TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS
Immerse yourself in an extraordinary sensory journey in Thunderhead – a single piece of video footage that Havelock Stevens captured while driving along Highway 54 in Texas.
The happenstance recording, which documents a natural supercell phenomenon and loops through the lonely, open landscape, was captured by artist, musician and filmmaker Tina Havelock Stevens. Acclaimed drummer Havelock Stevens, with Liberty Kerr on electric guitar, create a live soundtrack responding to the footage, spontaneously composed and performed. Join us to experience this thought-provoking and emotive performance, which speaks to the environment and evolving weather patterns, and to our fragile human existence.
“THERE IS A FEELING THROUGHOUT ‘THUNDERHEAD’ OF FALLING FORWARD INTO AN IMAGE WHILE YOU’RE BEING PUSHED FROM BEHIND BY STEADILY ROLLING SOUNDS.”
– A Rich Life
Tina Havelock Stevens is a Sydney based artist who explores the ambiguities of human nature predominantly using cinematic conventions, performance, text and immersive installations. She creates suspended moments that speak of survival and fragility and draws connections between specific environments and personal histories, sociological and emotional spaces.
Havelock Stevens recently had a major solo show at Carriageworks for Sydney Festival 2021 with her audio-visual installation THANK YOU FOR HOLDING. In 2020 she exhibited in Afterglow Yokohama Triennale, Japan and Hope in the Dark at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. She also had a major solo show of video and neon at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and was featured in The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Other works include a year long collaboration with the Hills District community in Sydney’s North west creating various visual and sonic elements for her major Museum of Contemporary Art C3 West project “Hasta La Bella Vista Baby’ which culminated in a significant multi – artform event (2019)
Havelock Stevens is the recipient of the prestigious 65th Blake Prize (2018) and the 55th Fisher Ghost Prize (2017).
She curated for Artbar at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2018) and has delivered various commissions including ‘Submerge’, MONA FOMA (2013), REWIND ROOM (Performance Space, 2015) THUNDERHEAD at Dark Mofo and Performance Space (2016), BETASHOCKERS, Big Anxiety Festival (UNSW & AGNSW, Sydney, 2017) and BEATS OF DARKNESS for the Manila Biennale (Philippines, 2018)
Other select exhibitions include Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, 2011 & 2015), Fisher Ghost Art Prize (Contemporary Section winner, 2013), Bullet Space (NYC, 2014), MILL 6 CHAT Foundation (Hong Kong, 2016), Alaska Projects (Sydney, 2016), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, 2017), Galerie Pom Pom (Sydney, 2017), The Lock Up Gallery (Newcastle, 2018 & 2016), Artspace (Sydney, 2018) and John Fries Art Award finalist (UNSW, 2017) amongst many other installations and performances nationally and internationally.
Havelock Stevens is on the MCA Artist Advisory Group and is a former resident artist of the Clothing Store, Carriageworks 2019 – 2020.
Her work has been featured on ABC Radio’s Arts and Books shows, ABC TV News Breakfast and in publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, RealTime, Running Dog, Artlink, Art Almanac, Artshub, and in Art Collector ’s Top Fifty Artists (2017 & 2020), as well as feature articles on her art drumming practice in magazines Tom Tom, 2016 (US) and Drumscene, 2018 (AU). Her work is in the collections of Artbank, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Newcastle Art Gallery, and numerous private collections.
She continues to work with collaborators such as choreographer Jo Lloyd (Performance Space 2017 & 2019, Ian Potter Museum 2019, Dark Mofo 2020) composer Cat Hope (Fremantle Biennale 2017, Perth Festival 2019) music and art ensemble Chicks on Speed (Artspace 2013, MCA 2014, Performance Space 2019) and with long-time musical collaborator Liberty Kerr (The Mumps/post rock band, experimental duo performances, THUNDERHEAD, The Rapids).
Justins Park, The EsplanadeBurleigh Heads QLD 4220
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Country on which we live and work. We recognise their continuing connection to place: to the land, the water and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.