Shahroud Ghahani is an Iranian-Australian visual artist based on Gadigal land. Her artworks bridge together rich images from disparate cultures and her experiences of them.

She holds a Master of Art from the University of New South Wales ,Arts,Design and Architecture and has had her work exhibited in galleries across Sydney. 

Her practice explores representations of the female body and themes of beauty, the grotesque, and identity within Eastern and Western traditions. 

Her art is also inspired by explorations of metaphysical subjects. She interweaves dreamscapes, liminal and imaginary spaces, displaced objects and allegorical imagery.

She is the winner for the 2024 Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art award in the local artist category in 2024. She was a finalist in Gosford Art Prize 2023 (Commendation award), Fisher's Ghost Art Prize 2022 and 2023,  Flow , Contemporary Art Prize 2023, CUT.N.POLISH( Carriageworks artist market) 2022, 2023,  Arts in the Valley Art Prize, 2021, Hawkesbury Art Prize 2021, and a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 Kudos Emerging Artist Award . She is currently a resident artist at the Primrose Park Art Studio a program managed by North Sydney Council.


2017 – 2021      Master of Arts (Distinction) University ofNew South Wales, Arts and Design
2016                 Certificate IV inArts and Cultural Administration, TAFE NSW, Meadowbank

2014– 2015  Open Studio Practice, Painting, Meadowbank TAFE, Sydney, NSW

2001                 Graduate Diploma, New Media, University of Technology Sydney

1989                 Bachelor of Design (VisualCommunication), University of Technology Sydney

1985                 Bachelor of Fine Arts, TehranUniversity, Faculty of Fine Arts, Iran


2024                 Winner local artist award, Grace Cossington Smith art award

2023                 Commendation Award, Gosford Art Prize

2023-2024   Recipient of North Sydney Creative Grant, Arts and Culture, Sydney       

2022                 UNSW Facultyof Art and Design, Dean's List Achievement award
2015                 NAVA Ignition Award, Awarded for Excellence in VisualArts

2009                 Premier’sAward, Awarded for excellence in Illustration and Design

2010                 Third Place -Certificate of Creative Excellence, U.S. International

                            Film and Video Festival, Illustration and Animation


2024                 Grace Cossington Smith National Biennale Award

2023                 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW

2023                 Flow, Contemporary watercolour Art Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery

2023                 Gosford Art Prize, Gosford, NSW

2022                 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2022                 Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

2021                 Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach, NSW

2021                 Project 2060 : Homeward Bound, The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney, NSW

2019                 8 x 10 Annual Show, Corner StoreGallery, Orange NSW

2019                 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, Sydney, NSW

2019                 ABSTRACT, Corner Street Gallery, Orange,NSW

2018                 KudosEmerging Artist + Designer Award, Kudus Gallery, Sydney, NSW


2024                 Labour of Entanglement, WindowGallery, North Sydney, NSW

2023                 Remnantsof a Dismantled State, First Draft Gallery Sydney, NSW

2023                 TheGoddesses of the wild Orient, AIR Space Projects, Sydney, NSW

2023                 Of all  the muted flowers, Digital Gallery, The Connection, Rhodes


2024                The Wisdom of others , Gallery  Lane Cove and Creative Studios
2024                 Grace Cossington Smith National Biennale Award

2023                 Flow, National ContemporaryWater Colour Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery

2023                 Gosford Art Prize, Gosford, NSW

2023                 A different kind of a place, Chrissie CotterGallery, Sydney, UNSW

2023                 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW

2023                 Invited artist, Cut.n.Polish, Carriageworks,Sydney, NSW

2022                 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW

2022                 Arts in theValley, Kangaroo Valley, Sydney, NSW

2022                 Invited artist,Cut.n.Polish, Carriageworks,Sydney, NSW

2022                 Incognito ArtShow, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

2021                 A&D Annual, The majesty of the rainbow will wash away this lustreless melancholy, UNSWArt,
                           Design and Architecture, Annual Graduation Show, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2021                 Hawkesbury Art Prize, PurpleNoon Gallery, Freemans Reach, NSW

2021                 Project 2060 : Homeward Bound, CoalLoader, Sydney, NSW

2020                 La Vie En Rose, Art Space, The Concourse,Chatswood, NSW
2020                 ABSTRACT Group Exhibition, Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW

2019                 Encountering, UNSWAD, MA, Gaffa Gallery,Sydney, NSW         

2019                 1200k West, AD Space, Fowlers Gap ArtResidency, Sydney, NSW
2019                 Tales of Lyrebird, Sydney, The Shop Gallery, Glebe, NSW
2019                 Kudos Gallery,Emerging Artist Awards Sydney, NSW
2019                 Corner Store Gallery 8 x 10 Annual Show, Orange NSW
2018                 Kudos Gallery,Emerging Artist Awards, Paddington, NSW

2017                 Out of Blue, Wallarobba, Hornsby Cultureand Art Centre, Sydney, NSW
2017                 Art trail Open Studio,Lyrebird Arts Community

2016                 See/Saw, See Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE, Sydney, NSW

2015                 Brush with frame, See Gallery, Meadowbank TAFE, Sydney, NSW


2020 – 2024      Resident Artist,Primrose Park, Artist Studio Program, North Sydney Council,

2019                 Group residency, Fowler’s GapArid Zone Research Station, UNSW


University of New South Wales Art Collection

Private Collections, Australia, USA, France, Iran 


Art Collector Magazine

The Articulate Brief, Art Bulletin, issue 102

Creative Road Art Projects, PublicArt | Placemaking | Cultural Strategy

Inner West Council

First Draft

North Sydney Arts and Culture

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

Wollongong Art Gallery

Digital Gallery, Canada Bay

North Sydney Quarterly Newsletter_March 2024, Print format


Gaffa Gallery, Encountering,2019,  p.11, p.12, ISBN 978-0-7334-3892-9

Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize 2024, National award supporting contemporary
Australian Artists P.48 and 49

Arts in the Valley 

Fishers Ghost Art Prize


2023 , Artist Talk, Air Space Projects

2023, Artist Talk, First Draft, Sydney

2024, Artist Talk, Stanton Library, North Sydney




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