Friday, 26 December 2014

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents - DEATH

I'm very honoured and excited about being invited to exhibit in this show!
Art about death typically brings to mind a certain kind of theatricality or a sombre tone, a classic still life with a skull and an extinguished candle, however the contemporary artists in this exhibition are talking about death in unexpected ways. Death has touched everyone and its effect is often life changing. It is a subject with many complexities. It is capable of stirring powerful emotions and actions, meanwhile by definition it is a simple scientific fact of life, “the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism”.
This exhibition focuses on the ways in which we process and deal with death and mortality; practically, emotionally, physically and psychologically, rather than the moment or meaning of death. Death is an unromantic look at some of the many facets of death including a suicide pact in the suburbs of Perth, subverting a fear of death with faux enlightenment, talking to the dead through white noise and the vestigial in elation to the embodiment of memory, archive and grief.
Artists - Carla Cescon, Simon Gende, Richard Lewer, Patrick Pound, Helen Shelley, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Hayley West 
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 23 May - 5 July 2015

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Inch'Allah online project with Jux no longer exists...

What do you do when your entire online project disappears along with 1000s of other peoples? 

The link that I came across never worked to retrieve my work... My project was linked to 3 arts websites and my blog...

It's super embarrassing but what can you do? My project 'Inch'Allah' no longer exists :(

Art Guide Australia, c3 contemporary art space, Waaw Saint-Louis Senegal
sorry :(

You owe us BIG TIME

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

Preview of Inch’Allah in Art Guide Australia

..."For all its specificity, Inch’Allah says plenty about the experience of being in a different country for the first time. It offers a narrativeless deluge of images and thoughts – bound together, though neither neatly nor clearly – as filtered through existing preoccupations and newly emerging concerns. Instead of honing in on specific moments and their meanings – the cocktail at this beach, the hike on that mountain – the photographs bleed into each other and spread out, suggesting something bigger and more evasive – something you can’t pin down by clicking on a heart-shaped icon."

See the link for the full text:  PREVIEW Inch'Allah by Toby Fehily 

Friday, 15 August 2014

PROJECT LAB 3 - c3 contemporary art space


Inch’Allah [God willing] is an everyday saying I’ve grown to love in Saint-Louis. Spoken mainly at the end of sentences as a way to agree without confirmation (let’s meet tomorrow – yes, Inch’Allah) or as a response to a question without a necessarily positive outcome (can I have your phone number? – Inch’Allah!) The answer is left to fate, Inch’Allah is chance. This project positions random images with random personal thoughts, much how living here has become. Nothing is processed with ease.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

le linceul (burial shroud)

The linceul is steadily growing with silvery fish scales. It's been a cathartic exercise during the sweat filled build-up like heat. I haven't returned to the beach many times, I find the dead bloated animals, roaming ghost nets and mountainess rubbish all too confronting. Waaw is my haven in front of a fan.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Waaw Residence, Saint-Louis, Senegal

The first three weeks of living in Saint-Louis has been relatively relaxed after a horrid few days in J'burg and Dakar - plane delayed, missed flight, luggage delayed, laptop stolen... just the usual start to a three month adventure. 

The dust I didn't expect, the great baguettes I did. Ramona has her own studio, Tobias and I are sharing one. There's a great bunch of artists staying here with us at present, and the weather has only just turned a little humid. 

There's so much to write already, I feel there's not enough time between wifi connections and working in the studio.  

One of the thousands of goats here.

Ramona with baguette at Waaw Studios 

Beach at Guet Ndar

Friday, 21 March 2014

Monday, 3 March 2014

Blue Mountains home-sit & studio residency

An opportunity for an artist/artists - please help spread the word far and wide! We are looking for someone to rent our home and studio in the Blue Mountains for three months 1st June-28th August, 2014.

Here's the link for further info:

Monday, 24 February 2014

Di Sana Project - remnants of the dead and demands on the living

kitten skull, Leura

The Di Sana Project is open to participation from those who live in India, Indonesia or Australia. Projects explore storytelling, personal and social memories, place, identity, culture and related topics.

Please participate in my project! Explore here: Di Sana Project - Hayley West

Twitter #remnantsofthedead
Instagram #remnantsofthedead

OR go directly to the Di Sana Facebook page:

Monday, 3 February 2014

1 million years

In the Screen Room at NCCA...
22 March to 19 April, 2014 (Opening: Friday 21 March 6pm)

1 million years sees the return of another former Darwin-based artist to NCCA, with NSW-based Hayley West employing sculpture and video-based performance to address persistent themes in her work relating to the 'vestigial': the embodiment of memory, archive and grief. 

NCCA's Screen Room will become a 'makeshift temple' through fabric-based sculptures and a video work in which West performs a series of acts in a prehistoric-like 'grotto' setting in the Blue Mountains where she resides. These acts broadly suggest family histories, bereavement and the vestigial. 'By contextualising the vestigial into a contemporary art framework', states West, 'there is an attempt to alleviate grief, relax impending emotional upheavals, or assist in the recovery of supressed or avoided emotions'.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Something to Say

Something to Say (mum's scarf, pearls) 2014

I do have something to say...
i've been sick for two months now, green is also the strangest colour to work with.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Trying hard to get back into the studio...

'Shall' 2013 (mum's shawl, broken balloons)

... reading Heidegger, grotto dreaming, erecting walls, worrying about family, asbestos woes, dog escaping, fart machines, chickens dead, interstate visitors, Senegal plans ...

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Mauve Moving Still

I've been working on this sculpture for the DVAA 30 year show. When I opened up the plastic zip lock bag that had mum's silk scarf in it, it amazingly still smelt of her, nearly 7 years after her death. I'm a bit sad to release it. The red coral is from a necklace which also belonged to her.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Burst Balloons Brooklyn

I'm feeling a bit let down by the James Turrell exhibition at the Guggenheim. I was expecting something sublime and got thousand fold noise, angry invigilators and works not experienced. The drawings were certainly wonderful - my favourite part, and true, 'Aten Reign' is beautiful, in a man-made, not natural pure spectacle kind of a way. Meanwhile, I'm collecting burst water balloons from Sunset Park playgrounds, it's a dirty job but (Tobias mostly) someone's gotta do it.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

VAAus video interview

This is an interview for Acme's Time & Vision Online, showcasing a 20 year retrospective of Australian Artists who have gone through Acme's International Residency Programme in London. I was awarded this residency through Australia Council for the Arts.

Videography by Liam Benson.

Visual Arts Australia, VAAus is an online curatorial platform supporting international and online engagement with Australian art and artists. Link to the VAAus interview:

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Masters by Research

Life swings around about, we seem to be enjoying ourselves in the mountains now, thank you to everyone who said it would take two years to get the hang of life here, i now believe you. 

I am now a Masters by Research candidate, with an Australian Postgraduate Award, at Charles Darwin University. 

My proposed research project 'The Vestigial' focuses on the process of grief, mourning and what remains. A particular focus lies where images of the deceased have been removed, or embellished for personal and/or cultural reasons. I will also be continuing my work with de/reconstructed personal clothing and hope to create a number of performative works.

Next visit to Darwin: 2nd-13th May, 2013
Uncle Peter

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

studio residency + chook minding opportunity

Our studio/home has been posted on the Creative Spaces website, it's available for a few months from May-August (dates to be confirmed).

Check out their website for details: BLUE MOUNTAINS STUDIO RESIDENCY

Free eggs courtesy of Winter, Electro Girl & Fiona

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

So Far + Owl

A few people have been asking about this work, so thought i'd elaborate.

'So Far' is made from the t-shirt i was wearing when i gave birth to Ramona (albeit cleaned up).
The owl is a powerful owl that Tobias taxidermied himself, and Ramona loves it. She was carrying it around for quite some time, until finally, the head lolled so awkwardly that it nearly fell off and was making me dry retch, so i hid it.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Get Us Out Of Here

Hayley West & Tobias Richardson
c3 contemporary art space: Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia
21st November – 9th December 2012

Hayley West & Tobias Richardson work apart for this project; from the Blue Mountains and Ethiopia respectively. A collaboration processed from two different everyday realities; being homebound and travelling freely. What results is an everyday account of living and working a month apart. Having recently moved from Darwin Northern Territory, West & Richardson now find their feet in an awkward terrain, living momentarily in NSW.

Friday, 28 September 2012

6 weeks in Ethiopia

Not me, but Tobias is away in Ethiopia for 6 weeks. Today is my first day without him here, and Ramona is in childcare...

I've set up my studio in the kitchen, ready to roll. Having Liam Benson here interviewing me recently (for 'Time & Vision', the OzCo Residency/ACME UK project) has got me keen to pick up the pieces again.

We have an exhibition at c3 Contemporary Artspace in Melbourne in November, the exhibition title is: Get Us Out Of Here

I have 6 weeks to put something together...  

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Art of the Nomad

The Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin
April 18 – May 18 2012 opening Wednesday April 18, 6pm

Image: Hayley West, 'So Far' 2012
(wedding dress from Yogyakarta/tablecloth from Paris)

Artists: Rod Moss, Sia Cox, Rupert Betheras, J9, Ben Ward, Suzi Lyon, Hayley West, Simon Cooper, Siying Zhou, Leanne Waterhouse, Henry Smith, Ian Hance, Bronwyn Wright, Bill Davies, Chips MacKinolty, Franck Gohier and Colin Holt.

Curators: Sarah Pirrie, Siying Zhou, Suzi Lyons, Leanne Waterhouse, Anna Reynolds, Chips MacKinolty and Chris Raja. 

“artists who have deliberately left a mark on the Territory as an explicit part of their practice” Chips MacKinolty

Sunday, 26 February 2012

the bump in my road

The transition from Darwin to the Blue Mountains has been quite difficult. Aside from trying to keep creativity up since Ramona was born, this relocation has proven to be a huge bump in my life. Thankfully we have a house with a good roof, and the magpies keep singing. If only this southern summer could rest for more than two days before all the leaves start turning.

I'm working at the moment on a sculpture for a show called 'Art of the Nomad' in Darwin in April, but really all I want to do is spend hours drawing, which is not really achievable at this point in time. Tobias's show is approaching at RAFT in Alice Springs, I can't wait to be touching the desert.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Immemorial: reaching back beyond memory

The Manila/Jogja/Darwin version
Opening 26 October, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin

Friday, 1 July 2011

Territory Time

The Landlord (found photos, late mother-in-law's pillow slips)

Chan Contemporary Art Space
State Square (opp Parliament House) Darwin, Northern Territory
29 June - 24 July 2011
Artist talk: Saturday 2 July 11:30am (hear all the talks here: Territory Time Blog )
Artists: Rebecca Arbon, Simon Cooper, Talitha Kennedy, Adrienne Kneebone, Catherine McAvoy, Amina McConvell, Sarah Pirrie, Tobias Richardson, Suzette Wearn, Hayley West, Carole Wilson, Siying Zhou. Curated by Siying Zhou.

Territory Time brings together twelve visual artists who have resided in the Northern Territory presenting their own personal and psychic territory.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

goodbye tropics hello mountains

gingers for daphne
bougainvillea for roses
palms for maples
torres strait pigeons for kookaburras
pheasant coucals for lyrebirds
geckos for blue tongues
crocodiles for black snakes
cane toads for foxes
cyclones for bush fires
humidity for mist
papaya for apricots
iced coffee for hot chocolate

Friday, 12 November 2010


i'll be talking on a live radio show today (Friday 12 November 4pm London time) with 'Enemies of Good Art'

Enemies of Good Art

The podcast is now available: 'Kids in Residence' discussion 12/11/2010

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Australia Council Residency - UK

Ramona and i will be staying here in Bow, London until 29 January 2011
The residency is managed by ACME Studios who are wonderful hosts. Can't wait to push that pram around London galleries!

Sunday, 12 September 2010


PLATFORM 2009-2012 is an ongoing series of changing public artworks designed to engage, inform and entertain. The Museum of Brisbane has commissioned artworks that are installed into photographic lightboxes located on the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Busway Station, Brisbane QLD.

Friday 10 September – Friday 10 December 2010

link : PLATFORM: Public art installations

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Ramona Billie Lola Richardson

Created by Tobias Richardson and Hayley West
DOB: 18 March 2010, 3.31pm, weight 3.035kg
Our beautiful Tiger Pisces girl x

photo by my wonderful friend and photographer Fiona Morrison x

Saturday, 27 February 2010

'After the Gold Rush' at GRANTPIRRIE

opening 11 March, 2010
if in Sydney go have a drink for me!
i can't make it as i'm expected to lay the golden egg that weekend...

website links:
GRANTPIRRIE Gallery Sydney
ART MONTH Sydney website
ART MONTH Sydney blog

Monday, 25 January 2010

the so far news for 2010

*After the Gold Rush:
GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney - 11 March to 17 April
*give birth:
expected date - 13 March
*Asialink Residency:
Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila Philippines - June & July CANCELLED
Platform RBWH, Museum of Brisbane public art commission, Brisbane
10 September to 10 December
*Australia Council Residency:
ACME Studios, London UK - November, December, January


Thursday, 10 December 2009

immemorial - reaching back beyond memory a unique collaboration and dialogue between Northern Territory artists and Indonesian artists. The curatorial rationale of immemorial seeks to investigate commonalities of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, as they consider their ancestral histories and their present notions of cultural identity.

Exhibition and public forums at Roommate and iCAN, Yogyakarta, opening 14 November, running to 23 December.

My immigrant parents longed to be part of post-colonial Australian history, ignoring London and our sketchy Yenish heritage. Creating a new life in Australia involved constantly acquiring new possessions and attempting to eliminate accents. This work refers to my research into the vestigial, the remnants left behind from the death of loved ones.

Darwin Artists: Tobias Richardson, Hayley West, Min Wong, Jenny Fraser, and Catriona Stanton. Yogyakarta Artists: Wimo Ambala Bayang, Maryanto, Carolina Rika, Lashita Situmorang, and Sigit Bapak. Curators: Sudjud Dartanto (Yogyakarta) & Steve Eland (Darwin). A project initiated by 24hr Art - Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art. immemorial blog