Clare Mc Cracken

Clare Mc Cracken

  • Biography

    Clare McCracken is a Melbourne-based, mixed-media artist who often works site-specifically, across disciplines and collaboratively with other artists and community to create works that interrogate contemporary social, political and environmental issues from an Australian perspective. Her practice is characterised by performance, participation, story telling, humour and empathy.

  • Awards

    Awards:
    2019
    RMIT Prize for Research Impact, Higher Degree by Research (Design)
    2017
    Gold Winner in the Urban Sustainability category for UNLEASH - a global innovation lab bringing together 1000 young people under the age of 35 to develop solutions for the United Nations Sustainability Goals


    Awarded an early career researcher T2M travel grant
    2016
    Vice Chancellor PhD Scholarship, RMIT University
    2014
    Nominated for the LG Pro Award for Healthy Aging for Spinning Yarns, a collaborative immersive theatre project supported by Knox City Council
    2013
    RMIT Achievement Award – Team nomination with Geoff Hogg and Maggie McCormick for Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations, College of Design and Social Context.
    2001
    Premier Award – Awarded for a perfect score in VCE Studio Arts

    Collections:
    McCracken’s work is included in numerous private collections, the State Library of Victoria’s rare books collection, the City of Hume’s collection and the Wangaratta Art Gallery’s collection.

  • Exhibitions

    Temporary Public Art Installations, Contemporary Performance Works and Exhibitions:
    2019
    WORD OF MOUTH curated by Peter Hill. Grau Project, Melbourne.


    Darebin Art Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Visual Art Exhibition. Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne.


    The Nillumbik Art Prize Exhibition. Montsalvat. Montsalvat, Melbourne.


    Poster Project II: Get There in a Canter. Commissioned by the Art + Climate = Change Festival. Posters exhibited throughout inner city Melbourne and at Testing Grounds.


    WORD OF MOUTH. A Venice Biennale pop-up curated by Peter Hill. Venice.


    Intercambio, curated by Damien Smith for the Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.
    2018
    Pop! Reflections on Popular Culture. Wangaratta Gallery, Victoria.


    The Place Between. Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne. Supported by the RMIT University (solo exhibition).


    Petite. Wangaratta Gallery, Victoria.
    2017
    Village. Collaborative, temporary immersive installation in the Polish Hall, Launceston. Supported by the Australia Council and Creative Victoria .


    Snowman Killer. Lancaster University Gallery, UK. Supported by TM2.


    Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Exhibition. Wangaratta Gallery, Victoria.
    2016
    Section 32. Collaborative, temporary immersive performance installation in an ordinary suburban home in Boronia, Melbourne. Supported by Knox City Council and Buden Industries Pty Ltd.


    The Chronicles of Place. Temporary installation on a construction hording exploring themes of female identity on the RMIT campus. Supported by Urban Animators and RMIT University.


    SkypeLab. Städtische Galerie, Reutlingen, Germany. Supported by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut.


    A Girls Place. Four- week exhibition at 3 O’Clock Gallery, Southgate. Supported by Plan International.
    2015
    The Becalmed Heart. Collaborative, temporary installation in the munitions shed on Cockatoo Island. Supported by the Australia Council, Creative Victoria and Arts House.


    Josie and the Constellations. Four-week exhibition in the Wide Open Road Contemporary Art Space,


    Civic Heart. Site-specific installation in the Broadmeadows Town Hall. Supported by the City of Hume.


    SkypeLab. Chinese Consulate in Shanghai, China. Supported by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut, Reutlingen University, East China Normal University and RMIT University.


    Nanna’s Kitchen. Two-day immersive installation created for the Knox Festival. Supported by Knox City Council.
    2014
    Our Place. Two-month residency in Fawkner concluding in a book focusing on five residents and their stories. Conceived, written and illustrated by Clare McCracken with photographs by Pia Johnson. Supported by Moreland City Council.


    The White Building: Waste, Dialogue and Architecture. A six-week residency in the White Building, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Supported by Sa Sa Projects and the residents of the White Building.


    Josie and the Constellations. Text based light work created for City of Greater Dandenong’s Light in Winter Festival, Nocturnal. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong


    My Place, Your Place, Our Place. Interactive public art work created for the launch of the City of Greater Dandenong’s new Civic Square. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong.
    2013
    Beth MaGery Fancies Herself a Dandy About the Square. One-month residency and exhibition at Federation Square. Supported by Federation Square Pty Ltd and Catch the Bird Productions.


    Urban Lab Manifestation. Three-month residency at Hosier Lane designed to explore notions of safety in public space. Supported by Melbourne City Council and RMIT University.


    Place and Memory. Residency and exhibition at Heritage Hill, Dandenong. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong.


    I’m a Cook You’re a Fish…Look Out. Four week solo exhibition, Gallery Smith, North Melbourne (solo exhibition).
    2012
    Time Catcher. Nine-month installation, Kids Corner National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Supported by the National Gallery of Victoria.


    Neighbourhood Watch. Three week, eight-story projection piece, Thomas Street, Dandenong. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong as part of their Winter Projection Season.
    2011
    Curzon Place Mural, North Melbourne. Collaborative project with Aslam Akram and Rowena Martinich. Supported by Melbourne City Council and RMIT University.
    2010
    The C. Payne Project. Four week solo exhibition, No No Gallery, North Melbourne.
    2009
    Budgie, six-month installation, Thomas Street Car Park, Dandenong. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong and Places Victoria.


    Throne, four-week installation in the Atrium toilets at Federation Square. Supported by Federation Square Pty Ltd.
    2008
    Urban Gifts, three-week residency at Federation Square. Supported by Federation Square Pty Ltd under OCCUPY.
    2007
    The Affirmation Board, three-week installation at Dandenong Station, Dandenong Palm Plaza & Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong

    Permanent Public Art Works:
    2014
    The Abbey. 236 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart. Supported by The Abbey Pty Ltd.
    2012-13
    Sunshine Electrification, Diggers Rest, Jackson Hill and Sunbury. Collaborative project with artist Aslam Akram. Supported by the Department of Transport and RMIT University.
    2011
    Boyd’s Hall. Boyd Lane, Dandenong. Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong and Places Victoria.
    2008
    Speed Cheek, permanent installation Oakwood Park Dandenong. Supported by City of Greater Dandenong, Connect East & RMIT University Design Research Institute.
    2007-08
    Post Office Hotel, permanent installation Post Office Hotel, Swan Street Richmond. Commissioned by Sand Hill Road Pty Ltd.

    Select Contemporary Performance Works:
    2016
    Visual designer and key collaborator for Village. An immersive audio installation created over twelve-months in collaboration with the residents of retirement communities in Launceston, Tasmania. Presented at the Polish Hall in Launceston as part of the Junction Arts Festival. Conceived and produced by Brienna Macnish, sound design and composition Robert Jordan. Supported by the Australia Council and Creative Victoria.
    2015
    Visual designer and key collaborator for The Becalmed Heart. An immersive installation work that explores themes of waste, consumption and excess. Presented on Cockatoo Island, Sydney as part of the Underbelly Arts Festival. Conceived and produced by Brienna Macnish, sound design and composition Robert Jordan, lighting design Chris Page. Supported by the Australia Council, Creative Victoria and Arts House.
    2014
    Visual designer and key collaborator for The Locker Room a moving, immersive, mixed media, performance installation, exploring the imprint of violence against women by bringing one woman’s dark and unsettling story to life. Created in collaboration with director Nadja Kostich, filmmaker Michael Carmody Supported by the City of Knox.
    2013
    Visual designer and key collaborator for Spinning Yarns. An immersive, interactive theatre work providing opportunities for discourse about sustainability and craft, to develop a relationship between young people and older residence of the City of Knox. Created in collaboration with director Nadja Kostich, filmmaker Michael Carmody and members of the Knox community. Supported by the City of Knox.
    2012
    Visual designer for Talon Salon - a site-specific audio theatre work about Vietnamese-run nail salons in Australia, presented within a salon as part of the Next Wave Festival 2012. Conceived and written by Michele Lee, directed by Tanya Dickson with sound design by Alan Nguyen and Ash Blakeney. Supported by Next Wave, Paradise Nails, Australia Council and City of Yarra.

Showing the single artwork

  • Clare Mc Cracken

    Atrophy 1, 2 & 3
    Framed: 30 x 96 cm Coloured Pencil and ink on Canvas, Cross-stich/pure cotton on pure cotton backing $3,300.00