Anna Reynolds is a contemporary artist currently focused on projects and ideas that look at sustainable textile as a platform of expression. Resourcefulness, recycling, repurposing, slow production and creative village clusters that predominately promote and support women have become key areas of her creative practice. 

Anna Reynolds graduated in 2019 with a Masters by Research in Visual Art at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia.

 Anna Reynolds has a demonstrated history of creative production with local and international arts and craft through community engagement. Experiences include collaborating to facilitate and tailor creative outcomes through residencies, exhibitions, education, commission and consultation. Her skills include, but are not limited to, analogue and digital photography, adobe software, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textile, ceramic, jewellery making, puppet making and staging.



MARCH 2022
Uniting Church Hall, Lorne, Victoria, Australia
SPIRIT OF PLACE: A NEW CURATORIAL BLUEPRINT FOR THE LORNE SCULPTURE BIENNALE. 2022 presents the  7th edition of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, ‘Spirit of Place’, and offers a new curatorial blueprint for the Biennale. Through innovation and visual reference, artistic genesis delves into the fabric of the village – producing works worthy of our entrance into the world of international biennales. – Graeme Wilkie, OAM, Curator, Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2022.

I have been invited to participate and will exhibit three works as part of the Biennale's Small Sculpture Award

Anna Reynolds, Argonaut, from the metaphor and memory of fishing, 2022, scraps rescued from cloth production, silk, cotton, linen, recycled plastic, screen-print, digital print, natural dye, hand stitching, over wire armature.

 Eight arms untangled her, the she-fish who was trapped in toil, in basketry woven to kill. The rescue and saga of a sea creature by another, another who carries her brood chamber in open oceans. Holding tight for the right of the fishers to imagine sea sagas under the glassy reflection of slack water. Low tide and the gravity of the moon and mythical marine poetry become metaphor for celestial navigation of oceanic quests, to freedom, to become free.  




Anindilyakwa Arts with Dr Aly de Groot and Anna Reynolds (Groote Eylandt, NT), for the Community Collaboration Award, co-presented by Darwin Innovation Hub

Proudly presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation as part of Indigenous Fashion Projects, the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) ceremony was hosted on Tuesday evening, 3 August, by Rachel Hocking at the Darwin Convention Centre. The highly anticipated awards were also broadcast live via NITV’s social media channels, providing a platform to connect the Australian and global fashion community to the world’s oldest living culture. The NIFA are supported by the Northern Territory Government via NT Major Events Company, along with a host of industry award sponsors including Australian lifestyle brand, Country Road, RMIT and Darwin Innovation Hub. Celebrating the rich history and diversity of First Nations’ art, design and culture, the NIFA provide industry pathways and actively contribute to the capacity building of the sector. This year, 31 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers were nominated, with winners selected from six unique categories.  

from L-R
Representing Anindilyakwa Arts and recieving the award are Shana Wurramara, Anna Reynolds, Aly de Groot, Kate Martin, Danjibana Lalara, Annabel Amagula, Stephanie Durilla, Maicie Lalara, Abbie Von Bertouch, Sasha Lalara


DRAWN from the CDU Art Collection

Sketches, drawings, illustrations and works-on-paper from 1976 to 2021 30 September 2021 – February 26 2022 
Charles Darwin University Gallery, NT

DRAWN presents sketches, drawings, illustrations and works-on-paper acquired by the university since 1980. DRAWN reinforces the importance of drawing as a foundational technique to artistic practice. Eclectic in style, scale and content, the 60 drawings on display – executed in pencil [graphite], crayon, ink, pen, charcoal, pastel, conté and even photocopy toner – affirm the power of the hand-made mark. The exhibition features artworks by 30 Australian and Indonesian artists created between 1976 until 2021. DRAWN from the CDU Art Collection implicitly documents the 40-year history of the Charles Darwin University Art Collection. Many of the drawings displayed in DRAWN were acquired in the early 1980s by the Darwin Community College Art Committee. The committee’s vision was outward-looking as they acquired artworks by emerging interstate artists, many of whom became acclaimed Australian artists. More recently, the mandate of the CDU Art Collection has focused on Territory-based artists, including former staff and alumni of Charles Darwin University, many of whom are represented in DRAWN. Several works by Indonesian artists are also featured in the exhibition, indicative of the increasing focus on acquiring art by South east Asian artists for the CDU Art Collection. These artists have artworks featured in DRAWN: John Beard, Peter Booth, Jon Cattapan, Douglas Chambers, Janenne Eaton, Jacki Fleet, Richard Goodwin and Bärbel Rothhaar, Chris Healey, Winsome Jobling, Jumaadi, Tjilpi Kunmanara Kankapankatja, Tim Maguire, Mandy Martin, Terry Matassoni, Jane Mervin, Rod Moss, Estelle Munkanome, Michael Muruste, Bernard Ollis, Mike Parr, I Wayan Pendet, I Wayan Rajin, Christian Clare Robertson, Karen Rogers, I Gusti Putu Sana, Neridah Stockley, Tisha Tejaya, Tony Tuckson, Phillip Merrdi Wilson and Alison Worsnop.

Anna Reynolds, the bite of the trigger fish reverse mermaid, 2021, pen and ink on rag paper
From the metaphor and memory of fishing - work in progress

 I realised, should I have too, I could kill anything, or at least bite down hard, I was a walking cold hearted fish, with no hand to hold the rope, I found it strange that the fishers saw me as seductress       
Anna Reynolds | Contemporary Artist | Darwin, NT


I am very pleased to announce that I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2020.

 Due to the global pandemic I have postponed my Chuchill proposal until further notice. Hopefully I will activate these plans and travel in 2023.

 Back In 2019, 112 people were awarded Fellowships worth over $3.1 million, funding travel for up to 8 weeks for 2020. 
The Churchill Fellowship recognises new ideas. It is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia right now. Fellowships are awarded to everyday Australians who are passionate about challenging the status quo to create or make a positive impact on our society.

 The idea was to visit art textile hubs, focusing on sustainable manufacturing and global markets in Europe and the UK. Through exploring textile surface design hubs and creative village clusters I will investigate the growing textile revolution surrounding sustainable economy that promotes innovation for fair trade, slow makers, cyclic production and zero waste advocates. I am also interested in digital rendering and how it is used in textile production and markets. I will visit a diverse range of artists, designers, studios, galleries, museum collections, showrooms, markets, fairs and textile expo's, to gain practical insights and foster potential countertrade and collaborative relationships relative to my creative textile production.

 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill and fulfil his wish for people from all walks of life to travel the world to gain new knowledge and share ideas and insights.

 To find out more visit 
www.churchilltrust.com.au •  


A refuge from my beginnings in Darwin is a site now known as Garramilla Boulevard.  Once a maze of dusty goat tracks found by climbing under broken wire fences on Tiger Brennan Drive, they were my preferred route to Darwin’s CBD from my muddy beach camp on the edge of the Sadgrove creek. This slow ramble into town was always an adventure. It involved stepping stones across a trickling creek and weaving through old gas tanks, long grass and bush camps.  While rambling tall scrubby bush and the last remnants of creek mangrove I did not imagined the possibility of a future paved and landscaped boulevard.  I did not recognise the potential for a grand gateway to the city streets of Darwin. I thought of it as a wild space and sanctuary unique to the tropical intrigue of Darwin and the Northern Territory. This work speaks to the site after the first bulldozers cleared the creek and mangroves to make way for the boulevard. 

Exhibition curated by Dr Ian Hance Charles Darwin Univesity as part of the Darwin Festival August 2019 located at Casuarina Campus,   Nan Giese Gallery, Northern Editions Gallery and the main CDU Gallery  

Anna Reynolds, BEFORE GARRAMILLA, BEFORE BARNESON 2019, acrylic and digital print on heavy cotton canvas, give-way sign and heavily embellished hi-vis protest garment. 

 Anna Reynolds 2019
Anna Reynolds | Contemporary Artist | Darwin, NT
Anna Reynolds | Contemporary Artist | Darwin, NT
Anna Reynolds | Contemporary Artist | Darwin, NT

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