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 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 a finalist for the 2023 Grace Cossington Smith Biennal Art award, 2023 Gosford Art Prize, 2022 and 2023 Fisher's Ghost Art Prize, 2023Flow , Contemporary Art Prize and 2022 CUT.N.POLISH( Carriageworks artist market) 2022 Arts in the Valley Art Prize, 2021 Hawkesbury Art Prize, and a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 Kudos Emerging Artist Award as well as Corner Store Gallery in Orange. She is currently a resident artist at the Primrose Park Art Studio a program managed by North Sydney Council.



2017 – 2021    Master of Art (Distinction) University of New South Wales, Arts and Design

2016                   Certificate IV in Arts and Cultural Administration, TAFE NSW, Meadowbank

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

2001                 GraduateDiploma, New Media University of Technology Sydney,

1989                 Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication), University of Technology Sydney

1985                 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tehran University, Iran, Faculty of Fine Arts


2024                  Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art Award, Grace Cossington Smith gallery

2023                 Fisher’sGhost Art Prize, CampbelltownArts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW

2023                 Flow , Contemporary Art Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery

2023                 Gosford Art Prize, Gosford, NSW

2023                CUT.N.POLISH  Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

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

2022                 Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

2022                 CUT.N.POLISH  Carriageworks, Sydney

2021                 Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, FreemansReach, NSW

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

2019                 8 x 10 AnnualShow, Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW

2019                 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, Sydney, NSW

2019                 ABSTRACT, CornerStreet Gallery, Orange, NSW

2018                 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, Sydney, NSW


2023              Remnants of a Dismantled State, first draft Sydney, Sydney, NSW

2023                The Goddesses of the wild Orient, AIR Space Projects,Sydney, NSW

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


2024                Grace Cossington Smith biennale award, Grace Cossington Smith, Sydney, NSW

2023                Flow,  National Contemporary Art Awards, Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW

2023.               Gosford Regional Gallery, Art prize

2023                A Different Kind of Place, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney NSW

2022                 Fisher’sGhost Art Prize, CampbelltownArts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW

2022                 Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley, NSW

2022                 CUT.N.POLISH, Carriageworks,Sydney, NSW

2022                 Incognito Art Show, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

2021                 A&D Annual, UNSW Art, Design andArchitecture, Annual Graduation Show, UNSW  Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2021                 HawkesburyArt Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach, NSW

2021                 Project 2060 : Homeward Bound, Coal Loader, Sydney, NSW

2020                La Vie En Rose, Art Space, The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW

2020                ABSTRACT, Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW

2019                 Encountering, UNSWAD, M.A  Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2019                 1200k West, Fowlers Gap Art Residency, AD Space, Sydney, NSW

2019                Tales of Lyrebird, The Shop Gallery, Glebe, NSW

2019                Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2019                 8 x 10 Annual Show, Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW

2018                 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, Kudos Gallery,Sydney, NSW

2017                 Out of Blue, Wallarobba, Hornsby Culture and Art Centre, Sydney, NSW

2017                 Art trail Open Studio, Lyrebird Arts Community, NSW

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

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


2024                Winner Grace Cossington Smith award for local artist

2023                Commendation award, Gosford Art Prize

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

2022                UNSW Faculty of Art and Design, Dean's List Achievement Award

2015                 NAVA IgnitionAward, Excellence in Visual Arts

2009                Premier’sAward for excellence in Illustration and Design

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

                            Film and Video Festival, Illustration and Animation


2020 - 2023  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 in Australia and overseas




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