Havelock Stevens is the winner of the prestigious 65th Blake Prize (2018), and the 55th Fisher Ghost Prize (2017). Fusing her sensibilities as a film-maker and a musician, Havelock Stevens’ practice engages with the sublime, the autobiographical and the restlessness of humanity. She creates intimate, immersive, transcendent art experiences in the context of unusual urban, natural and emotional environments, dwelling on loaded sites by inhabiting the location visually and sonically, and tuning into the frequencies and history of place.

Havelock Stevens won the Contemporary Section of the Fisher Ghost Art Prize ‘(2013) and was a finalist in the National Portrait Prize (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2015), the John Fries Award (Sydney, 2017) and Tidal (Devonport Regional Gallery, 2018). She curated for Artbar at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2018) and has delivered various commissions including ‘Submerge’, MONA FOMA (2013), REWIND ROOM (Performance Space, 2015), the large-scale THUNDERHEAD at Dark Mofo and Performance Space (2016), BETASHOCKERS, Big Anxiety Festival (UNSW & AGNSW, Sydney, 2017) BEATS OF DARKNESS for the Manila Biennale (Philippines, 2018) and THUNDERHEAD ( a solo show of 4 x video works and 1 x neon) at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth Festival 2020.

In 2019 Havelock Stevens created a major new dual channel installation ‘The Rapids’ for The National : New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Also throughout that year she collaborated with the Hills District community in Sydney’s North west creating various visual and sonic elements for her large Museum of Contemporary Art C3 West project “Hasta La Bella Vista Baby’ which culminated in a major multi – artform event.

Havelock Stevens is a resident artist at the Clothing Store Artist Studios, Carriageworks.

She has also exhibited at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, 2011 & 2015), Bullet Space (NYC, 2014), MILL 6 Foundation (Hong Kong, 2016) Alaska Projects (Sydney, 2016), Galerie Pom Pom (Sydney, 2017), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, 2017), The Lock Up Gallery (Newcastle, 2018 & 2016) and Artspace (Sydney, 2018) amongst many other installations and performances nationally and internationally.  She is in the collections of Artbank, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Newcastle Art Gallery, and numerous private collections.

She continues to work with collaborators such as choreographer Jo Lloyd (Performance Space 2017 & 2019, Ian Potter Museum 2019, Dark Mofo 2020) composer Cat Hope (Fremantle Biennale 2017, Perth Festival 2019) music and art ensemble Chicks on Speed (Artspace 2013, MCA 2014, Performance Space 2019) and long term musical collaborator Liberty Kerr (The Mumps/post rock band, experimental duo performances, THUNDERHEAD, The Rapids)

Her work has been featured on ABC Radio’s Arts and Books show, ABC News Breakfast, Sydney Morning Herald, RealTime , Artlink , Art Almanac and Art Collector ’s Top Fifty Artists (2017), as well as feature articles on her drumming practice in magazines Tom Tom, 2016 (US) and the October issue of Drumscene, 2018 (Aus).


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