Sharon Billinge is an award winning Sydney based artist with a multi-disciplinary practice concerned with people and relationships. Since 2017 she has been investigating the use of public space as a site for creating positive social change; coordinating projects that use mural painting as a way to build community. Each work is site specific and is made in collaboration with the people surrounding the mural site. Some show the history of a site or convey stories and relationships, others address particular issues she believes in. These projects involve extended periods of research as well as building relationships with various groups. Sometimes community volunteers also help her paint the walls.
She holds a Masters of Research from the Victorian College for the Arts and Music and lectured there from 2010 -2018. During this time she received an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and was awarded the KPMG tutorship award. Her work has been widely exhibited in institutions in Australia and overseas including solo shows at The Centre for Contemporary Photography and WestSpace Gallery, Melbourne. She has painted many large-scale public artworks and numerous private commissions around Australia. In 2017 her mural ‘Shelter’ was awarded first prize in the Wall2Wall competition and in 2019 she was commissioned to create work for the Inner West Edge Newtown and Edge Ashfield festivals creative program. Since then she has been awarded numerous grants to develop large community focused projects including an Inner West Arts and Culture grant and a City of Sydney Creative Fellowship. Inner West Council have also commissioned her to present a mini mural festival in Cohen park and an artwork for the Newtown Artseat.
In the past twelve months she has been an Artist in residence at redleaf gallery in woollahra, completed a major $50,000 mural commission for the city of Ipswich. designed a shirt for the Rabbitohs, Painted a private commission for ATYP at Barangaroo, Delivered two mural projects to Woollahra Council. delivered a project as part of Penrith Councils Magnetic Places program, painted an Inner west Perfect Match Mural in newtown and is currently finishing off a major community out reach project with City of Sydney in Erskineville.