Jane Richens b. 1966


Artist (Digital Artist/Designer), Artist (Installation Artist), Designer (Graphic Designer), Artist (Mixed Media Artist)
Installation artist and digital artist/designer actively involved in 1980-1990 Artist-run spaces including That Contemporary Art Space, The Queensland Artworker’s Alliance and Bureau.
TAGS: Feminism, Photocopy art, Mask making, Infrastructural activism, ARI, Eyeline, QAA, That Contemporary Art Space, Bureau, AXIS




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Various Private Collections



2011 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110, WEA Hunter

2009 Certificate IV in Small Business Management (NEIS) BSB40407, Hunter Business Centre

2004 CELTA – Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, Australian TESOL Training Centre, Sydney, 2004

1996 Digital Pre-press, College of Fine Arts, Sydney, 1996

1994 Bachelor of Arts, Power Institute of Fine Arts, University of Sydney

1984 1 Year of a Diploma of Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art


Arts projects

Solo exhibitions

2008 NOTES FROM A PLACE, Catbird Gallery, Dungog

1992 PORTRAIT OF, Below Zero, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

1990 UNTITLED EXHIBITION, First Draft West, Sydney

1989 SIN (Nude with Red Hair), Milburn + Arte, Brisbane

SIN (Nude with Red Hair), Bureau, Brisbane

1987 7 IS IN HEAVEN, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane


Group exhibitions

2016 Made in Callan St, Studio exhibition, Rozelle, Sydney

2015-6 Dungog by Design, Dungog

2006-10 Various GROUP EXHIBITIONS, Gresford Gallery & Gresford

1996 FIRST DRAFT 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW, First Draft, Sydney

1991 FIRST DRAFT 1985 to 1991, First Draft, Sydney

FRAMES OF REFERENCE, Dissonance, Artspace/Wharf, Sydney

INDUSTRY, First Draft West, Sydney

BODY WITHOUT ORGANS, First Draft West, Sydney

1990 SCANNING THE CODE, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

RSVWWZ, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

AUSGRAPH 90, Melbourne

10 x 10 WORKS, Milburn + Arte, Brisbane

SIN at SITE, SITE, Sydney

1989 ATTITUDE, AFI Cinema, Sydney

RANDOM ACCESS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane


1988 SMALL WORKS, Milburn + Arte, Brisbane

BUREAU, Bureau, Brisbane

NATIONAL WOMENS ART AWARDS, Centre Gallery, Gold Coast


INTERFACE, Queensland Bicentennial Art Spaces Project, Brisbane

BELLE LETTRES, John Mills National, Brisbane

1987 IMAGINE THAT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

AT THAT MOMENT, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

EARLIER ATTITUDES, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

Jane Richens/Henry Davidian, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

1986 OUTDOOR ART DRIVE-IN, Cnr Charlotte & Edwards Sts, Brisbane

JUMBO/SPAN, Span, Sydney

JUMBO/SPAN, Jumbo, Brisbane

THAT 1ST BIRTHDAY SHOWS, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

1985 MASKS, The Observatory, Brisbane

MASKS, Le Scoops, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane



1987 WEAR BLACK, WEAR WHITE, with Eugene Carchesio, John Mills National, Brisbane

3 PERFORMANCES, Da Da Doo, Eyeline Magazine Launch, School Arts Building, Brisbane

1986 Participant in Lyndall Milani’s performance ‘Performance in the Landscape 3: Shrine’, Summer Solstice, Beachmere

WEEPING WOMAN BURNING, THAT Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane

THE MASK OF PAINTING & PERSON, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

MASKED CHESS SET, The Observatory Gallery Brisbane


Artist-Run Initiatives (ARIs)

1991-92 NSW ARTWORKERS UNION, committee member

1990-92 CIENFUEGOS FILM SOCIETY, treasurer

1986-9 QUEENSLAND ARTWORKERS ALLIANCE, committee member & secretary (chair) 1989

1988-9 [BUREAU] ART SPACE, gallery member & artist

1985-7 THAT CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE, treasurer,  artist studio & gallery member



Ross, Toni, ‘Portrait of the Artist as Photocopier: Jane Richens’, Electronic Arts in Australia: Continuum, Vol 8, No 1, 1994

Smith, S., ‘Timeless look at city life’, Courier Mail, 13.2.92 (NB my name has been confused with J Burchill)

Seward, Angela, ‘Portrait of’, IMA newsletter, February 1992

Dissonance catalogue & poster

Art Almanac, July 1991, cover

Kirker, Anne, Instant Imaging, exhibition catalogue, Qld Art Gallery, May 1991

Andrew, Paul, Me, myself and the eye, exhibition catalogue, First Draft West, 1990

Art Alamanac, May 1990, editorial

MOCA Bulletin, 1989

Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Annual report 1989, Secretary’s report

MOCA Bulletin, December 1988

Axis file, exhibition catalogue, 1988

Wark, K., ‘Not Just a Pretty Interface’, Outer Site, Five Contemporary Art Spaces projects (publication), 1988

Helmrich, Michelle, ‘Interface/Brisbane’, Art & Text, Issue 29, 1988

Helmrich, Michelle, ‘Interfacing the Interface’, Eyeline, Issue 6, September 1988

Helmrich, Michelle, ‘That’s THAT, But is That All?: THAT Contemporary Art Space 1985-1988’, Eyeline, Issue 5, June 1988

Helmrich, Michelle, ‘Artist Page’, Eyeline, Issue 4, March 1988

Szulakowska, Ursula, ‘The World is an Abstract Pearl’, Eyeline, Issue 2, August 1987



Current Education Officer (Job share), DUNGOG COMMUNITY COLLEGE, DUNGOG

1987-2008 One-off arts and technology workshops – including graphic computer programs, maskmaking, felting various locations Brisbane, Sydney, Dungog

1998-2004 Visual design lecturer & tutor, School of Communication, Design & Media, UWS University of Western Sydney

NAFA Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts, UNSW University of New South Wales

2005-6 English language teacher, Sydney 2005-06 – Holmes College, acl (Australian Centre for Language)


Employment – Arts admin & Graphic Design

2011-16 DUNGOG COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Education Officer, job share, Set up and administer community college structure and training programs.

1994-16 TABBIL FOREST DESIGN (RICHENS & DOHERTY) partner with Brian Doherty, graphic design, digital artwork, print management of catalogues, magazines, corporate id and websites

2007-08 CATBIRD GALLERY, Gallery attendant, casual

1995-97 MADHOUSE DESIGN, Sydney, digital artist, digital interpretation of graphic design to finished art

1994-96 MUSEUM OF SYDNEY, freelance contractor, Typography for multimedia exhibits and assisted the Curator of Resources

1993 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, Sydney, artist co-ordinator/ admin

1993 DESKTOP PEOPLE, Sydney, digital artist, part-time

1990-92 POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, Sydney, digital production, Print Media and Production department

1989-92 SENSIBLE ART SERVICES, Sydney, partner with Brian Doherty & Barbara Campbell, provided design, print production and administration to arts clients from individual artists to cultural institutions. Included magazine production and exhibition promotions through to developing artists’ CVs and preparation of grant applications.

1990 ART ALMANAC, Sydney, magazine design and production and editorial assistant, part-time

1989-90 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Sydney, arts admin, part-time

1989-90 SELECT APPOINTMENTS, Sydney, admin, part-time temp

1989 THE PERFORMANCE SPACE, Sydney, Front of house

1988-89 INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART, Brisbane, casual gallery assistant

1988-89 Studio assistant, casual, Lyndall Milani Studio, Brisbane

1988-89 AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR THE CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL MATERIALS, Brisbane, publications design and production

1988 WORLD EXPO 88, Brisbane, sculpture conservation assistant to the Australian and International Collection, performed on-site conservation and prepared condition reports for the sculptures

1988 Ceramic restoration

1987-89 EYELINE MAGAZINE, Brisbane, Art news co-ordinator, provided admin assistance to the manager, assisted with general paste-up and production of the magazine.