TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS
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 She has made a series of works in the US, including a White Drummer experimental documentary set in the post apocalyptic city of Detroit (2013) and various videos set in charged sites around the Mojave Desert and Southwestern States (2014-2015). She channeled her formative self by playing for three days to personal vinyl and mixed cassettes inside her sound proofed re-imagined teen bedroom for ‘White Drummer Rewind Room’ commissioned by Performance Space at Carriage works (2015). Her video work White Drummer Ghost Class where she performs in the carcass of a jet plane showed at Alaska Projects, Sydney and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra as a finalist in the National Digital Portrait Prize (2015). She is making ‘Nothing City, Nothing Place’ an experimental video that reveals the inevitable breakdown of architecture and community in Millers Point, Sydney (2016)
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 MCA (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), and BETASHOCKERS, Big Anxiety Festival (UNSW & AGNSW, Sydney, 2017).
Most recently Havelock Stevens created a major new dual channel installation ‘The Rapids’ for The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and continues to work with collaborators such as composer Cat Hope (Fremantle Biennale 2017, Perth Festival 2019) choreographer Jo Lloyd (Performance Space 2017 & 2019, Ian Potter Museum 2019) and music and art ensemble Chicks on Speed (Artspace 2013, MCA 2014, Performance Space 2019)
Havelock Stevens is currently making her many pronged project ‘Hasta La bella Vista Baby’ for C3 West, Museum of Contemporary Art (2019) and is a resident artist at the Clothing Store Artist Studios, Carriageworks.
Havelock Stevens has exhibited at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, 2011 & 2015), Galerie Pom Pom (Sydney, 2017), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, 2017), The Lock Up Gallery (Newcastle, 2018 & 2016) Alaska Projects (2016) and Artspace (Sydney, 2018). She is in the collections of Artbank, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Newcastle Art Gallery, and numerous private collections.
Her work has been featured on ABC Radio’s Arts and Books show, ABC News Breakfast, Sydney Morning Herald, RealTime , Artlink , Art Almanac and in Art Collector ’s Top Fifty Artists (2017), as well as feature articles about her drumming projects in Tom Tom, 2016 (US) and the October issue of Drumscene, 2018 (Aus).