Clare Rae is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia.

In her photographic practice Clare explores ideas of performance and gesture to interrogate and subvert dominant modes of representation. Her work is informed by feminist theory, and presents an alternate and often awkward experience of subjectivity and the female body, usually the artists’ own.

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

Known for her engagement with domestic and institutional spaces, recently Clare’s work has been captured and exhibited in locations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University, the Abbotsford Convent, Sutton Project Space and the Substation, Melbourne.

Clare completed a Master of Arts by research in 2014 at Monash University, and received first class Honours in Fine Art in 2009 at RMIT University. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally, including Artbank, The National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University, RMIT University.

Clare is a founding member of LAST Collective. 

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Individual Exhibitions
2018 Entre Nous CCA Galleries International, Jersey UK
Entre Nous Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2015 20+9+5 Sutton Projects, Fitzroy
2014 Masters of Fine Art examination exhibition Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
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, Melbourne
The Chase Blindside ARI, Melbourne
Rise and Fall Bus Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Desire and the Other Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy
Group Exhibitions
2019 William & Winifred Bowness Prize, Monash Gallery of Art
Olive Cotton Award Tweed Regional Gallery
In Her Words Horsham Regional Art Gallery (touring exhibition)
Temporal Proximities Abbotsford Convent Melbourne
2018 William & Winifred Bowness Prize, Monash Gallery of Art
Chaos and OrderRMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Irrational Behaviour Sutton Projects, Melbourne
2017 Unfinished Business Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
Light the Second LAST show, Artery Northcote
An Unorthodox Flow of Images Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP)
William & Winifred Bowness Prize, Monash Gallery of Art
Realising Mother Kudos Gallery, UNSW
Photography 130 RMIT Gallery Melbourne
2016 Curtain Call Blindside Melbourne
First LAST Studio show Brunswick Melbourne
Push Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
Spatial Awareness Jarvis Dooney Gallery Berlin
Mum The Stockroom, Kyneton
National Photography Prize 2016 Murray Art Museum Albury
Artist Residency in Parenthood 107 Projects Sydney
2015 To not believe in the divine, yet always aspire to reach it Bus Projects, Collingwood
Stages Screen Space, Melbourne
Nuit des images Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, Switzerland
Wandering Archive Blindside, Melbourne
With Her Feet Off the Ground Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
Frühlings Salon Jarvis Dooney Berlin
2014 Re-Raising Consciousness TCB art inc. Melbourne
Faux Museum C3 Contemporary Artspace, Abbotsford
Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
William and Winifred Bowness Prize Monash Gallery of Art
Performing Absence West Space, Melbourne
The F Word Gippsland Art Gallery Sale
Frülings Salon Jarvis Dooney Berlin
Exit/Entry Points, Glen Eira City Council Gallery
StagesBoxcopy Brisbane (with Simone Hine)
2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria
NocturneChannels 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 Prize (winner) 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
2014 Completed 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
Activities / Grants / Awards
Recipient of Creative Victoria, Australia Council and Besen Family Foundation grants for
Entre Nous 2018
ArchIsle artist in residence 2017
Recipient of an Australia Council Development Grant 2016
Co-facilitator of Slide Nights, a roving project inviting artists to engage with photography
and the medium of slide film.
Co-Owned Rae & Bennett Fine Art Printers & Gallery, Fitzroy.
Dedicated printing studio servicing artists and photographers 2010 – 2013
Untitled Movements: The Activated Body in Photography conference paper delivered,
Contesting Identities, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013
Activating the Body Through Performative Photography conference paper delivered,
Post Graduate Photography Symposium MCA Sydney 2012
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
Teaching Experience
2018 Lecturer, Photography Studies College
2015-16 Honours supervisor, RMIT University
2014 Lecturer, Digital Imaging for Contemporary Art, MADA Monash University
Lecturer, Photomedia Imaging, MADA, Monash University
2013 Lecturer, Photomedia Imaging, MADA, Monash University
Lecturer, Electronic Imaging, Print Imaging Practice, RMIT University
2012 Lecturer, The Digital Fine Print, Print Imaging Practice, RMIT University
2011 Lecturer, Photomedia Project, Fine Art Photography, RMIT University