The Artist

Robyne Latham holds a Masters in Fine Art, by research and has employed participatory action research methodology in both her art practice and her academic research projects.

She describes herself as a 'social artist' with an emphasis on 'aesthetic action'.

Robyne  has held a number of academic positions over the past 25 years, at La Trobe and Deakin Universities in Melbourne, Victoria and at Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities in Perth, Western Australia.

She currently works part time in the Indigenous Program at the Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. 

Robyne sits on the Committee of Management at Woor -Dungin.  Woor-Dungin is a coalition of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, philanthropic foundations and donors, and pro bono service providers working in partnership to enable Aboriginal organisations to access the resources and support they require, and to achieve self-determination.

The remainder of her time is spent in her studio.


2009: M.F.A.  by research. Monash University. Victoria.

1987: Graduate Diploma of Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.

1986: BA Visual Arts Curtin University, Perth, W.A.

1977: Diploma in Advanced Ceramics, Perth Technical School, Perth W.A


Manningham City Council.

The Cunningham Dax Collection.

Shepparton Art Museum. Victoria.

Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection.

National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Victoria.

Deakin University Gallery. Deakin University. Melbourne. Victoria.

The Bouverie Centre. La Trobe University. Melbourne. Victoria.

Koorie Heritage Trust Museum. Melbourne Victoria.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Darwin. N.T.

Museum of Western Australia. Perth. W.A.

Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.

John Curtin Gallery.  Curtin University. Perth. Western Australia.

Private collections both nationally and internationally.


SAM Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards 2014 .  Recipient of the Victorian Award.

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2011. 3D Award.  Highly Commended.

Manningham Victorian  Ceramic Art Awards.  Manningham City Council. Highly Commended.

Dr. Ross Ingram Memorial Competition.  Medical Journal of Australia.


The City of Melbourne’s Annual Arts Grants Program  2017

City of Melbourne. Arts House CultureLab.  2009.

Arts Development, Creation Grant.  Arts Victoria. 2009.                                        

Indigenous Arts Development. Indigenous Mentoring Grant. “From Mud to Metal.” Arts Victoria. 2006.  

M.A. travel grant to Sri Lanka. Monash University. 2006.               

'Sister' Exhibition. Christine Latham and Robyne Latham. Australia Council 1998.                                                                                                                         


Awarded the  City of Yarra. Stolen Generation Marker. 2017.

Darebin City Council. The Stolen Generations Public Art Commission. 2015.

Victorian Medical Alliance. Egg tempera triptych.  1.5 m x 4.5 m. 2014.

Ongoing: Private Commissions. 


Solo Exhibitions

2017. Remembering the Empty Coolamons.  The Atrium. Federations Square. 

2015. The Aborigine is Present. The Koorie Heritage Trust Museum. Federation Square. Melbourne.

2014. Empty Coolamons In Memoriam to the Stolen Generations. Bunjilaka. Melbourne Museum.

2013. LATHAM. Monsalvat. Eltham. Victoria

2012. LATHAM. Blak Dot Gallery. Melbourne. Victoria.

2007. Metal Blue Dreaming. (Solo) Gandel Family Foyer Gallery. Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre.



CLAYLINK. Issue 344. Summer 2014.  Interview.  Victorian Indigenous Ceramic Award Winner. 2014.

NewLand. Magazine. October 2014. Issue 87.  Empty Coolamons. by Philippa Rayment. 



DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ART COLLECTION. A Selection of Works.                                                     Limited edition publication of 100.  2017.

CHART COLLECTIVE.  Clay Memory. 2016.  (In collaboration with Francesca Randell-Short, Quinn Eades and Jamie James).

Journal of Applied Arts and Health. Volume 5 Number 2. Oct 2014.  Palliative Care for the Planet. 

Australian Association of Family Therapy. March 2013. The most dangerous thing in the world is an Educated Blak!!! Look out here comes trouble. 


Group Exhibitions

2016.  Aboriginal Sculpture @ & Gallery Melbourne. 

2016. The Emotional Life of Objects. Melbourne University. 

2015.  The Aborigine is Present.  2015.  Vimeo.   The Roadhouse Gallery MONA. Hobart Tasmania.

2014-15. Here and Now. Maree  Clarke and Robyne Latham. Montsalvat. Eltham. Victoria

2013. Manningham Ceramic Awards. Manningham Gallery. Melbourne. Victoria. 

2012. Colour Theory. Manningham Gallery. Melbourne. Victoria.

2011. Gori Illa.  Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. European Tour.

2011. Manningham Gallery Ceramics Awards.

2011. Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. Fortyfive Downstairs.

2010. “Empty Coolamons, A memoriam to the Stolen Generations”. Meat Markets.

2007. Envisaging the Sacred. Maroondah Art Gallery.

2006. Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.  Mahoneys Galleries.

2006. N.A.I.D.O.C.  Exhibition.  Queens Hall. Parliament House. 

2006. Tribal Expressions.  Black Box.

2005 Urnaninity “Images from Indigenous Artists in South Eastern Australia”.

2004. Urnaninity “Images from Indigenous Artists in South Eastern Australia”.

2003. Indigenous ceramics exhibition Paddington Sydney.

2000. "Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award" Darwin N.T.

1999."Budja Moort Djurah-Kutuanana: cultural survival and reconciliation" Lawrence Wilson Gallery."

1999."Latham and Latham." Indigenart Gallery. W.A. (Christine Latham and Robyne Latham)

1999."Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award" Darwin N.T.

1999. "Traditional Edge" Indigenart Gallery. Perth W.A. 9th National Ceramics Conference "Edge"

1999. "Jody Broun and Robyne Latham." Mary Place Gallery. Sydney. N.S.W.

1998. "Sister" Indigenart Gallery. Perth W.A. (Christine Latham and Robyne Latham)

1998. "Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award" Darwin N.T.

1997. "NAIDOC Exhibition" Installation Grand Central Gallery Melbourne Victoria

1996. "We In We Homeborn" Access Gallery, National gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Victoria.

1996. "Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Award" Darwin N.T.

1996. "White-Out" Yume -Ya Gallery. Melbourne. (Christine Latham and Robyne Latham)


2017. Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Set Designer. One more River to Cross. (in process)

2007. La Mama. Design and Construction. “La Mama Poetica”. Melbourne International Arts Festival.

2006 Black Box Design and Construction.  “Tribal Expressions”.  Commonwealth Games.      

2002 “Blak Inside Season” Co-Set Designer. Playbox Theatre Company. Melbourne. Vic.

2001 “Magpie.” Set Designer. Melbourne Workers Theatre. Melbourne, Vic.

2001 “No Parking.”  Set Designer. Bless your Big Blak Arts Festival. Melbourne. Vic.

1997 Community Theatre work. Yirra Yaakin Children's Theatre Play. Perth. W.A.

1996 "Stolen." Set Designer, Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Vic.

conference Presentations

Nonfiction NOW.  Clay Memory.  Co- presentation with Quinn Eades, Francesca Rendle-Short and Jamie James. Reykjavik, Iceland 2017.

Engaging with Indigenous Culture in your Classroom. Workshop. Heide. Melbourne 2017.

InASA Conference. Reimagining Australia.  Notre Dame University.  Clay Memory.  Co- presentation with Quinn Eades, Francesca Rendle-Short and Jamie James.  Fremantle. WA.  2016.

Nurturing Creative Spirits Conference. Workshop. Melbourne 2016

Academic Positions

(in brief)

2008- ongoing.  Bouverie Centre.  La Trobe University. Indigenous Strategic Development Officer.     Formerly undertaking Participatory Action Research into Family Therapy training for Indigenous Health Workers in Victoria.

2006-2008 Australian Research Centre, in Sex Health and Society. La Trobe University.  Researcher.  Identifying barriers to taking up anti-viral treatment for hepatitis C, for Indigenous people in Victoria.

2001-2005:  Lecturing Institute of Koorie Education. (I.K.E.) Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus. B.A. Visual Communication. 

2000-02 Sessional Lecturing. La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus. Health Sciences. Psychology.