Janet Burchill was born in Melbourne in 1955. She studied visual arts at Sydney College of Arts, completing a Bachelor of Arts in 1983. Since 1985 Burchill and McCamley have collaborated frequently and have had numerous individual and collaborative solo exhibitions both in Australia and overseas. Their works have been included in major survey exhibitions including Australian Perspecta, Sydney, 1989; Virtual Reality, National Gallery of Australia, 1994; and Poolshoogte: Contemporary photography from Holland, Belgium and Germany, Nederlands Foto Institute, Rotterdam, 1996. A major survey of their collaborative works, Tip of the Iceberg: Selected works 1985-2001, was held in 2001 at the University Art Museum, University of Queensland, and at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. Burchill and McCamley have both been awarded overseas residencies: these include the Australia Council Studio, Paris, and the KÜnstlerhaus Bethanien Studio, Berlin, to Burchill; and the University of Sydney Power Studio, Paris, and the Australia Council Studio, Tokyo, to McCamley. In 1995 they were jointly awarded the Berlin Senate Art Scholarship and from 1992 until 1996 lived in Berlin. Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley currently live and work in Melbourne.
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