Paul Hay is an Australian artist who is based in Canberra. He is a sculptor and his practice has included public art, assemblage, photography and installation. Since 2004, he has been a continuing lecturer in Sculpture at the School of Art and Design, Australian National University. In 2015 and 2016 he was Special Lecturer in Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
Paul studied at the South Australian School of Art and Australian National University and his work has been curated and exhibited nationally and internationally. He has public sculpture at Joondalup Station, Perth, Newcastle University, New South Wales and Werribee Park, Victoria.
Invitations to international exhibitions include So Many Minds, 2011 and So Many Minds 2, 2013 both held in Chiang Mai and Geidaidori, Nagoya, Japan in 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include Mirror World Analogues, 2011 and Drift + Trace, 2016 at the Chiang Mai University Art Center, Thailand.
He has exhibited extensively in Australia including solo exhibitions, Box of Tricks, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2011 and Circumference, 24 Hr. Art (Northern Centre for Contemporary Art), Darwin, 2010. In 2005, he was a finalist for the McClelland Sculpture Prize and Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. In 2002 and 2003, he showed large sculptures at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney.
Early exhibitions include Four Point Bearing, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart,1994 and a solo exhibition, Big Place at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), 1993. He was included in Australian Perspecta '91 and the seminal Installation exhibition, Central Spacious Location at PICA, 1991. He has been included in other exhibitions such as The Table, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1985; Project 18: Some Recent Art in Adelaide, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1977; Post Object Art in Australia and New Zealand, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 1976 and the Mildura Sculpture Triennial, 1975.
His work has been cited in various publications and catalogues including McCullough Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Melbourne, 2007, World Sculpture News, Hong Kong 2003, Installation Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 1994, Australian Perspecta 91, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1991.