Artist Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay Area).
Known for her early work as an urban graffiti artist under the pseudonym of ‘Mz Murricod’, and her performance-based community activism, Harward’s recent series, ALREADY OCCUPIED, engages a continual process of re-calling – re-hearing – re-mapping – re-contextualising – de-colonising and re-instating on country that which colonisation has denied Australia’s First Peoples.
This political practice engages Traditional Custodians in the evolution of ephemeral installations on mainland country which has become highly urbanised and calls for an artistic response that seeks to uncover and reinstate the cultural significance of place, which always was, and remains to be there. Her current place-based sound and video work engages directly with politically charged ideas of national and international significance.
2015 – Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, Australian Childhood Foundation
2000 – Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) Griffith University, Gold Coast
2012-2018 – Artist and Director – Libby Harward Art – Creative Inclusive Pty Ltd
2017+2015 – Guest lecturer and Tutor – Indigenous Art Protocols, Qld College of Art, Gold Coast
2013-2015 – Resident Artist at Arts Incubator Rabbit + Cocoon-Miami Marketta
2007-2012 – Creative Director Gold Coast Drug Council- Inter Urban Arts – Therapeutic Art program
2003-2006 – Coordinator Arts and Health Brisbane Youth Service
2017 – Internship with Urban Arts projects Brisbane. Judy Watson – Women’s pathway public art project
2018 – Why Listen to Plants, Liquid Architecture, Svolvær, Norway. Work: Minyang nyinda yarinya? Minyang nyinda yagay ba? / What are you saying? What are you doing?
2018 – Local Loops, Festival 2018, The Walls Gold Coast Qld. Work: Film Site-lines custody Digital film 1.52m 2017 –– Cross Currents
2017 – Cross Currents. 2017 Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibit, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Sovereign Signs
2016 – Art of Skins Artist, Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs, State Library, Qld
2018 Oct – Artist in Residence, Brisbane Botanical Gardens – Liquid Architecture and People + Art + Place, Brisbane, Qld.
2017 Mar – Indigenous Artists Camp Gold Coast Selected Participant
2016 – The Walls Arts Space, Miami, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: p 8-9. Event: 1
2016+2015 – Indigenous Artists Camp Gold Coast Participant. Work: click here
PUBLIC ARTWORK COMMISSIONS
2017 – Interactive Mural National Museum Australia, Artists Gallery for first Australians, click here
COMMUNITY CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
2016/2017– Artist Jarjums Life Museum, Minjerribah, Hymba Jumba, Cherbourg, Gold Coast, click here
2015 – Director of Yana Balang – Strong Walk, Theatre in Community – Mirikai – Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Yana Balang
2014 – The Walking Neighbourhood BAGOT, Northern Territory, click here
2017 – Blank Magazine, click here
2016 – Shifting Sands exhibition, catalogue, Michael Aird and Jo Driessens
2015 – My Story, Catalogue, Michael Aird and Jo Driessens, p 8-9, click here
2015 – More Gold Coast, Arts and Cultural article Kate Veling
National Museum, Canberra, Australian