Richelle Spence has been a Brisbane based artist and arts worker for over 7 years, with a primary focus on environmental issues, specialising in working with Indigenous, children, youth, disadvantaged and disabled communities. As a performance and installation artist, Spence’s practise raises awareness and promotes sustainable living by creating art from waste and the use of celebratory community performance. Spence explores the relationship of ritual and connectedness, challenging the audience to reconsider themes such as identity, displacement, justice and human rights.
Her recent highlights include performances Mau Lagi at Lost Generation Space (Malaysia); Madness = Reason at Exist in ‘08, Judith Wright Centre (Brisbane) and static installation for The Artist Citizen at Metro Arts (Brisbane). As an Artist in Resident for the Jatiwangi Arts Festival (Indonesia) and State Library of Queensland (Brisbane) she oversaw a community lantern-making project with children and villagers. Most recently, Spence is Artist in Residence at Macleay Island State School for Arts Queensland and Education Queensland.
Spence’s work “aims to remind people about being human”.