Carl Scrase




Carl Scrase was born in 1983, in Melbourne, Australia.

Carl graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University, graduating in 2008. Carl founded and ran various projects such as artist-run gallery Runt Space, and visual and performance space Oprojects. In 2010, he co-founded the Wemakeus Collective, an organization that is working across various platforms to communicate the importance of creativity. In 2011, he joined the board of one of Melbourne’s longest running artist run initiatives - Bus Projects. Carl also became part of the team helping to develop the innovative inaugural program of events for, an organization that is aiming to evaluate the semantics around cultural diversity in the arts sector.

Between 2007 and 2011, Carl has featured in twenty notable group exhibitions and has had nine solo exhibitions. Carl participated in many of Australia’s best arts festivals including Melbourne’s Next Wave, Art Month Sydney, Newcastle’s This Is Not Art Festival, MF+W Festival and the We Are Here Festival presented by NAVA in Sydney. Of particular note was his commission for 2010 music festival Splendour in the Grass, where he designed and erected a fourteen meter high inflatable hand in the shape of a peace (or alternatively “up yours”) sign.

The commission was the result of an arts-lab residency organized by Splendid (Splendour in the Grass) and the Lismore Regional Gallery (NSW). Other residencies Carl has been part of include the Prato residency in conjunction with Monash University (Italy), and a month-long residency in Edinburgh with Contemporary Art Exchange (Scotland). Carl has also been chosen for the prestigious Young Social Pioneers program to develop a political party that champions creativity.

Carl has received various prestigious awards and grants including an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council, New Work Grant from the Australia Council, the City of Melbourne Presentation Grant, the St Michael Art Prize, Michael Schwarz Travel Award, Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, and the Freedman Foundation traveling scholarship.