Jody Haines – Artist & Curator – Biography 

Jody Haines (palawa) is a contemporary artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. She is known for her unique art practice that combines elements of social practice, photo media, and public art. Haines is particularly recognised for her large-scale public activations, which she calls her "big face in public space" work. Her approach is deeply rooted in Indigenous feminist new materialism and emphasises yarning, relationality, and standpoint, as a way to explore themes of identity, representation, and the female gaze.

Jody has collaborated with local communities across Australia on projects such as Women Dreaming, 2018 for Women of the World & Festival (Gold Coast Commonwealth Games), Our People Our Place 2019 for Horizon Festival, and BLAK 2022 commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne. Haines has received commissions from organisations such as Creative Victoria (2018, 2021), Wyndham City Council (2018) amongst others.

Her work has been featured in key exhibitions such as Tell: Contemporary Indigenous Photography at Sydney Festival 2019, Eye to Eye Photo 2021, and Here I Am: Art by Great Women, 2020-21, with Ambush Gallery, a satellite project for Know My Name at the National Gallery of Australia. In 2022, Jody was awarded the First Nations Creators Grant, through Maribyrnong City Council to create a new immersive film and projection work exploring Aboriginal relationality. Her work is included in both public and private collections such as Wyndham City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Hume City Council.

Haines is also a PhD candidate at RMIT School of Art, a committee member of Arts West Alliance and a board member for Composite: Moving Image Agency & Media Bank.


Artist CV

EDUCATION

PhD Candidate, School of Art, RMIT, Current (due to complete 2024)
Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), RMIT, 2018
Graduate Certificate Visual Arts, Griffith University, 2015 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS 

2025 

Birrarung, a love letter, Public Art/Film Commission, City of Melbourne, Vic. 

2024

Making Good Mirrors, The Stables, Meat Market, Vic. (December) 

Flowing with the Future (Surviving Batman) Arts Meri-bek, Meri-bek City Council

The Embrace, Moondai Bulluk Gardens, Public Art Work, Victoria University 

A Debt to Pay, Public Artwork Commission, Maribyrnong City Council

2023 

The Awakening, Scott Ally Public Art Commission, Metro Tunnels & ACMI, Melbourne, Vic

Against the Wind, an immersive projection experience, Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray Vic.

2022

BLAK Short Film Commission, Arts Centre Melbourne

BLAKTIVISM Visual Content, including performances by Deline Briscoe and Emma Donovan, commissioned by Gaba Musik

Creative Sites of Resistance: imagined futures, PLACELAB, RMIT

2021

Arts Ready First Nation Short Film Commission, suite of 10 works commissioned by Creative Victoria

EYE to EYE, Jody Haines and Julie Millowick OA, PHOTO 2021, Roslyn Smorgan Gallery, FCAC, Melbourne

2020

Blue Echo, Public Art Commissioned by Collide, Hickory & City of Melbourne

Yet my mouth is bound silent with carbon and cloth, commissioned by West Projections

The Power that We have... five short films commission for RMIT, producers Vicki Couzens & Marnie Badham

#IAMWOMAN, Eye to Eye, Through sKIN we Breathe, Lightscapes Public Art light boxes, RMIT & Melbourne Central, Vic

Feminist Futures, public art paste up project, Footscray, Vic

EYE to EYE, Bakehouse Studios paste up, Richmond, Vic

2019

Through sKIN we breathe, Commissioned for Same But Different, Dance Massive 2019, Melbourne

Channels Festival 2019 Commissioned Artist, Melbourne

Our People Our Place, Projection& Audio Commission Horizon Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

#IAMWOMAN: a social portrait project, Arts House, City of Melbourne, Vic

2018

Place Patterns, 7 short essay films, commissioned by Creative Victoria and Wyndham City Council, Vic

Flipping The Script commissioned by Creative Victoria and Wyndham City Council, Vic

Salt, 3 channel Video, commissioned by Wyndham City Council, Vic

Women Dreaming, Projection Commission, Women of The World and Festival 2018 Commonwealth Games, Brisbane

#IAMWOMAN: a social portrait project, Braybrook Community Hub, Vic

2017

This is not resolved, Gabriel Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Vic.

2016

Searching for Bon, Collection of Hume City Council, Vic

AWARDS, GRANTS & ACQUISITIONS 

2023 

Finalist, IRIS Awards, Perth Centre of Photography, WA

Finalist, Footscray Art Prize, Vic

Finalist, Wyndham Art Prize, Vic

2022

The Last Supper, 2021, purchased by Maribyrnong City Council

First Nations Creators Grant, Maribyrnong City Council

2020

Finalist, Wyndham Art Prize, Vic

Second Prize award, Picturing Footscray, Vic

City of Melbourne Quick Response Grant

National Assistance Program for the Arts Grant, Myer Foundation

2017

Emerging Artist Award, Immerse Public Arts Festival, Vic

Semi Finalist Iris Awards, Perth Centre of Photography, WA

Finalist, Footscray Art Prize, Vic

2016

Finalist (Highly Commended) Melt Portrait Prize, Brisbane Powerhouse, Qld

ARTIST RESIDENCIES 

2022

Place LAB Artist residency, RMIT

Artist in Residence, Centre of Projection Art, Melbourne

Artist in Residence, PLATFORM LAB, Geelong

2019

Artist Residency, Arts House City of Melbourne, Portrait Residency with public outcome

Artist Residency, Horizon Festival, QLD

2018

Artist Residency, Carriage works, Sydney

2017

Saltwater Video Artist Residency, Wyndham City Council

Women of the World Festival, Portrait Residency, FCAC, Melbourne - with public outcome

Gertrude Street Projection Festival Masterclass laboratory, Testing Grounds, Melbourne 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

Hidden Footscray, Roslyn Smorgan Gallery, FCAC, Melbourne

2022

Scaffolding Cinema, for Channels Festival, Melbourne

Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Fair, Centre of Projection Art, Collingwood Yards.

2021

Urban Screens & West Projections Festival co-presentation, Bunjil Place (VIC), Harmony Square (VIC), BeenleighTown Square (QLD) and Macquarie Mall Urban Screen (NSW) (Dec -April2021)

EYE to EYE (selected works) Old Treasury Building Projection, PHOTO 2021, Melbourne

2020

Here I Am: Art by Great Women, Ambush Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, (in-conjunction with Know My Name (NGA))

Wyndham Art Prize

Picturing Footscray

West Projections Festival

2019

Billboards Public Art installation (seven billboards), Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne

Digital Nation, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne

2018

Flipping the Script, Red Arcade, Wyndham City Council, Wyndham

All of us, Blind Side Gallery, Melbourne

SALT, West Projections Festival, Melbourne

#IAMWOMAN: a social portrait project, Come together, VU Metro, Melbourne

#IAMWOMAN: a social portrait project, Women of the World, 2018, Brisbane

Tell: Contemporary Indigenous Photography, Sydney Festival, UNSW, Sydney

2017

#IAMWOMAN: a social portrait project, Immerse Public Art Festival, Knox, Melbourne

#IAMWOMAN: a social portrait project, One night in Footscray, Public Art Festival, Melbourne

Tell: Contemporary Indigenous Photography, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat

Future is NOW! RMIT Europe, Barcelona, Spain

Future is NOW! Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2016

Proximity, 3 O’clock Gallery, South Bank, Melbourne

Space Between Light Festival, Richmond, Melbourne

2015

Labouring Under an Assumption, Brisbane

2014

Spirit Queen, Photography Factory, Sydney

Lethbridge Art Prize, (Finalist, Highly Commended)

2013

Museum of the Long weekend, C100 Canberra, Big hART

CURATORIAL ROLES

2022

Curator – BLAK a legacy of Destiny Deacon, Arts Centre Melbourne

2021

Curator – In her Name & The Meri project, Women of the World Australia, at Brisbane Powerhouse

2018

Curator – Women of the World 2018, Brisbane

2014

Co-Curator & Exhibition Coordinator – Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Performing Arts Market, proppaNOW

Curator – Walkley Foundation Nikon Walkley Projections, Brisbane

2013

Guest Curator & Workshop Presenter & Portfolio reviewer – Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, Dhaka Bangladesh

Curator – Walkley Foundation Nikon Walkley Projections, Brisbane

Curator, Project & Production Manager – QLD Towns Documentary project, State Library of Queensland and Griffith University

2013 – 2007

Curator & Exhibitions Coordinator - Brisbane Powerhouse, delivering over 100 exhibitions

2012

Curator – Walkley Foundation Nikon Walkley Projections, Brisbane

2006

Exhibition Manager - MSF and VII AGENCY Photographic exhibition, Congo the Forgotten War, Australian tour.

2006 – 2004

Curator & Workshop Facilitator – Photography workshops for Hazara refugees with public exhibition outcomes. Brisbane City Council.

2003

Curator, Artist & Exhibitions Coordinator - Global Citizens, a response to Australia’s refugee crisis

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