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Dóra Rögnvaldsdóttir

ABN : 67 316 573 830

Dóra Rögnvaldsdóttir is a sculptor who has a background in foundry, fabrication and ceramics.“Dora draws on Nordic myth and metaphor to express her concerns about the impact of humanity on the environment…. Her viewpoint is from below as well as above the ocean. Large questions are being asked about the fate of the world, but Dora’s is an optimistic vision…. The tense muscular rhythms of her pieces express energy and a sense of moment, challenging the inflexibility and weight of the materials.” (Dr Michael Bear)

"Dóra enjoys working with a range of mediums and the challenge of producing works which combine several different techniques & materials; casting, carving, assemblage of wood, stone, ceramics, cast aluminium and painting." 

My work aims to create both contrasts and connections between mixture of materials, subject matter and practices.

Community arts have been a long realised passion. The arts is the ultimate platform where all can engage in and explore ways of communicating issues that affect individuals or a community as a whole. Working on multible projects over the years with people from different ethnisities, all ages, and disadvantaged backgrounds has been an extraordinary journey of engagement. Every project has its challenges, all participants have an equal voice, their skills are extended and the sucseess of the project is reached through a meaningful process. Community arts project offers people opportunities to work together for the common good of a community while strengthening bonds between all involved and celebrating common achievements.

While a practising artist I have been running an art studio for over 20 years with classes and workshops in multible mediums.The essence of community arts is to give people voice. It is this element that is woven into the art and mosaic classes by People explore their own paths through their projects, they learn new skills and they also learn from eachother in a safe group environment. The groups celebrate their achievemnts by taking part in community arts festivals and exhibit their works together. Creating together is the most celebratory gathering for one and all.

Dóra Rögnvaldsdóttir Grew up in Iceland and has lived in Australia for a number of years as a practicing artist, teacher and community arts coordinator.


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Art Education

1995 - 1996 Graduate Diploma of Education - Wollongong University Australia.
1992 - 1995 Bachelor of Creative Arts - Wollongong University, Australia, majoring in sculpture.
1989 - 1992 Associate Diploma in Arts - West Wollongong, Australia,TAFE majoring in sculpture.
1991 - 2008 Foundry courses – North Wollongong, Australia, TAFE
2003 - 2023 Cordinator, owner, teacher at

Art Prises & selected exhibitions

2023 Artisans in the Garden, Sculptures in the Royal Botanical garden Sydney
2023 Recipeint of Australia day award for 'Outstanding contribution to the Arts and Culture' in the Shoalhaven
2020/22 'Gateway' A large public sculpture at Ulladulla foreshore, remembering 'The Black Summer fires' Healing project included community participation with over 500 people throughout the Shoalhaven.
2019 Bomaderry High School 'The world is at your feet' Private comission, large sculpture, worked with community
2019 Rercipient of Australia Day Award Shoalhaven 'Outstanding contribution to an inclusive Shoalhaven'
2018 Sculpture at Petana, Escape Art fest – Winner small sculptures
2018 Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee
2018 Artisans in the Garden, Sculptures in the Royal Botanical garden Sydney
2017 Sculpture on Clyde, winner
2017 Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival,
2017 Sculptures in the garden, Mudgee
2017 Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee, Sensory Sculpture Non Acquisition Prize Winner
2016 Sculpture at Petana, Escape Art fest - Peoples Choice Award
2015 Floriade Canberra
2015 Sculpture in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley - Outdoor Sculpture Competition- Highly commended
2013 Escape Art Fest, Sculpture at Cupitt's winery NSW Australia
2012 Sculpture in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley
2009 Sculpture in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley
2011 Sculptures in the Vinyards NSW Australia
2010 Sculptures in the Vinyards NSW Australia
2009 Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival, Outdoor Sculpture Competition – Peoples Choice Award