Mr Nicholas Tsoutas

BA(Hons) (Flinders) MA (UNSW)
Zelda Stedman Lecturer in Visual Arts

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1110
Fax +61 2 9351 1144

Biographical details

As a director of four major art centres in Australia; Artspace, The Institute of Modern Art, The Performance Space and The Casula Powerhouse, as well as being an independent curator and writer, Tsoutas's main areas of interest and expertise are in the areas of conceptual and installation art, performance art, contemporary postmodern theory and criticism, with a particular emphasis on post-colonial critique in relation to globalisation, mobility, cultural exchange, hybridity and cultural diversity. His practice has been informed through the intertextual processes of interdisciplinary border crossing and intervention. His professional commitments have been defined through his privileging of and emphasis on the creative capacities of artists and an innovative approach to shaping the critical transaction of their ideas.

His national and international professional commitments, which include lecturing, conference projects, board and network representations and editing and publishing critical texts, have been defined through his privileging of and emphasis on the creative capacities of artists, the intrinsic valuing of the studio process and an innovative approach to shaping the critical transaction of their ideas. As a curator he has a commitment to working with artists closely in the development of their work and their projects, through to the installation of their exhibitions.

Tsoutas has consistently delivered professional practice lectures to graduating students to facilitate pathways into the industry and assist their practice and career development. The gallery space becomes a mechanism and tool for the delivery of curriculum and professional development opportunities.

Research interests

Tsoutas's professional experience as curator and executive director in the major contemporary art spaces in Australia has constantly been defined through the exploration and articulation of cross art forms, culturally diverse communities, and in interdisciplinary contexts.

For him, contemporary visual practice is about creating a space for dialogue and knowledge that has the capacity to challenge our understandings of the world we live in and the diversity of cultures that construct it. He has long been engaged with the debates on cultural diversity and has participated in policy development as well as contributed to the processes of how we curate difference. Contemporary art creates a propositional space, an open and public space where communities can come together in a productive and transparent environment to discuss the positions and cultural models constructed by artists and cultural thinkers in a way that transforms our understandings of each other, of the space that we share, inhabit and co-exist in, and of a commitment to the inclusivity of a range of voices, positions and cultures.

Awards and honours

Res Artis, Executive board member, 2010
Kultour National Multicultural Touring Agency, Chair, 2008
CAOs, Chair and treasurer, 2003
Australia Council Multicultural Arts Commitee, Board member, 2001
MA Research Committee, COFA, UNSW, Chair, 1998

Selected grants

2013

  • Contemporary International Aesthetics; Elias A, Colless E, Gibson R, Hauser K, Mellor D, Millner J, Tsoutas N, Tyler L, Behrens R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2012

  • Present the exhibition Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics, and animals; curated by Nicholas Tsoutas and Assoc Professor Ann Elias.; Elias A, Tsoutas N; Australian Council for the Arts/Presentation and Promotion.

Selected publications & creative works

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Edited Books

  • French, B., Geczy, A., Tsoutas, N. (2004). Criticism + Engagement + Thought: 2004 Biennale of Sydney. Sydney: Artspace.

Original Creative Work

  • Tsoutas, N. (2010). don't complain: 11th international istanbul biennial. Broadsheet, (pp. 63 - 65). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).
  • Tsoutas, N. (2010). Open doors? Broadsheet, (pp. 242 - 243). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Elias, A., Tsoutas, N. (2013). Camouflage Cultures: Surveillance, Communities, Aesthetics and Animals. Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2011). Mute. Artbridge Gallery at 798, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Artbridge.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2011). Precious. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).
  • Tsoutas, N. (2010). Matthys Gerber. Sydney, Australia: Fairfield City Museum.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2009). 33 South. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2009). A Sense of Place. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Australian. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Belonging. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Borderlands - Phillip George. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Invisible Map. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2007). A show about Joe. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2006). Babylon - Birdsongs For Peace. Sydney, Australia: Liverpool Regional Museum.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2006). Folding History. Sydney, Australia: Liverpool Regional Museum.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2005). Chutney Generations. Sydney, Australia: Liverpool Regional Museum.

2013

  • Elias, A., Tsoutas, N. (2013). Camouflage Cultures: Surveillance, Communities, Aesthetics and Animals. Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.

2011

  • Tsoutas, N. (2011). Mute. Artbridge Gallery at 798, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province): Artbridge.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2011). Precious. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).

2010

  • Tsoutas, N. (2010). don't complain: 11th international istanbul biennial. Broadsheet, (pp. 63 - 65). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).
  • Tsoutas, N. (2010). Matthys Gerber. Sydney, Australia: Fairfield City Museum.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2010). Open doors? Broadsheet, (pp. 242 - 243). Adelaide, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).

2009

  • Tsoutas, N. (2009). 33 South. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2009). A Sense of Place. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.

2008

  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Australian. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Belonging. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Borderlands - Phillip George. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2008). Invisible Map. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.

2007

  • Tsoutas, N. (2007). A show about Joe. Sydney, Australia: Casula Powerhouse.

2006

  • Tsoutas, N. (2006). Babylon - Birdsongs For Peace. Sydney, Australia: Liverpool Regional Museum.
  • Tsoutas, N. (2006). Folding History. Sydney, Australia: Liverpool Regional Museum.

2005

  • Tsoutas, N. (2005). Chutney Generations. Sydney, Australia: Liverpool Regional Museum.

2004

  • French, B., Geczy, A., Tsoutas, N. (2004). Criticism + Engagement + Thought: 2004 Biennale of Sydney. Sydney: Artspace.

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