Antoinette Barbouttis

Antoinette is a Sydney based designer, fine artist and now actor. She was the winner of the New Music Opera Award in 2013, which took her to Berlin. There she was assistant designer for the State Opera's production of "Recitations," an Assistant Designer for Barrie Kosky's "West Side Story," at the Komische Oper. 

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School, an incomplete Bachelor of Fine Arts from NIDA and a Master of Fine Art from NIDA. She has assisted designed shows for Barrie Kosky and Benedict Andrews at the KomischeOper as a part of her Berlin New Music Award, granted by the Opera Foundation for Young Australians and and she is also a successful Playwright.. Recent design work includes Puntila/Matti (Doppelgangster/MKA), Where the Streets Had a Name (Monkey Baa), Wonderfly (ATYP). She has been nominated for two Sydney Theatre Awards for her design work on All’s Well That Ends Well (Sport for Jove) and for her acting in Puntila/Matti at BAKEHOUSE Theatre in Kings Cross in 2017.

Previous work includes; Pantsguys production of "The Knowledge," New Theatre, "MilkMilk Lemonade," (dir. Melita Rowston), Tap Gallery "One Scientific Mystery, or Why Did the Aborigines Eat Captain Cook," (dir. Iain Sinclair), Pilgrim Theatre "Catherine the Great," (dir. Iain Sinclair). Antoinette looks forward to returning to the Staatsoper Berlin in 2014. Training: National Art School, studied the Design course at NIDA.

NSW-based artist and theatre designer Antoinette Barbouttis has won the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture with a large charcoal drawing. Titled Alexandra, the winning work is a life-sized portrait of her friend the Greek film-maker Alexandra Liveris. In addition to the $50,000 Lester Group Prize, Barbouttis has received tickets from Singapore Airlines.

Artist statement for the Black swan prize  : I have taken solace in my female contemporaries in the past few years. I have remained independent and single so that I can focus on my work, and subsequently this has been rewarded with strong friendships. Human connection is the most important exchange to me. Living society where one can feel ostracised as a female creative, and one of dual ethnicity. Alexandra and I come from the Greek island of Castellorizo, later discovering we were fourth cousins twice over through ancestry DNA. My artistic approach is personal, connected, sustained- elements that I find compliment our friendship.

This year the prize was judged by curator at the National Portrait Gallery Joanna Gilmore, artist Mathew Lynn, and Dr Stefano Carboni who is director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), where the prize is held.The judges said in a joint statement, “On close looking, we were struck by the artist’s consummate handling of the medium, and the skill with which she has pushed the possibilities of charcoal without losing its qualities and its capacity for nuance of texture and tone.”

In her artist’s statement Barbouttis said of her winning work, “Alexandra and I both come from the Greek island of Castellorizo, and we discovered we were fourth cousins twice removed. In the past few years I have taken solace in my female contemporaries and she is one of them. My artistic approach is personal, connected, and sustained—elements that I find complement our friendship.”

Antoinette's Plays by Suzie Wrong - PDF

Antoinette Barbouttis

Some of her works

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