Selected Solo Exhibitons


Dredging up the Past, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne


Dredging up the Past, Milani Gallery, Brisbane


Embassy, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Richard Bell: Imagining Victory (touring exhibition), Casula Powerhouse, Sydney; Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Wollongong Art Gallery; Murray Art Museum Albury; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre


Embassy, Performa 15, New York City


Embassy, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth


Imagining Victory, Artspace, Sydney.

A Suppository of All Wisdom, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Lessons On Etiquette And Manners, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

2011 – 13

Uz Vs. Them, touring Tufts University, Boston; University of Kentucky, Kentucky; Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver; Indiana University Art Museum, Indiana.


You’d Believe Me If I Was A White Man, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


I Am Not Sorry, Location One, New York, USA

Richard Bell: Provocateur, University Of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.


Scratch An Aussie Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Window Shopping, Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne.


Psalm Singing, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


Richard Bell: Positivity, Institute Of Modern Art, Brisbane.


Transition, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


Colour, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


Made Men, Metroarts, Brisbane.


Discomfort, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane.


A Few Good Men, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.


Text Ya, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney.


Prospectus .38, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide.

Prospectus .44, Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery, Melbourne.


Prospectus .303, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Armidale.

Prospectus .25, Moree Regional Gallery, NSW.

Prospectus .22, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.


Pretty: Serious, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.


This Black + White Thin, Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane.

Black + White Thing, Moree Regional Gallery, NSW.

Selected Group Exhibitons


Frontier Imaginaries ed. 5: Trade Markings, Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven.


Australian Collection Permanent Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia, Collectors Room, Berlin

Toxic Assets: Frontier Imaginaries Ed.No3, e-flux and Columbia University, New York.

The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney.


20th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Sonsbeek 2016, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, Netherlands

SMBA, Stedelijk, Museum Amsterdam

Trigger Points, Palitz Gallery, Syracuse University, New York State


When Silence Falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Propositions Three, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Performa 15, New York

Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting in the Present, 16th Jakarta Biennale 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

9/11, MOANA Project Space, Perth

Reflex, Figment, Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

All Power to the People: Transcending Borders, Richard Bell & Emory Douglas, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Blakout, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, New South Wales

See You at the Barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

Archibald Prize 2015, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales


Action at a Distance: The Life and Legacy of John Stewart Bell, Naughton Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

The Working Life, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Protest Songs: Artful Actions, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, New South Wales.

Conflict: Contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home (touring), Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand.


Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan.

The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.

Sakahàn, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa.

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Plan B, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.


Edge of Elsewhere, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Propositions, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

2011 – 12

Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.


4th Auckland Triennial: Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, Auckland, New Zealand.


Terra Nullius, ACC Galerie, Weimar & HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany.

Marelle: The Hidden Mission, Penrith Regional Gallery, New South Wales.


Scratch An Aussie, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney.

Half Light, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Revolutions: Forms That Turn, 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

New Millennium, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW. Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Carlton Studios, Melbourne.


Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial, NGA Canberra (touring exhibition 2007-9)

Power & Beauty, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

Sunshine State, Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.

The Independence Project, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.


Parallel Lives: New Painting in Australia, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne.

Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.


Queensland Live, Queensland Art Gallery Touring exhibition (2005 – 08).


Blak Insights, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 2004, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.


The White Show Bellas Gallery, Brisbane. Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.


Dreamtime: The Dark and The Light, Sammlung Essl, Austria.

The White Desert, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

A Few of My Favourite Things, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.

1999 – 2000

The new Republics, Touring Adelaide, England, Canada, South Africa.


Heritage Award, Canberra.


Heritage Award, Canberra.


Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin.

Heritage Award, Canberra.

1994 – 95

True Colours, Touring London, Liverpool, Leicester, Perth, Perth, Sydney.


Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Aratjara, Dusseldorf, London, Humelbaek.

Australian Aboriginal Art, Bomani Gallery, San Francisco.

Ian Abdulla, Richard Bell, Harry Wedge, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists’ Cooperative, Sydney.

Plenty Of Campfires, Space Plentitude, Brisbane. Political Works, Space Plentitude, Brisbane.

1992 – 93

9th Sydney Biennale, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.


Stories, Kerava Museum, Helsinki.

Aboriginal*Crisis* Live, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.


Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Unfamiliar Territory: Adelaide Biennial Of Australian ArT- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.


Balance, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.


Aboriginal Art: Urban And Tribal, Wiumulli, Brisbane.

Awards & Prizes


Creative Australia Fellowship, the Australian Council for the Arts


Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


Winner, National Telstra Indigenous Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.


Winner, National Aboriginal Art Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre.

Selected Collections

TATE, London.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Artbank, Sydney.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery.
Flinders University, Victoria.