Kate Just /
Kate Just is an American born Australian feminist artist of Polish and mixed European descent living on Dja Dja Wurrung country. Just is known for her inventive and political use of knitting in both her solo works and her collaborative communal projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women. Just was born in Hartford, CT in 1974 and migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1994. 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 where she is a Senior Lecturer in the Master of Contemporary Art program. Just has exhibited her artwork extensively across Australia in over one hundred group and solo exhibitions including at the NGA, ACCA, Artspace, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gertrude Contemporary and CCP. Internationally she has exhibited her work at AIR Gallery and the AC Institute in New York, at the ICA in Richmond Virginia, the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Auckland Art Fair, 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, awards and residencies. She has received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria. She was the winner of the 2007 Seimen’s Prize, the 2013 British Council Realise Your Dream Award, the 2014 Rupert Bunny Visual Art Fellowship, the 2015 Wangaratta Textile Prize, the 2020 Incinerator Art for Social Change People’s Choice Award and the 2022 Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship (Visual Art). She has undertaken local residencies at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and the Australian Tapestry Workshop and been awarded numerous international residencies including Art Omi in New York, Red Gate in Beijing, Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo, the Australia Council Residency in Barcelona, the Asialink residency at Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi and a KREMS AIR residency in Krems Austria. Just's work is held in numerous public and private collections including the NGA, Artbank, the City of Port Phillip, Art Gallery SA, Wangaratta Art Gallery, the Sheila Foundation and TAMA.