Anna McMahon (b.1986, Toowoomba) works across site specific sculptural installation, video and performance. With a focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary practice, McMahon explores a personal queer narrative through her work. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Southern Queensland in 2009, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts (USYD) in 2010, a Master of Art Curatorship at USYD in 2011 and a Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts at USYD in 2015. She was an artist in resident at Parramatta Artists Studios from 2016 - 2018, and was awarded the 2017 Parramatta City Council Visual Arts Fellowship. In 2017 she completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and Studio Voltaire, London. In 2018 she completed residencies at Wysing Arts Centre, UK, and a travelling residency between Kyoto and Tokyo organised by Move Arts Japan in collaboration with Asialink Arts. McMahon completed a mentorship with French artist Camille Henrot during her Carte Blanche exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in late 2017. She was a 2015/2016 Co-Director at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney. McMahon also collaborates with fellow artist Kate Beckingham as OK YEAH COOL GREAT. She has shown nationally and internationally in solo, group and curatorial projects in various galleries including, MOP Projects (NSW), Clearview Ltd (LDN), Open Source Gallery (NY), Auto Italia (LDN), Metro Arts (QLD), Raygun (QLD), Success (WA), and Verge Gallery (NSW).
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The production period for the artwork exhibited in Tender rip received support from the NSW Government body through Create NSW.