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EVER SUN by Rochelle Haley commissioned by Performance Space for Liveworks 2020 at Carriageworks

21-25 OCT 2020

EVER SUN BY ROCHELLE HALEY - A newly commissioned work for Carriageworks' Public Space, presented by Performance Space for Liveworks Festival 2020

10am – 10pm 21-25 Oct


EVER SUN is a new painting and installation work that aims to tune the eye and mind to the constancy and change we experience with the rising and setting of the sun. The artist aims to open a space to be together, sensitively, in the public realm in a way that reminds us of the resilience, necessity and beauty of art. Taking cues from the surrounding architecture, archways of positive and negative forms are invitations to walk through the beaded veils, drawing our attention to the play of light reaching in across the day into the condensed colours of the sunset.

Rochelle Haley selected for Artspace one year Studio Residency Program

Feb 2020

Rochelle is pleased to announce she is one of the the seven 2020 Artspace One Year Studio Artists along with Marian Abboud, Seth Birchall, Rainbow Chan, Fiona Lowry, TV Moore, and The Re-Right Collective.

During the 12 month residency Rochelle will spend time on creative research towards the goal of developing a large-scale painting, installation and performance project delivered 2021-23. The residency will involve two in-depth workshops during to develop new collaborative choreographic methodologies in her painting practice as a visual artist working with dancers.

Rochelle Haley's work is discussed in the review of the group show Flat Earth Society.


Emma-Kate Wilson writes: "Haley’s The Invention of Depth (2019) becomes activated by a partnership with dancer Ivey Wawn, whose body continues the line of the paintwork into physical space. Haley reflects, ‘[I] encourage people to think about moving inside of a painting and changing the compositional shapes and objects and forms as they move around.’ And yet, performance is a fleeting moment, captured for most on a live feed or the flatness of an image".

Flat Earth Society runs from 12 October to 8 December at Cement Fondu, Paddington.

The second performance of Haley's work featuring dancer and collaborator Ivey Wawn is 5.30pm Sat 16 Nov.

Photo: Yaya Stemplar

Finalist in the 2019 Sunshine Coast Art Prize

July 2019

Rochelle Haley is a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize at Caloundra Regional Gallery, 24 July to Sunday 15 September.

New body of work presented at Carriageworks for Sydney Contemporary

September 2019

Rochelle Haley will present a new body of works at Carriageworks for Sydney Contemporary, 11-15  September 2019.

Photo: Felipe Olivares

Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power at UQ Museum

1 March - 29 June 2019

Rochelle Haley and Monika Behrens' collaborative watercolour series has been curated into an exhibition at UQ Museum. Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power brings together artists who conjure ideas related to witchcraft, sorcery and magical practices. The exhibition offers a space for intuition, rituals, collective happenings, incantations, and peripheral activity — practices recurrently dismissed as mere magical phenomena.   A series of renowned historic etchings counterbalance new artworks that depict or disrupt ‘witch iconography’ and impressions of witchcraft. Second Sight gives precedence to inexplicable occurrences, expressions of difference, the supernatural, sexual power, and the potency of the natural world in ways that are bodily and visceral yet also incorporeal.
The exhibition Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power has been formed through a partnership between UQ Art Museum and UQ’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH). We are grateful for the valuable intellectual contributions that Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar, Dr Daniel Midena and Associate Professor Anna Johnston have made to this exhibition. We are also grateful to curators Samantha Littley, Michele Helmrich and Jessica O’Farrell for their research and leadership throughout the project. 

Rochelle Haley Selected Finalist for the John Fries Award 2018

September 2018

The Copyright Agency announced Rochelle Haley as amongst the 12 finalists for the John Fries Award 2018 including Akil Ahamat, Betty Muffler, Beyula Napanangka Puntungka, Emily Parsons-Lord, James Nguyen, Jelena Telecki, Laura Hindmarsh, Leyla Stevens, Lisa Sammut, Paul Greedy, and Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel

Curated by interdisciplinary artist, academic and curator, Consuelo Cavaniglia, the John Fries Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand.


Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling, says, “This year’s finalists were drawn from close to 600 applications and represent a cross-section of early career artists”.

Guest Curator, Consuelo Cavaniglia, says: “This year’s high-calibre finalists offer a unique glimpse into the themes that concern contemporary artists today."

The 2018 John Fries Award is exhibited from 29 September to 3 November at UNSW Galleries, Paddington campus, UNSW Art & Design

Photo: Jessica Maurer


February 2018

Just published catalogue including images and video documenting AFTERGLOW 23-24 September 2017 at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, accompanied by essay by Jana Perkovic.

Photo: Document Photography

Video: Dara Gil

Essay: Jana Perkovic

Catalogue Design: Naomi Stewart

October 2017

Vicarious Movement: a human-machine drawing collaboration is the workshopping of a drone spray-painting as a proxy for human hand drawing in collaboration with researcher Sang-won Leigh at the MIT Media Lab.


Paintings and documentation of the project will be exhibited in Re/pair, The Black Box Theatre | UNSW Art & Design| 6-10 November 2017, curated by Deborah Turnbull Tillman.


This project has been assisted by CreateNSW and CAL Ignite Career Fund

Constructions of the Moving Body

Nov 2017 - Feb 2018

A series of watercolours on yupo paper titled 'Constructions of the Moving Body (after Trisha Brown's Accumulation)' is part of a traveling group show Documents, Alternatives # 1 Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, UK Nov-Dec2017  & Documents, Alternatives # 2 VERGE Gallery, University of Sydney Jan-Feb 2018.

Documents, Alternatives # 1 & # 2 is a (re-)staging of ephemeral artworks that is in ‘motion’ and responsive to intent. The exhibition foregrounds fluidity and diversity of translation and includes multiple art voices and modes of output including video, holography, text, painting, print and sound. This is an experimental, discursive strategy whereby the document becomes a new artwork and the artwork becomes a new document to keep the ephemeral evolving and in transition.

Artists: Angela Bartram, Andrew Bracey, David Brazier and Kelda Free, Luce Choules, Emma Cocker and Clare Thornton, Kate Corder, Steve Dutton, Tim Etchells, Rochelle Haley, Morrad + McArthur, Andrew Pepper, and Louise K. Wilson. Curated by Angela Bartram

23 - 24 September 2017

AFTERGLOW is a new major installation and performance work at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery 23-24 Sep 2017 which explores Haley's interest in movement patterns across both choreography and painting. The project involves a group of Physical Culture dancers from 6yrs to adults (Figtree Physie) and collaborators Brooke Stamp (choreography) & Kate Scardifield (costumes). 


"The project uses colour, pattern, light, shape and dance to create an immersive, living 'painting' which audiences can visually and physically experience" curator Carrie Kibbler.

Performance times: every hour from 10am to 4pm (each performance 15 mins). No bookings required. Free Admission.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Solo show ‘Bare Loggia’ opens 10 May at Galerie pompom

10 May - 4 June 2017

'Bare Loggia' is a painting and installation exhibition exploring light, space and movement. The title refers to the architectural feature, ‘Loggia’, which describes an open gallery framed by pillars and arches, traditionally conducive to the passage of shaded strolls and lost thoughts. Haley’s resin paintings provide a corridor of light filled pauses along an installation of wall-painting and reflective surfaces in nude tones, bronze and gold.


April 2016

Curator Dr Kate Scardifield invited Rochelle to develop and extend a version her work ‘Spin’ for the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Artbar Golden Hour in April 2016. There was an audience of over 900 people at the event and it received online media citations including Annie Murney’s ‘Go for gold at the MCA's April art party’ on Concrete Playground published on April 15, 2016 and FBI Culture Guide by Sam Baran on April 24th 2016.

Group show Solid Gold Easy Action at Galerie Pompom

27 July – 21 August 2016

New resin paintings were curated into the group show Solid Gold Easy Action, Galerie Pompom, Sydney. 27 July – 21 August 2016. Catalogue essay by Naomi Riddle. 


Article published in Studio Research Journal

November 2016

Haley’s article 'Drawing the Immaterial Object of Dance' was published in issue 4 of Studio Research Journal Nov 2016.


Read article 

Group show The Alternative Document in the UK

12 Feb 2016

The Alternative Document, The University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Rochelle will present a paper at The Alternative Document symposium and exhibit new drawings in exhibition of the same name at the University of Lincoln gallery on Friday 12th February 2016. The Alternative Document exhibition seeks to expand on the idea of the ephemeral and its loss, by offering a platform where different acts of legacy can be witnessed and discussed.

The Alternative Document is a project by Dr. Angela Bartram, Senior Lecturer at University of Lincoln in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and is funded by the University of Lincoln’s Research Investment Fund.

Group Show Patternation at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

Opening 11 December 2015 - 7 February 2016

Curated by Carrie Kibbler, Patternation explores repetition, rhythm, sequence, code and systems that assist us to navigate pathways and make sense of the world.

John Aslanidis, Cathy Blanchflower, Mark Booth, Gary Carsley, Helen Eager, Sophia Egarhos, Benjamin Forster, Heath Franco, Rochelle Haley, Natalya Hughes, Eveline Kotai, Melinda Le Guay, Liz Shreeve, Jason Sims

Artbank Collection

October 2015

'Lemniscate Construction # 6' 2015 was recently acquired by the Artbank Collection

Solo Exhibition

16 September - 11 October 2015

Rochelle Haley

Through Form


Galerie Pompom, Sydney

Opening night Wednesday 16 September, 6 - 8pm

Book Machine Artspace, Sydney

September 2015

Rochelle participated in VOLUME 2015 | Another Art Book Fair + BOOK MACHINE @ Artspace, SYDNEY, in partnership with onestar press (Paris), Perimeter Books (Melbourne) and Printed Matter, Inc (NEW YORK). Haley had a fantastic day producing an Artist Book/Publication ‘The Aesthetics of Change’ thanks to Alexie Glass and Michelle Newton from Artspace and Designer Amy Lenehan from UNSW Art & Design.

Recent drawing performances include Spatial Forms, for Quo Vadis: the last drawing show at UNSW Galleries .


Curated by David McNeill, Quo Vadis: the last drawing show brings together artists who attempt to reconfigure drawing as a contemporary and engaged practice in a world in which representations are in constant motion and proliferate at the speed of light. Exhibiting artists include Zanny Begg, Alison Bennett, Chen Sai Hua Kuan, eX de Medici, Michael Goldberg, Tim Gregory, Rochelle Haley, Simon Hunt, Lisa Jones, Philippa Levitt, Miao Xiaochun, Vaughan Rees, Caroline Rothwell and Paul Thomas.


Cake Wines


A charcoal drawing by Rochelle Haley features on the label design of Cake Wines’ 2013 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir made by winemaker Sarah Burvill.


The Carpentry of Speculative Things


In 2013 Haley participated in a series of seminars with emerging philosopher Tristan Garcia at the Performing Arts Forum, St Erme, France. This experience informed her work for the group exhibition The Carpentry of Speculative Things, curated by Prue Gibson, Alaska Projects, Sydney.

Catalogue with essay by Professor Stephen Muecke



The Pharmacy of Love and Hate 

MCA Artbar- Performance with Prue Gibson and Monika Behrens

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