Selected Biography

Vivienne Dadour’s art practice since 1992 has investigated issues that confront political and social issues concerning the complexities of identity and cultural difference. This has led her to seek interpretive strategies that consider ethical alternatives that challenge aspects of mainstream political discourse while encouraging dialogue and fostering tolerance of religious and cultural diversity. In her practice she focuses on specific communities and often works collaboratively with other artists.

Dadour conducted ethnographic and archival research for projects combining images and text Illustrated: Women, Work and War WW2. Expolorers: Woodford Academy, Woodford 2017; Projectdocument :Enquiries/Inquiries The Woodford Files c1939-1950 (for exhibition 2018), Projectdocument :Enquiries/Inquiries-Perspectives on War  Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (exhibition 2019) Connections-a Community Projec t2015; Displaced-Greta Migrant Camp, NSW 1949-60, commissioned by Maitland Regional Art Gallery (exhibition 2014) and The Syrian Quarter in Redfern, NSW circa 1920, commissioned by the Australian Lebanese Historical Society (exhibition 2010).

Dadour has exhibited her work nationally and internationally being included in many public and private collections including Australian War Memorial Museum, Campbelltown Arts Centre, New England Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and NSW University Art Collection.


Significant Awards
2015 Artist in Residence, Luang Prabang. Laos PDR
2012 & 2005 Finalist Blake Prize for Religious Art, Australia
2003 Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board Grant
1999, 2002 Finalist Portia Geach Exhibition
1999 New England Regional Art Museum Research Scholarship
1997 Masters Fine Art. COFA University NSW
1996, 2001 Art Gallery NSW Studio in Cite International des Art. Paris
1994 First Prize College Fine Art, Alumni Exhibition, UNSW
1990 Triangle Artists Workshop Scholarship, New York U.S.A.

Professional Practice –Selected Exhibition and Curatorial Work
2017 Explorers, Collaborative exhibition, Woodford Academy, Woodford NSW
2016 Blown Away, Collaborative exhibition, Artist and curator, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
2015 Taking Up Space, Artist and curator, Connections-a Community Project, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
2014  Displaced – Greta Migrant Camp, Solo ArtistMaitland Regional Art Gallery, 
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection
2010 The Syrian Quarter in RedfernInstincts, Traditions, Usages, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
2004  Invisible Realm, Solo ArtistCross Art Projects, Sydney
1999  Inferior Races, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
1997 Fractured Selves, Solo Artist, War drawings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1997 Sarajevo, Artist and Curator, Ivan Dougherty Gallery College Fine Arts, Sydney, Toured Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW / Long Gallery, University of Wollongong, NSW

Significant Publications
2017 Expolores, Exhibition Catalogue
2016 Blown Away, Exhibition catalogue
2014 Displaced: Traces in the Landscape: Greta Migrant Camp 1949-60, Exhibition catalogue essay Liz Ashburn
2011 Global flows and hybrid art in the age of siege, Springerin magazine, Essay Nikos Papastergiadis
2010 Representing Family, Inside History magazine, Issue 1, November-December
2010 Instincts, Traditions, Usages, Exhibition catalogue essay Christine France
2005 Australian War Memorial Museum Collection, Internet Catalogue, Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra
2004 The Encyclopedia of Australian art, Alan McCulloch; revised & updated by Susan McCulloch; Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin
2004  Invisible Realm, Exhibition catalogue essay Liz Ashburn, Cross Art Projects / Friday Arts Review, Sydney Morning Herald / Art and Australia, Autumn Issue, Gallery Pick, Victoria Lynn
2002 Borderpanic, Exhibition catalogue, Performance Space, Sydney
2001 Contagion, Australian New Media Art and the Centenary of Federation Exhibition catalogue, New Zealand
1997 Sarajevo, Exhibition catalogue essay Joan Kerr
Sarajevo exhibition review, Where were you when the war was on? Where are you now? Evelyn Juers Art Monthly, Australia