Upcoming Exhibition @ Wallach Art Gallery, NY

Protest and Recuperation
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University New York

I’m thrilled to be making new works to be included in this upcoming exhibition in New York, curated by Betti-Sue Hertz and featuring artists including Khalid Albaih, Lara Baladi, Sharon Chin, Chow Chun-fai, Eugenia Vargas Peirera, Sreshta Rit Premnath,  Josué Rivas, and Hank Willis Thomas.

About the exhibition:

This project pays tribute to those who have taken to the streets to voice their frustration with the status quo. Working within the physical parameters of a gallery space, as well as off-site, the show explores the gap between the cause and the toll, the drive for change, and the need to recover. The works presented use formal and aesthetic artistic strategies as an adjustment to the dominance of lens-based images by which these extraordinary actions are usually mediated in the news, social media, and other conventions of story and picture distribution.

Razzle Dazzle @ MOB

My digital artwork ‘Together’ (2020) is now on show in the Museum of Brisbane foyer as part of RAZZLE DAZZLE.

Razzle Dazzle – Public Art Project

10 August – 22 November 2020
Let’s take back our space – on view at Hutton Lane, Brisbane

19 August – 20 September 2020
Together – on view at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane
Brisbane City Council Outdoor Gallery

My new works “Let’s take back our space” (2020) and “Together” (2020) will be on show from  August, as part of RAZZLE DAZZLE, curated by McCarthy-Swann Projects. Artists in the project include: Richard Bell, Eric Bridgeman, Gerwyn Davies, Chantal Fraser, Hannah Gartside, Rachael Haynes, Natalya Hughes, Luke Roberts, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra and Jemima Wyman.

RAZZLE DAZZLE considers the nature of public space and individuals within it – particularly people who for different reasons, may feel hyper-visible or invisible. Considering ideas of identity, spectacle, and camouflage, the artists included use patterning, colour, or adornment to either hide, exaggerate or transform.

Special Edition – Museum of Brisbane

MOB Shop – Level 3, City Hall, Brisbane
Daily 10am – 5pm, Friday 10am – 7pm

Check out this special edition, commissioned by the Museum of Brisbane – ‘Feminism Back by Popular Demand’ is available from the MOB Shop for $39.95 (limited edition).

PROAV Studio Remix 2020 

Saturday 29 February 2 – 4pm
Metro Arts @ Hope Street Gallery
66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

While artist-in-residence at Hope Street in February, I have been making new works that address the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism in the ongoing Project for the Affirmation of the Voice. Taking as a starting point the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’, these text-based works draw specifically on contemporary protest language and feminist social history archives. This project addresses both the nature of collective voice in activism and the differences inherent in any understanding of contemporary intersectional feminism. The PROAV Studio Remix is an evolving exhibition that brings together new and existing fabric works and drawings. The exhibition will be open for viewing on Saturday 29th February 2 – 4pm.

Art Feminism Friday!

Friday 21 February 2 – 4pm
Metro Arts @ Hope Street Studio
66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

 Join me at the studio in Hope Street for Art Feminism Friday on 21st February 2 – 4pm. Bring along a print-out of a feminist news or magazine article, essay or book chapter, for some Friday afternoon conversation and cut-up collage making. This event is part of the Project for the Affirmation of the Voice, which is focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and representation as observed in social practices, material archives and cultural texts. PROAV draws on revisionist strategies to offer a feminist site of reclamation for voices of difference and seeks to work against patriarchal violence, which manifests as silencing and exclusion.

Panel Discussion, Within These Walls

Rachael Haynes, Jeanelle Hurst, Amy-Clare McCarthy and Simone Hine (Chair)
2pm, Saturday 8 February at Metro Arts
Studio 3.9/3.10 Level 3, 109 Edward St, Brisbane

Please join us for a panel discussion with Rachael Haynes, Jeanelle Hurst and Amy-Clare McCarthy, facilitated by Simone Hine, as part of AIRplay: Metro Arts, With Love. The festival Metro Arts, With Love, celebrates 40 years of Metro Arts as a site of independent creative activity, at the same time that Metro Arts is leaving its iconic 109 Edward Street location. For four decades Metro has been central to the art ecology of Brisbane, supporting artists and facilitating projects.

As part of the public program AIRplay, Kuiper Projects is hosting a panel discussion that looks back at projects, exhibitions and events that have taken place within the walls of 109 Edward Street. The panel will be an opportunity to share documentation of projects and stories about the visual community at Metro Arts. The panel will bring together perspectives from across the 40 years of Metro Arts at 109 Edward Street, to piece together a history based on personal memory and exchange. Metro Arts was the base for many of Jeanelle Hurst’s curatorial projects and ARIs, including Outdoor Art Drive-In (1986) andInterface Project 88 (1988). Rachael Haynes has had countless exhibitions at Metro Arts since the 1990s and was also a founding co-director of Studio 11 (2003) and delivered projects for Level ARI and Boxcopy at Metro Arts. Curator Amy-Clare McCarthy was the exhibition program curator at Metro Arts from 2013 until 2017.

Artist in Residence Program, Metro Arts@Hope Street

1 – 29 February, 2020

I’m very much looking forward to undertaking this residency at Hope Street, as part of Metro Arts ‘Artist in Residence Program’. During the residency Project for the Affirmation of the Voice (PROAV) I will be making new fabric works and drawings, hosting a conversation and workshop about feminist art and socially engaged practice and presenting an evolving exhibition that brings together new and existing works. This project addresses both the nature of collective voice in activism and the differences inherent in any understanding of contemporary intersectional feminism.

Protest Poetry Workshops at Museum of Brisbane, 2020

Saturday 15 February and Saturday 7 March, 2020

This series of creative workshops draws together multiple voices in contemporary feminism and celebrates our differences. Protest Poetry also considers how to address the pressing concerns of equal rights and social justice today. Join artist Rachael Haynes and poet Sarah Holland Batt to explore connections between poetry and protest. Through conversation and inspiration, participants will co-create a large-scale collective banner, incorporating fabric techniques and playing with pattern and colour. The completed banner will be displayed at the WOW Australia 2020 Festival.

Ephemera Project, Metro Arts

1 – 15 February 2020
Metro Arts, Level 1, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane

Ephemera is a 40-channel video installation celebrating the art, objects and ephemera that have inhabited Metro Arts, as seen through the eyes of the people who made it. Created by Benjamin Knapton, the installation combines 40 interviews from people integral to Metro Arts over the past 40 years.

Vernon Ah Kee, Alex Anderson, Sue Benner, Margi Brown Ash, Natasha Budd, Liz Burcham, Megan Burnett, Shaun Charles, Lafe Charlton, Cameron Clark, Sandro Colarelli, Katy Cotter, Dan Evans, Penny Everingham, Matthew Filkins, Suzon Fuks, Brendan Glanville, Jason Glenwright, Elise Greig, Kinly Grey, Linda Hassall, Simone Hine, Rachael Haynes, Robert Kronk, Ian Lawson, Brian Lucas, Lila Luxx, Amy-Clare McCarthy, Scot McPhie, David Megarrity, Lyndall Milani, Kellie O’Dempsey, Nathan Sibthorpe, Luke Roberts, Jo Thomas, Katrina Torenbeek, Gen Trace, Jenna Ward, Don Watson, Kyle Weise, Melina Wightman, Anna Yen.

Symposium Presentation, QUT Creative Lab

Creative Practices, Community Engagement and Social Impact Symposium
Monday 2 December, 9am – 5:30pm
The Glasshouse, QUT Kelvin Grove


I will be presenting on my creative practice research at this upcoming symposium hosted by the Creative Lab. It will explore creative practices as transformative methods for engaging communities, re-imagining place and informing policy. There will be keynote presentations by Scott Rankin from internationally renowned arts and social change organisation BIGhART and by the Creative Barkley ARC Linkage research team, along with panel discussions from industry leaders at La Boite, Digi Youth Arts and the Brisbane Festival.

Permanent Recession Publication!

All Conference has released their first major publication Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance. Congratulations to all of the contributors, All Conference members and especially, editor Channon Goodwin. It was such a great experience to be part of the founding conversations of this important network and to see the publication manifest in such a rich form. The Brisbane launch is 30 November at 2pm, presented by Boxcopy in partnership with the IMA.

Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance

Pocket Placards at Museum of Brisbane

9 August 2019 – 8 March 2020
Daily | 10am -5pm, until 7pm Fridays

Can small acts of resistance create big change? Everyone is invited to express their hopes and visions for a better future by creating their own mini protest banners with the Pocket Placard activity as part of my Threads of Resistance project. Share your ideas for a better world, as you play with text, shape and colour to make your own felt pocket placard.

EPOCH QUT 2019 Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition

This year’s Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition is opening on Wednesday 13th November, 6-8pm. EPOCH features the work of students graduating from QUT’s unique open studio program, working across diverse media including moving image, installation, performance, painting, sculpture and more. The exhibition is located in the Creative Industries Precinct (Z11, Z12, Z13), cnr Kelvin Grove Road and Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove.

New Intersections Discussion @ MOB

I’m looking forward to facilitating a conversation with artists James Barth, Naomi Blacklock, Courtney Coombs in conjunction with the New Woman exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane on Friday 9th November, 2019.

This discussion will explore the ways in which intersectional feminism enables a re-examination of identity in the 21st century. The artists will unpack current ideas of identity in relation to their art practice, and discuss personal intersections of gender, sexuality, and cultural identity. Drawing from diverse lived experiences and arts practices, this conversation will explore fertile connections and new directions for understanding identity in the contemporary world.

Further info and bookings:

ACUADS Conference, Melbourne

I will presenting a paper “Artist-Run Initiatives as Models for Collaboration in Studio Teaching” at VCA on 31st October as part of this year’s ACUADs conference. This paper addresses exhibition practice as a significant aspect of professional training in tertiary arts education. It proposes ARIs as models for engagement through the facilitation of artist networks and communities of practice.

CARE Symposium, Melbourne

I’m very much looking forward to present current work and research at the CARE symposium in Melbourne from 30th October – 2nd November 2019. The symposium happens over four days with talks, performances, workshops, and artworks, from over 50 artists, activists, writers, researchers, dancers and performers from around Australia who are thinking and practicing care.

New Journal Article Published – Feminist Encounters

Feminist Encounters, Vol. 3 Issue 1-2: September 2019.

My new article, co-authored with Dr Courtney Pedersen, is now out in this September issue of Feminist Encounters, “Curating ‘Creative Dystocia’: Exhibiting the Relationship between Artists, Identity and Motherhood in Twenty-first Century Australian Art.”

CARE Roundtable, Cross Art Projects, Sydney

I’m delighted to be taking part in the next roundtable for the CARE Network and presenting my current research on 17th August, 2019 at The Cross Art Projects, Sydney. Read more about the CARE project here:

Exhibition at Museum of Brisbane (MOB), Brisbane

Threads of Resistance
Museum of Brisbane (MOB), Brisbane
9th August 2019 – 8th March 2020

I am excited to be presenting a body of work, including a dedicated maker space and fabric workshops, at the Museum of Brisbane. This installation engages with the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism and takes as its starting point the provocation that small acts of resistance can create change. Exploring text and abstraction across drawings, fabric works and interactive workshops, this current body of work draws specifically on contemporary protest language and feminist social history archives.

Group Exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW

What We Have to Say
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
26 July – 8 September 2019

Two of my works Protest Scores (Affirmative Action) and A New Spirit in Painting have been included in this exhibition, curated by Diana Robson. My text based works are focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and abstraction. What we have to say examines ways to question and disrupt normative discourses. Artists featured include, Cigdem Aydemir, Kieran Butler, Cybele Cox and Jumaadi.

Book Chapter Published!

Acting Out: Performing Feminism in the Contemporary Art Museum
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminism
Edited by Tasha Oren and Andrea Press
Published by Routledge (2019)

In this interdisciplinary collection, scholars reflect on how contemporary feminism has shaped their thinking and their field as they interrogate its uses, limits, and reinventions. Organized as a set of questions over definition, everyday life, critical intervention, and political activism, the Handbook takes on a broad set of issues and points of view to consider what feminism is today and what current forces shape its future development.

New article published, Social Alternatives

Dirty Hands: Community Engagement Through Practice as Research
Social Alternatives, 38 (1), 2019

This special issue of Social Alternatives addresses the role of creative practitioners in community engagement.engagement. I have co-authored an article for this issue with Courtney Pedersen ‘Doing Feminism and Communities of Practice in Australian Art’, a practitioner reflection on feminist art practice and collaboration.

Commission, William Jolly Bridge Projection, Brisbane

My work Hero has been commissioned by the Brisbane City Council to be projected onto the William Jolly Bridge each night between 5:30pm and 10pm, from 3-7 April, 2019.

Solo Exhibition at FELTspace, Adelaide

I think with my body
New work by Rachael Haynes
FELTspace, Adelaide
6 – 23 February 2019

My new solo exhibition I think with my body is opening in February 2019 at FELTspace, Adelaide. This show continues my examination of the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism. Exploring the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’, this body of work draws specifically on protest language from feminist social history archives. I think with my body brings together new score drawings, sound and fabric works focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and abstraction.

Book Launch – An Act of Showing

Tuesday 4 December, 2018, 6pm
West Space, Level 1/225 Bourke St, Melbourne

I’m delighted that the ‘Project for Future Alternatives,’ presented at Boxcopy, has been included in this new publication An Act of Showing: rethinking artist-run initiatives through place, co-edited by Maria Miranda and Anabelle Lacroix. The book also features newly commissioned essays by Paola Balla, Kirsten Lyttle and Dominic Redfern, as well as creative contributions by other ARIs in Australia and the Asia-Pacific on their relationship to place.

Co-Curator – Excerpts: Visual Arts Postgraduate Showcase

13 – 17 November 2018
Opening event: Tuesday 13 November 6pm
Exhibition open: 10am – 6pm (daily)
Z13 Visual Arts Studios, QUT Kelvin Grove

Excerpts 2018 is the Visual Arts Postgraduate Showcase exhibition curated by Dr Rachael Haynes and Dr Daniel McKewen. It features a selection of creative works, produced by candidates concluding their Masters and PhD research – Karike Ashworth, Naomi Blacklock, Christopher Handran, Chris Howlett, Annie Macindoe, Meaghan Shelton and Elizabeth Willing.

Image: Annie Macindoe Monument, 2018. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

Panel Discussion – Celebrating Women in Academia

Thursday 4 October, 4.30 – 7:30pm
QCA, Griffith University

I am delighted to be joining the panel of speakers to discuss key themes emerging from the recent publication Women Activating Agency in Academia. This event will be led by Professor Greer Johnson, Director of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research and Dr Ali Black, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast.

New team at Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space

After seven years as Gallery Director at Boxcopy, I will stepping down from this voluntary role in September 2018. I would like to warmly thank all of the amazing artists, writers, curators, volunteer staff and board members I have had the privilege to work with during this time. Moving forward, Boxcopy will have a new structure and a new team of  5 co-directors will be managing the gallery:

In Conversation with Dr Courtney Pedersen

11 August, 11am
Kuiper Projects
Shop 11 Anzac Square Arcade, 198 Adelaide St, Brisbane

I’m looking forward to this discussion with Courtney Pedersen about my current exhibition Affirmative Action, showing at Kuiper Projects in Brisbane. Courtney is an artist, writer and the Academic Program Director for the School of Creative Practice at QUT.

Solo Exhibition at Kuiper Projects, Brisbane

Affirmative Action
New work by Rachael Haynes
Kuiper Projects, Brisbane
27 July – 11 August 2018

My new solo exhibition Affirmative Action is now showing at Kuiper Projects, Brisbane. 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. Affirmative Action comprises drawings and fabric works focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and abstraction. The large-scale fabric work references the labour of handmade protest quilts or oversized, ungainly banners as well as the limp excesses of abstract painting. In the drawings, textual elements are overlaid with colour to create optical patterning – embedding the typographical within the pictorial.

New Collaborative Curatorial Project

Curated by Rachael Haynes & Simone Hine
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane
14 – 28 July 2018

This exhibition emerged out of conversations about Australian feminist performative artworks and embraces conversation as a curatorial method. Each curator suggested an artwork, that the other responded to with another artwork. A printed conversation accompanies the exhibition and documents this exchange.

The conversation ranges from questions of how to define feminism today and how it operates as a political or personal framework, to exploring intersectional identities and representation, examining the body in relation to humor, and performance in relation to history and re-enactment. Converse is an exhibition as dialogue and considers the ever shifting and unravelling nature of contemporary feminist art practice. The artists featured in the exhibition are Nina Ross, Mandy Quadrio, Hannah Raisin, Archie Barry and Barbara Cleveland.

New Book Chapter Published!

To Care for Self and Others: A Collaborative Conversation
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Women Activating Agency in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir
Edited by Alison L. Black and Susanne Garvis
Published by Routledge (2018)

This book collates stories and articles from women academics across the globe and across disciplines. Our chapter takes the form of a conversation and discusses the necessity for care, an ethics of care in teaching and research, and a feminist engagement with the world beyond academia.

Presenting at Women, Art and Feminism in Australia Conference, Melbourne

LEVEL Right Now! Feminism, Art and Activism
Women, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970
Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
21 – 23 February, 2018

I am looking forward to presenting this paper and joining in the conversation at the upcoming WAFA symposium. This paper reflects on LEVEL’s involvement in the Doing Feminism residency at Norma Redpath House. It also discusses our recent project RIGHT NOW! – a participatory work involving the deployment of ballot boxes and a specifically designed survey, asking visitors to respond to questions linked to the Australian Human Rights Commission Act – which is currently on show at ACCA. These projects extend on the potential of conversation as a form of social practice and participatory art processes that open up possibilities for activism and advocate for change.

Participatory Public Artwork, Doing Feminism Program Melbourne

LEVEL We need to talk / Sharing the World
Saturday 3 February 12 – 2pm
Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Since 2012 Brisbane feminist art collective LEVEL has been hosting picnics as a way of bringing people together for a collaborative meal and political discussion. We Need To Talk is an ongoing series of picnic participatory art events, where we celebrate the political and the personal through the sharing of food and ideas. LEVEL will be hosting another picnic this weekend as part of Doing Feminism / Sharing the World. Come along and help us develop a ‘FEM-ifesto’ on collective practice!

Artist Talk, Doing Feminism Program, Melbourne

Art Talk
LEVEL & Fiona Macdonald
Thursday 1 February 6-8pm
Norma Redpath House, Melbourne

Come along and join LEVEL with artist Fiona Macdonald at Norma Redpath House for food and conversation as part of the Art Talk series. We will discussing collaboration and collective ways of working together and presenting a show & tell of LEVEL’s projects since 2010. 

Artist-in-Residence Program, Melbourne

Doing Feminism / Sharing the World
Curated by Anne Marsh
Norma Redpath House, Melbourne
4 December 2017 – 28 February 2018

LEVEL is delighted 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’.

New work with LEVEL, commissioned by ACCA, Melbourne

Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism
ACCA, Melbourne
15 December 2017 – 25 March 2018

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.

New Award 

I’m delighted to have been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from QUT.

New Solo Exhibition at Bus Projects, Melbourne

Troubling Language
New work by Rachael Haynes
Bus Projects, Melbourne
1 – 25 November 2017

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.

Presenting at FRANFest, Adelaide

Performing the Archive
FRANFest Symposium: Feminism, Art and Activism
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
16 – 17 September, 2017

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.

Curatorial Project celebrating ten years at Boxcopy!

Curated by Rachael Haynes & Chris Handran
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
26 August – 24 September 2017

Presentism looks back at ten years of Boxcopy’s history, through the lens of current practices of Brisbane-based artists who have participated in the program over that time. The title of the exhibition describes a tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts. While often used negatively to critique particular accounts of history, in this case looking at the past through practices of the present testifies to the qualities of resilience and endurance that serve to sustain the practices of individual artists and the communities in which they operate.

New Article on Artist-Run Activity

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

Presenting at Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, New York

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. The theme this year is “Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking about Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy.” 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.

ARI Project – An Act of Showing

17 – 31 May 2017
Testing Grounds
1-23 City Rd, Southbank Melbourne

Outcomes from the Project for Future Alternatives will be presented as part of the exhibition ‘An Act of Showing’, at Testing Grounds in Melbourne.

Set as a material conversation between Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and Aboriginal Art Centres in Australia and the Asia- Pacific, this project embodies and provokes conversations about place: How does place matter for artists? Why do ARIs exist in specific places? What is the place of practice?

This exhibition includes creative responses from AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, BUS Projects, Blak Dot Gallery, BLINDSIDE, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Boxcopy, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Cementa, FELTspace, Garage Gallery, One Place After Another, Open Centre for Contemporary Art (Taipei), Raygun Projects, Ruang MESS 56 (Yogyakarta), Sawtooth, Trocadero Art Space, The Laundry Art Space, The Walls, Waringarri Arts, Watch This Space, West Space and more…

New Curatorial Project at Boxcopy

Project for Future Alternatives
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
April – July 2017

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.

Presenting at AAANZ Conference, Canberra

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.

New Article Published in Feminist Review

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. 

Conference Paper, ACUADS, Brisbane

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

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.

Finalist, R&M McGivern Prize

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.

International Curatorial Project at Boxcopy

Your Space or Mine
Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
22 – 30 July 2016

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).

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


Presenting at AWGSA Conference, Brisbane

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’.

Brisbane ARI Curatorial Project at Boxcopy

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

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. 


New Article Published on Feminism and the Museum

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

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 article 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.

International Women’s Day Forum

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.

New Curatorial Project at Boxcopy this Summer!

Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space
January – March 2016

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.

Recipe for Revolution now showing, Melbourne

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?’

New Article Published in Educational Philosophy and Theory

Double-blind: supervising women as creative practice-led researchers
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 47 (12), 2015

Many women creative practice-led researchers appear inhibited by a number of factors directly connected to their gender. This article 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.

Presenting at New Materialisms Conference, Melbourne

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.

New Solo Exhibition at Metro Arts, Brisbane

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

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.

Solo Exhibition of new work, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne

New work by Rachael Haynes
BLINDSIDE Gallery, Melbourne
27 May – 13 June 2015

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 at Women of the World Festival

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

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 curator and writer Julie Ewington, artist Bianca Beetson and author Hannah Pool.

Stand and Deliver now showing at QUT Art Museum

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

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.

International Women’s Day Forum

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.

Solo Exhibition at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

New work by Rachael Haynes
Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
4 – 21 March 2015

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.

New Article about We need to talk 

Relational Acts: Art, commoning and sustainability
Artlink Issue 34:4 | December 2014

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

Presenting at AAANZ Conference, Tasmania

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.

Presenting at Contemporary Art and Feminism Symposium, Sydney

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.

New International Exhibition Project, The Block QUT

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.

Solo Exhibition at First Draft Gallery, Sydney

Stand and Deliver
New work by Rachael Haynes
First Draft Gallery, Sydney
20 August – 12 September 2014

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.

Boxcopy Curatorial Project supported by Melbourne Art Foundation

Extended Conversation Pieces
Curated by Rachael Haynes
MAF Project Rooms – Melbourne Art Fair
13-17 August 2014

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.

New Curatorial Project – Brisbane Experimental Art Festival

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

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.

Public Participatory Artwork at GOMA, Brisbane

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.

New Curatorial Project for International Women’s Day

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

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.