Through my artwork I explore the interface between damage and preservation and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. I enjoy working in a space where humour and history rub shoulders, where nostalgia and discomfort mingle.

My art encompasses collage, assemblage, painting and photography. Across these fields I am attracted to working with salvaged materials and objects imbued with specific histories and uses. Contemplation and manipulation of these materials, and the ideas and stories that are embedded in them, drive my creative practice.

I wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the unceded land where I live and work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present.



   Art Education

1997   University of Newcastle, N.S.W. – Post Graduate Diploma (Scientific Illustration)
1993   Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne – Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), First Class Honours

Awards / Grants / Residencies

2024   Artist Grant, Yarra City Arts for 'i-SPY' exhibition
2022   Artist Grant, Yarra City Arts, for 'Screen / Time' exhibition
2018   Finalist - Collins Place Summer Salon Prize, Naarm / Melbourne, Victoria
2017   Finalist - Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Victoria
2014   St Vincent's Hospital Artist Residency
2012   Highly Commended - Belle Arti Art Award, Chapman & Bailey, Victoria
2012   Finalist - PB Towage People’s Choice Award, Victoria
2012   Finalist - ANL Maritime Art Prize, Mission to Seafarers, Victoria
2005   Co-recipient of Artists’ Cultural Grant from Moreland City Council, Victoria
1997   Vice Chancellor’s Honours Scholarship, University of Newcastle, N.S.W.
1997   Artist Grant from The William Fletcher Trust, N.S.W.
1997   High Commendation, Australian Entomological Society Drawing Prize, University of Melbourne
1997   High Commendation, The Hunter Manning Group Surveyor’s Exhibition, University of Newcastle
1996   Grant from The Royal Society of Victoria to produce scientific illustrations for The Museum of Victoria
1995   High Commendation for Best Other Medium, Beta Sigma Phi Exhibition, Werribee, Vic.
Selected Exhibitions 

2024   'Opening', Retractable Art Space, Clifton Hill, Vic (curator and exhibiting artist)
2024   'i-Spy' - Bargoonga Nganjin / North Fitzroy Library, North Fitzroy, Vic 
2022   'Screen / Time' - Carlton Library Light Boxes, Carlton North, Vic
2021   'Homely' - Satellite Projects, Vic
2020   'The Waiting Room' - Satellite Projects, Vic
2019   'Flesh' - No Vacancy, Melbourne, Vic
2019   'Scavengers' - Alternating Current, Windsor, Vic
2019   'Friends & Family' - Daine Singer, Fitzroy, Vic
2019   'Cut' - Red Gallery, North Fitzroy, Vic
2018   'Paper' - Neon Parlour, Thornbury, Vic
2017   'Conversation' - Barn Gallery at Montsalvat, Eltham, Vic 
2016   'Cut' - The Dirty Dozen, Melbourne, Vic
2016   'Wild Cards & Fugutives' - Joyce McGrath Gallery, State Library Victoria, Naarm / Melbourne, Vic
2015   '19.08.15' - Home at 735, Redfern, N.S.W
2015   'Persona Obscura' - Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic
2014   'Howl' – Brunswick Arts Space, Brunswick, Vic.
2014   'I've Got You Under My Skin' – Blak Dot Gallery, East Brunswick, Vic.
2013   'Close Quarters' – Rubicon ARI, North Melbourne, Vic.
2013   'Slow Watch' – Gallery Ranfurlie, Glen Iris, Vic.
2013   'Limits of Likeness' – Rubicon ARI, North Melbourne, Vic.
2013   'Energy From Stillness' – Red Gallery, Brunswick, Vic.
2012   'Belle Arti Prize' – Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Abbotsford, Vic.
2012   'PB Towage People’s Choice Award' – Atrium Gallery, Docklands, Vic.
2012   'ANL Art Prize' – Dome Gallery, Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands, Vic.
2012   'Visions of Self' – Joyce McGrath Gallery, State Library of Victoria, Naarm / Melbourne, Vic.
2011   'You Are Here' – Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton, Vic.
2009   'Postcard Show'– Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Vic.
2008   'Drawn From Nature' – Lovett Gallery, Newcastle, N.S.W.
2007   'Dead Reckoning' – Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic.
2005   'Anita; A Group Show' – Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Vic.
2003   'Zen Salad' – Observatory Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Naarm / Melbourne, Vic.
2003   'Women at the WHIC' – Royal Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Vic.
2002   'Lure' – Northern Arts Exhibition (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Artary Gallery, Regent, Vic.
2001   'Wish You Were Here' – IAA 9 by 5 Exhibition, Gasworks Park Gallery, Albert Park, Vic.
2000   'Hang in the Hedge' – Powerhouse Gallery, Daylesford, Vic. 

Green Dot Films (LA)
Lowensteins Arts Management
Metro Pain Group

Museums Victoria 
National Archives of Australia
The Royal Society of Victoria

State Library Victoria
St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
Yarra City Council

Publications / Media
2021   La Trobe Journal, No.106, September, pgs. 2, 5, 28, 29
2016   Creative Spaces, The Dirty Dozen Exhibition: CUT
2015   'Permutations at Home' - review of 19.08.15 exhibition by Susannah Smith
2015   Trouble Magazine, Salon (feature exhibitions), June Issue 
2015   Persona Obscura: Disrupted Portraits  - catalogue essay by Laura Skerlj
2014   'The Art Life', New Work Friday #173, Dec 26th
2014   Malatina Magazine, 'Inquietantes retratos inexpresivos realizados con tiritas' - Raoul Higuera, Dec 9th
2014   20 Minutos - Artrend, 'Retratos familiares perturbadores y nost├ílgicos hechos con tiritas' - Helena Cedran, July 13th
2014   'Unveiling Contemporaries - Savina Hopkins' by Petra Nicel, Oct 29th
2013   The Age, 'Small Works Get Up Close and Personal for Big Impact' - review by Penny Webb, Jan 30th, pg. 13
2013   Visual Pursuits, 'The Existential Ponderings of Savina Hopkins' - review by Marguerite Brown, Feb 11th
2013   Heritage Rescue, 'Spotlight on Savina Hopkins' by Sarah Gubby, July 25th
2013   'The Obscure You' - catalogue essay for Limits of Likeness exhibition by Laura Skerlj
2013   Arts Hub, Savina Hopkins, Close Quarters, review by Marguerite Brown, Tues 19th Nov
2013   Art Almanac, Featured Exhibition - 'Savina Hopkins: Close Quarters', November
2013   Three Thousand, Calendar: Rubicon ARI Openings, by Toby Fehily
2007   The Age - A2, ‘Dead Reckoning’ review by Megan Backhouse, Nov 24th, pg. 10
2007   Yartz programme, Channel 31, episode 195, ‘Dead Reckoning’, artist interview with Ralph McLean
2007   Hand Made Life, Show/s of the Week (‘Dead Reckoning’) by Beck Jobson & Ramona Barry
2007   Fly journal, Issue 1, 2007, pg. 18 – 20, ‘Tags & Bugs’ by Pauline Hopkins
2005   The Herald Sun, Oct 24th, 'Anita: a group show' Critic’s Choice review by Jeff Makin

Publications (contributions by artist)

2016   Overland Literary Journal, Winter issue #223 (O L Society), guest artist, cover art & illustrations
2016   Materiality: Fake, Part VII (Pinknantucket Press), back cover photograph
2014   Materiality: Surface (Pinknantucket Press), inside cover art
2014   Materiality: Precious (Pinknantucket Press), photo essay, pgs. 38 - 41
2013   Materiality: Time (Pinknantucket Press), cover art
2013   Crank, Issue 2 (Pinknantucket Press), illustration & article, pgs. 23 & 24
2013   Psychotherapy in Australia (Psychoz Publications), cover art; Nov 2013, Feb 2010, Aug 2009, Feb 2009, May 2007, Aug 2006, Feb 2006, Feb 2005, Nov 2003, Nov 2002, Aug 2001, Aug 2000, Feb 1999, May 1998
2011   'Sunday Service' by Leah Annetta (Bounce Books), pg. 38
2007   Kids Art Works: Art Supplement & Art Units - co-wrote & illustrated publications for primary education, distributed across Australia & New Zealand, 2002 - 2007
2003   'Mosses & Allied Plants' by D. Meagher & B. Fuhrer (A.B.R.S.), frontispiece illustration
2002   'Spiders & Scorpions Commonly Found in Victoria' by Dr Alan Yen, Dr Ken Walker & G. Milledge (Royal Society of Victoria), series of scientific illustrations
2001   M.A.F.R.I. - Exotic Marine Pests Report # 25, by B. Cohen, M. McArthur & G. Parry, scientific illustrations
2001   Museum Victoria: Human Mind & Body Information Kits, series of scientific & medical illustrations