Cara-Ann Simpson (b. 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture, sound, space and the participant. She is concerned with modes of listening/hearing in social situations and how people interact with sound. Cara-Ann is the Director of Cruden Farm, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s iconic property in Langwarrin, Victoria.
In 2013, she published an extended journal article with collaborator Eva Cheng (DSP & research engineer) in the International Journal of Art & Technology, was commissioned by Albury City Council and acquired into the Toowoomba Regional Council and Albury City Council art collections. She is currently researching the development of the hyperreal in sound installation practice and the impacts of environmental sound in cultural spaces.
Cara-Ann received the 2012 Flanagan Art Exhibition winner of the University of Ballarat Emerging Artist Prize (St. Patrick’s College, Ballarat) as well as winning the Digital/Photographic Print Award at the Albert Park College Art Show (2012). In 2012, Cara-Ann has had an International solo exhibition, Resonations #1: cyclic glass, at Noxious Sector Projects in Seattle, WA, USA, and was interviewed by Camila Galaz on Radio Valerie’s “Let’s Art,” available on mixcloud.
In 2011, Cara-Ann received a New Work (Media Arts) Music Board Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and an International Program: Cultural Exchange Grant from Arts Victoria. She presented at Subtle Technologies Festival & Symposium in Toronto, Canada, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Cara-Ann received a Young Artists’ Grant, City of Melbourne to support the exhibition of Geo Sound Helmets at Kings ARI in Melbourne, Australia.
Geo Sound Helmets is a breath responsive installation that has been in development since 2008. The installation, exhibited in 2011 at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, NZ and Kings ARI, Melbourne, was produced in collaboration with technical team: Ben Landau (industrial design), James Laird (biomedical engineer, programming) and Eva Cheng (research engineer).
In 2010 she received an ArtStart grant, Australia Council for the Arts, and attended the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME2010, Singapore) where she presented a paper with collaborator Eva Cheng (research engineer) on an interactive sound installation. The Janet Holmes á Court Artists’ Grant Scheme supported the development of this installation in 2009, and Cara-Ann was subsequently featured in Real Time Magazine’s online Studio section.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts First Class Honours from the University of Southern Queensland in 2008, and received the University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Arts medal in 2007. Simpson was the recipient of the Hobday and Hingston Bursary from the Queensland Art Gallery in 2007 for being the most promising undergraduate student from a Queensland tertiary art course. Cara-Ann also received the Asia-Pacific Golden Key International Honours Society Visual & Performing Arts Sculpture Award (2008), and was short-listed in the Wilson HTM National Art Prize (2009), and Agendo (2009).
Simpson has had a number of solo exhibitions, sound releases and been involved in numerous performances and group shows within Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. Cara-Ann was the Artistic Co-Director & Co-Producer of Electrofringe Ltd from January 2011 – April 2013, a not-for-profit electronic arts organisation with year-round programming in Australia, and remained on the Board of Directors until December 2013. She is currently working on several collaborative and solo projects in Melbourne, Australia. From 2011-2014 Cara-Ann was the curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, the public art gallery of the City of Darebin, Melbourne, and the City of Darebin art and history collection. She was the Mornington Peninsula Regional Manager for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) from 2014 until 2016. Note that all views expressed on this website are Cara-Ann’s own views and do not necessarily reflect associated organisations and institutions.