Kelly Doley takes a socially engaged, thematic and interdisciplinary approach to practice. Since 2008 she has been working on participatory, curatorial and publishing projects. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2011) as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from COFA, UNSW (2006). Doley’s projects are an ongoing attempt to interweave contemporary arts practice with the public sphere. Her works are often deployed interactively to create forms of collaboration that foster direct communication, conversation and other symbolic systems of exchange. The subsequent fragments of knowledge, data, and documentation accumulated are generated into further online, exhibition and print projects.
Since 2007 Doley has worked collaboratively with artist collective Brown Council (Frances Barrett, Diana Smith, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley). Together they explore the meaning and limitations of performance; of the self and of gender.
Doley has exhibited and presented solo and collaboratively in a range of contexts and spaces nationally and internationally including ISCP (New York), Forest Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Artspace, MCA (Sydney), Westspace (Melbourne), Fremantle Arts Centre (W.A.) and NMOCA (Seoul). In 2012 she was the recipient of the Redlands Emerging Artist Award and in 2011 Brown Council received the QANTAS Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award. She has served on the board of Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2008-2009) and was co-founder of Sydney gallery Cosmic Battle For Your Heart (2009-2011) with Mitch Cairns and Agatha Gothe Snape. In 2013 she launched JANIS, a pilot exhibition, publishing and talks project dedicated to promoting women in the arts. Brown Council’s work and Doley’s solo pieces are held in private and institutional collections nationally.
Image: Susannah Wimberley, 2013