Upcoming Exhibition @ Wallach Art Gallery, NY

The Protest and The Recuperation
Curated by Betti-Sue Hertz
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University New York

Artists in the exhibition include Khalid Albaih, Lara Baladi, Sharon Chin, Chow Chun Fai, Rachael Haynes, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Oliver Ressler, Josué Rivas, Hank Willis Thomas, and Eugenia Vargas Peirera.

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.

New commission, Making Art Work @ IMA 

Making Art Work
Round Four: Launched 7 December, 2020
25 November – 19 December, 2020
IMA Bell Tower Gallery
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

I have made 3 new works for Round Four of the Making Art Work project at the IMA, a large scale textiles banner, a series of fabric collages on paper and a digital textiles poster. These new works continue my exploration of the potential for diverse activist discourses to inform radical frameworks for the future. Drawing on intergenerational and intersectional feminist ideas and practices, the works consider an ethics of care implied by activism for change. These works interweave the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt with feminist protest language.  

Hold Sway – QUT Visual Arts Graduation Exhibition 2020

2020 QUT Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition
11 – 29 November 2020

This year the Visual Arts Grad Show is presented online at which captures the exhibition and showcases the art practices of 32 emerging artists. The online platform also features an online exhibition catalogue and presents virtual events including artist talks, panel discussions, performance and video screenings from 11th – 29th November, 2020.

The art practices featured in Hold Sway address the challenges facing us today – climate activism, our relationship to nature and each other, animal rights and protection, gender fluidity, sexuality, cultural diversity, mental health, spirituality, memory and embodied experience – the fabric of how we engage in our everyday lives and the connections we continually remake in the societal, ecological and creative environments we now inhabit.

Razzle Dazzle – Public Art Project

Razzle Dazzle
10 August – 22 November 2020
Curated by McCarthy Swann Projects
Brisbane City Council Outdoor Gallery

My new work Let’s take back our space (2020) will be on view at Hutton Lane, Brisbane from August – November. A new digital commission Together (2020) will be projected at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane until 20 September, and then on show at The Museum of Brisbane.

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.

Read more about the project here:

PROAV 2020 – Exhibition & Residency

Project for the Affirmation of the Voice
Artist in Residence Program
1-29 February 2020
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.

Join me at the studio in Hope Street for Art Feminism Friday on 21 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.

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 29 February 2 – 4pm.

Panel Discussion @ Kuiper Projects|Metro Arts

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.

The panel will be an opportunity to share documentation of projects and stories about the visual community at Metro Arts.  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.

Limited Edition, MOB Shop

This special edition, Feminism Back By Popular Demand was commissioned by the Museum of Brisbane to coincide with the major exhibition New Woman and is available from the MOB Shop.

MoB x Feminism Back by Popular Demand Tote

Poetry & Protest 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. Poetry & Protest 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.

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.

New Intersections Discussion @ MOB

I will be 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 9 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:

CARE Symposium & Exhibition, Melbourne

I will be presenting current work and research at the CARE symposium and exhibition 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 will be taking part in the next roundtable for the CARE Network and presenting my current research on 17 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
9 August 2019 –  March 2020

I will be presenting Threads of Resistance, 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. 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 digital work Hero (2019) 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. This project is curated by Katherine Dionysius.

Solo Exhibition at FELTspace, Adelaide

I think with my body
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 including Suffragette Songs. I think with my body brings together new score drawings, sound and fabric works focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and abstraction.

Solo Exhibition at Kuiper Projects, Brisbane

Affirmative Action
Kuiper Projects, Brisbane
27 July – 11 August 2018

My new solo exhibition Affirmative Action is now showing at Kuiper Projects, Brisbane.  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.

I will be discussing the show with Courtney Pedersen at the event In Conversation on the 11 August, at 11am. Courtney is an artist, writer and the Academic Program Director for the School of Creative Practice at QUT.

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.

On Thursday 4 October I will 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. Register

Presenting at Women, Art and Feminism in Australia, 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’m looking forward to presenting a 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.

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 will 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’.

Come along and join LEVEL with artist Fiona Macdonald at Norma Redpath House for food and conversation as part of the Art Talk series on Thursday 1 February. We will discussing collaboration and collective ways of working together and presenting a show & tell of LEVEL’s projects since 2010. 

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 on Saturday 3 February as part of Doing Feminism / Sharing the World. Come along and help us develop a ‘FEM-ifesto’ on collective practice!

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.