Basil Eliades

M.V.A., B.F.A. (VCA), Dip.Ed., Post Grad.Dip.Curatorship (Melb), A.A.G.S., M.A.G.T.S.

Key Achievements Summary:

  • Development and implementation of Visual Art and Text-based courses 2000 – 2014
  • Hand built our house (with Jane…) 2012 – 2013
  • Created The Men’s Deck, 2011
  • Dan (Black Belt) in Tang Soo Tao, 2010
  • Co-ordinated and edited Show, Don’t Tell, 2007
  • Feature artist & author in Etchings 2 (Ilura Press, 2007)
  • 3rd i., text&audio CD., IP.2006
  • 3rd, IP. 2006
  • Opening of Candlebark, 2006
  • Set-up of Candlebark, 2005 (John Marsden, principal)
  • Snakes and Ladders Project, 2005
  • Master of Arts, 2003
  • Runner up, World’s richest painting prize Doug Moran, 2002
  • Exemplary Teacher Status awarded by Wesley College, 2002
  • Set-up of Wesley College Clunes, 2000 (with Mary Mason and team)

Career Summary:

  • 30 years professional writing, painting, drawing
  • 30 years of formal teaching, curriculum design, development, and implementation
  • 25 years counselling adolescents in education environments
  • 30 years research

Professional Experience:

1987 – Current:

Professional Artist, Writer, Educator

My work explores energy and constructs and is primarily expressionist.

2011 – 2014:

Lecturer in Fine Art (Education)

University of Ballarat Dip Ed programme.

2006 – 2014:

Teacher – Candlebark!

Primarily responsible for Art, used as a means of teaching experiential philosophies of learning and creative flow. Also primarily responsible for chess, taught to the whole school from Prep to Yr 10 – school highly successful at inter-school competitions, represented at State Finals every year since 2008.


Created and published The Men’s Deck

A tool for men (and women) to use to facilitate access to their physical, mental, emotional, and energetic bodies. Used by counsellors, men’s (and women’s!) groups, families, partners, parents and children in the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia

2010 July – August:

Took a group of teenagers to Mongolia.


Artist-in-Residence, Myrniong Primary School, Vic. (Arts Vic grant)

Cement mythical creature made with Gr 6. (see side image)


Artist-in-Residence, St Peter’s Primary School, Dimboola

Dr Suess’ Cat in the Hat with huge marionettes and luminous paint!


Feature artist & poet for March edition of Etchings 2, lit.arts journal (Ilura Press)


Artist, Writer, and Director -in-Residence, Castlemaine Secondary College

This project involved the creation and publication of  ‘Show, don’t Tell’, an illustrated anthology of teenage writings CSC, Aus Govt Grant

Publication of ‘3rd i.’, audio & text CD (Interactive Press)

‘Basil Eliades writes huge thoughts contained in delicious language… This guy is offering us everything. This is heroic poetry.’ John Marsden.

‘High energy poetry and torrential writing, The Age


Facilitator of week-long workshop for professional artists’ development (Regional Arts Vic grant)


Produced and directed prize-winning animated short ‘EntropyEvolution’, with Oliver Patsch.


Core contributor to the opening of Candlebark ‘One of the most anticipated openings of a new school… in 30 years’, The Age, Feb 6, 2006.



May – Dec Coordinating Artist, RuralAccess Snakes and Ladders Project

Launched at Parliament House, Dec 7, on time and under budget. This
$50 000 Community Arts project used 350 students and adults across the Moorabool and Hepburn Shires to create two huge embroidered ‘Snakes and Ladders’ games to educate community groups about issues of inclusion and exclusion facing people with disabilities. The games challenge values systems and paradigms through a unique set of situations and questions. With Jane Knight.

Curriculum design and documentation for Candlebark

Artist-in-Residence, ‘Relativity’, Hepburn Primary School

Arts Victoria Grant, (April – May). Turning theoretical maths and physics into performance art. Big project, very classy DVD produced.

Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon, NSW (February – March)

Lectures and workshops for university and TAFE students throughout the period.

Teacher, drawing and art theory, adult education, BRACE Ballarat



Teacher – art and science, Hepburn Primary School (p/t)


2000 – 2003:

Co-ordinator of Visual Art,Wesley College Melb, Clunes Residential Campus

The campus is residential for eight -week blocks, and educates ‘the whole person in the community’. The campus is widely considered to be the “cutting edge’ of education for adolescents.
Duties included: curriculum development and implementation, staff professional development, running workshops and teaching experientially: visual and performing arts, philosophy, mediation, inter-personal skills, cooking.

Contributed to the overall development, curriculum, and ethos of the campus.

Set up a culture of Art and Literature as integral to life-long learning, including major group-devised projects and contributions of individual excellence.

Developed and implemented several four-day workshops, utilizing text and image as the key modalities to explore identity, presented to approximately 400 students over four years.

1995 – 2014:

Sessional lectures, workshops, and tutorials, presented at schools and universities throughout Melbourne and Victoria, interstate, and overseas. Local examples include:

Brisbane Writers Festival (2007)
Melbourne Writers Festival (2008)
Wesley College (all campuses)
Ballarat Grammar School
Melbourne High School
Melbourne Grammar
Loreto College Ballarat
Victorian College of the Arts
La Trobe University
Melbourne University
University of Ballarat
Deakin University
Melbourne CAE

Many talks, lectures and workshops throughout Victoria as Key Speaker for the ‘Kicking Goals’ program

Contributed energy and vitality to many learning institutions, highlighting the value of Liberal Arts.
Motivated many individuals to pursue writing, drawing, and philosophy as a means of exploring their worlds.
Stimulated on-going discussion both in and out of the institutions regarding the Arts and Philosophy.


Artist-in-Residence Hepburn Primary School (p/t)



Artist-in-Residence (Arts Society Grant) Wesley College Melbourne, Prahran Campus



Artist-in-Residence (AIS Grant), Bunninyong Primary, Ballarat



Artist-in-Residence, Maple Street Primary School, Bendigo


1996 – 97:

Manager, Kronos Electronics Laboratories


1996 – 98:

Key Speaker, Kicking Goals Program



Artist-in-Residence and teacher, Highbury Fields School, London


1991 – 92:

Co-ordinator and Art teacher, Sacred Heart Girls’ College Oakleigh



Lecturer tutor, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sydney


1988 – 89:

Editor, research co-ordinator and adviser for Margaret Carnegie, OA,’s “Pangana – Aboriginal Art” project. Lectures published 1989



Master of Arts (La Trobe University) 2003


Post Graduate Diploma of Curatorship (Melbourne University) 1992


Diploma of Education (Victoria College) 1988


Bachelor of Fine Art (Victorian College of the Arts) 1987


Associate Diploma (Australian Guild of Music and Speech) 1986



Who’s Looking at You

Cambridge Studio Gallery, (group) 2014

Paddington National Landscape Prize

(Group) Sydney, 2013

The Bank

Dance works (solo), Dec 2012 – Feb 2013

Moving Galleries

Melbourne, September 2009

Sydney Biennale

(Performance), AGNSW, Sydney, 2008

Self Portrait Prize

(Group) Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, Nov 05 – Jan 2008


(Group) Daylesford Art Works, Daylesford, February 2007

Self Portrait Prize

(Group) Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, Nov 05 – Jan 2006

The Bundanon Suite

(Solo) Convent Gallery Daylesford, July – Sept 2005

Happy Hour

(Group), Daylesford Photo Biennale, May – June, 2005


(Group), 42 Downstairs, Melbourne, 2004

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

(Group), Australia-wide, 2002 – 2003

Isolated Connections: The Landscape Politic

(Solo) Castlemaine Art Gallery, May-June 2003

Isolated Connections: The Landscape Politic

(Solo) Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, June-July 2003

Pantechnicon Landscape Prize

Pantechnicon Gallery (Group), Daylesford, 2002

Intoxicating Landscapes

(Solo) Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, March 2001

Fertile Ground

Bendigo Art Gallery (Group), September 2000

The Front

Grainery Lane, (Solo) Ballarat, July 1999

Pantechnicon Landscape Prize

Pantechnicon Gallery (Group), Daylesford, 1999

Up to our waste in it

Powerhouse (Group), Daylesford, 1999


Victorian Arts Centre (Group), July 1998

New works

34 Aberdeen Park, (Solo) London, Nov 1994

Nya Målningar

(New paintings) (Solo) Södra Latin, Stockholm, 1994


Gallery 503, (Solo) Melbourne, Nov 93 – Jan 1994


Gallery 503, (Solo) Melbourne, June 1993

Bacchus on the Beach

(Solo) Acland Gallery, Melbourne, Feb 1993

Dionysia’s Birthday

(Solo) Roar Studios, Melbourne, Feb 1992


Collins Street, Melbourne, Aug 1992

Roar 10th Anniversary

Roar Studios, (Group) Melbourne, July 1992


A.R.T. (Group) Melbourne, Dec 1992

Keith & Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship

(Group) Melb 1991

Gottenham Street

Glebe, (Solo)Sydney, Aug 1989

Children’s Hospital Benefit

BHP Building (Group) Melb 1989

V.C.A. Graduate Show

Melbourne 1987

Grant Street Theatre

(Solo) Melbourne 1986

Access Studios

(Solo) Melbourne 1985

Södra Latin Gallery

(Solo) Stockholm, Sweden 1983



2010 Arts Victoria Artists in Schools grant


2008 Winner of Westgarth Film Festival with ‘Entropy/Evolution’


2007 Aus Fed Govt Grant for Show Don’t Tell


Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant for Artists Masterclasses, Daylesford, Sept


$50 000 Department of Human Services Innovations Grant, through Hepburn Health


Service, Snakes and Ladders Project (in conjunction with Jane Knight) launched at Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne, Dec 7, 2005


Arts Victoria Grant, Artists in Schools, 2005


Swiss-Italian Festa Landscape Painting prize runner-up, 2004


Doug Moran National Painting Prize effective runner-up, 2002


Exemplary Teacher Status awarded by Wesley College, 2002


Herald-Sun Teaching Team of the Year State Finalist, Wesley College Clunes Campus, 2003


Arts Society Grant for Artist-in-Residency, Wesley College, Prahran Campus, 2001


Australia Council Grant, AIS, 2000


ABC Radio and TV Award, best production of Fringe Festival, 1992


Theodore Urbach Encouragement Award, 1986


D&E Westbrook Drawing Prize, 1987



Cordite – Experience issue, March 2008


Etchings 3 – Breath, Ilura Press, June, 2007


Etchings 2 – Feature artist / author, Ilura Press, March, 2007


Show, Don’t Tell, (ed.), CSC, Aus Govt grant through DEST, 2007


Starving Artist (anthology), Newstead Press, 2006


3rd i  or  within the contingent skin,Interactive Press, Brisbane,2006


ohne Titel (abroad), 1995


ohne Titel (divorce, death, birth, rebirth), Untitled Press, 1997


Cosy Poets, (anthology), Black Earth Studios, 1998


Hush, Men Are Speaking, (anthology), Arts Incorporated, Victorian Arts Council, 1999


A number of other ghost-written books published



RRR, Multiple playings of CD 3rd i, June 2006 – October 2007 3LO, May 9, 2003 – interview


ABC TV – Arts on Sunday, interview and story, May 2003


JJJ – live reading Jan 1999


JJJ – performance from CD, Sep 1998


ABC – live readings, National Poetry Day, Sept, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999


SBS – live radio interview and reading 14 August 1995


SBS – series of pre-taped performances


PBS – live radio interview and reading Arts About 25 May 1995


BBC – radio, UK, three separate live readings, 1994



Many recent articles, radio and TV coverage of the opening of Candlebark
Many articles on the Snakes and Ladders Project

Mythical creature stands tall in Myrniong

The Leader, 01 Jun 2010

Myrniong students sculpt creature of fantasy

The Leader, 11 May 2010

Pollies get brush-off

The Australian Financial Review, March 12, 2004

The art of art as a statement

The Courier, June 12 2003

Ned Kelly army rattles ‘dem bones

The Age, May 28 2003

Home-front issues on display

The Age, May 17 2003

Activist, Good Weekend

The Age, May 10 2003

No sketching please, we’re Italian (Security Threat)

The Age, The Culture, Sept. 25 2002

Brooding portrait wins Moran prize

The Australian Financial Review, June 6 2002

Changing face of portraiture

The Australian Financial Review, June 6 2002

Buninyong pupils look to future for literacy week

The Courier, September 6 2000

Artist fully booked up

The Courier, August 31 2000

Hands on work at Wesley

The Courier, March 2000

Poet-painter has arrived in town

(and other articles) The Advocate, 1998

Experience Ballarat’s poetry explosion

The Courier, August 13 1998

Big Ron’s about to be framed, Spy

The Age, 1997

Today’s Highlights

The Age, 27 July 1995

The Pleasure’s All Basil’s Cover story & article

The Mail 26 July 1995

Hedonistic Confessions Cover story & article

Neos Kosmos 31 July 1995

Svenska Dagbladet

Stockholm, August 1995

Christmas Buyers Guide

p. 255, Art and Australia, Vol 31, #2, 1993

Basil takes a bite, The Age EG, Feb 5 1993

article Sunday Age, Feb 21 1993

The Best Of Sunday

Sunday Age, Feb 23 1992


The Age EG, Feb 28 1992



English, Swedish, French, some Greek, Italian, Chinese, and ‘can I borrow your pen?’ in Mongolian…



Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Mongolia, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, Switzerland, Vietnam, USA.



Playing with my daughters. A deep love of ecology and permaculture. Painting. Poetry, books, cycling, martial arts, music, writing, connecting with horses, meditation, energy work, dancing, learning, ceramics, everything on my resume, building with strawbale, and … zen.