VOLUNTEERS needed for Deborah Kelly project

Posted on 17 September 2013 in News
Deborah Kelly

19th Biennale of Sydney artist Deborah Kelly calls for subjects for nude life-sized photographic portraits as part of a new work being created for the exhibition.

Sydney-based artist Deborah Kelly is seeking 19 people to pose for life-sized nude photographic portraits, which will form the basis of a series of large-scale collective collages entitled In All Our Glory.

Ideally, portrait subjects will have strong views to share and be of varying ages (18+), colours, sizes, genders and abilities. Individual portrait sessions will take place in studios in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

The artworks will be made through a series of public teaching and learning collage workshops in Sydney. Members of the public, artists and others, are invited to be part of the workshops, to be held on weekends and evenings from mid-October. Space is strictly limited.

As part of the project, the artist also requests donations of unwanted, old picture reference books. The books, to be incorporated into the work, can be in any condition, colour or black and white. The use of books in the work seeks to capture cultural material from the analogue era, at a time when the world of books is being displaced by digitisation.


  • To volunteer as a portrait subject, please send a picture of your face (only) to by Friday, 11 October 2013.
  • To sign up for the collage workshops, please send expressions of interest to
  • To donate books, please contact


For the better part of three decades, Australian artist Deborah Kelly has created a prolific body of mixed-media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, and profound. Often politically motivated, Kelly’s artworks explore ideas of power in all its manifestations, highlighting racial, sexual and religious prejudices and histories. Many of Kelly’s best-known works have occurred in the public realm, utilising highly visible canvases including projections onto clouds, billboards, bus shelters, postcards and human bodies. Significant solo shows of Kelly’s work have been held at Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2013) Artspace, Sydney (2011) and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2009). Her work has been included in prominent international exhibitions including the Singapore Biennale (2008) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Tank Man Tango, the memorial she devised for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests, was held on 4 June 2009 in 20+ cities and towns around the world.

Deborah Kelly, Praise, from the Magdalenes, 2012, archival print on Hahnemuelle photorag with paper collage 206.5 x 112 cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney. Photograph: Alex Wisser