Jeremy Hawkes was born in Papua New Guinea and has travelled, lived and exhibited throughout Australia. He trained as a sculptor (BA Visual Arts) in Lismore NSW in the early 90’s and has graduate qualifications from RMIT and VCA in Victoria. He has worked extensively in community arts and is currently employed as an arts facilitator at RED Inc, where he has been successful in acquiring numerous grants including a Project Grant (Disability Arts) in 2016-17 from the Australia Council for the Arts.


Jeremy’s art practice now encompasses many different media including digital, performance, works on paper and sculpture. With the assistance of Screenworks NSW and ABC Open, he recently collaborated on a film project with FW Collective.


In 2007 Jeremy suffered an injury which has a major effect on his life and art practice. He identifies as an artist with disability and is a passionate advocate for disability-led art projects and inclusive collaborations. This has also affected his thematic concerns, which currently include identity and neural difference, the pathologisation of the body, performing disability and evolutionary theory.


This is Jeremy’s first exhibition in the Northern Rivers region for over 20 years.



Jeremy Hawkes painting small



Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, 2005

Graduate Certificate in Visual and Performing Arts, RMIT, 2004

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), SCU, 1994



2015/16 – Currently employed at Red Inc (Lismore, NSW) as an arts Facillitator

  • Overseeing the running of Red Inc’s art studio including client support, program development, appropriate record keeping and liasing with other support staff and management.
  • Developing and maintaining individual support plans for each of the service user’s who attend the arts program in conjunction with stakeholders: other employees, support workers, family and the service user.
  • Additional hours for program development and capacity building, including researching and applying for both arts and disability funding.


2016 – Peer assessor for Australia Council for the Arts


2013/2014- Ambassador and Judge for ‘CONNECTED,’ annual exhibition of contemporary art

by artists with a disability, sponsored by the Victorian State Trustees, held at

Federation Square.

  • Commissioned to write the catalogue essay for publication, available upon request.
  • Media and Public Relations duties including giving interviews to the Age and community journals.
  • Gave opening speech to key stakeholders including the State Treasurer as well as artists and public. ( )


2011-2014 Arts Access Victoria, Quality Systems Officer (ongoing) & Arts Development Officer


  • Successfully overseeing Quality Assurance Compliance audit by the Department of Human Services new DHS One Standards
  • Working with the Finance Officer and Executive Director in the review and formulation of all management policies and procedures to meet legislative and Departmental standards.
  • Liaising with the DHS and Auditor, as well as Artistic Development Officers to plan and implement a complex time-frame for the DHS One audit.
  • Planning and chairing meetings with Artistic Program staff, On-site Coordinators and Support Staff, in developing quality systems for record keeping, analysis and feedback mechanisms.
  • Working in conjunction with the appropriate Artistic Development Officer in the auditing of the 12 HACC funded programs run by AAV Service Agreement: insurance, legislative compliance, financial record keeping and program delivery.
  • Responsibility for the revision of appropriate award wages, position descriptions and contracts for all casual staff employed at AAV. Reviewing the EBA and preparing recommendations for the Board of AAV.
  • Day-to-day maintenance of record keeping, correspondence and other tasks required by the Finance Officer and Executive Director. Developing internal systems for record retention.


2011-1013 Arts Access Victoria, Support Worker

  • Worked directly with participating artists (clients) who attended a long running, inclusive arts workshop held weekly. Attendances were high with a regular group of 15.
  • Gained valuable skills working directly with participating artists who experienced a wide variety of disabilities and complex care needs, as well as communication strategies.
  • Worked in collaboration, not just with the participating artists, but with other AAV staff members, including the Lead and Supporting artists, both of whom were industry professionals and successful artists.
  • Had the incredible opportunity of being part of the original team that saw the development and first stages of engagement with AAV’s unique, purpose built, mobile art space / gallery / performance venue, ‘Nebula.’ (



I have exhibited extensively both as a solo artist and in group shows in Australia and over seas. My work is held in many private collections and I regularly receive commissions from private clients.


  • 2016 Recipient of Quick Response funding from Arts NSW
  • 2016 selected artist for Creatability Connections film project with Screenworks NSW and ABC Open
  • 2016-17 As part of employment with Red Inc, received Arts and Disability grant from Australia Council for the Arts for ‘Red Threads’ stage 2.
  • 2015-16 As part of Red Inc employment, received Small Grant from AARTS for ‘Red Threads’ community art project.
  • 2015-16 – ‘Epicormia Collective.’ Funded by Arts NSW 2015-16 Arts Development.
  • October 2014- Ambassador and publicist for ‘CONNECTED’ an exhibition of contemporary art by artists with a disability. This is the largest exhibition of its kind in Victoria, and this year I am participating in an expanded role including writing press releases, giving interviews, writing the catalogue essay and assisting with the curatorship of the exhibition.
  • 2014 – Invited to participate in the ‘100 Leaders’ Project ( , an online social resource enterprise by Purple Orange from South Australia.
  • December 2014- Commissioned to write a feature article for ‘LINK’ magazine on the upcoming ‘Creative Connections’ conference hosted by Accessible Arts in Sydney, October 2014.


Selected Exhibitions & Curatorships…

– M16 Works on Paper Prize, M16 Art Space, 2014 – finalist.

– ‘Aspys vs. Parkys’ with Renuka Rajiv, Knight St Art Space, 2014

– ‘Connected,’ guest judge and ambassador, Federation Square, 2013, 2014

– “Disclosure” Heist online,

– ‘Psy-Key’ (curator), Lost Gallery, 2014

– ‘Out on High’ (performance of ‘Butterfly Effect,’ group show), Lost Gallery, 2013

– Finalist in Arts Access Australia Art Prize, 2012.

– “Cross Sections” (solo) Wall Gallery, 2006

– “More Me, Less You” The Benadkyt, 2005

– “Ossuary” Wall Gallery, 2004

– “Curios and recent works” Wall Gallery, 2003

– “Aquatorial” Arcadia, 2002

– “Heliotropes” Auckland, New Zealand, 2001