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Rochelle Haley is an artist engaged with painting, choreography and installation to explore dynamic relationships between colour, gesture, light and the ever moving body in built and natural environments. Working with dancers, her painting, installation and performance works discover harmonies between audiences, performers and architectures. Haley is interested in painterly and choreographic modes of composition across disciplines, experimenting with abstraction and light embodying temporality within space.


Haley is a Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales, School of Art & Design Sydney. Her recent work, A Sun Dance, will make its international premiere at Tate St Ives 21 September 2024. The work premiered at National Gallery of Australia 24 Feb 2024, supported by a Creative Australia 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, Tate St Ives

2024                        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

2024 (upcoming)                         Creative Lighting commission, Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct

2023 SKYLIGHT ARCADE          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                   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 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)

2024              British Council, Connections Through Culture grant programme, A Sun Dance presentation at Tate St Ives 

2023              Creative Australia VACS Major Commissioning Grant: Commissioning and Conserving Choreographic  Performance with National Gallery Australia and TATE

2023              Create NSW Arts & Cultural Funding Program: Health Science Alliance, Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct Arts and Culture Program 

2020              Australian Research Council Linkage Grant: Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum 2021-24, Chief investigators Erin Brannigan (UNSW), Rochelle Haley (UNSW)

2020              Australia Council Career Development Grant: Research and skills development informing Ever Sun

2019              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

2017              Copyright Agency Ignite Career Fund: Workshops with Fluid Interfaces, MIT Media Lab

2017              Create NSW Artist Project Grant: Workshops with Fluid Interfaces, MIT Media Lab

2017              Australia Council Arts Projects Grant: Afterglow: An expanded painting performance collaboration

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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