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Doing Feminism / Sharing the World
Curated by Anne Marsh
Norma Redpath House, Melbourne
4 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
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LEVEL is excited to be taking part in a residency in January-February 2018 as part of Doing Feminism / Sharing the World. This project explores participatory art practice and collective collaborations in a three-month program of artist residencies, artist talks and a symposium. Its focus is on collaboration and participatory and public projects informed by a feminist ethics that addresses ‘sharing the world’.


Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism
ACCA, Melbourne
15 December 2017 – 25 March 2018
www.acca.melbourne/exhibition/unfinished-business-perspectives-on-feminism-and-art/

LEVEL is creating a new work RIGHT NOW! for the exhibition Unfinished Business in December. Asking why feminism is still relevant, necessary and critical, Unfinished Business explores trans-generational legacies, inheritances and shifts, alongside contemporary conditions and concerns – to stimulate new debates and discussions around the ‘unfinished business’ of feminism today.


Troubling Language
New work by Rachael Haynes
Bus Projects, Melbourne
1 – 25 November 2017
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My new solo exhibition Troubling Language is now on show at Bus Projects, Melbourne. This is part of an ongoing “Project for the Affirmation of the Voice”, which addresses the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism. The works in the exhibition are focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and representation as observed in social practices, material archives and cultural texts. Taking as a starting point the provocation that, ‘small acts of resistance can create change’, this body of work draws specifically on protest language from feminist social history archives.


Performing the Archive
FRANFest Symposium: Feminism, Art and Activism
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
16 – 17 September, 2017
http://franfest.com.au

This practitioner reflection will discuss feminist methodologies as utilised within my visual art practice through a consideration of the archival impulse, drawing installation and the form of the lecture performance. ‘Performing the archive’ in this way offers the potential to re-interpret the significance of feminist material practices, past and present, and emphasises the subjective and affective register of this response.


Artist-Led: The Role of Artist-Run Activity for Visual Arts Graduates’
NiTRO: Non Traditional Research Outcomes, Issue 9, 2017

https://nitro.edu.au/articles/2017/8/17/artist-led-the-role-of-artist-run-activity-for-visual-arts-graduates


Curatorial Conversations: Personal Histories of Feminist Art
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities
Hofstra University, New York
1- 4 June 2017

Courtney and I are traveling to New York to present in this years Big Berks Conference. Our practitioner reflection addresses the relationship between feminist curatorial methods and exhibitions that deal explicitly with women’s experiences. This collaborative approach builds on dialogic methods in curatorial practice as research and the potential of conversation as a key feminist strategy in exhibition making.


DECADE: Project for Future Alternatives
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
April – July 2017
www.boxcopy.org/

Building on recent collaborative projects with local, national and international artist-run and contemporary spaces – this project is focused on the future imaginings of artist run activity in the context of Boxcopy’s ten year celebrations. The format is a three-month residency project with Joseph Breikers, Erika Scott, Archie Moore and Simone Hine.


Homeground: Artist Institutions and Ethics of Care
The Work of Art, AAANZ Conference
Australian National University, Canberra
1 – 3 December 2016

I have been reflecting on recent curatorial project HOMEGROUND, which took place at Boxcopy earlier this year. This paper addresses a feminist rethinking of the artist-run institution and argues that the current task is to make visible, the contributions of reproductive labour in this ‘alternative’ space of production – to emphasise feminist ways of working including working against power hierarchies, exclusions and silencing; and working towards an ethics of care.


Recipes and Revolutions: Consciousness Raising and Feminist Picnics
LEVEL (Courtney Coombs, Caitlin Franzmann, Rachael Haynes, Anita Holtsclaw, Courtney Pedersen).
Feminist Review (114:1), Special Issue: Food, 2016

LEVEL has embarked on five-way co-authorship in this new article, reflecting on our ongoing project We need to talk, a series of public workshops and feminist picnics. As part of this series, Recipe for a Revolution was a public event held at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane in 2014, where participants devised a collective ‘recipe’ by gathering, conversing and sharing food at a mass picnic. By bringing significant recipes and plates of food to the picnic rug, the participants connected through personal narratives. The project discussed what role food plays in women’s lives, whether the kitchen is a playground or the battleground that Miriam Schapiro described forty years ago, and how we can use the idea of the ‘recipe’ – a shared set of ingredients and methods – to open up possibilities for activism and advocate for change. 


The Long Lunch: Interstitial Spaces between Creative Practice, Social Learning and Radical Pedagogy 
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Adaptation – ACUADS (Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools) Conference
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
29-30 September 2016

http://acuads.com.au/conference/article/the-long-lunch-interstitial-spaces-between-creative-practice-social-learning-and-radical-pedagogy/

This paper provides an overview of the project The Long Lunch, from the perspective of the artist-teacher, discussing the implementation of our strategies of participatory creative practice in a pedagogical setting.


The R&M McGivern Prize
16 September – 20 November 2016
ArtSpace at Maroondah Gallery, VIC

I’m delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the 2016 R & M McGivern Prize. The $25,000 acquisitive painting prize is awarded every three years and this year’s theme is Text. A selection panel consisting Charlotte Day, Director of Monash University Museum of Art; Helen Hughes, Research Curator, Monash University Museum of Art; and Lisa Byrne, Curator, ArtSpace Realm selected the finalists.


Your Space or Mine
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
22 – 30 July 2016
www.boxcopy.org

This group exhibition explores a collaborative curatorial process, the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’ and how grass roots, local artist-run or independent spaces can offer new spaces for social engagement and dialogue. This project is in partnership with Sa Sa Art Projects (Phnom Penh), Videotage (Hong Kong) and Art Space Pool (Seoul).


Acts of Resistance: Feminist Exhibitions with/in/without Art Institutions
De-storying the Joint, Australian Women and Gender Studies Conference
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
28 June – 1 July 2016

I am looking forward to contributing to the conversation at the AWGSA Conference. Commencing with the provocation What is radical feminist exhibition making? this practitioner reflection will examine how alternative space-making operates as a feminist act of resistance in a contemporary context and discuss the exhibition project ‘Conversation Pieces’.


HOMEGROUND: Brisbane Artist Run Activity, Today and Tomorrow
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
29 May – 2 July 2016
www.boxcopy.org

HOMEGROUND addresses the local context of artist run culture in Brisbane. The gallery at Boxcopy will become a site for process-based and dialogic exchange between six local ARIs, emphasising collaborative and speculative methods of working. HOMEGROUND is an accumulative exhibition project, with each artist run initiative in residence at Boxcopy for one week in succession.

This project is assisted by the Australia Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

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Acting Out: Performing Feminisms in the Contemporary Art Museum 
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Journal of Australian Studies (40:2), Special Issue: Feminism and the Museum, 2016
http://www.tandfonline.com

LEVEL was commissioned to provide a public program as part of the WAR IS OVER! (IF YOU WANT IT): YOKO ONO exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in late 2013. This paper discusses the design of that project as an attempt to move beyond the script of feminism as a historical moment, and back to the lived experience of feminist art as political understanding and social engagement.


LEVEL We need to care
2016 International Women’s Day Forum
Saturday 12 March 2016, 10am – 3pm
The Glasshouse, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove

Since 2013, LEVEL has presented an annual International Women’s Day forum for robust discussions on art and feminism, seeking ways to create change through dialogue and activism. In 2016, WE NEED TO CARE will consider a diversity of positions on interconnections among women and ecologies.


SUMMERSCHOOL
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
January – March 2016
www.boxcopy.org

Summer School is an open-ended format that activates the gallery space with performances, discussions, lectures and workshops, exploring creative pedagogical approaches to art making. Summer School also considers how artist run activity may act as sites of resistance and the potential of these spaces and dialogues to open up new ways of thinking and doing.

This project is assisted by the Australia Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body,  and Creative Sparks, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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ECARD Program 2016

I’m delighted to be taking part in the Early Career Academic Program at QUT in 2016 and commencing as Lecturer in Visual Arts, teaching in Studio Art Practice, in the Creative Industries Faculty.

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f generation: feminism, art, progressions
Curated by Veronica Caven Aldous, Juliette Peers and Caroline Phillips
7 – 16 October 2015
George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

LEVEL’s work Recipe for A Revolution will be included in the upcoming exhibition f generation: feminism, art, progressions, which reconfigures the feminist history of George Paton Gallery and examines contemporary modes of provocation in feminist art practice. This major exhibition includes photography, painting, drawing, text, video, sculpture, textiles, artists’ books, printmaking and performance from over 80 Australian and international respondents who engage with the question: ‘How is feminism important to you?’


Double-blind: supervising women as creative practice-led researchers
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2015
http://www.tandfonline.com

Many women creative practice-led researchers appear inhibited by a number of factors directly connected to their gender. This paper discusses these factors, including the culture of visual arts professional practice, the circumstances surrounding women postgraduate students, and unproductive self-theories about intelligence and creativity. A number of feminist strategies are discussed as potential interventions that may assist women creative practice-led researchers and their supervisors to reap more personal and professional rewards from their postgraduate research.


Object Relations, transformational encounters in the studio archive
Transversal Practices: Matter, Ecology and Relationality: Conference on New Materialisms
Victorian College for the Arts, VIC
27 – 29 September 2015

Object Relations is a lecture performance drawing together an archive of images that document material engagements in the studio by women artists. At play in these images is the relational nature between the subject and the materiality of the object, gendered implications of the body, and interventions within these codes through self-representation in the context of the historically male dominated domain of the studio. Taking on the challenge set by Griselda Pollock in her conception of the Virtual Feminist Museum (VFM), this archive is arranged by a ‘feminist rather than phallocentric logic’ and emphasizes a subjective and affective engagement with these images. This paper offers a feminist perspective on the archival impulse and utilises the strategy of ‘Re-vision’ to open up new critical directions for feminisms own histories and archives.


Like A Burden
New work by Rachael Haynes
Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane
24 June – 11 July 2015
www.metroarts.com

Like A Burden is an exhibition that incorporates new large-scale fabric works, a drawing Remix and lecture performance video. The works perform a playful mixing of language codes and systems – drawn from art criticism, the histories of abstraction and conceptual art, literature and philosophy – and enacts a gendered redrawing and (re)performing of these texts.


Unthinkable
New work by Rachael Haynes
BLINDSIDE Gallery, Melbourne
27 May – 13 June 2015
www.blindside.org.au

Unthinkable is a new installation that incorporates fabric works and a lecture performance video to pursue a subjective engagement with feminist histories. By engaging with pictorial, literary and vernacular quotations, Unthinkable replays and reveals the complexities of gender politics, representation and language.


Panel Discussion: In the Pink
QUT Art Museum | Women of the World Festival
Saturday 20 June, 2pm
www.wowaustralia.com.au

I’m looking forward to taking part in this panel discussion as part of the Women of the World Festival. Chaired by Dr Courtney Pederson, guest curator of Quaternary at QUT Art Museum, and with speakers, curator and writer Julie Ewington, artist Bianca Beetson and author Hannah Pool.


Quaternary
Curated by Courtney Pedersen
Bianca Beetson | Chantal Fraser | Rachael Haynes | Natalya Hughes | Alice Lang |Gemma Smith | Jemima Wyman
QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
9 May – 28 June 2015
www.artmuseum.qut.edu.au

In 1938 the Australian artist Thea Proctor claimed that “it is well known that the majority of women art students have a good sense of colour” and conjectured that male-dominated art gallery boards might suffer from the absence of this gendered ‘colour sense’. Quaternary explores this enduring aesthetic relationship by surveying women graduates of QUT Visual Arts whose works utilise the affective power of colour in compelling ways. Quaternary is the second iteration of QUT’s triennial exhibition series – every three years a select group of  artists are invited to participate in this distinctive exhibition.


LEVEL We need to listen
2015 International Women’s Day Forum
1- 5pm Saturday 9th March 2015
The Glasshouse, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove

Since 2013, LEVEL has presented an annual International Women’s Day forum for robust discussions on art and feminism, seeking ways to create change through dialogue and activism. In 2015, WE NEED TO LISTEN will consider the power of voice, our need to acknowledge a multiplicity of feminist voices, and the act of listening in the pursuit of equality. This forum will look at how artists, curators, and writers provide platforms for voice and encourage a willingness to listen to voices other than our own. Join us for a panel discussion chaired by Susan Best, with speakers Ruth McDougall, Leah King Smith, Tyza Stewart and Carol McGregor. The forum’s keynote speaker will be Arahmaiani, a significant figure in Indonesian contemporary art. Her work across performance, painting, sculpture, video, sound and installation has established her international reputation as an artist who challenges oppression and intolerance.


QUICKDRAW
New work by Rachael Haynes
Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
4 – 21 March 2015
www.seventhgallery.org

This new installation work QUICKDRAW incorporates fabric works and a lecture performance video to pursue a subjective engagement with specific feminist histories.  QUICKDRAW examines the relationship between abstraction, feminism and painting, following through an iconoclastic impulse that is at play in these histories.


Relational Acts: Art, commoning and sustainability
Artlink Issue 34:4 | December 2014
www.artlink.com.au

Check out this article by Linda Carroli on creative practices that contribute to ‘the commons’, including a discussion of LEVEL’s We need to talk project.


Performing, lecturing, exhibiting: the archival impulse and the feminist lecture performance
GEOcritical – Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference
University of Tasmania, Launceston
7 December 2014

This practitioner reflection will discuss feminist research methodologies as utilised within visual arts practice through the lecture performance. This is a hybrid creative format, which intervenes in pedagogical methods and forms of knowledge transmission. It explores language and performativity in relation to feminist art histories and facilitates the construction of a counter archive – one that re-interprets the significance of feminist practices, past and present, and emphasises the subjective and affective register of this interpretation. The lecture performance becomes a text score that can be re-performed in the context of each exhibition. This paper will discuss the creative potential of this mode to embrace an embodied form of knowledge making and to (re)perform feminist art epistemologies.


THIS IS NOT THE WORK – feminist collectives, collaboration and curating
Presented by Level
Curating Feminism Contemporary Art and Feminism (CAF) Symposium
Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
25 October 2014

LEVEL will be presenting a co-authored paper, reflecting on our recent exhibition project THIS IS NOT THE WORK, as part in the upcoming symposium Curating Feminism.


THIS IS NOT THE WORK
Curated by LEVEL
9-27 September 2014
The Block | QUT Creative Industries Precinct

For the exhibition, THIS IS NOT THE WORK, LEVEL continues their investigation of alternative curatorial methods. Surveying a selection of community-engaged artist projects from different locations around the world, this exhibition has followed the pathways of women-centred social networks in order to initiate further collaboration and conversation. The projects documented in this exhibition are examples of artists working with women and community in challenging and unpredictable ways, demonstrating feminist strategies and a commitment to non-hierarchical and collective structures. As in the past, LEVEL uses the gallery as a conceptual base-camp or frontline rather than just a site of display.


Stand and Deliver
New work by Rachael Haynes
First Draft Gallery, Sydney
20 August – 12 September 2014
www.firstdraft.org.au

Rachael Haynes’ art practice explores the limits of language and subjectivity, and re-examines art history and philosophy in relation to gender politics. Through drawing installations and performative video works, the practice performs a playful mixing of language codes and systems – drawn from art criticism, abstraction, conceptual art and philosophical traditions – and enacts a gendered ‘redrawing’ of these texts. These works engage with pictorial, literary and vernacular quotations, in an attempt to replay and reveal the complexities of gender politics, representation and language.


Extended Conversation Pieces
Curated by Rachael Haynes
MAF Project Rooms – Melbourne Art Fair
13-17 August 2014
www.melbourneartfair.com.au

Extended Conversation Pieces brings together conversations about art, and conversation as art. The exhibition features collaborative works by six Brisbane emerging artists, Catherine or Kate (Catherine Sagin and Kate Woodcroft), Scott Ferguson (Erika Scott and Brooke Ferguson) and Courtney Coombs and Caitlin Franzmann. These artists engage with ideas of contemporary feminism through processes of dialogue and exchange; exploring subjectivity, humour and intimacy in performance and installation works.


material matters | Brisbane Experimental Art Festival
Curated by Rachael Haynes and Jenna Baldock
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
9 August 2014
www.beaf.org.au

The exhibition material matters brings together new works by Brisbane-based artists whose experimental practices engage with materiality in specific ways. The artists in the exhibition investigate the temporal in terms of making and experiencing art in various modes – installation, sculpture, video, sound and works on paper. Through these material engagements, the artists question and re-imagine ways of connecting in the contemporary world, drawing together considerations of humour, history, politics, nature and everyday life.


We need to talk (Recipe for A Revolution)
A project by LEVEL
GOMA, Brisbane
Picnic on the Maiwar Green | Sunday 29 June 2014

Since 2012 Brisbane feminist art collective LEVEL has been hosting picnics as a way of bringing women and their friends together for a collaborative meal and political discussion. This participatory artwork, We Need To Talk celebrates the political and the personal through the sharing of food and ideas. Past picnics have focused on the difficulties that women experience in their work and personal lives, their experiences of gender, and how we can work together for a fairer world.

LEVEL will be holding another picnic as part of the upcoming ‘Harvest‘ exhibition opening weekend. This picnic’s theme is food and revolution and you’re invited to join in. Bring along your favourite recipe (and a plate of food if you can), and join the conversation on the feminist picnic rug as we ask what role food plays in women’s lives, whether the kitchen is a playground or a battleground, and how we can use the idea of the ‘recipe’ – a shared set of ingredients and methods – as a way forward to a better world. Together we will develop a recipe for a revolution.


Conversation Pieces
Curated by Rachael Haynes
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
Catherine or Kate | Agatha Gothe-Snape | Alex Martinis Roe | Hannah Raisin | Scott Ferguson | Courtney Coombs & Caitlin Franzmann
8 – 29 March 2014
www.boxcopy.org

Opening on International Women’s Day, ‘Conversation Pieces’ presents works by Australian artists Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Martinis Roe and Hannah Raisin and collaborative works by Catherine or Kate, Scott Ferguson (Erika Scott & Brooke Ferguson) and Courtney Coombs & Caitlin Franzmann. These works are generated by physical, verbal or textual dialogues between collaborators, participants or the artist and audience; and spark a conversation about feminist art practice today.