Jody Haines.  Artist & Curator


Jody Haines is an artist based in Naarm/Melbourne, whose art practice – a combination of social practice and photo media – is most recognisable for her large-scale public activations, or what she fondly calls her “big face in public space” work.
Jody’s relational practice is built on Indigenous feminist (new) materialism – a combination of yarning, relationality and standpoint. Her work explores themes of identity, representation, and the female gaze, looking for what radical possibilities can emerge when we centre care, respect, listening, and reciprocity at the heart of our work and relationships.

Using site-specific and relational methods, Jody has collaborated with local communities across Australia, developing projections, paste-ups, and street-wide photographic activations. Including the projects Women Dreaming for Women of the World & Festival 2018 (Gold Coast Commonwealth Games), Our People Our Place for Horizon Festival 2019, various iterations of #IAMWOMAN an ongoing relational portrait series, including Arts House 2019, Immerse Public Art Festival 2018, and One Night in Footscray 2018 and more.

Exhibitions include Photo 2021 International Festival of Photography at Footscray Community Arts, Tell: Contemporary Indigenous Photography Sydney Festival 2018 and Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2017, Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017 (Atherton Towers with Susan Maco Forrester), Channels Festival 2019 and West Projections 2020. Most recently showing in the group show Here I Am: Art by Great Women in conjunction with Know My Name (National Gallery of Australia).

Jody is 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.

Jody is a proud descendant of the tommeginne peoples of northwest lutruwita (Tasmania). 

Artist CV


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



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


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


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


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


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


Searching for Bon, Collection of Hume City Council, Vic



Last Supper, 2021, purchased by Maribyrnong City Council

First Nations Creators Grant, Maribyrnong City Council


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


Emerging Artist Award, Immerse Public Arts Festival, Vic

Semi Finalist Iris Awards, Perth Centre of Photography, WA

Finalist, Footscray Art Prize, Vic


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



Place LAB Artist residency, RMIT

Artist in Residence, Centre of Projection Art, Melbourne

Artist in Residence, PLATFORM LAB, Geelong


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

Artist Residency, Horizon Festival, QLD


Artist Residency, Carriage works, Sydney


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 



Scaffolding Cinema, for Channels Festival, Melbourne

Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne

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


Hidden Footscray, Roslyn Smorgan Gallery, FCAC, Melbourne

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


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


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

Digital Nation, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne


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


#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


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

Space Between Light Festival, Richmond, Melbourne


Labouring Under an Assumption, Brisbane


Spirit Queen, Photography Factory, Sydney

Lethbridge Art Prize, (Finalist, Highly Commended)


Museum of the Long weekend, C100 Canberra, Big hART



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


Curator – Women of the World 2018, Brisbane


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

Curator – Walkley Foundation Nikon Walkley Projections, Brisbane


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


Curator – Walkley Foundation Nikon Walkley Projections, Brisbane


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.


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

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