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.