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© Alisa Tanaka-King 2020

Alisa Tanaka-King is a Melbourne based artist, who's practice focuses on sustainability and the handmade. Her work is often non-traditional in form, combining installation and the drawn line with live performance.

Alisa is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (printmaking) and Graduate Diploma of Performance Creation (animateuring).  

Alisa's arts practice is an experimental exploration combining visual art, performance, storytelling and food, and is underpinned by a strong foundation in traditional techniques and skills. 

Over the past 3 years, the most influential experiences have been a series of residencies and research trips that have cemented her interest in a socially engaged practice, using art to better understand, communicate and document global issues. 


This has resulted in an exploration into artistic documentation and archiving practices, taking the core principles of illustration, and adapting and reimagining them in a contemporary and conceptual manner. 


Her multidisciplinary practice continues to illustrate, document and instigate conversation around pressing global issues including climate change, globalisation, and human rights. 

Aside from her solo practice, Alisa coordinates the Community Arts Program at Ballarat Community Health in Victoria. Here Alisa runs art and drama workshops, education programs, and creative support groups.

Alisa also works as a freelance illustrator for commercial projects. You can find her work on brochures, greeting cards, fabric prints, children's books and in office spaces. 

Recent Credits Include:

Quasi-Nature, Archive Collective (Montreal) September 2019

The Wild Within, Guest Project at Sunbury House, London - July 2018

International Emerging Artists Awards Show, TAG BXL Gallery, Brussels - May 2016

Journey Through Landscapes, Hawthorn Studio & Gallery, Melbourne -  August 2015

International Art Olympia Finalists Exhibition,  Tokyo - June 2015

Forest [Journey] Arteles Live Review, Haukijarvi - October 2014 

The Democratic Set: Lucas, Back to Back Theatre & Lucas Arts Space, Ballarat -  July 2014 

Deluge Divine, Hawthorn Studio & Gallery, Melbourne -  October 2013 

Set Sail, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne - November 2012 

The Story Project, Studio 246, Melbourne - September 2012 

The Uncommon Alphabet, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne - September 2011

Common Ground, Hawthorn Studio & Gallery, Melbourne - September 2011.

Curriculum Vitae



University of Melbourne Victorian College of the Arts

Postgraduate Diploma of Performance Creation (Animateuring) 2012


University of Melbourne Victorian College of the Arts

Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking) 2009



La Wayaka Current residency, Arctic and Desert 2017

International Emerging Artists Award, Gallery Show winner 2016

AARK Residency Finland July 2016

Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant 2015/16

International Art Olympia 2015, First Round Winner

Arteles Freedom to Create Residency 2014

Awagami Paper making International Artists Program 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival Outside Eye Program 2011

University of Melbourne National Scholarship 2007-2009


Past Exhibitions

The Wild Within, La Wayaka Current 2018

International Emerging Artists Award Exhibition, TAG BXL Gallery (Brussels) May 2016

Birds with Hats, Animals in Suits The French Institute Gallery (Fukuoka) 2016

Summer Exhibition Hawthorn Gallery and Studio 2015/16

A Journey Through Landscapes Hawthorn Gallery and Studio 2015

Art Olympia 2015 finalists exhibition Living National Treasure Museum (Tokyo) 2015

Deluge Divine Hawthorn Gallery and Studio 2013

Common Ground Hawthorn Gallery and Studio 2011

Stranger Places Brunswick Street Galleries 2011

Works on Paper Hawthorn Gallery and Studio 2010

VCA Graduate Exhibition Victorian College of the Arts 2009


Past Productions

The Wild Within, La Wayaka Current 2018

The Common Kitchen, King St Studio and Gallery 2018

24hr Ballarat Experience, Ballarat Ballarat Community Health 2015

Exquisite Lands at The Metanoia Live Works Season The Mechanics Institute 2015

Arteles Live Review: October  Arteles Creative Centre 2014

Democratic Set: Lucas Ballarat Community Health 2014

Set Sail VCA Postgraduate Animateuring Showing 2012



Community Arts Coordinator -Ballarat Community Health  2013-current

Key artist & designer - MILKWEED 2014-current

Nillumbik Artists Open Studios Coordinator 2013 - 2015