Laila Marie Costa is a Melbourne based visual artist, jeweller, zine publisher, curator and musician. 


Her working process is based on collecting the waste and refuse of consumer culture and allowing the materials to infer the form. The debris is sorted and arranged by various time tested and obsessive methodologies. She works across collage, assemblage, installation, jewellery and occasionally sound. Her creations are informed by her heritage, domesticity, feminism, environmental issues, art history, materiality and humour. The nebulous spaces between fine art, craft and design are the areas of that intrigue and inspire the bulk of her investigations.


She completed a Bachelor of Fine at R.M.I.T in 1992 and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victoria College of the Arts in 2003. Costa has taught at Swinburne University in the Arts and Supported Learning departments and as a gallery consultant at Studio Ingot. In 2016 she was awarded the Italian Services Institute Australia International Fellowship to study micro-mosaic and macro art projects in Italy and Barcelona. She currently works as a project manager and curator for community art programs based in judicial buildings.


In 2018 Costa co-founded TempContemp, a contemporary jewellery project space within Northcity4, Brunswick, where she was a studio artist until December 2019. TempContemp is now a nomadic entity and she is currently an artist in residence at East Brunswick Village.


Costa has exhibited locally and internationally, predominantly in artist run initiatives and completed an artist in residence in Argentina in 2012. In 2020 she was selected for group exhibitions in Russia and China.


Her jewellery is stocked at Studio Ingot, Melbourne, and Studio 20/17, Sydney.


  • Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2003)

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (upgraded 2016)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne (1988-92)

  • Advanced Certificate in Art and Design, Box Hill Institute of T.A.F.E, Box Hill (1988)


I like your old stuff better than your new stuff, Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford
The Mindful Bricoleur and the Various Mid Life Parallel Universe that may or may not include Wearables, Black Finch, Northcote


RUN LMC Collection, Gallery 20/17, North Sydney



Magnetic Fields, Balkon Art Incubator, Preston

Random Acts of Necklace, Small Space Jewellery, North Fitzroy


Who’s Afraid of Blue, White and Yellow? H & H Plating, Melbourne (part of Radiant Pavilion), Melbourne



Flora Lore, Fitzroy Library, Fitzroy

Diagonals and Some More Tangents, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick



Colour Your World (Blackened), Upstairs at the Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

Spirito Domesticus, The Stockroom, Kyneton



Blackened (Colour Your World), Upstairs at the Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

Diagonals and Other Tangents, Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Argentina



Micro-Retro-Spective in the Key of Pink, Old Bar Gallery, Fitzroy

ReSent Works, Upstairs at The Napier Gallery, Fitzroy



Taste the Waste, Victoria Park Gallery, Abbotsford



Lure-Land, Bus, Melbourne

Flora Wallpaper by L.M.C, Platform 2, Melbourne




Noel Counihan Commerative Art Award (finalist), The Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Chinese Mythology, Vonmo Studio, Beijing, China

Growth & Evolution, Yesheng Art & Design Center, Shanghai, China 

& DBC International Designer Space, Beijing

A1 Darebin Art Salon, Bundoora Homestead Gallery, Online 

9 March, Ground Solyanka, Moscow, Russia


SeaShape, Vitrine, Craft Victoria, Melbourne 

Noel Counihan Commerative Art Award (finalist), The Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Friends and Family, Daine Singer Gallery, Fitzroy

Lo Fi High, Toot Gallery, St.Kilda

Body Control, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands 

Collectiva, Porto, Portugal

In The Drawer, Small Space Gallery, Nth. Fitzroy (part of Radiant Pavilion Biennial)

Schmuck, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany

NC4EVA, The Counihan Gallery foyer, Brunswick

#fail#success, New York City Jewellery Week, New York
14 Benches and One Overworked Microwave, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

Do You Copy?, TempContemp, Brunswick

SeaShape, Gallery 20/17 Project Space, North Sydney 

I Hate Contemporary Jewellery, TempContemp, Brunswick

14 Benches, Craft, Melbourne


Left and Right, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy (part of Radiant Pavilion Biennial)

Self-made: Zines and Artist Books, State Library of Victoria (Touring Mildura Arts Centre, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed Regional Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery and LaTrobe Regional Gallery in 2018-19)

Kick out the Jams, Jam Factory, Adelaide (Co-curated by Laila Marie Costa)

The Mindful Bricoleur of the Urbane and the Various OCD

Parallel Universes that May or May not include Wearables, (as part of ClimArte), The Counihan Gallery foyer, Brunswick

3rd Birthday Exhibition, Balkon Art Incubator, Preston



Verdant Garden, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

A1 Darebin Art Salon, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

The Urban Gleaner and the Plastique, curated by Laila Marie Costa, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy



Science Friction(finalist), The Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Flora Tiles, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Collingwood



People I have worked with, People I have worked for and friends: Illustrated and other books – assembled by George Matoulas

Gallery Langford 120, North Melbourne



The Ring Show, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy

Wish You Were Here 12, A.I.R Gallery, New York

My Word, Upstairs at The Napier Gallery, Fitzroy

Artecycle (finalist), Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds

Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St. Kilda



Span, The Stockroom, Kyneton

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award (finalist), Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood

Wish You Were Here 11, A.I.R Gallery, New York

Phone-tics, At The Vanishing Point, Newtown, Sydney



You Are Here, The Stockroom, Kyneton

Half Cut, Upstairs at The Napier, Fitzroy

Wish You Were Here 10, A.I.R Gallery, New York



Wish You Were Here 9, A.I.R Gallery, New York

The Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St. Kilda



Redeeming the Ruin: the Art of Consumption, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington. Also touring to Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill and Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham and Banyule Arts Space. Curated by Banyule City Council.



Wish You Were Here 7, A.I.R Gallery, New York City



Works on Paper Art Award (finalist), Banyule Arts Space, Ivanhoe



Domestik 2, Area Artists’ Space, Fitzroy

Secret Shelf Life of Us, Platform 2, Melbourne                                  

Rose is a Rose is a Rose, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell




The Urban Gleaner and the Plastique Pt. II, (as part of ClimArte), TempContemp, Melbourne


The Urban Gleaner and the Plastique, Studio Ingot, Fitzroy



Awarded Italian Australian Foundation Fellowship, International Specialised Skills Institute


Study grant, International Lab of Communication, Gemona, Italy, Ente Friuli nel Mondo


Two month Artist in Residence, Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Argentina


Study grant for a Mosaics course, Spilimbergo, Italy, Ente Friuli nel Mondo


The University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association Art Prize

Victorian Womens’ Trust Prize, Victoria College of the Arts


Postcard, Linden Gallery

  • Bailieu Library, The University of Melbourne

  • Box Hill Institute of T.A.F.E

  • Brunswick Business Incubator

  • Octapod, Newcastle

  • Rare Books, State Library of Victoria

  • Private Collections   

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