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. 

QUALIFICATIONS

2015 – Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, Australian Childhood Foundation

2000 – Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) Griffith University, Gold Coast

POSITIONS HELD

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

2016-2017 – Director DRASTIC Ltd. Press: 1

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

INTERNSHIPS

2017 – Internship with Urban Arts projects Brisbane. Judy Watson – Women’s pathway public art project

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

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 Polyphonic Social,  Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, Vic. Work: Already OccupiedEvent: 1

2018 – Festival 2018, Performance Kurrawa Park, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Already Occupied. Press: 1

2018 – Local Loops, Festival 2018, The Walls Gold Coast Qld. Work: Film Site-lines custody Digital film 1.52m 2017 –– Cross Currents

2018 – The Night Watchman, Festival 2018, The Walls Gold Coast Qld. Work: Film Yabruma. Event: 1

2017 – Cross Currents. 2017 Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibit, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Sovereign Signs

2017 – Enter The Map, Curated by Danni Zuvela, The Walls, Miami, Gold Coast Qld. Work: Kunga – to call out and listen to. Documentary

2016 – Art of Skins Artist, Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs, State Library, Qld

2016 – Dhanamenta2, Curated by Dhana Merrit The Walls, Miami, Gold Coast. Work: Custodian

2016 – Shifting Sand, 2016 Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibit, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Guriba, Yunggulba, Yabruma. Instagram Image: 1  2

2015 – Headlands, The Walls Arts Space, Miami, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Yabruma. Instagram Image: 1

2015 – My Story, 2015 Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibit, Gold Coast, Qld. Work: Before Trodden Denied. Catalogue

RESIDENCIES

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 – Lead Artist, Unsettle Youth Street Art Mural, Digi Youth Arts, Qld. Museum. Instagram image: 1

2017 – Interactive Mural National Museum Australia, Artists Gallery for first Australians, click here

2014 – The Pillars Project, Artists, G 20 Cultural, Mural South Brisbane, click here. Press: 1

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

PUBLICATIONS

2017 – Blank Magazine, click here 

2016 – Colour Theory Featured Artists, NITV, SBS, Australia, click here. Trailer: Episode 2

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

COLLECTIONS

National Museum, Canberra, Australian