Ross Calia is a multi-disciplinary artist, based in Melbourne – Australia, having practiced for over 20 years. Bringing together music composition, sound-design, visual art and directing, he has come to specialise in immersive art experiences; both for public exhibition and commercial commissions.
Ross was recently awarded the Lume Artist Award for Immersive Art, culminating in a film-based digital artwork that ultilises over 150 multi-surface projectors and immersive surround-sound over a 2000+m2 space. Now showing in Melbourne and the USA (The Lume, Digital Galleries), the work features a collaboration with Wiradjuri dancer, Ella Havelka and Kamilaroi Astrophysicist, Krystal de Napoli, and explores the deep connection between indigenous Australians and the stars over the millennia. Ross has also been developing immersive soundtracks for the internationally touring exhibition, “Van Gogh Alive”.
Ross’ music, sound-design and visual art have been widely awarded, performed and exhibited throughout the world. He won the 2020 ReFrame Awards – Australian Professional Video Producer Awards – Best commercial soundtrack (for his original music score and sound design for immersive projects in Melbourne and Indonesia).
Ross’ portraiture and filmmaking projects have been featured in diversity and inclusion programs internationally, through corporate initiatives aimed at addressing gender and cultural inequality and promoting inclusive leadership.
– Winner; Lume Immersive Artist Award 2021-22
– Finalist, 2021 Reg Grundy Award – Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
– Winner (and 2x Finalist), 2020 Australian Video Producer Awards – Best commercial soundtrack (music & sound design)
– Recipient, City of Melbourne 2022 Annual Arts Development Grant
– 2020 Percival Photographic Prize – Shortlisted
– Shortlisted, Beers.Lambert (UK) Contemporary Art Prize (International)
– Shortlisted & Colour Factory Award Winner – Bowness Prize
– Aesthetica (UK) Creative Works Annual (International)
– Finalist (2x), Head On, National Photography Prize
– Winner, Merit Award, BSG National Photographic Prize
– Winner (2x), Best Documentary Photograph – Kodak Salon
– Silver & Bronze Awards, International Loupe Awards
– Finalist, Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture
– Winner, Sony make.believe award – Projections
– Semi-finalist, Moran Contemporary Portrait Prize
– Semi-finalist (2x), Moran Contemporary Photography Prize
– Bronze Award, International Aperture Awards – People & Portrait
– Winner, ‘People’ award, ACMP 12-days competition
– Winner, Canon Photo5 competition (Australia & New Zealand)
– Recipient – The Florence Bradford Scholarship (University of Melbourne).
– Recipient – Rosemary Kenny Prize (University of Melbourne)
– Recipient – DAAD Scholarship (University of Melbourne/German Academic Exchange)
– B.Mus (hons), University of Melbourne
– A.Mus.A (AMEB)
– L.Mus.A (AMEB)