Kay Abude is an artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her creative practice engages many different forms of making, including sculpture, large-scale installation, performance, photography and silk-screen printing. Abude is fascinated with the nature of labour, with its economic, repetitive and somatic properties, and how work connects and separates us, taking so much of our time that it comes to define our lives.


Kay Abude completed a Master of Fine Art (by research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne in 2010. She has received numerous awards and grants including a 2018 Vic Arts Grant from Creative Victoria and a 2018 HUME Arts Award. Recent exhibitions include the inaugural Megalo International Print Prize 2019, the Castlemaine State Festival 2019, Projects 2018 at the 2018 Auckland Art Fair and State of the Union at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne.


Abude was shortlisted for the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2014 and was the recipient of the Professional Development Award and Civic Choice Award in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2014. She has also received a 2014 Vic Arts Grant, a 2013 Australia Council Art Start Grant and an Australian Post-Graduate Award to complete her Masters degree in 2009-2010.