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Connor Ovenden-Shaw 


About Connor

Connor Ovenden-Shaw, Also Known as Foot, is a non-binary queer artist based on Wadawurrung land in Melbourne’s west. Working within textile, photography and performance they are known for their unique and absurdist take of gender identity, sustainability and beauty standards. Graduating in 2016, they have since participated in exhibitions both solo and group based in regional and metropolitan galleries, as well as being a finalist in various art prizes from 2016 to 2023, including winning the Hue And Cry Collective Prize in 2023.

As well as their own practice, Connor works closely alongside councils and the TAFE system in hosting education and workshop opportunities in a range of fields including Zine Making, Textile, Photography and creative writing, Including hosting monthly Spoken Word events in Melbourne's outer west

Their artist/drag Persona Foot is often referenced within both their physical work and through social and online platforms, they have been featured within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Design Week as well as various media features including NAVA.

Past Exhibitions

Lineage - Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery 2017
IUVENTUS - F Project Arts, Warrnambool 2020

'Queer Country' as part of Bendigo Pride - Dudley House Gallery 2021
'Reconstructing Fragments' Group Exhibition - Woods Street Arts Space, Laverton 2022
Patchwork Renaissance - C & H Gallery, Hoppers Crossing 2022

CONTENT WARNING: Queer, Fat, Sexy - Wyndham Art Gallery 2023

Grants, Prizes & Residencies

Peter Lucas Memorial Art Prize - November 2016
IDAHOBIT Day Exhibition Grant - 2020
Wyndham Creative Development Grant - 2021
Wyndham Art Prize Finalist - 2022 and 2023
ArtsAssist Creative Project Grant - 2022
Artist Residency - Tarneit Community Learning Centre 2022
Recycled Garment Prize, Fabric Of Life Festival - Warrnambool 2022

Blacktown Art Prize Finalist (Highly Commended)- 2023
Footscray Art Prize Finalist -2023
Geelong Hue And Cry Art Prize Finalist (Winner) - 2023
Earthly Elegance Prize, Fabric Of Life Festival - Warrnambool 2023
Collaboration Residency with Sophie Chalk - New York City, USA 2024

Public Works



Wood Street Art Space Billboard - 2022

Treatment III - Western Treatment Plant - 'Turning' Collaborator - 2023
Til The Day I Dye - Riverfest Performance Work - 2023

Leo Kennedy Centre - Blacktown Arts Permanent Collection 2023

Email -

Tel - 0434 557 631

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