Education     

2015-2017 - Master of Fine Art - Victorian College of the Arts
2001 - Graduate Diploma of Visual Art – Victorian College of the Arts
1996 - 1998 - Bachelor of Fine Art – photography - Victorian College of the Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 - Loading - Sutton Projects, Melbourne
2017 - Botanical Backdrop - Stockroom Kyneton, Kyneton
2017 - Holding Still - Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne
2013 - Back to Nature Scene – Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2012 - All you knit is Love – Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2010 - Aquatic Listening (in collaboration with music composer Eve Duncan) -  GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney
2010 - Dredge (in collaborations with music composer Eve Duncan)  – Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne  
2010 - Listening portraits (in collaborations with music composer Eve Duncan) – Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell
2010 - 
Listening portraits (in collaboration with music composer Eve Duncan) – Gallerysmith, Melbourne            
2009 - En plein air – Gallerysmith, Melbourne
2008 - Landscapes – Switchback Gallery
, Churchhill
2008 - Landscapes – University of Sydney Gallery, Sydney
2008 - Transition Portraits – Gallerysmith, Melbourne
2005
 - Lyric Theatre – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2004
 - Lyric Theatre – Benalla Regional Gallery, Benalla
2003 - Farm – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2003 - Feed – TCB, Melbourne
2001 - Walking Home- West Space, Melbourne

2001 - The Lost Child – public installation of imagery in bus shelters in Bulleen & Templestowe, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 - Another Look: Contemporary Artists and the Collection - Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne
2017 - An Unorthodox Flow of Images - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2017 - Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University- Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo
2017 - 9 x 5 - VCA Gallery, Melbourne
2017 - Mixed Tape - Stockroom Kyneton, Kyneton
2016 - Masters exhibition - Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2016 - Sanctuary - Glen Eira Gallery, Melbourne

2016 - Climarte Poster Project -  various public locations throughout the City of Melbourne
2016 - Mr Favisar – Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne
2016 - Unsettled Bodies - Stockroom Kyneton, Kyneton
2016 - Without end – Kings ARI, Melbourne
2015 - Terra Australis - Galerie Pavlova, Berlin, Germany

2015 - A Crafted History - REALM Art Space, Melbourne
2015 - For Future Reference - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2015 - 21st Century Heide: the Collection since 2000 - Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2015 - EARTH MATTERS: Contemporary photographers in the landscape - Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2015 - Conflicted: Adversaries in Art - Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne
2014 - Sea of Dreams – Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne
2014 - Formality -Trocadero ARI, Melbourne
2014 - Khem – Strange Neighbour, Melbourne
2013 - Future Primitive  - Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

2013 - Melbourne Now – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013 - MAKE-UP: The painted face in contemporary photography – Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2013 - The Shock of the Nude – Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale          
2013 - Northern Lights – Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne
2012 - Negotiating this World: Contemporary Australian Art – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2012 - A Curious Nature: the landscape as theatre in contemporary photography and new media – Geelong Gallery, Geelong
2012 - I would breathe water  - Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne
2011 - Boundary Line – TarraWarra Museum, Healesville

2011 - The New Arcadia – Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore
2010 - Stormy weather – the landscape in contemporary Australian photography – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2010 - Exhibition of the Monash Collection  - The Australian Club, Melbourne
2009 - Prix Pictet – Palais de Tokyo, France

2009 - Prix Pictet – Dubai International Finance Centre, Saudi Arabia
2009 - International Festival of Photography – Lodz Arts Centre, Poland
2008 - Tickle attack - Backlight Trienniale – Exhibition Centre Tri, Tampere, Finland
2008 - Recent acquisitions – University of Queensland, Brisbane
2008 - Quiet Earth – Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2008 - A strange façade – Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2008 - Where in the Woods – VCA Gallery, Melbourne
2007 - Moving Galleries – Connex metropolitan train system, Melbourne

2007 - Echoe – Deloitte, Melbourne
2007 - Olive Cotton Award – Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillimbah
2006 - Valid editions – Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne

2006 - Reverie – Switchback Gallery, Churchill
2006 - Inhabitation – Australian Galleries, Melbourne
2005 - A portable model of… - Latrobe Regional Gallery, Sale

2005 - Haunted – Kings, Melbourne
2005 - National Photographic Purchase Award - Albury City Art Gallery, Albury
2005 - A portable model of…. – Plimsol Gallery, Hobart
2005 - Outdooring – Gallery Senkukan, Tokyo
2005 - Badlands – The Wedding Circle, Sydney
2004 - Address Book – Bus Gallery, Melbourne

2004 - City of Perth Photomedia Award – Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2004 - Gold Coast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Art Award -Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast
2004 - The Woods – Kings, Melbourne
2003 - Stella - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2003 - Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize - Bundoora Homestead Art Center, Melbourne
2003 - National Photographic Purchase Award - Albury City Art Gallery, Albury
2003 - The Gold Coast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Art Award -Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast
2003 - Bloom - SPAN Galleries, Melbourne
2002 - Contemporary Australian Portraits - The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

2002 - Love at First Sight - Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2002 - B-Sides – Bus, Melbourne

Residencies

2014 - Heritage Hill, Dandenong as part of their Cultural Threads textiles festival
2010 - Australia Council Barcelona Studio – Barcelona, Spain
2008 - Monash University Museum of Art residency at Monash Churchill Campus                

Selected Awards/Grants/Commissions

2017 - Another Look: Contemporary Artists and the Collection - commissioned to make new work responding to the Town Hall Gallery Collection
2016 - National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award - awarded through the Victorian College of the Arts

2015 -  A Crafted History - commissioned to create work in association with a Maroondah Council area community
2014 - Cultural Threads - commissioned to create new work with the City of Greater Dandenong community for their Cultural Threads Festival
2012 - Arts Development Project Grant – Arts Victoria
2012 - William Bowness Photography Prize – Honorable mention–Monash Gallery of Art
2010 - Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award - Highly commended – Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2010 - Arts Development – presentation grant – Arts Victoria
2009 - Skills and Development Grant – Australia Council for the Arts
2008 - Arts Victoria Development – creation grant – Arts Victoria
2006 - The Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture – Tweed River Art Gallery
2005 - National Photographic Purchase Award - Albury Regional Gallery

Selected Reviews

2016 - Steph Harmon, 21st July 2016, Bob Dylan, high fashion and ‘human folly’: 30 years of Melbourne Photography, The Gaurdian
2014 - Allen, Christopher 15th February 2014, Sea of Dreams explores artists portrayal of Port Phillip Bay, The Australian, page 4.

2013 - Rainforth, Dylan, March 27 2013, The space: What's happening in art, The Age
2013 - Phe Luxford, 25th June 2013, Siri Hayes: Back to Nature Scene, The Melbourne Review
2013 - Rainforth, Dylan, October 24 2012Football Art, The Age, page
2013 - Rainforth, Dylan, November 28, 2012, Natural style, The Age, page
2013 - Backhouse, Megan, April 21, 2012, Your weekend: In the galleries, The Age,
2012 - 101 Contemporary Australian Artists, Kelly Gellatly, published by the National Gallery of Victoria
2012 - Rob McHaffie,
2012 -The World is our lounge room, Stamm
2010 - Look – Contemporary Australian Photography, Dr Anne Marsh
2010 - Rainforth, Dylan, Sept 20th 2010, The Arts Friday, The Age
2009 - Twin gardens of artistic Eden depart bitter taste, Robert Nelson, The Age
2008 - Water Francis Hodgson, Prix Pictet, teNeus
2005 - Landscape and the renewal of social space, Kyla McFarlene, Photofile
2005 - CCP renewed, Chris Reid, Realtime 68
2005 - Paen to the noble weed, Robert Nelson, The Age

Collections
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Australian Parliament House
Art Bank

Heide Museum of Modern Art
State Library of Victoria
Monash University Collection
Victorian Arts Centre

Albury Regional Gallery
City of Benalla
City of Darebin
City of Melbourne
City of Yarra
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Latrobe University
Melbourne University
Monash Gallery of Art
Legal Aid
Queensland University
Tweed River Art Gallery
And numerous private collections in Australia and overseas

Lecturing, tutoring & technician work
Monash University sessional lecturer - 2009 - present

Victorian College of the Arts casual lecturer - 2005, 2015
Victorian College of the Arts photography technician 2003-2004
Swinburne TAFE tutor 2000 - 2006

Guest lectures/Artist talks
RMIT
Victorian College of the Arts
Monash University Church Hill campus
Victoria University
Melbourne Festival of Ideas 2012 Festival of Ideas in the panel discussion on Contemporary Visions and Critiques of the Landscape