Hayley Megan French

Hayley Megan French is a Sydney-based artist and PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts. French is interested in the ability of painting to inhabit the land imaginatively and move between different experiences of being in Australia. As part of her research Hayley has worked in the Warmun Art Centre in the East Kimberley and the Yirrkala Art Centre in North-East Arnhem Land. French is a committee member at MOP Projects and has exhibited in Sydney at MOP Projects, AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School Gallery in Sydney. French had exhibited interstate at Watch This Space, Alice Springs; Constance ARI, Hobart and Raygun Contemporary in Toowoomba. Her work is held in the collection of Artbank Australia and private collections in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Born, Australia, 1987


Sydney College of the Arts
2011-2015 PhD (Painting)
University of Sydney Postgraduate Award 2012
2005-2009 Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting), First Class Honours


2015 James Makin Gallery, Melbourne. (Forthcoming March 2015)
2014 See where it drifts, MOP Projects hosted by Galerie pompom, Chippendale, Sydney


2013 Wall Painting: The Exhibitions, RAYGUN Contemporary, Toowoomba, QLD
March, Distanciation (Collective), Watch This Space, Alice Springs, NT
2012 Groundwork, MOP Projects, Chippendale Sydney
Distanciation (Collective), Index Space, St Peters, Sydney- Residency
Abstract Narrative, Hayley Megan French and Stephanie Bridget Quirk, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
Group Show, ‘Wall Painting (with white painting)’ Hayley Megan French and Carla Liesch, Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt, Sydney
Abstract Narrative, French and Quirk, Trocadero Artspace, Footscray, Melbourne


2014 Landscape Too, AirSpace Projects, Marrickville, Sydney (co-curated with Carla Liesch)
Orbit (Melbourne), Blindside, Melbourne
The Value of Nothing, RAYGUN Contemporary, Toowoomba, QLD
2013 September, Out of Site, Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt, Sydney
Orbit (Hobart), Constance Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
Glow, Graduate School Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
Orbit, NG Gallery Pop Up Space, Broadway, Sydney
2012 PhD Conference Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, Sydney
Re-invention of Gravity, Verge Gallery, Darlington, Sydney
Enchantment of Composition, 20/20, Damien Minton Gallery Annex Space, Redfern, Sydney
2011 Articulate Christmas Show, Articulate Project Space, Liechhardt, Sydney
Friends of 20/20, Damien Minton Gallery Annex Space, Redfern, Sydney
RAGTIME, Global Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
Strangers in a Gallery, MOP Projects, Chippendale, Sydney
Rather Be Naked 2011, Tortuga Studios, St Peters, Sydney


Artbank Collection
Private collections across Australia


2014 Featured in ‘2014 undiscovered artists’, written by Altair Roelants in Art Collector, Issue 68,
Apr-Jun 2014, p96-97.
Introduction, Hayley Megan French and Carla Liesch, Landscape Too, edited by Hayley Megan
French, AirSpace Projects, ISBN: 978-1-921661-42-6
2013 Carrie Miller Curriculum Culture, Art Collector, Issue 66, Oct-Dec 2013
Talking Shop, Hayley Megan French and Kate Beckingham, Ten out of 10, MOP Projects 10th Anniversary catalogue, ISBN: 978-1-921661-33-4


2012 Challenging Dialogue: Current Relationships between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous art and
artists; September, PhD Conference, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, Sydney


2011-2014 MOP PROJECTS, Committee member
2014 July-August YIRRKALA ART CENTRE, Volunteer
2013 November YIRRKALA ART CENTRE, Volunteer
2012 January WARMUN ART CENTRE, Volunteer