Geoffrey Bartlett studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1971-1973 and undertook a post-graduate diploma in 1976. Bartlett was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Sculpture Award in 1982 and in 1983 Bartlett was awarded a Harkness fellowship and completed a two-year Master of Fine Arts (Hons) at Columbia University, New York. Bartlett has lectured in sculpture at Deakin University, RMIT, Chisholm Institute and the Victorian College of the Arts. Bartlett was Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at Monash University from 1990 to 1994. In 2007 the National Gallery of Victoria presented a major exhibition of his work from 1987 to 2007. Bartlett has held over thirty solo exhibitions and has been selected for survey exhibitions including the Mildura Sculpture Triennial, the Australian Sculpture Triennial, the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, the McClelland Sculpture Survey, and the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia. Bartlett has undertaken public sculpture commissions for the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Auckland, the City of Melbourne, the City of Newcastle, the Australian National University and Melbourne Docklands. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House Art Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art and in many regional, university, corporate and private collections.