Jen Valender is an Australasian artist and writer based in Narrm Melbourne. Her practice-led research investigates methods that compress complex experiences, histories and ethical dilemmas into simple gestures through projection, moving image, sculpture, and performance. She has exhibited in galleries and public spaces locally and internationally, including Bus Projects (Island Island), The Ian Potter Museum, Collingwood Yards and Abbotsford Convent.

In 2019, Valender was the recipient of Next Wave’s New Precinct Award and the Ian Potter Museum’s Miegunyah Research Project Award. In 2020, she was an artist in residence at the Centre for Projection Art, exhibiting works for Light Windows hosted by the HoloCentre, New York, and the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA). Her work recently featured in the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne and Spier Light Art 2021, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Valender has presented work and written for Art Almanac, and Trouble Magazine, as well as the Volumes of Mutual Aid and Currents art journals. She has edited books and articles for the publishing house John Wiley & Sons and the North & West Melbourne News. For the past five years, Valender has specialised in academic editing services for fine arts master’s and doctoral theses.

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As an uninvited guest on First Nations territory, I acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waterways on which I have the privilege to live, research and create. Specifically, the Yalukit Willam clan of Euro-Yroke country, known as the coastal tribe of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. I pay respect to all Traditional Owners and Elders past and present.


2021  Master of Fine Arts (Research)
VCA, University of Melbourne
2019  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
VCA, University of Melbourne
2018  Bachelor of Fine Arts
Monash University, Melbourne

2021  The ocean wants you back 
Gertrude Street Projection Festival

2021  Silenced Strings
Birds & Language Conference
Pop-up Exhibition, SCA Digital

2021  Distilled Dissonance:
the species known & other beings

Island Island, Bus Projects

2021  Golden Passage 
Opening of Collingwood Yards
Centre for Projection Art

2021  Played as they lay
Spier Light Art
Stellenbosch, South Africa

2020  Volumes of Mutual Aid
Digital Platform & Journal 
AMP Art Collective

2020  Clean unclean
Fringe Digital  
Melbourne Fringe Festival

2020  Blackout clean
Zero O’Clock Digital, curated by Sophia Cai
Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) Melbourne

2020  The Objet a and why you should want the heart of
Himalayan monkeys et al

George Paton Gallery Virtual

2020  Light Windows
Produced by HoloCenter, New York
presented by Centre for Projection Art  
Zaneth Manor & Collingwood Yards, Melbourne

2020  Tank
Next Wave New Student Precinct Project
Parkville billboard, University of Melbourne

2019  This is nice
FiX Performance
KINGS (ARI), Melbourne

2019  Hold Your Tongue, Sir. 
Miegunyah Project Award
Dulux Gallery, Melbourne

2019  Familial Feet  
Produced by Choat Collab.
Fringe 33, Fringe Festival
Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

2019  Shyness is nice 
Performing Textiles exhibition
Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne

2019  Balancing Act 
Dirty Dozen Creative Spaces
Campbell Arcade, City of Melbourne

2019  Built-Bridges-Burnt
Satellite Anthem curated by Kate Just
Assembly Point Vitrines, City of Melbourne

2019  Fabrication
Collaboration with Denise Honan & Karima Baadilla
222 Rosslyn Gallery, Melbourne

2018  Bear Ear
Small works exhibition
fortyfivedownstairs gallery, Melbourne

2018  Before the Light Leaves Us  
Collaboration with Denise Honan, From Nature
Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne

2018  Bunny & Bongo
Held in the hand exhibition 
Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2018  Fem*
Build/ReBuild exhibition
Collaboration with Denise Honan
The Artists Guild Docklands, Melbourne    

2018  Fluoro Nightmare and the Restrained One
Collaboration with Denise Honan
Intermission Gallery, Monash University

Awards, Grants & Residencies
Judges Choice Award 2021 
Gertrude Street Projection Festival 

Experimental Collaborations Grant 2020
University of Melbourne

Centre for Projection Art 2020 Residency
Collingwood Yards, Melbourne

Next Wave New Student Precinct
Project Art Prize 2019

‘Tank’ 2020 billboard
University of Melbourne

Miegunyah Research Project Award 2019
‘Hold your tongue, Sir: Govenor Bligh hauled out from under a bed’, Ian Potter Museum of Art

Ralph McLean Microgrant 2019
‘Familial Feet’
Fringe Festival, Abbotsford Convent

Creative Arts Grant 2019
‘Shyness is nice’
Performing Textiles, Ian Potter

Bearbrass Prize 2018
‘Stage of the brief and found’    

Studio XL>XS 2018
Summer residency, The District Docklands

Committee Appointments
2019-2020  Port Phillip Council Art Acquisition Reference Committee 


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