Maya Haviland works as an artist, community facilitator and researcher, primarily using photography, video and installation practices in participatory art and research projects. Over the past 5 years Maya has facilitated a number of collaborative photography, video, writing and visual art projects, working mostly in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. She was Artist in Residence at the New Orleans Neighborhood Story Project in the USA in 2007.
Maya’s work also involves photographic installations, working with themes of landscape, cultural belonging, as well as using creative arts to investigate various social issues and to represent the experiences of marginalised people. She was Artistic Director of the first Marsh Art project in 2007 – a community based site-specific visual art event held on the tidal mud flat of Derby, Western Australia.
Her solo and collaborative works have been exhibited in Australia and the USA.
Maya is also Principal Consultant of Side by Side Community Project Consulting, and is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Art, Photography and Media Arts at the Australian National University, supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award. She is undertaking practice-led research into collaborative art and ethnographic projects in Australia and Mexico.
MarshARTabilities, Derby Marsh Art Project, July 2007
Kimberley Art Prize, Derby WA July 2007
“Community Art in the Kimberley – Faces of Mowanjum” -
Xavier University Gallery, New Orleans Louisiana USA Jan
‘Faces of Mowanjum’ photographic exhibition, Mowanjum
Community West Kimberley WA Nov 2006
5 – Group Show, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery
Dickson ACT July 2006
Kimberley Art Prize, Derby WA July 2006
Kimberley Art Prize, Derby WA July 2005
Special Commendation, Kimberley Art Prize for Photography
Winner, Kimberley Art Prize for Photography 2005
University Medal, University of Western Sydney 2002
ACT Cultural Council Grant 1995
Selected Recent Projects
Derby Marsh Art Project 2007 (Western
Australia) – A community cultural development
project culminating in exhibition of site specific and
ephemeral art in response to the Derby marsh on
the Derby marsh.
Photo Me Indigenous Photography in the
Ephemeral Art at the Invisible Lodge 2006
(Friendly Beaches Tasmania) – Consultant on
ephemeral environmental art project for Freycinet
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