Forest Keegel

+61 402 035 521

Dja Dja Wurrung Country Owl Hollow 8 Mill St Maldon 3463 Victoria Australia


2000 Graduate Diploma of Education Southern Cross University
1997 Honours, Sculpture Performance and Installation Sydney College of the Arts! Bachelor of Arts Visual Arts

1992 Sculpture. Southern Cross University Lismore

 Current Certificates

Working with Children Check 

Level 2 First Aid certificate

Public Liability Insurance


Current           Multicultural Arts Victoria Emerge Cultural Hub Bendigo Creative Producer

2006 -2017   Artful Dodgers Studios, Jesuit Social Services Community Cultural Development Artist  

2017                Sockcycle, community weaving project City of Greater Bendigo

2013 -15            Art Central Go Goldfields Central Goldfields Shire Visual Artist

2016                  Artist in Residence Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum

2016                Dispersed Belongings Arts based research project Bendigo

2016                Drawing Picnics in the Park, Pennyweight Park, City of Ballarat


Commissions and Prizes

2014      Lorne Sculpture Biennale Sculpturescape Award for Hyperventilate

2013      Universal Power and Light Sculpture award Lot 19 Spring Sculpture

2009    Artecycle Commission Reclamation Moonee Valley Council Incinerator Arts Complex! Castlemaine Fringe

2008     Festival Tonks Sculpture prize Dew Funnel Winner of the Most Sustainable Sculpture


Selected Exhibitions and Installations

2019 Covers Maldon Art Walk

2018 Snake in the Landscape collaboration with Aunty Marilyne Nicholls Treechange Vaughan Springs

2018 Gilt Biennale of Australian Art Mining Exchange Ballarat

2018       Makarrata Garden Tarrangower Maldon Neighbourhood Centre a Regional Centre for Culture project

2017        Mound: Leaf and Twig Conservatorium Bendigo Conservatory

2017        Golden Bee Dew Spring Art Swarm St Margaret’s Church of Art in Norwich, UK

2017        Beached Verandah Wishart Gallery Port Fairy

2016        Horizontal Connectivity Toolangi Sculpture Trail

2016        Golden Bee, Alpha House Gallery Newtown

2016        Spitball Constellation, Arts Open Old Castlemaine Gaol

2015         From Nature Gasworks Arts Park

2015         Future Hindsight Lot 19 Castlemaine State Festival

2015         Maldon Art Walk Hyperventilate at Maldon Historic Station

2014         Bonanza Yarra Sculpture Gallery

2014         Riparian Intercept Mount Alexander Shires temporary art in public places program

2014         Surveyed Unicorn Lane Gallery Ballarat

2013         Artfields Castlemaine Market Building

2013         What Lies Beneath Backyard Ballarat Art Gallery

2012         Span Stockroom Kyneton

2012         Maquette Show MARS Gallery

2012         Freshwater Catchment Moonee Moonee Merri Merri Moreland Station MoreArt

2012         Chicken and egg? Yarra Sculpture Gallery

2011         Lorne Sculpture- finalist in Sculpturescape and Sculpturetrail

2011         The HEATER show Yarra Sculpture Gallery

2011          Hollow Nests Castlemaine State Festival

2010         Hollow Nests MoreArt RMIT carpark Brunswick

2007         The big 3 Oil Water Salt Williamstown Substation

2007         Ecotone Old England Hotel Outdoor Sculpture Award

2006         Entwined The National String Project Melbourne Fringe Festival Fitzroy Town Hall

2005         World Wildlife Fund NT Threatened Species Exhibition Darwin and Alice Springs

2004         Spread of the Empire Melbourne Environmental Arts Festival City Square

2004         Spawning Vessels Sustainable Living Festival Federation Square

2003         Meandering Time Mildura Palimpsest

2003         Chrysalis Stony Creek Environmental Art Event City of Maribyrnong

2003         Transpiration Bed Sustainable Living Festival Federation Square

2000         Introspective Lismore Regional Art Gallery


Community Developed Public Art

2006-07 Tactile Impressions Permanent sculpture for Harmony Park All Abilities Playground made

with children from Coburg North Primary School and Coburg Special Development School


Commissions and Prizes

2014         Lorne Sculpture Biennale Sculpturescape Award for Hyperventilate

2013         Universal Power and Light Sculpture award Lot 19 Spring Sculpture for Growth

2008         Artecycle Commission Reclamation Moonee Valley Council Incinerator Arts Complex

2009         Castlemaine Fringe Festival Tonks Sculpture prize Dew Funnel


2017        Bendigo Conservatory

2017        Oasis on the Edge of the Desert Rainbow, Victoria 

2017        Beached Verandah Portland, Victoria    

2016/17    Artist in Residence Castlemaine Art Museum

2016        Toolangi Sculpture Trail Artist in Residence

 Presentations/Conference Papers

2019 Creative Thinkers and Climate Change Castlemaine State Festival

2018 Orchestra of Extinction - Art informed by science; influencing human behaviour change from viewpoint of threatened species. Creating Utopias Conference Lorne Sculpture Biennale

2018 Artlands

2010 & 2011   Creative Communities Conference GriffithCentre for Cultural Research



Memberships: Australia Council Peer, Institute for Creative Heath Arts Health Victorian Arts Health Leadership Group, Regional Arts Victoria assessment; ArtsFront, Castlemaine Art Museum; NAVA, Birdlife Australia, Maldon Urban Landcare


Forest Keegel lives and works on Dja Dja Wurrung Country and listens deeply to the stories of the Traditional Owners who continue to share their rich cultural heritage with a generosity which astounds her. As a settler she can trace back roots to her Sri Lankan Father and other boat arrivals in the 1860’s. A practising artist since 1992 and graduate of Honours in Sculpture Performance and Installation from Sydney College of the Arts. Her work has a strong environmental research focus and sharing her findings by highlighting conditions endangered species need to thrive is paramount to her practice. With more than a decade creating artworks that evoke a sense of the landscape of Victoria prior to colonisation and the gold rush. Keegel often uses Indigenous plants and waste paper to create ephemeral sculpture in public space. Creating a visual interpretation of scientific, historic and environmental research and illuminating those themes through engaging in conversation is crucial to her practice. In 2014 she was awarded the Lorne Biennale Sculpturescape Prize.


She has twenty years experience as a visual artist in Community Cultural Development and is passionate about creating participatory artworks that engage the public with the themes of her research or to generate work that expresses their voice and identity. For 11 years Keegel was a Community Cultural Development Artist at the Artful Dodgers Studios, Jesuit Social Services working collaboratively with young people 15-28. She was a member of the Art Central team of artists in the Central Goldfields Shire creating art with the community for public exhibition. Keegel currently works for Multicultural Arts Victoria on the Emerge Hub in Bendigo.