Born Sydney (1972), Michelle Tonkin. Known as Damcho 

Lives and works, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia  


2021 River Sutra, Museum of Innocence, Mildura Australia (forthcoming TBC) 

2020 Bandaidbuddha, mixed media, Melbourne, Australia

2020 People We Leak: Desidirium Gallery

2017-18 Bodhi Unbound, Foks Space, Wandsworth, London, UK and San Remo, Victoria, Australia 

2011 One Moon, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia

2001 Waive, Mass Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2000 Inhume, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia

1999 Solo Exhibition at conclusion of 12 month studio residency, George Gallery St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

1998 Nativity, Collingwood Children's Farm, Melbourne, Australia

1996 The Landing, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia


1999 Unexpect, Probe, (three week endurance/interactive performance), Melbourne International Arts Festival, Herring Island, Melbourne, Australia

1998 Talking Pictures, (for "Emptiness") Glen Eira Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia

1997 Slumber, Melbourne University (performance), Australia

1996 Graduate Show, VCA, Melbourne, Australia

1995 Neonate, (interactive installation), VCA Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1995 The Rose Enigma, PIT SPACE, Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia

1994 Indwelling, Temple Studios, Melbourne


2017-18 MPhil/PhD Fine Art plus Material Cultures (incomplete), Kingston University, London, UK

2001-10 Training in Vinaya (Buddhist monastic discipline), France, Taiwan and Nepal

2006-09 Three Year Training Programme, (Buddhist Philosophy & Practice), Institute for Wisdom and Compassion, France

1998 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), first class honours. Victorian College of the Arts,  Melbourne, Australia 

1993-94 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), RMIT/ PIT, Bundoora (1st and 2nd year studies), Melbourne, Australia 

1992 Advanced Certificate of Art, Box Hill TAFE, Melbourne, Australia 

1991 Certificate of Art, North Adelaide School of Art, Adelaide, Australia 


2020 Invited Speaker, INFORM Seminar, Sexual Abuse Framed by Faith or Belief. London, UK. listen here

2019 Speaker at AASR Conference, Religion and Violence, Newcastle, Australia 

Speaker at Sakyadhita International Buddhist Women's Conference, Blue Mountains, Australia

Interviewed for BBC 'Sunday' programme, episode 8 Sept 2019

2017 Guest Lecturer for degree course on ‘Buddhism and Sexuality’, Duke University, Durham, USA

Invited Speaker “Eroticism and the Radicalisation of Art” Symposium, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord, France

2000 Visiting lecturer, Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne, Australia


2017 Academic Development Grant, London Alternative Market,

2017 UK Further studies research grant, Nima Buddhist preservation services, Schenzhen, China

1998 Lavazza George Gallery Scholarship and 12 month studio residency, and solo exhibition

1997 Pratt Foundation Grant for publication of 'Emptiness'

1989 School Dux, Scotch College, Adelaide

1989 South Australian Premiers Award, Year 12 academic achievement


2021 Chapter: 'Pure Perception and Pure Suffering: A nun’s experience of abuse in a major Tibetan Buddhist organisation' for Routledge Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements. London, UK. (forthcoming)

2020-2021 Interview/Chapter: Silhouettes of the Soul, Otto von Busch & Jeanine Viau (eds) London: Bloomsbury. (forthcoming)

2017 Interview for Tricycle Magazine. Varvaloucous E. New York. read here

2017 Interview for Huffington Post - The Art of Being Unbound. Haas M, read here 

2011 Catalogue notes for ONE, AEAF, Damcho Drolma, read here