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Conference paper: “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)
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
29-30 September 2016


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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 and Victoria Lynn, Director of Tarrawarra Museum of Art will judge the award with the winner announced on 16 September.


Conference paper: “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


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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.

Boxcopy was founded as a collaborative project by seven art school graduates in 2007 and initially operated from the basement of a Queenslander house in New Farm. This emphasis on the home and the local context are the themes of this project, and many current ARIs in Brisbane reflect this approach – they are often fluid, nomadic structures, with projects occurring in domestic spaces, hotel rooms, the street and public sites. Coming up to our ten year anniversary, Boxcopy is one of the longest running artist run spaces in Brisbane and for HOMEGROUND we aim to provide a conduit for these, and future, collaborations to take place.

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

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New article: “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

Since 2010, the feminist artist collective LEVEL has been involved in a range of activities designed to reinvigorate the discussion of women’s position in the art world and society more broadly. 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.

This forum will address the often problematic connections that have historically been drawn between women and nature, but also how artists, curators, and writers critique exploitation of Earth’s ecologies and resources. It will consider the role of feminism and art as a catalyst for change and for advancing indigenous values and care-focused ethics – recognising the position of self as relational and interdependent to others, including nature.

Speakers include: Mundanara Bayles, Marisa Georgiou, Tallara Grey, Beth Jackson, Camille Serisier and Lilla Watson.


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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 and the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’.

Summer School includes projects by artists who explore and exploit the creative potential of pedagogical forms such as the Workshop, Lecture or Essay. More broadly, the series includes artists who engage with ideas and practices of experimental pedagogies; explore the social, dialogic or participatory contexts of learning and idea exchange; or subvert ideas of ‘authority’, ‘mastery’ or expertise. 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.

Artists include: Leena Riethmuller, Archie Moore, Sarah Rodigari, Kelly Doley & Diana Smith, Kym Maxwell, Zanny Begg and Keg de Souza.

Image: Leena Riethmuller Body Information Workshops, Boxcopy 2016.

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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LEVEL 2015

f generation: feminism, art, progressions
7 – 16 October 2015
George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

Curated by Veronica Caven Aldous, Juliette Peers and Caroline Phillips

f generation: feminism, art, progressions 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: ‘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.


Conference paper: “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


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

I no longer had to carry it inside me like a burden. Niki de Saint Phalle

Rachael Haynes’ contemporary feminist art practice brings together installation with pedagogic, curatorial and collaborative strategies. Like A Burden is a new exhibition that incorporates fabric works, drawings and lecture performance videos to pursue a subjective engagement with feminist histories.

“This is a project about feminism, painting, art history and the codes through which they are read, but before that, it is a project about the way we engage with written and spoken concepts, drawing them into our lived experience and making them part of ourselves.” (Simone Hine ‘Like A Burden’ 2015)


Unthinkable
New work by Rachael Haynes
Gallery 1 – BLINDSIDE Gallery, Melbourne
27 May – 13 June 2015
www.blindside.org.au

Without Pollock’s painting hers is unthinkable.

(E.C. Goosen, ‘Helen Frankenthaler’ Art International 5, No. 8, 20 October 1961, p.78)

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


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

Chaired by Dr Courtney Pederson, guest curator of Quaternary at QUT Art Museum, speakers including curator and writer Julie Ewington, artists Bianca Beetson and Rachael Haynes, and author Hannah Pool – will negotiate the spectrum to answer the question, is there a gender politics of colour?


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.


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QUICKDRAW
New work by Rachael Haynes
Gallery 1 – Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
4 – 21 March 2015
www.seventhgallery.org

Rachael Haynes’ contemporary feminist art practice brings together performance, drawing and installation with pedagogic, curatorial and collaborative strategies. This new installation work QUICKDRAW incorporates fabric works and a lecture performance video to pursue a subjective engagement with specific feminist histories. 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. By engaging with pictorial, literary and vernacular quotations, QUICKDRAW replays and reveals the complexities of gender politics, representation and language. In particular, it examines the relationship between abstraction, feminism and painting, following through an iconoclastic impulse that is at play in these histories.


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

An 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 Annual Conference
University of Tasmania, Launceston
7 December 2014


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


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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, feminist artist-run-initiative, LEVEL continue 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 a just site of display.


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

Stand and Deliver is an installation that incorporates elements of video, painting and drawing within the format of the lecture performance to pursue a subjective engagement with feminist histories. 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.


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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. Extended Conversation Pieces showcases the distinctive approach to contemporary practice at Boxcopy, an artist run initiative focused on supporting and commissioning new experimental works by Australian artists, and engaging with collaborative processes and practices.


Material Matters 2014

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 Amy Commins, Jamie Behrendorff, Grace Kevill-Davies, Zoe Knight, Ruth McConchie and Courtney Pedersen – Brisbane-based artists whose experimental practices engage with materiality in specific ways. These works explore incidental viewpoints, suspended moments, constructed environments, cultural memory and repetitive processes. 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.


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We need to talk (Recipe for Revolution)
A project by LEVEL
GOMA
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.


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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 artists engage with ideas of contemporary feminism through processes of dialogue and exchange; exploring subjectivity, humour and intimacy in performance and installation works. 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.

Image: Alex Martinis Roe The Practice of Doing, 2012-2013.


LEVEL We need to act
2014 International Women’s Day Forum
10 – 4pm Saturday 8th March 2014
The Glasshouse, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT

Fiona Foley | Margaret Henderson | Bianca Beetson | Tara Heffernan | Deborah Kelly | Bree Richards | Cigdem Aydemir | Hannah Bronte Cooper McCoy | Bonita Ely

Building on the energy that emanated from LEVEL’s previous forum, Feminism and Art in 2013, We Need To Act will focus on the future, looking at what it means to act in the political sense, and how artists, curators and writers are attempting to create change. With a keynote presentation from one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists, Fiona Foley, and two panel discussions considering the meaning and form of political action in art and visual culture, We Need to Act will provide a forum for the robust discussion of art and feminist activism in the 21st century.


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We need to talk (I want a world where…)
A project by LEVEL
Re-School @ MCA, Sydney
Banner Making Workshop | Saturday 23 November 2013
Picnic on the MCA Lawn | Sunday 24 November 2013


Acting Out: performing feminisms in the contemporary art museum
Presented by Rachael Haynes and Courtney Pedersen
Feminism and the Museum
Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association Conference
National Library of Australia, Canberra
3 November 2013


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[Q] ARI
Curated by Naomi Evans & Pia Robinson
Accidentally Annie Street Space | Addition Gallery | Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space | Current Projects | Diagram | LEVEL | The Wandering Room
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair | 20 – 22 September 2013
Griffith University Art Gallery | 5 October – 16 November 2013


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BEAF2013
Curated by Rachael Parsons & Stephen Russell
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane
27 July – 2 August 2013


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Studio Remix (Angry)
A solo exhibition by Rachael Haynes
Current Projects @ Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
3 – 28 April 2013


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LEVEL Feminism and Art in 2013
International Women’s Day Forum
10 – 2pm Saturday 9th March 2013
The Glasshouse, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT

Julie Ewington | Catriona Moore | Lisa Bryan-Brown | Laura Castagnini | Megan Cope | Kelly Doley | Anita Holtsclaw | Majena Mafe | Courtney Pedersen| Leena Riethmuller


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I build my dwelling
A solo exhibition by Rachael Haynes
Metro Arts Galleries, Brisbane
10 – 17 November 2012
www.metroarts.com.au


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SEXES
Curated by Bec Dean, Deborah Kelly and Jeff Khan
25 October – 1 December 2012
www.performancespace.com.au

Christian Thompson | Cigdem Aydemir | Eric Bridgeman | John Meade | Julie Rrap | LEVEL | Liam Benson | Luke Parker & Sangeeta Sandrasegar | Marley Dawson | Natalya Hughes | Parachutes for Ladies | Paul Knight | Philip Brophy | The Kingpins | Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont | Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg | Trevor Fry


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Going South
Screen Space, Melbourne
16 August – 1 September 2012
www.screenspace.com

Louise Bennett | Sarah Byrne | Catherine or Kate | Courtney Coombs | Pirrin Francis | Caitlin Franzmann | Rachael Haynes | Anita Holtsclaw | Alice Lang | Majena Mafe | Zoe Porter | Leena Riethmuller | Erika Scott | Bindii Thorogood | Elizabeth Willing


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Muscleflex
A solo exhibition by Rachael Haynes
KINGS ARI Melbourne
24 August – 15 September 2012
www.kingsartistrun.com.au


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Clear Dove Tone
Curated by Brooke Ferguson
Level Project Space, Lower 151 Musgrave Road Red Hill Brisbane
Saturday 11 August 7 – 9pm

Hayley Brandon | Danielle Clej | Pirrin Francis | Michaela Gleave | Rachael Haynes | Catherine or Kate | Jess Olivieri | Sarah Werkmeister


Electric Pathetic 2012

A BIG IDEA transmitted pathetically
A solo exhibition by Rachael Haynes
BUS Projects, Melbourne
17 July – 4 August 2012
www.busprojects.com.au


Food For Thought Dinner Party Next Wave 2012 photo Pia Johnson

Food for Thought
A collective project by LEVEL
2012 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
19 – 27 May 2012


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Passages
Curated by Brooke Ferguson
Current Projects ARI
2 – 19 May 2012
www.currentprojects.org


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Food for Thought: Banner Workshops
A project by LEVEL
Sunday 29 April 2012, Metro Arts Brisbane
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2012, Footscray Community Art Centre, Melbourne


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Food For Thought: Potluck Dinner
A project by LEVEL
International Women’s Day
Thursday 8 March 2012, Brisbane


 

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