Helen Hardess is a Meanjin based multidisciplinary artist, whose practice is orientated towards social inclusion through artistic and audience collaborations.

Her art de-centres anthropocentric viewpoints and enlists the affective potential of materials and objects to address concerns about a destabilised biosphere and Australia's contested and hidden colonial legacies.


She works across audio, the moving image, stop motion animation, welded and cast forms, found and waste materials, and expanded drawing. Studio and field methodologies foreground the vital agencies of other-than-human worlds.

​She has shown her work in BLINDSIDE (Naarm), Sydney University, and Meanjin’s STABLE, Redland Art Gallery, Springhill Reservoir, House Conspiracy, and several Griffith University galleries. She is participating in an ongoing art project based in the town of Mitchell, Queensland initiated in 2017, which is run by visual artist Jude Roberts and Gunggari artist and academic Dr Vicki Saunders.

She has a Bachelor of Visual Art from Griffith University's Queensland College of Art (2020).

© Helen Hardess 2017-2022. All rights reserved

Exhibitions & Collaborations

2022 (January)

entwined as others, The Old Lockup ARI, Maroochydore. (A collaboration with Tiana Jefferies)

Mimesis, sympoiesis and the wee-loo, Sydney College of the Arts (A collaboration with Tiana Jefferies for Birds and Language Conference virtual gallery)

Drawn, Redland Art Gallery (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 Gallery, QCA (duo)



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

[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


Co-presenter Erasure Animation, Redland Art Gallery
Co-presenter Mark Making, Redland Art Gallery


“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


2014-17   Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence