Abdul Abdullah was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. He graduated in 2008 from Curtin University, majoring in
painting. In 2009 Abdul received the Highly Commended in the NYSPP at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and was
named a Perth Rising Star by Insite Magazine. In 2010 Abdul was included in the inaugural Triple J list of 25 Under 25 +
Smashin’ It. In 2011 Abdul was a finalist in the Archibald prize with a portrait of Waleed Aly.
Up until 2010 Abdul was primarily a painter who specialised in portraiture, but recently he has expanded his practice into an
increasingly interdisciplinary approach. The first examples of these developments in Abdul’s practice will be exhibited in a show titled Them and Us, at Kings ARI in Melbourne in June 2011. Them and Us is supported by The City of Melbourne’s young artist grant and explores the often-bizarre and private journeys young Muslim Australians take, on their paths to adulthood.
Nathan Beard is an interdisciplinary artist born and based in Perth, Western Australia. Graduating with first class honours in 2010 from Curtin University, notable group exhibitions include the Hatched national graduate exhibition at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in 2008. Beard is currently studying a Masters of Arts (Art) at Curtin University, where he also works as a research assistant. He supplements his arts practice with freelance arts writing, published most recently in Un Magazine. Beard’s current practice interrogates his cross-cultural Asian-Australian upbringing through drawing, video and installation.
Born in Subiaco in 1987, Casey Ayres lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. In 2007 Ayres graduated from Curtin
University with a Bachelor of Arts (Art) and completed honours with first class in 2010. Ayres has participated in various local
group exhibitions. His interdisciplinary practice includes photography, text, sculpture and video work, and traverses notions of mortality, resurrection, masculinity and race within different sub cultures.