Clare Rae is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia.

Clare engages photography, stop motion animation and performance to navigate and defy
the limitations of the everyday environments she inhabits. Her works explore tension, portraying
situations that offer alternative spatial and psychological interactions between the artist and the
possibilities that are held in her surrounds. Through a dialogue on the performative body in art
practice, Rae’s work seeks to address the dichotomies inherent in photography; between capture and

Recent projects have engaged with site specificity, creating works that are captured and displayed
within the same environment. A central interest within Rae’s practice is the exploration of
performance documentation, specifically how the camera can act as a collaborator, rather than mute
witness, to the performer.

She is represented by Beam Contemporary.

Clare is also the co-owner of Rae & Bennett Fine Art Printers.

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Individual Exhibitions
2013 Interact Sydney Contemporary Art Fair
Selected Videos Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
2012 VIDEOS Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2011 Light Weight Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2010 Testing Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2009 Climbing the Walls and Other Actions Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
The Chase Blindside ARI, Melbourne
Rise and Fall Bus Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Desire and the Other Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy
Group Exhibitions
2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (forthcoming)
Nocturne Channels Festival, Melbourne
SUB12, The Substation, Newport
Northern Lights Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Bundoora
Jamais Vu Anna Pappas Gallery, Prahran
2012 William & Winifred Bowness Prize Monash Gallery of Art
Substation Contemporary Art Prize The Substation, Newport
Let Me Out Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford
Encounters Glen Eira City Council Gallery
Orientation Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2011 Forms of Deception Light Projects, Northcote
Substation Contemporary Art Prize The Substation, Newport
Interior Architecture La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo
It’s Not You, It’s Me RMIT Project Space (Co-Curator)
2010 William & Winifred Bowness Prize Monash Gallery of Art
The View From Here Next Wave Festival West Space Melbourne (Co-Curator)
Experimental Film Forum The Substation, Singapore
2009 Siemens/RMIT Fine Art Scholarship RMIT Gallery Melbourne
Four Attempts at Disguise RMIT School of Art Gallery
Interiors Anna Pappas Gallery Melbourne
Small Worlds The Substation, Singapore
Studio Show Kings ARI Melbourne collaboration with Stephen Palmer
2008 Ecstatic City curated program, NGV, Melbourne International Arts Festival
Flash Volume One Kings ARI Melbourne
Nightclub 1: Pure Pleasure 2008 Next Wave Festival Melbourne
2007 Tape Projects DVD issue #3 Melbourne
Siemens/RMIT Fine Art Scholarship RMIT Gallery Melbourne (special commendation)
How The Light Gets In Red Gallery Melbourne
Royal Rumble 2 Kings ARI Melbourne
2006 These Girls Give Good Art Kings ARI Melbourne
One + Two Horse Bazaar Melbourne
Activities / Grants / Awards
Lecturer, Photomedia Imaging, Photomedia, Monash University 2013
Lecturer, Electronic Imaging, Print Imaging Practice, RMIT University 2013
Post Graduate Photography Symposium MCA Sydney Activating the Body
Through Performative Photography conference paper delivered 2012
Lecturer, The Digital Fine Print, Print Imaging Practice, RMIT University 2012
Lecturer, Photomedia Project, Fine Art Photography, RMIT University 2011
Recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award 2012
Finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2011
Recipient of an Australia Council New Work grant 2011
Honourable Mention William & Winifred Bowness Prize Monash Gallery of Art 2010
Winner of the RMIT/Siemens Fine Art Scholarship 2009
Winner of the CCP/Colour Factory Award 2009
Volunteer Kings Artist Run Initiative 2006-2009
Internship completed at the Centre for Contemporary Photography 2005
Current candidate in the Master of Fine Art degree in the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University.

2009 Obtained First Class Honours in Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.

2007 Graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Art degree with distinction RMIT University, Melbourne