HAYLEY MEGAN FRENCH, Ph.D.

Hayley Megan French lives and works in Parramatta, Sydney. French paints, writes, curates and collaborates. In 2015 French completed a PhD (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts titled: See Where it Drifts: The Influence of Aboriginal Art on an Australian Ontology of Painting. This research was awarded the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Student prize for its contribution to an understanding of ourselves and our nation. French has held solo exhibitions at Penrith Regional Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Galerie pompom and Alexandra Lawson Gallery. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally at Tsukuba Museum of Art in Japan and the Auckland Art Fair. Her work is held in the collection of Artbank Australia and private collections in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. French's writing has been published in Art Collector Magazine and Eyeline Contemporary Visual Art Magazine. She is currently co-curating the exhibition Landing Points with Dr Lee-Anne Hall to open at Penrith Regional Gallery in December 2017.

Hayley Megan French is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney and Alexandra Lawson Gallery, Toowoomba.

 

Education

2015     Ph.D (Painting), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Download here.

2008    Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting), First Class Honours, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney     

 

Upcoming

2017     Landing Points, Co-curated by Dr Lee-Anne Hall & Hayley Megan French, Penrith Regional Gallery, December

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017     Vertigo, Alexandra Lawson Gallery (ALG), Toowoomba, QLD, October 2017

2017     Horizons present and unseen, Hayley Megan French, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, March 2017

2016     Hints of things we know, Galerie pompom, Sydney

2016     The Red House, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney

2015     Hayley Megan French, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2014     See where it drifts, MOP Projects hosted by Galerie pompom, Sydney

2012     Enchantment of Composition, 20/20, Damien Minton Gallery Annex Space, Sydney

 

Collaborative Projects

2017     A Work For Clandulla State Gallery, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, QLD

2016    YOU ARE ONE OF THE REASONS I MAKE ART, with Carla Liesch, Parramatta Lanes Festival, 11-14 October, 2016

2016    YOU ARE ONE OF THE REASONS I MAKE ART, with Carla Liesch, mailing project

2015     Painting Takes A Walk Part II, with Carla Liesch, Clandulla State Gallery, Kandos

2013     Wall Painting: The Exhibitions, Raygun Lab, Toowoomba, QLD

2013     Distanciation (Collective), Watch This Space, Alice Springs, NT

2012     Groundwork, MOP Projects, Sydney

2012     Distanciation (Collective), Index Space, Sydney - Residency

2012     Abstract Narrative, with Stephanie Bridget Quirk, Factory 49, Sydney

2012     Group Show, ‘Wall Painting (with white painting)’, with Carla Liesch, Articulate Project Space, Sydney

2012     Abstract Narrative, with Stephanie Bridget Quirk, Trocadero Artspace, Footscray, VIC

 

Group Exhibitions

2016     Auckland Art Fair (with Galerie pompom), New Zealand

2016     New Contemporaries, SCA Galleries, Sydney

2016     Interiors/ Exteriors, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney

2015     Influence, Firestation Art Centre, Dubbo, NSW

2015     The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of, Verge Gallery, Sydney

2015     FINE ART University Selection 2014-2015, Tsukuba Museum of Art, Japan

2014     Value of Nothing, RAYGUN Contemporary, Toowoomba, QLD

2014     Landscape Too, AirSpace Projects, Sydney

2014     Orbit (Melbourne), Blindside, Melbourne

2013     Out of Site, Articulate Project Space, Sydney

2013     Orbit (Hobart), Constance Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2013     Glow, Graduate School Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

2013     Orbit, NG Gallery Pop Up Space, Sydney

2012     PhD Conference Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

2012     Re-invention of Gravity, Verge Gallery, Sydney

2011     Articulate Christmas Show, Articulate Project Space, Sydney

2011     Friends of 20/20, Damien Minton Gallery Annex Space, Sydney

2011     RAGTIME, Global Gallery, Sydney

2011     Strangers in a Gallery, MOP Projects, Sydney

2011     Rather Be Naked, 2011, Tortuga Studios, Sydney

 

Awards and Residencies

2016     NSW Artists’ Grant

2016     Summer Studio Residency, Penrith Regional Gallery

2015     Winner of the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Australia Student Prize

2015     Kandos Projects Residency, November 2015

2015     Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship Recipient, 2015-16

2015     Parramatta Artist Studios Residency, 2015

2014     Australian Art Collector ‘UnDiscovered Artists 2014’ feature

2014     Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane

2014     FINE ART University Selection 2014-2015, Tsukuba Museum of Art, Japan

2012     University of Sydney Postgraduate Award   

2012     Artist in residence, Distanciation (Collective), Index Space, Sydney

2006    University of Sydney Sporting Scholarship

2005    University of Sydney Entry Scholarship

 

Publications

2017     'MODES OF PRACTICE,' Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts Magazine Issue #87, 2017

2017     'Grace Robyina - Creating Conversations,' Art Collector Magazine Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Edition, August 2017.

2017     'Fingerprints in the paint', Nonggirrnga Marawili Artist Profile, Art Collector Magazine Anniversary Issue, Issue 80 Apr-Jun 2017, 154 - 159.

2015     ‘Yiliyarri: Churchill Cann,’ by Hayley Megan French in collaboration with Alana Hunt and Anna Crane, exhibition text for Churchill Cann, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney in collaboration with Warmun Art Centre. Read here.

2015     ‘White Out: Tamara Mendels,’ by Hayley Megan French, for the exhibition White Out: Tamara Mendels, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Read here

2014     Hayley Megan French and Carla Liesch. 2014. "Introduction" In Landscape Too. Sydney: MOP Projects, 2014. ISBN 978-1-921661-42-6. 1-5. Read here

2013     ‘Talking Shop’, Hayley Megan French and Kate Beckingham, Ten out of 10, MOP Projects, 10th Anniversary catalogue, ISBN: 978-1-921661-33-4. Read here.

2012     Challenging Dialogue: Current Relationships between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous art and artists; September, PhD Conference, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

2011     ‘Heart You Hold,’ Hayley Megan French, ISBN: 9780646553276.

 

Press

2016     Canvas on FBi radio, Hayley Megan French & Carla Liesch, Sunday 9th October, 2016.

2016     Carrie Miller, 'WHAT NEXT - Hayley Megan French,' Art Collector, Issue 76 Apr-Jun, pp96-97.

2016     Sharne Wolffe, 'The Shortlist', Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 8 April, 2016. Read here.

2015     Jonathan McBurnie, ‘Hints of things we know: The paintings of Hayley Megan French’, exhibition catalogue essay, James Makin Gallery. Read here.

2014     Sean Lowry, ‘Hayley Megan French: New paintings,’ exhibition catalogue essay, Galerie pompom. Read here.                           

2014     ‘Hayley Megan French/See where it drifts,’ interview with Jonathan McBurnie, sneakymag.com, 26 May 2014. Read here.

2014     Altair Roelants, ‘2014 Undiscovered Artists - Hayley Megan French,’ Art Collector, Issue 68 Apr-Jun, pp96-97.

2013     Carrie Miller, ‘Curriculum Culture,’ Art Collector, Issue 66, Oct-Dec, pp63-70.

 

Conference Papers

2016     The Influence of Aboriginal Art on an Australian Ontology of Painting; Museums Australasia 2016, Facing the Future: Local, Global and Pacific Possibilities 15-19 May, 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

2012     Challenging Dialogue: Current Relationships between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous art and artists; September, PhD Conference, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

 

Commissions

2017    Art Strategy, Barangaroo; A private art commission featuring Ron Adams, Hayley Megan French, Daniel Hollier and Tom Polo, in collaboration with THERE and The Operative.

 

Collections

Artbank Australia; The Stevenson Collection of New Zealand and Australian Contemporary Art; Private Collections in Australia, New Zealand and America.