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Rochelle Haley is an artist and Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales, School of Art & Design Sydney. Her practice is engaged with painting and choreography to explore relationships between moving bodies and physical environments. Working with dancers, her painting installation and performance works explore intersections between colour, gesture and light, discovering harmonies between audiences, performers and architectures. Haley is interested in painterly and choreographic modes of composition, experimenting with abstract form and colour embodying temporality within space. Haley is developing a new choreographic performance commission, A Sun Dance, for the National Gallery of Australia in early 2024, supported by Australia Council VACS Major Commissioning Grant. A Sun Dance is a key case study for the Australian Research Council funded project, Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum, testing new approaches to performance preservation with TATE Conservation.



PhD Fine Arts - UNSW Art & Design, Sydney


UNSW Sydney - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Honours Class 1


University of Wollongong - Bachelor of Creative Arts


2024 (upcoming)   A Sun Dance, National Gallery of Australia
2022                        Dance on a couch by an open window (after Boyd), Bundanon Museum
2022                        Like Nobody’s Watching, Penrith Regional Gallery
2019                        The Invention of Depth, Cement Fondu
2018                        Marquetry Score, UNSW Galleries
2017                        Afterglow, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery 
2016                       Spin, Museum of Contemporary Art
2014                       Spatial Forms, UNSW Galleries

PUBLIC ART Commissions

2023 (upcoming)Title TBC          HOBART CURRENT commissioned by City of Hobart and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

2022 RIBBONS                             Streets as Shared Spaces commissioned by Bathurst Council and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2022 NURSES WALK                  Rocks Activation commissioned by Place Management NSW and The Rocks

2022 IN THE WINGS                   commissioned by Australian Theatre for Young People, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay

2021 ORA VEIL                             Urashima Taro, commissioned by ORA Restaurant, Waterloo

2021 EVER SUN LANEWAYS     City Art Laneways and live dance performances commissioned by City of Sydney 

2020 EVER SUN                           Liveworks Festival 2020, Carriageworks Public Foyer, commissioned by Performance Space 

SOLO Exhibitions (select) 

2019                 Interval, Galerie Pompom                       
2017                 Afterglow, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery 
2017                 Bare Loggia, Galerie Pompom, Sydney 

2011                 Redraw, Graça Brandão Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2010                 Gesture and Trace, Drawing Spaces, Lisbon, Portugal

2010                 Sadur Menimbul Senam, Rimbun Dahan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GROUP Exhibitions (select) 

2022               From Impulse to Action, Bundanon Museum, Illaroo 

2022               52 Actions, touring with ARTSPACE at Penrith Regional Gallery

2021               Looking at Painting, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

2021               Eversun Laneways for City of Sydney Laneways Project, Sydney 
2020               Eversun for Liveworks, Performance Space, Sydney 
2019               Second Sight, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane 
2019               Flat Earth Society, Cement Fondu, Sydney 
2019               Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney 
2018               John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney 
2018               DOCUMENTS, ALTERNATIVES #3, BSAD, Bath Spa University, UK 
2017               re-pair, The Big Anxiety Festival, UNSW Art & Design Black Box, Sydney 
2017               Sydney Film Festival Hub-Sydney Contemporary, Town Hall, Sydney 

GRANTS  (select - last 5 years)









Australia Council VACS Major Commissioning Grant: Commissioning and Conserving Choreographic Performance with National Gallery Australia and TATE UK

Create NSW Arts & Cultural Funding Program: Health Science Alliance, Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct Arts and Culture Program 

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant: Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum 2021-24, Chief investigators Erin Brannigan (UNSW), Rochelle Haley

Australia Council Career Development Grant: Program of research and skills development informing Ever Sun, sole investigator: Rochelle Haley

PEEK Austrian Federal Government Grant: Dancing with the Non-Human: the Aesthetics of Encounter, Chief investigators Petra Gemeinböck, Marie-Claude Poulin, Rob Saunders, Rochelle Haley, Roos van Berkel

Copyright Agency Ignite Career Fund: Workshops with Fluid Interfaces, MIT Media Lab, sole investigator: Rochelle Haley

Create NSW Artist Project Grant: Workshops with Fluid Interfaces, MIT Media Lab, sole investigator: Rochelle Haley

Australia Council Arts Projects Grant: Afterglow: An expanded painting performance collaboration, sole investigator: Rochelle Haley

Awards / Residencies (select)

2024                 Artist in Residence - Health Science Alliance, Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct Arts and Culture Program

2020                 Artspace One Year Studio Artist Residency

2019                 Finalist – Sunshine Coast Award

2019                 Artist in residence – Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris 

2018                 Finalist – John Fries Award

2017                 Choreographic Futures residency with Ame Hendersen – The Mill, Adelaide, 


Australian Catholic University Collection, Brisbane & Ballarat campuses

Artbank, Sydney

Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

NSW Attorney Generals Department, Parramatta Justice Precinct

Principle Advisory Services, Sydney

Hijjas Kasturi Associates, Kuala Lumpur 

Private collections in Australia, Malaysia, France, USA

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