Craig Walsh was born in Orange in 1966, and currently lives in Tweed Heads, Australia.
He is primarily interested in hybrid and site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art. He often utilises projection in response to existing environments, landscapes and sculptural elements.
Throughout his career Walsh has developed and implemented numerous public artworks both permanent and temporary, often through community engagement processes. Through recent projects, Craig is developing works that change and evolve over time to provide opportunities for continual community engagement and interaction.
Walsh’s work has featured in national and international exhibitions, including Setouchi International Art Festival, Japan; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Jakarta Biennale XII, Indonesia; Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Japan; 01SJ Biennale San Jose, California; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Koganecho Bazaar, Japan; and Drift 08, London.
His Digital Odyssey project formed a collaboration between Craig Walsh and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia), along with State and regional organisations and community groups. Craig Walsh: Digital Odyssey commenced in 2010 as a national, multi-venue tour and artist residency in rural and remote locations throughout Australia.
The works created in each town were guided and influenced by the landscapes and histories of the local area, and the project was a catalyst for change within the communities involved. The exhibition, Craig Walsh: Embedded, was showcased at the MCA Australia and developed out of a commission from Rio Tinto, which enabled Walsh to work with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (the traditional custodians of the Pilbara’s Burrup Peninsula). This collaboration led to the development of spectacular moving-image works, a series of photographic portraits and sculptural elements along with an impressive publication. The works reflect on the connection that local Aboriginal people have to their country, particularly its extraordinary historic rock art.