Sharon Aldrick


B.F.A (Hons); UoN, DIP Photography, DIP Film & Television, Cert FA, Cert IV TAE, DIP community services coordination

Sharon Aldrick has been a professional photographer, creative producer and arts worker for 28 years and held over sixty exhibitions in Australia's leading galleries. Sharon Aldrick has worked in some of Australia's most remote Indigenous communities in The Northern Territory and the Kimberley's WA, she has worked in out back Australia with marginalised communities on personal work, commissions and Artist in Residencies

Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts – Newcastle University, NSW, Australia – Photo Media Major. Sharon has exhibited in The Art gallery of NSW, Sydney, National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra, a touring exhibition for two years through regional NSW and Her work has been a finalist in the prestigious Photography awards – Head On portrait Prize, Australian Centre of Photography Paddington fours years running. Finalist Josephine Urlick, National portrait prize, and Olive Cotton portraiture awards Tweed River Art Gallery four years running, Finalist Citigroup private National Portrait Prize, Art gallery of NSW, Winner – Watt space, The Animal within, Newcastle Art Gallery, Winner & highly commended Gosford regional Gallery, Art prize and Winner Naidoc Indigenous art prize. She was selected for UK's Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2012 book out of a worldwide selection for the best contemporary artists that produce work around the theme Identity.

Sharon Aldrick is passionate about documenting the human condition and peoples' cultural environments, connecting to community, developing opportunities for innovative contemporary art practice. She was an artist in resident for an exhibition called "OUR COMMUNITY" A great place to be, The National Museum of Australia, First Australians, Canberra in partnership with Francis Peters Little a research professor at The National University, Canberra, Indigenous studies. A two-day seminar, 'Through The Lens' & resources developed for Schools to document their own "Our Community" was also launched. Sharon spent three years working in small outback communities throughout western NSW including Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Goodooga, Coonamble and Lightning Ridge while photographing for the exhibition.

Sharon grew up on the Central Coast and has worked in the arts community in many roles for 28 years starting out as a photojournalist for The Australian Newspaper and now teaching and coordinating. Her commissions and residencies have given her opportunities to work with some amazing people and communities. Sharon worked as the Art Planer Coordinator for a major redevelopment of Gosford & Wyong Hospitals in 2006-2010 implementing an innovative vision of Arts & Health. Sharon was an Artist in Residence for "Faces of Gosford" – Gosford CBD, Commission, Gosford Regional Art Gallery 2009. A community art project to build an identity for Gosford and to break stereotypes around Gosford CBD, her series "Silent Tales" (produced) was exhibited at Global Gallery Paddington Sydney as part of the prestigeous Head On photo festival in 2011.

Sharon has worked as the Youth Arts Coordinator, Regional Youth Support Services, Gosford since 2011 and was the creative producer of "ImpressAbility" a major exhibition with twelve artists with a disability and three artists in residence, Sharon produced this project, which had an international profile. Sharon continues to produce exhibitions solo, group & collaborations, mostly projects about 'Identity' and the 'Visual language' working together with communities to produce contemporary exhibitions.

Artist Statement

"The exploration of personal identity, who we are and why we live a particular way has fascinated me all my life"

I concentrate on the human condition and peoples' cultural environments, the social contrast and story behind everyday life in Australia, mainly marginalised remote communities that live on the edge of society, struggling with existence yet proud and stoic within who they are.

This work plays with fiction and non-fiction questioning the photographic image as a portrayal of reality in which I present a dream like puzzle.

Seeking out the layers of the subconscious thought, a lone society is conveyed by the still serene images. The figures are placed in a well-orchestrated scene where something is about to happen, or has happened and the fractured unease of the future is thrown out of balance.

My work explores the inexplicable process of life and the interior world in which we live. Metaphorically exploring the interior and exterior of life in extreme environments and dissecting the term Identity.
Sharon Aldrick

Sharon Aldrick
Copacabana, NSW, Australia
0410 611 906

Videos and Links

NAISDA Dance College with the ImpressAbility artists, producing a mark making video: View on YouTube


Youth Arts Warehouse


Biographical details

Exhibitions, Commissions and Community art projects



BA in Fine Arts – Newcastle University
Film and Television, North Sydney Institute of Technology
Photography, Sydney Institute of Technology
Fine Arts, Hornsby College of Arts

Professional work

Photography Teacher, Regional Youth Support Services
Head Photographer, Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service Corporate communications Department
Photographer, 'Central Coast Health'
Features Photographer, 'The Australian Newspaper'
Photo Journalist, 'The Sun Newspaper'


Finalist – Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery
Winner – Newcastle University Art Gallery
Finalist – Olive Cotton portraiture awards, Tweed River art gallery
Winner Gosford regional Gallery, Art prize
Winner Gosford regional Art Gallery – Indigenous collaboration work
Finalist Headon portrait prize, Michael Nagy Fine Art, Woolloomooloo
Finalist Citigroup private National Portrait Prize, Art gallery of NSW 'Proud Grandfather'
Finalist Josephine Urlick, National portrait prize, Tweed River Art Gallery
'Carlotta's Allegory to Love'

Exhibitions & Commissions

'Faces of Gosford' Gosford Regional Gallery
'Faces of Gosford' Artist in Residence, Gosford CBD
'Animal within' exhibition, Watt Space Newcastle
'Tide People' The People of Mooney Mooney, A social documentary book
'Photo Voices' Commission, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Exhibition and community art project.
Documenting the Gay and Lesbian community of the Hunter Valley and Newcastle
Families – A major exhibition, Gosford regional art gallery
'My Turn' – Commission benevolent society, document men's stories
'Postcards from a Young Parent' – Commission community art project RYSS
'Our Community' – Travelling Exhibition through Australia's regional gallery's, by the National Museum of Australia,
(Commission and Permanent collection NMA)
Social Documentary photographs of Australia's remote outback communities.
'Our Community' National Museum of Australia, Canberra
'Walgett Community' – Solo Exhibition Cowra Regional Art Gallery
'Walgett' – Solo Exhibition, Erina Art Gallery
'Through their Lens' – Gosford regional Art Gallery
'Culture Works' – Migrants on the Land, A Premiers department initiative, Travelling exhibition and documentary on immigrants and refugees in Young rural NSW place Permanent exhibition, Lambing Flats Museum Young
(Commission, Department Immigration and Migration)
'Migrants in the workplace' – Permanent exhibition, Liverpool Hospital
'Flesh' – Curator and exhibitor, Group Exhibition
'Winter Magic 2' – Solo Exhibition on Festival
'Winter Magic' – Solo Exhibition on Festival
Calendar for the 'International Year of Older Persons'
(Commission, Department Veterans Affairs)
'Open to all ages' postcards, posters and exhibition
(Commission, Department of Ageing and Disabilities) A NSW State government initiative
'Timeless' – Travelling Solo Exhibition for 'International year of Older Persons'
'Women of the landscape' – Solo Exhibition
'Feme' – Solo Exhibition

Community Art Projects

Balgo – Community art project in Balgo Aboriginal community Remote Northern territory
Lived in Walgett Far out West NSW Photographically documented the life of a small out back community including the farming and indigenous communities of Ligtning Ridge, Brewarrina, Walgett, Coonamble, Bourke. Community art work with indigenous community, Brewarrina, Goodooga.