Thursday January 11th, 2018

Visitor Gallery #16: Roberta Rich "Deny / Denial / Denied", Visitor Gallery at Belleville

Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Country (Melbourne, Australia).


This will be my last exhibition of work in Melbourne before I depart on route to South Africa as part of the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship. Opening Thursday 11th January from 6pm food and drinks available till late and vinyl beats brought to you by DJ Colette and GSM.

Exhibition flyer with white and black text to left and woman holding her hands wearing gold & black standing in front of artworks on the right.

Saturday February 11th, 2018

3y3k, TwilSharp Studios, Bertrams, Johannesburg, South Africa.

A group exhibition celebrating TwilSharp Studios 3 year birthday.


Exhibition flyer in Fluro Pink, Green with gold stars and stratchy card references details names of artists in exhibition at TwilSharp Studios.

May 2018,

Next Wave Festival at Arts House, Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri Country

(North Melbourne, Australia).


While in South Africa, I have also been working on a new video installation work titled, M/other Land which will premiere at Arts House as part of Next Wave Festival 2018. You can find out more details about the work and upcoming exhibition via the links below.

February 11th - April 20th 2018

I am currently completing a studio residency at TwilSharp Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.


My studio residency is part of my NAVA Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship, which involves researching the South African Institute of Race Relations and found publication covers produced by SAIRR dating from 1944 - 1996. An exhibition presenting creative responses to the archival material will conclude the residency on April 14th.


Woman wearing leopard print top and denim sits on a low red floral couch chair surrounded by tables of research and paper work in a gallery.

Saturday April 14th, 2018


38 frames at 68 de korte, TwilSharp Studios, Bertrams, Johannesburg, South Africa.

A solo exhibition concluding my studio research residency at TwilSharp Studios.

Exhibition flyer with details about Twilsharp Studios exhibition with Roberta Joy Rich. Image shows a window with bars and Auden House sign.

Monday April 23rd, 2018

I've moved south to my new studio home at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.

Currently completing a studio research residency here engaging in ancestry and slave histories.

The residency will conclude with a solo exhibition of works on June 15th. Details to come.

Woman with brown curly hair, wearing a white jumper smiles and sits below a white and green building that reads Greatmore Art Studios.

Friday April 27th, 2018

Izandla Zethu, UkhambaBeerworx, Woodstock, Cape Town.


OPENING ON FREEDOM DAY, and running for two months, a group exhibition with a focus that aims to promote the narrative of working together within the community of artists and promote the culture of making art accessible in different spaces and platforms other than art galleries. Curated by Mlondolozi Hempe, Hempe seeks to activate dialogue among the arts community outside of traditional spaces.


Artists exhibiting include Andile Dyalvane, Dathini Mzayiya, Ronald Muchatuta, Madoda Fani, Thabo Mhlongo, Abongile Ntsane, Zama Shozi, Siphe Bobani, Viwe Mfaku, Khaya Witbooi, Skumbuzo Vabaza and myself.

Red exhibition flyer with text detailing show and circular image of a brown skinned hand with paint splashes, holding two paintbrushes.

Tuesday May 8th, 2018

M/other Land, Arts House, Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri Country,

(North Melbourne, Australia), as part of Next Wave Festival 2018.


My solo exhibition opened Tuesday evening in Melbourne with a performance by Sista Zai Zanda presenting a RITUAL as part of Next Wave Festival. M/other Land is on exhibition until Saturday 12 May during Arts House operation hours and Next Wave events by Selina Thompson's salt. and Black Birds' Exhale till 9pm.

Woman with curly hair has a fist raised, wearing a black tshirt reading ColouredTM in the hall of a colonial building.

Thursday June 7th, 2018

Transmissions, GalleryMOMO, Cape Town, South Africa.


It's First Thursdays in South Africa, and Gallery MOMO is pleased to present Transmissions, the fourth installment of their annual video show, featuring myself, Stephané E. Conradie, Quaid Heneke aka Queezy, Claire Meekel, Riley Grant, Abi Meekel and Jabu Nadia Newman.

Two femmes wearing white and adorned in costume jewellery are laughing and intimatey hold one another and their faces close.

Friday June 15th, 2018

Coloured™, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.


As my studio residency comes to an end, I have the pleasure of showcasing works from my Assemblage residency and new work created during my time in Cape Town exhibiting at Greatmore Studios, before returning to Melbourne. Coloured™ exhibition opening kicks off at 6pm with music by DJ SIRCULA and a poetry reading by a very special guest, activist writer James David Matthews.

Video still of people next to tags hanging along a metal gate with a hand showing one that reads This is my Place of Birth and I long to Return.

Image: Remembering District Six, 2016. Single channel HD video, duration 12:51.

Wednesday June 27th, 2018

Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial, MADA Gallery, Monash University,

Boonwurrung Country, (Melbourne, Australia).


Exhibition opens Wednesday 27th June, Artist talk from 5-6pm, Opening from 6 - 8pm.


Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial includes artworks by Waanyi artist Judy Watson, Roberta Rich, Brook Andrew, and the London-based Mauritius artist Shiraz Bayjoo; interview transcripts with Indigenous scholar Professor Marcia Langton, and American architect Peter Eisenman; architectural drawings for the proposed Education and Cultural Centre for the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial site, along with other materials and artworks.


Curated by Brook Andrew and Dr Jessica Neath.

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Wednesday August 1st - 25th August, 2018

 The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured, Bus Projects, Wurundjeri Country

(Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia)


The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured solo exhibition at Bus Projects is a selection of works produced while on two research residencies in South Africa, beginning in Johannesburg, and concluding in Cape Town. Exhibition opening event is from 6pm Wednesday August 1st, come down and welcome me back in Melbourne! Public program artist talk details to come.

The words Censored in Black and Red run diagonal at the top above 4 people flipped showing their behinds in a grassy park.

Image: Censored, 2018, digital image prototype.

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

Representation and Speaking: A performance and conversation with Roberta Rich, Naomi Velaphi and

Sista Zai Zanda, Bus Projects, Wurundjeri Country, (Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia).


Three Black southern African women, come together to talk Black representation, power, control and erasure in the context of southern African diaspora identities in so called "Australia". Reflecting on Rich’s most recent studio research residency in South Africa, join us for an evening of performance by Sista Zai Zanda and Roberta Rich, followed by discussion of narration and self-determination, mediated by Naomi Velaphi.


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Three African diaspora women sitting on chairs, wearing all black clothes in a white gallery space with artworks behind them.

Image by Channon Goodwin, courtesy of Bus Projects.

Wednesday November 21st, 2018

SPECTACLE : Issue 38, Runway Experimental Art Magazine, Sydney, Australia.


Excited to be showing new work I have created for Runway Magazine Issue 38: SPECTACLE,

curated by Natasha Matila-Smith, launched online and in Sydney today!


Detail of a digital collage showing African faces looking from behind a group of fashion models inside of a wooden box, with a crowd in shadow.

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