Hayley West is a female artist born in Australia, currently working in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
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My arts practice is cross disciplinary: primarily performative with sculpture, installation and photography as complimentary means of expression. Research focuses on: the private/public divide, communication breakdown, journeys through un/determined routes and the exploration and exposition of memory.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in Sculpture) from RMIT University, I have been exhibiting in ARIs, public art spaces and contemporary art spaces throughout Australia. From 2004 to late 2007 I was Coordinator of the only ARI in the Top End of Australia – Darwin Visual Arts Association Inc. (DVAA). I am currently the NT correspondent for Art Notes, Art Monthly Australia Magazine.

Recent projects include: the 24HR art projects: immemorial (Jogjakarta, Indonesia 2009), interpositions (Darwin 2007) and Fusion Strength (Darwin 2005), Bangun-Abandon Project (KL, Malaysia 2008) and Tidy Town – Paris (Paris 2008).

Residencies include: Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila Philippines thru Asialink (2010), ACME Studios, London UK thru Australia Council (2010-11), Cité Internationale des Arts Studio, Paris France thru Art Gallery of NSW (2008); Hill End Artists in Residence Program thru Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW (2008); and Lost Generation Space Artist in Residence Program, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007-08).

Sustaining a practice in a remote and regional town such as Darwin is demanding. I find it imperative that my artwork travels interstate and overseas in order to receive useful feedback, and to expand and test my own practice. As an artist and arts worker, I have always focused on establishing new contacts outside of Darwin, with the view to future collaborations and exchanges. I am interested in expanding dialogue between regional and remote areas within Australia. Globally I am interested in strengthening connections with artists in the Southern Hemisphere (given my location) and Europe (given my heritage, as a first generation Australian).