Originally from Tasmania, Will Heathcote has shown nationally in a range of group and solo shows, public works and community projects. In 2003 he completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History at the University of Melbourne and later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Since graduating he has been selected for Hatched 2011 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the 2012 McClelland Sculpture Award and Survey. As a recipient of the Australia Council’s New Work Grant in 2013 he undertook a self-directed program of regional art projects, collaborations, talks and shows around Australia. These included solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria and a studio residency at Watch this Space in Alice Springs. Will has most recently returned as a research candidate in the Victorian College of the Arts Masters of Fine Art program. This year he was supported by the university’s faculty grant scheme to complete some of this research and exhibit at the 1Shanthiroad Studios in Bangalore, India.
Will has also had the opportunity to be a collaborating artist on many funded public arts projects including the Victoria Harbour Young Artist Initiative in Melbourne’s Docklands, the launch of the 2015 Big West Festival and Rawcus’ Now You See Me project at Federation Square’s 2016 Light in Winter Festival.