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Caitlin Reilly


Caitlin Reilly is an Australian born multi-media artist,  based in Shanghai, China since 2009, returned to live in Australia in 2014. She holds a BA in Visual Art from Southern Cross University Australia. Her arts practice involves working in a broad range of media to create a layering over time, with her recent works inspired by daily life in Shanghai. Caitlin’s visual arts practice spans international platforms and is represented in collections throughout Australia, Europe, America, and China.

She took up two artist residencies in 2014 – 2015; at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel and also for Shokay, a socially responsible yak down textiles brand based in Shanghai. From these residencies she has developed a major project “Threaded”.

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Collaboration and experimentation are a focal point of her work. In July 2014, Caitlin and collaborating artists Travelled to Qinghai on the Tibetan Plateau, Chongming Island nearby Shanghai, creating work with the yak herding community, spinners, knitters this  multi-layered and diverse body of new work explores the links between these communities at the heart of textile production in both countries. The resulting exhibition will tour Australia and China in 2015-6.


My work is a direct response to my surroundings, daily comings and goings and a reflection of my environment both physically and emotionally. By working quickly a suspension of conscious knowledge was shaped into a coherent whole. The outcome is often a layering of histories and surfaces that hold mistakes to ransom, their erasure becoming an extension that expands an understanding of a continuing transformative experience of place.


2012 | M on the Bund Literary Festival, Shanghai, China
2012 | Between the Sheets: 2012 Artists Book Exhibition, Gallery East, Australia
2011-12 | Lethbridge Award, Finalist. Lethbridge Gallery, Australia
2006 | Ministry of the Arts Emerging Artist Finalist, Australia
2005 | Kasky Award Visual Arts Faculty Painting Prize Southern Cross University Australia


1980-84 | All Saints College, Bathurst. N.S.W. Australia
2005-2009 | BA Fine Art Degree Southern Cross University N.S.W. Australia


2014 | Asia Contemporary Art October, Hong Kong
2012 | Between the Sheets, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western Australia
2012 | Henkes Commission Shanghai, China
2011 | Village Of Bliss, A Day In Blossom, Shanghai, China
2011 | Looking Up From the Other Side of the World, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2011 | 12 Months in Shanghai, Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Australia
2011 | The Ground Beneath Our Feet, Eco Lifestyles Design World Fair Shanghai
2010 | Suspended Arrival, Elisabeth De Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China
2010 | Centennial Celebration of Women in Art World Artists’ Exhibition, Shanghai Museum of Art
2010 | The Ground Beneath Our Feet, EDB Art Pavilion Shanghai, China
2009 | Space in between, Byron Cinema Center N.S.W., Australia
2005-09 | Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
2005-09 | Southern Cross University Book prize, Southern Cross University, Australia
2007 | The Byron Art Prize, Waywood Gallery, Byron Bay, Australia
2006-07 | Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery N.S.W., Australia
2006 | Hunting Poll Exhibition, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, N.S.W., Australia
2005 | SODA Art prize, SODA gallery Avalon, N.S.W. Australia
2005 | Naive Muzzled Shetlands, Space boys, Rocket ships and a butterfly, Barebones Art Space Bangalow, N.S.W. Australia
2004 | Where has everybody gone, .Six degrees Art space, Industrial estate, Byron Bay, Australia


2009 | Zing
2009 | Shanghai Courier
2010 | Northern Star Newspaper
2010 | Riverside Quarterly
2010 | That’s Shanghai
2010 | Link
2010 | Shanghai Museum of Art Centennial Celebration of Women in Art China


M on the Bund Shanghai
Rae’s at Wategoes, Australia
Peter Weiss Private collection, Australia
Tweed Regional Gallery, Australia
Harbor Private collection, UK
Newport Mining Private collection, Shanghai

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Artist in Residence, SHOKAY 2014, Caitlin Reilly

SHOKAY’s Artist in Residence program is a collaboration with artists, to share the extraordinary richness of the Qinghai region and it’s people, and to tell the story of SHOKAY’s unique blend of East and West.
This video introduces the 2014 Artist in Residence: Caitlin Reilly.

April 17, 2013 |

What it takes to launch art careers in Shanghai | Caitlin Reilly | Shanghai Daily

Two multitalented artists – Australian Caitlin Reilly and American Redic – talk to Adnrew Chin about music, painting, fashion, design and the art scene vibe in Shanghai. Caitlin Reilly’s Yongfu Road apartment is an artistic dream. Her paintings adorn the wall and a large piano surrounded by traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu (two-stringed bowed […]

June 17, 2010 |

From Lismore to Shanghai | Caitlin Reilly | Australian Northern Star Weekend

Caitlin Reilly is one of those women that seemingly can do it all. Partner to a wonderful man, mother to three beautiful children, a successful artist, yoga teacher, and accomplished musician and singer. Originally from the Southern Highlands, Reilly headed to Sydney when her schooling was complete to pursue her first love, singing. From a […]

December 17, 2009 |

Suspended Arrival | Caitlin Reilly | Shanghai Courier – Culture

Caitlin Reilly and Australian artist living in Shanghai, recently sat down with me to discuss her work, her journey as an artist, and her upcoming exhibit. As she sits before me – with her infectious charm, dynamism and creativity – I see a woman who war born, rather than made, to be an artist. Courier: […]