘rules’ and agendas of discursive practices and how discourse shapes and limits people in society.

Solo exhibitions:

2019 — Gaffa, Sydney CBD (December)

2017 — Factory 49, Marrickville

Group exhibitions and prizes:

2019 — It’s not just a hobby, Gaffa, Sydney CBD

2019 — Touch: Closer, Gaffa, Sydney CBD

2019 — Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (Finalist), Gordon

2018 — Blacktown City Art Prize (Finalist), The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

2018 — Waverley Art Prize (Finalist), Waverley-Woolarah Art School, Bondi

2017 — Kedumba Drawing Award (invited to participate), Orange Regional Gallery

2017 — Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (Finalist), Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon

2016 — A&D Annual, UNSW Galleries, Paddington. Awarded the Faber-Castell/The Art Scene Drawing Award, Industry Commendation.

2016 — Tim Olsen Drawing Prize (Finalist), Kudos Gallery, Paddington

2016 — Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Award (Finalist), Kudos Gallery

2016 — National Campus Art Prize (Highly Commended), Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle

2015 — Fowlers Gap Exhibition, AD Space Gallery, Paddington

2013 — St John’s Exhibition (Finalist), McGlade Gallery, Strathfield


Western Sydney University


Paton, J. & Linnell, S. (2019). Embodied wisdom in the creative arts therapies: Learning from contemporary art. In J. Higgs (Ed.), Practice wisdom: Values and interpretations. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Brill Sense.

Paton, J. & Linnell, S. (2018). ‘The art therapist is present’: Embedding arts therapy practice and education in the praxis of contemporary art. ANZJAT: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy. 13(1&2), 101-111.