Polly Borland

Born 1959, Melbourne
Lives and works in Los Angeles


1983 Dip. Photography, Prahran College, Melbourne


2019 Polly Borland, Mier Gallery, Photo LA
2018 Polly Borland: POLYVERSE, National Gallery of Victoria
2017 MONSTER, Murray White Room, Melbourne
The Babies and Tapestries, Mier Gallery, Los Angeles
2016 Not Good at Human, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney
2014 YOU, Murray White Room, Melbourne
WONKY, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2013 PUPA, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
YOU, PK Shop, New York
2012 PUPA, Murray White Room, Melbourne
Everything I want to be when I grow up, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
2011 SMUDGE, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York Smudge, Other Criteria, London Smudge, Gloria Actar Birkhauser, Madrid
2010 SMUDGE, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2008 BUNNY, Murray White Room, Melbourne Bunny, Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London
2002 THE BABIES, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Polly Borland: Australians, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Polly Borland: Australians, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2000 Polly Borland: Australians, National Portrait Gallery, London
1999 THE BABIES, 1999 Meltdown Festival curated by Nick Cave, Southbank, London
1984 Polly Borland, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Sheer Fantasy Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney


2019 Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia, MOPA, San Diego
2018 GROUP06, Murray White Room, Melbourne
Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
Spring 1883 The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
Sheer Fantasy, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2017 Homeward Bound, Bedroom, Bathroom, Beyond, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
Spring 1883, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney
Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne
Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Art Gallery
Skin Thing, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne
GROUP05, Murray White Room, Melbourne
Group Show Winter 2017, Murray White Room, Melbourne
Sullivan + Strumpf, Art Basel Hong Kong 2017
2016 Spring 1883 The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2015 Borland + Borland Canberra Glassworks, Australian Capital Territory
Spring 1883 The Establishment Hotel, Sydney
Murray White Room, Art Basel Hong Kong 2015
2014 Spring 1883 The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
Dong Gang International Photo Festival, Korea
Murray White Room, Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
2013 We used to talk about love, Balnaves contemporary: photomedia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2012 Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart Royal Melbourne, City Gallery, Melbourne
2011 GROUP04, Murray White Room, Melbourne The University of Queensland National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane Monanism, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, opening exhibition
2010 Shoebox Art – Exhibition and Auction, The Haunch of Venison, London PREVIEW 10, Murray White Room, Melbourne 2009 Wild Things, Stricola Contemporary, New York William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2008 GROUP 01, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2007 Nick Cave: The Exhibition, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
2004 2nd Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
2003 Play, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Golden Jubilee Portraits, National Portrait Gallery and Windsor Castle, London
Contemporary Australian Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Ten Year Anniversary John Kobal Photographic Award Show, National Portrait Gallery, London
Nick Cave: The good son, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
About Face: an exhibition of contemporary Australian photo-media, Australian Centre for
Photography, Sydney
Psycho: Art and Anatomy, Anne Faggionato Gallery, London
Play, Plimsoll Art Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
2001 Young British Artists, National Portrait Gallery, London
1999 Glossy: Faces Magazines Now, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Murderme Ltd., London
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Portrait Gallery, London
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Monash University Museum of Art collection, Melbourne
Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane
City of Melbourne, Melbourne
City of Port Philip, Melbourne
Bendigo Art Gallery
Lyon Housemuseum, Melbourne
Hayman Collection, Melbourne
Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane
RMIT University, Melbourne


2001 Photographed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee
1994 John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 1994




Bound, gagged and told to shut up… conversations with Polly Borland, Interview with Andy Rjis, Art World Women 2017 artworldwomen.com
Ashley Crawford, Polly Borland treads further into darkness, turning celebrities into monsters, The Age, 14 November 2017
Sammy Preston, I Got High From it, Museum Magazine, Issue 6, 2017
Christina Catherine Martinez, Polly Borland: Babies are Us Artslant 2017
Catherine Womack Polly Borland’s Photographs Reveal the Weird and Wonderful World of Adult Babies, LA Weekly, 2017
Cait Munro Must See: Polly Borland’s Surreal Photo Series ‘The Babies’ Bullett, 2017
Polly Borland YOU, Perimeter Editions, Melbourne, 2013
Polly Borland SMUDGE, Actar, Madrid, 2010
Polly Borland BUNNY, Other Criteria, London, 2008
Jane O’Sullivan, Curator’s Take, Australian Art Collector, Issue 62, 2012
Tracey Clement, The twisted portraiture of Polly Borland, Art Guide Australia, September/October 2012
Dan Rule, Traveller in a strange land, The Saturday Age, Art & Design, August 18, 2012
Robert Nelson, Review in Visual Arts, The Age, September 12, 2012
Everything I want to be when I grow up, Catalogue, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane,
Face Off, Annemarie Kiely, Vogue Living Australia, January/February 2011
ABCTV Art Nation, Sunday 5 September 2010, www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3002024.htm
Oyster Magazine online, September 2010, oystermag.com/polly-borland
Dan Rule, Around the Galleries, The Age, Saturday 21 August 2010
Dan Rule, Melbourne Broadsheet, 27 August 2010. www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/arts-andentertainment/
Polly Borland BUNNY, Other Criteria, London, 2008
How We Met: Gwendolynne Christie and Polly Borland, The Independent, Sunday Review, UK,
29 June 2008
Sheer Polly: Will Self salutes Polly Borland, The Independent, UK, 24 July 2008
Polly Borland’s Best Shot, by Leo Benedictus, The Guardian, UK, 15 May 2008
Turning Playboy image on its head, Richard Willingham, The Age, 26 November 2008
ABC TV, Sunday Arts, screened 27 July 2008
Private Worlds, BUNNY review by Ashley Crawford, The Weekend Australian, August 2 – 3, 2008
Points of View: Polly Borland BUNNY, Photofile #84, Summer 2008
Getting to the heart of the matter: Polly Borland by Ruth Learner, Poster Magazine, Issue 18,
Natalie King, Art round up: Melbourne, Art Monthly Australia, No. 157, March 2003
Polly Borland: Portfolio, Photofile #65, May 2002
Polly Borland The Babies, essay by Susan Sontag, PowerHouse Books, New York, 2001
Polly Borland Australians, National Portrait Gallery London and National Portrait Gallery Canberra, 2000