Personal details

Dr Rachael Haynes
Lecturer (Visual Arts)
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice,
Visual Arts
Discipline *
Visual Arts and Crafts
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

National Association for the Visual Arts, Australia

Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand


Visual Arts, Feminist Ethics, Exhibition Practice

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Rachael Haynes is a Lecturer and the Visual Arts Study Area Coordinator in the School of Creative Practice at QUT. Rachael completed her PhD, an exploration of the ethics of exhibition practice examining encounters between artworks and audiences in terms of difference, in 2009, with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award for research. Her current research investigates feminist ethics, archives, care and activism through pedagogical, curatorial, participatory and installation strategies. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently with exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane (2019-20), Kuiper Projects (Brisbane, 2018), BUS Projects (Melbourne, 2017), Blindside Gallery (Melbourne, 2015), and FirstDraft (Sydney, 2014). Collaborative projects with LEVEL have been presented in Australia and internationally, including at ACCA (Melbourne, 2017), GOMA (Brisbane, 2014), the MCA (Sydney, 2013) and Performance Space (Sydney, 2012). Rachael has been actively involved with independent and artist-run activity since 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), was a founding member of the feminist collective LEVEL (2010-2018) and the Gallery Director of Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (2012-2018). Rachael is a member of the Engagement Council for the University of Queensland Art Museum. Her writing on feminism and art has been published in several journals including Feminist Review, Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, the Journal of Australian Studies, Educational Philosophy and Theory and was also included in the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminism (2019).

This information has been contributed by Dr Rachael Haynes.


Rachael coordinates the 3rd year Visual Arts Open Studio program and the Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition at QUT. She received a QUT Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2010. Her research and teaching focus includes:

  • Contemporary international and Australian art
  • Feminist art, pedagogy and philosophy
  • Curating and exhibition practice
  • Artist collectives, ARIs (artist-run initiatives) and alternative institutions
This information has been contributed by Dr Rachael Haynes.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Artists as Living A(na)rchivists: An Examination of Living Archives as Participatory Media for the Artist- Run Sector
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Courtney Pedersen
  • he Lure of Memory: Embodying and Reconstructing Fragmented Narratives Through Contemporary Art
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Charles Robb
  • Tuning to Thresholds: An Object-Oriented Study of Affect and Contemporary Art Practice
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Charles Robb
  • Thesis Title: Artist-Run Initiatives and Institutional Critique in 21st Century Australian Art
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Courtney Pedersen

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)