gallery/spiral 2015 2


Although fascinated by the rigid strength that different metals offer, Brigit uses a variety of mixed media in the creation of her mostly 3-D works. Her European heritage and rural upbringing shine through her works in different ways. Traditional techniques and processes like weaving, forging and crocheting,, are appropriated and re-imagined in the pursuit of creating larger than life experiences for the audience. You are invited to walk amongst forged copper plants or explore giant woven seed-pots. Intricately woven copper leaves are protected by glass cylinder, reminding us of exotic plants that require protecting. 

Largely influenced and inspired by natural forms, her works attempt to reintroduce a connection and familiarity with the natural world. Materiality, namely the use of recycled materials that support the creation of the unpredictable and irregular are important aspects in her works.  

Brigit has shown her work in solo exhibitions at Icon Museum of Art, McClealland Sculpture Park and Montsalvat amongst others. She was shortlisted for The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, The McClelland Survey and Award, The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award and aRtECYCLE Incinerator Art Award just to name a few. Brigit has created public art commissions for the city of Port Philip, the city of Ballarat and Bendigo, Windham Vale and Park and Wildlife in Tasmania. Public Talks and workshops are a regular feature in Brigit’s busy schedule. 



Art related education

Masters of Visual Arts, Monash University, Melbourne 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Art, Melbourne

Certificate of Art and Design, Auckland Institute of Technology


Solo shows

September 2018           ‘Solitude, visitors and the village’ Montsalvat Eltham

August 2016                 ‘Between the Light and Darkness’ Stockroom Kyneton

March 2016                  ‘Water and Sky” Manyung Gallery, Malvern

September 2015           “Brigit Heller” Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza

October 2012               “I don’t want to drown” Mars Gallery Melbourne                                   

November 2005            “The Other Side” Icon Museum of Art, Deakin University

March 2005                  “Island”, McClelland Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

Aril 2001                       “His and Hers”, The Band Hall Gallery, Kyneton

February 2000              “The Graft” an installation on Herring Island, Melbourne

January 2000                “Precieux”, the Bank Hall Gallery, Kyneton


Selected Group Shows

March 2022                  'Artisans in the Garden' Sydney Botanic Gardens

Januar 2022                  'Art in the Vines' - Hanging Rock Winery

July 2021                      'Radius Art Hepburn Springs                                                       

March 2021                  ‘Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition’ Yinnar

July 2020                      ‘Equilibrium’ West Side Art Space, Melbourne

November 2019            ‘Big Sculpture Veg Out, St Kilda

April 2019                     ‘Post’ Baynton Hall

March 2019                  ‘Nowhaus’ LCI Melbourne

February 2019              ‘Montalto Sculpture Competition           

November 2018            ‘Art in the Vines’ Hanging Rock Winery

March 2018                  ‘Landfall’ Lorne Sculpture Biennale

March 2017                  ‘Beached Verandah Project’, Port Fairy

October 2016               ‘Montsalvat Arts Festival’ Eltham

September 2015           ‘Montsalvat” Arts Festival’, Elthham VIC

April 2015                     ‘From Nature’, Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne

October 2014               Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Melbourne

March 2014                  Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne

February  03/2013        Montalto Sculpture Prize, Red Hill VIC

November 2012            Backyard Exhibition, Art Gallery of Ballarat

October 2011/09          Lorne Sculpture Biennale

2011/08/06/05/04        Toorak Village Sculpture Festival, Melbourne

2011/10                       aRtECYCLE Incinerator Arts Complex, Monee Ponds

October 2010               Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

February 2010              Williamstown Arts Festival, Williamstown

February 2007              The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award Werribee Park

October 2003               McClelland Survey&Award, Langwarren VIC

March 2003                  “Site Unseen”, Bendigo Art Gallery

2002/01/00                  Fundere Sculpture Prize Yarra Sculptre Space Melbourne

March 2002                  The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park

March 2001      Sculpture at Seawinds, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula

October 2000   National Sculpture Exhibition, Gasworks Park Melbourne



February 2019 Regional Arts Community Grant

March 2017      Regional Arts Victoria Quick Response Grant



Nov 2016          Toolangi Sculpture Trail, Toolangi



2018                 Art in the Vines – Popular Choice Award

2016                 Nillumbik Art Award, Highly commended and

                          Packing room award        

2013                 Second Prize, Toorak Villlage Sculpture Award

2011                 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, MARS Gallery Prize

2011                 Moonee Valley aRtECYCLE Award

2009                 Regional Artist Award Lorne Sculpture Exhibition

2006                 Winner of the Toorak Place Award

2003                 Toorak village Sculpture Festival, Highly

                          Highly Commended

2002                 Winner of the world sculpture news prize

2001                 The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, 

                          Highly Commended and Public Choice

2000                 Certificate of Merit, Inaugural Cleveland 

                          Highly Commended

2000                 Central Goldfields Sculpture Awards 2000, Highly 


1998                 National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award

1998                 Andor Mesaros Sculpture Prize, Highly 




2019                 City of Port Philip 

2018                 Mike and Maria Smith, Bellarine VIC

2018                 John Henderson, Lorne

2015                 Marchese Family, Camberfield VIC

2013                 “Sister City Concept”, New Library Project,


2012                 “Outrospective” City of Ballarat

2010                 Twigs on Main,Romsey

2008                 “Habitad” Spaces Design Group, Armadale

2005                 “Poles Apart” Deakin University, Burwood Hwy

2004                 “The Guardian” Wyndham City Council

2003                 “Sculpture by the Creek” Vic Health and 

                          Mt. Alexander Shire

2001                 “..and kingdom come” Parks and Wildlife, 


2000                 FHA Image Design, Melbourne

2000                 “Wattle Gully reborn” Parks Victoria, Castlemain

1999                 “a plain tree” G.&C. Carpenter, Richmond


Public Presentations/Workshops

2019                 ‘Weaving on the Veranda’

2019                 Environmental engagement – AABAT – Art in the Bush

2018                 CRAFT Victoria – selling yourself

2018                 AABAT – Art in the bush, adventure therapy

2016                 Montalsvat Arts Festival, Giant Weaving

2016                 ‘Phoenix arts project’ Fire recovery program, 


2015                 Montsalvat, Arts Festival, on creativity

2015                  Megafauna-Festival, Lancefield

2015                  Beeac – Window Space

2004                 AG Ideas, Design conference Melbourne 

                         'Ideas on Design'