Tina Havelock Stevens is a Sydney based artist predominantly working across video, sound, music, experimental documentary and performance. She explores the ambiguities of human nature, using cinematic conventions and performance as a means of responding to personal histories and specific environments with audio-visual installations. Recently she had a major solo show at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and was featured in The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She is the recipient of the prestigious 65th Blake Prize (2018) and the 55th Fisher Ghost Prize (2017). Fusing her sensibilities as a documentary-maker and musician, she creates immersive art, dwelling on loaded sites to speak of survival and fragility within environmental, urban and emotional spaces.

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.

Havelock Stevens will next be exhibiting in the 2020 Yokohama Triennale, Japan

Other works include a year long collaboration with the Hills District community in Sydney’s North west creating various visual and sonic elements for her major Museum of Contemporary Art C3 West project “Hasta La Bella Vista Baby’ which culminated in a significant multi – artform event (2019)

Havelock Stevens 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 works 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, Artshub, and in Art Collector ’s Top Fifty Artists (2017 & 2020), as well as feature articles on her drumming practice in magazines Tom Tom, 2016 (US) and the October issue of Drumscene, 2018 (Aus).

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


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