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Helen lives and works on Jagera and Turrbal country. She acknowledges their lands were stolen, and sovereignty was never ceded.

Helen is an interdisciplinary visual artist, whose work is most often realised through installation. Engaged with material agencies she works with audio, stop motion animation, welded and cast forms, found and discarded materials, and expanded drawing. Studio processes and field methodologies foreground the vital agencies of other-than-human worlds, in an interrogation of what it means to be living in a colonised country and in “the age of humans”.

With these concerns in mind, her practice has two approaches. One approach is ecocritical commentary which particularly favours tones of irreverence, absurdity and playfulness to talk about serious environmental/climate matters.


The second focus is on the Yimbaya Maranoa Arts Collective. Initiated in 2018, and based on the Maranoa River (Queensland), Yimbaya is a First Nations led immersive arts project engaging Gunggari, Maranoa region artists, and visiting artists.

Residencies are located at the intersection of sites of significance to the Gunggari participants, and the route taken by surveyor-general Thomas Livingstone Mitchell in 1846, who meticulously recorded his findings in a series diaries.


Connections to Country and Gunggari knowledge keepers during the residencies continue to develop, resulting in a series of exhibitions, workshops, collaborative actions, and community engagements. The accumulating digital and material archive platforms stories and perspectives less visible and heard; and opportunities to decolonise Maranoa cartographies. Critically, the project holds space for deep listening, inter-cultural exchange, and possibilities for healing.

​Helen has shown work at BLINDSIDE (Naarm), Sydney University, the Old Lockup ARI Sunshine Coast, and Meanjin’s STABLE, Redland Art Gallery, Springhill Reservoir, House Conspiracy, and the POP, Webb, Grey Street, and Project Galleries, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

She has a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) Queensland College of Art (2022).

Select Exhibitions



Yimbaya Maranoa, The Mitchell On Maranoa Gallery, Mitchell Queensland (group)


entwined as others, The Old Lockup ARI, Maroochydore Qld. (duo)
"Curiouser and curiouser", cried Alice, Grey Street Gallery, QCA Griffith University. In completion of BA Visual Art Honours degree

Mimesis, sympoiesis and the wee-loo, Sydney College of the Arts, Bi
rds and Language Conference virtual gallery (duo)

Drawn, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (group)


De-fence, Ins-scribe, Vacant Assembly, Brisbane (duo)


Chain of Ponds, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne (duo)


RONA18, Spring Hill Reservoirs, Brisbane (group)


Site, Sample, Sign: A Case Study, STABLE Artspace, Brisbane (group)


Etic Response, Whitebox Artspace, QCA (duo)



Waltz in "Talisman", Webb Gallery, QCA (group)

Inside Outside In "[working title]", POP Gallery, Woolloongabba (group)


Foreign Matters in "Undergrowth", QCA Undergraduate  Invitational Exhibition, Webb Gallery (group)


Invitational Orientation Week Exhibition, Whitebox, QCA (group)

Residencies, Workshops, Publications, Podcasts


A Positive Take on Negative Space, QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice, School of Design,Visual Communication, (Co-presenter Tiana Jefferies)


Stop Motion Erasure Animation, Redland Art Gallery (Co-presenter Natalie Wood)
Mark Making, Redland Art Gallery (Co-presenter Jude Roberts)


“Cycle 12.” In The Conspirator, ed. Jonathan O’Brien, (Brisbane: House Conspiracy Inc., 2018), 168-83
House Conspiracy “Podcast #41: Helen Hardess and Jude Roberts.” Conducted by Jonathan O’Brien. In Conversation, 39:30


2022        Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), QCA, Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence

2014-17   Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence

© Helen Hardess 2024 All rights reserved

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