Artists – Barbara Cleveland | Thinking Business


Barbara Cleveland is an Australian artist collective working in Sydney on Gadigal land. Founded by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley, the collective takes its name from a mythic feminist performance artist recovered from the margins of Australian art history, a figure who has featured in its work since 2010. Barbara Cleveland’s projects are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of the visual and performing arts. Its videos and performances have recently been presented at 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, and Hayward Gallery, London. Its works are held in the collections of Artbank, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Monash University Museum of Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Barbara Cleveland is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.

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Barbara Cleveland

This is a stained glass window, (still) 2019, Single Channel HD Video, 13’28’’

Diana Baker Smith is an artist, and a lecturer at UNSW Art & Design. Her projects are collaborative, research-driven and informed by feminist methodologies. Recent solo and collaborative projects include Order of Arrangements with Verónica Tello, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2020; and Backwards Turning, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2019. She is currently working on two new video works about the artist and dancer Philippa Cullen to be presented at Artspace, Sydney, in 2021.

Frances Barrett is an artist and curator. Her recent projects pivot around the modalities of listening and touch: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2020; All Ears: A Listening Party, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2018; Into My Arms, Ace Open, Adelaide, 2018; and Handle, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2018. In 2019 she was one of the recipients of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, and she is a current PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash Art Design and Architecture.

Kate Blackmore is an artist and filmmaker. Her films have been presented across cinematic, broadcast and contemporary art contexts and aim to extend the theoretical limits of what is traditionally meant by the term ‘documentary’. She has written, directed and produced several films for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation including the Walkley Award–nominated dance series, The Movement, 2017. Kate is currently developing a new video work for a 2021 exhibition at Cement Fondu, Sydney, and teaches at UNSW Art & Design and University of Technology, Sydney.

Kelly Doley is an artist. Her practice encompasses painting, performance and curatorial projects with a current interest in working with hand-painted signwriting and slogans influenced by the lineage of feminist and queer art and activist practices. Most recently she has exhibited at Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2017–18, and created a design collection for the National Gallery of Victoria Design Store, Melbourne. Kelly is currently working on a new commission to be presented at Bus Projects, Melbourne, in 2021.



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A Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.