Saturday 10th August - Saturday 7th September, 2019
The Freedman Foundation; Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists Exhibition, UNSW Galleries,
Dharug country, (Sydney, Australia).
Friday 9th August - Sunday 18th August, 2019
The Cinema of the Past Begins with a Battle, as part of West Projections 2019.
Boon wurrung lands, (Footscray) Australia.
I had the privilege of collaborating with a dear friend and peer Narrm artist Abyss for this years West Projections video projection festival. This project was quite significant for both of us, as residents within the work's locale and the current issues we are concerned with, and subsequently propose within the artwork. I encourage you to listen to DJ Abyss' weekly radio broadcast on 3CR's Hip Sista Hop show on Sundays from 4pm - 5pm.
West Projections launches Friday 9th August at VU Metro West from 6.30pm - 9pm. There will also be a guided walk on August 15th from 6pm. For more about where you can see our work, head to the
Image Credit: Abyss
Saturday 6th July - Sunday 28th July, 2019
Speak softly, tread heavily, Peacock Gallery, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia.
Speak softly, tread heavily, curated by Talia Smith, brings together different perspectives and experiences of navigating culture, traditions and languages within a multicultural society. The exhibition features works by Zoe Wong (pictured), Kevin Diallo, Mojgan Habibi, Naomi Segal, Nadia Hernandez, Moorina Boonini, Linda Sok, Katayoun Javan and myself.
Coming up in June, 2019
WE KOPPEL, WE DALA, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Exhibition opens: 6pm, Wednesday June 26th 2019
Solo Exhibition by Roberta Joy Rich. Catalogue essay by Naomi Velaphi.
Public programs: 3pm Saturday June 29th, Spoken Word workshop with Anisa Nandula
3pm Saturday July 13th, Artist talk in conversation with Sancintya Mohini Simpson
We Koppel, We Dala presents narratives of southern African origins that explore concepts of identity, migration, self-determination and representation. Painful artefacts remind us of oppressive histories and their ongoing impacts. Apartheid continues. Disguised globally. Framed within South African Apartheid history, the exhibition seeks to consider adjacent histories of colonialism such as that of
so-called ‘Australia’ and its own histories of segregation, and to acknowledge this.
We Koppel, We Dala explores personal relationships within these histories, by occupying significant sites of reclamation and loss: the mountains where Khoi and San ancestors traversed; memorials of
the 76’ youth uprisings; sites of removed of colonial statues; and visiting former family residences.
Fist thrust into the air, the artist acknowledges connection to place and history. The plight of residents of District Six and many other communities who were displaced as a result of South Africa’s Group Areas Act, continues 50 years on, though not in silence. Because we must koppel, we must dala.
Friday March 15th - Sunday March 17th, 2019
Melbourne Art and Book Fair 2019, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
This year, Bus Projects commissioned me to create a limited edition of works for their stall as part of the Melbourne Art and Book Fair at NGV. Wipe away your fragility, 2019 is an embroidery on handkerchief work available for sale through Bus Projects online shop. All proceeds go towards Bus Projects, one of Narrm Melbourne's longest running artist run initiatives.
Wednesday March 13th, 2019
Part A: It's speachy, Her Africa is Real (H.A.I.R), Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.
Over a busy summer and start to 2019, I have been quietly working in a new and exciting collective! We have been fortunate to be accepted into ArtsHouse' Culture LAB program, receive support from Next Wave's BMI Artist Development program, and have our first public iteration at Seventh Gallery.
Her Africa Is Real is an interdisciplinary collective, including Naomi Velaphi, Sista Zai Zanda and myself. As southern African diaspora identities in an antipodean context, we come together to discuss and create works that challenge erasure and assert black representation, histories and narratives. Her Africa Is Real employs contemporary methodologies of performance, literature, soundscape and installation to reimagine the “traditional” archive, and present our narratives and histories within the context of so called ‘Australia’.
Part A: it’s speachy. is about dialogue and conversation that interrogate voice, critique and response.
In this exhibition, Her Africa Is Real appropriate Reverend Alpheus Zulu’s 1972 Cape Town University Lecture, titled ‘The Dilemma of the Black South African’, as a foundation to assert their herstories. A mash up of fragmented text, loops, commentary and performance, the exhibition invites the viewer into a cacophony of conversation.
Exhibition opens Wednesday 13th March and runs until 29th March 2019.
Image Credit: Channon Goodwin.
Wednesday March 6th, 2019
The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured, Firstdraft, Sydney, Australia.
I had the privilege of touring this exhibition to Firstdraft, Sydney and revisiting this series of work and works still yet to be exhibited in this research project. The exhibition opens Wednesday 6th of March, running until Friday 29th March. Artist talks will be held at 6pm on Thursday 28th March.
Inside Auden House facing De Korte street, 2017, Digital Image. Image courtesy of the artist.
Detail of Our Time, African Faces, African Unionism and Democracy, (from left to right, works in progress) 2018. Digital prints on acrylic with pine shelf, dimensions variable.
Image Credit; Zelé Angelides.
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!
Roberta Rich, I see you seeing me, 2018
Wednesday August 22nd, 2018
Representation and Speaking: A performance and conversation with Roberta Rich, Naomi Velaphi and
Sista Zai Zanda, Bus Projects, Collingwood, Melbourne.
Can you speak? Do you have control?
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.
Image by Channon Goodwin, courtesy of Bus Projects.
Wednesday August 1st, 2018
The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured, Bus Projects, Collingwood, Melbourne.
1 August - 25 August
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.
Image: Censored, 2018, digital image prototype.
Wednesday June 27th, 2018
Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, AUS.
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.
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.
Image: Remembering District Six, 2016. Single channel HD video, duration 12:51.
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.
Tuesday May 8th, 2018
M/other Land, Arts House, North Melbourne, 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.
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.
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!
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.
February 11th - April 20th 2018
Currently completing a studio residency at TwilSharp Studios, Bertrams, 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. Details to come.
Coming up in May 2018, Next Wave Festival at Arts House, North Melbourne
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!
Saturday February 11th, 2018
3y3k, TwilSharp Studios, Bertrams, Johannesburg, South Africa.
A group exhibition celebrating TwilSharp Studios 3 year birthday.
Thursday January 11th, 2018
Visitor Gallery #16: Roberta Rich "Deny / Denial / Denied", Visitor Gallery, Belleville Melbourne.
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.
Wednesday November 8th, 2017
Reppin' The Emerging Cultural Leaders Showcase 2017 in this edition of the Star Weekly, in their
My Place feature. You can also read the article online here.
September 25th, 2017
'Parable and Parabole'
FEATURING ARTISTS -
Minenkulu Ngoyi, Sanele Omari Jali, Sthembiso Zwane, Sifiso Themba, Bevan Jordan De Wet, Gawie Joubert, Ben Eagle, Chad Flz Cordeiro, Thenjiwe Nkosi, Mary-lee Makunye, Isaac Zavale, MJ Turpin, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Roberta Joy Rich, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Stephan Erasmus, Fred Clarke, Mandisi Lean (Mr. Lean), R!OT (Sindiso Nyoni), Cyzo (Joel Matladi) and Audrey Anderson.
Opening First Thursday, 5th of October 2017 to 25th of October 2017 at Priest Gallery and Espressobar on Jan Smuts, Johannesburg, South Africa. For more details see the Facebook event here.
September 20th, 2017
Footscray Community Arts Centre's Spring Program is now out and circulating Melbourne!
Featuring an array of amazing workshops, performances and events, included is this year's
Emerging Cultural Leaders, with details of our upcoming Showcase event at FCAC Performance Space, Thursday 9th November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. FREE! Watch this space for more updates!
Opening Thursday August 3rd, 2017
Deny / Denial / Denied, a Solo Exhibition by Roberta Rich, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne.
July 31st, 2017
The National Association for the Visual Arts and this year's Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition Curator, Dara Wei, invited me for a QnA to talk about my arts practice and work in the upcoming Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition at UNSW Galleries.
July 24th, 2017
Verso, an independent Adelaide based online arts platform for artists, writers and curators invited me to write about my Johannesburg residency at Assemblage and my arts practice. Have a read in the link below for some insights for my upcoming solo exhibition at Blak Dot Gallery.
Fine art screenprinting continues to flourish in South Africa! This is evident in the selection of young and emerging artists, producing exciting work in this medium, who will be showcased in WAM's forthcoming exhibition One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screenprints.
In an initiative to showcase recent contemporary work being made in South Africa, WAM invited three printing studios located in Johannesburg: Artist Proof Studio (APS), Prints on Paper (POP) and Division of Visual Arts, Wits School of Arts (DIVA) to collaboratively curate the exhibition.
Alexandré Vosloo, Allyssa Herman, Alphabet Zoo, Angus MacKinnon, Antonio Pacheho, Atang Tshikare, Audrey Salmon, Ben Eagle, Bevan de Wet, Boipelo Khunou, Dineo Diphofa,
Gary Stephens, Gawie Joubert, Io Makandal, Isaac Zavale, Jessica Doucha, Lebogang Mabusela,
Lee Jardine, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Malebona Maphutse, Mary-Lee Makunye, Michael Owen Petersen, Mini Ngoyi, MJ Turpin, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, Mr Lean, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Norman Catherine, Nthabeleng Godisamang Masulubele, Reneilwe Mathibe,
Roberta Joy Rich, Sanele Omari Jali, Sara-Aimee Verity, Sifiso Temba, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Sindiso Nyoni, Siwa Mgoboza, Stephan Erasmus, Su Opperman, Tatenda Magaisa, Thabiso Kholobeng,
Thenjiwe Nkosi, Vivien Kohler, Yolanda Mtombeni, Zinhle Gule.
Wits Art Museum
Corner Bertha (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Sundays 10h00 - 16h00.
Tel (Mon - Fri): 011 717 1365
Tel (Sat - Sun): 011 717 1358
June 27th - November 12th, 2017
ONE COLOUR AT A TIME - Contemporary Screen Prints at the Wits Art Museum. Two of my serigraph prints will be exhibited as part of this group show, leading up to WAM's Andy Warhol exhibition. WAM in collaboration with Artist Proof Studios, Prints on Paper and the Wits School of Arts will host an exhibition featuring various South African artists that have produced screen prints, in recent years. There is an accompanying lecture that will be a sneak preview of the content of the upcoming exhibition, One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screen Prints. More info coming soon.
May 27th - June 20th, 2017
A group exhibition curated by Prints on Paper
Hosted at the Dead Bunny Society
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, 27 May from 3 pm
23 Voorhout Street, 2nd Floor, Ellis House, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg
Sanele Omari Jali | Vivien Kohler | Io Makandal | Minenkulu Ngoyi |Roberta Rich | MJ Turpin | Isaac Zavale
Dead Bunny Society is proud to present a selection of works from the “Capturing State” exhibition which has been developed and curated by Isaac Zavale and Minenkulu Ngoyi, directors of Prints on Paper, and first presented at the KKNK festival in Oudtshoorn in April 2017.
May 25th, 2017
The Freedman Foundation and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists; Alexandra Spence (NSW), Roberta Rich (VIC), Sara Retallick (VIC), Spence Messih.
Roberta Rich (VIC) will undertake self-directed research exploring the history of the South African Race Relations Institute and tracing slave African ancestry in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
“Receiving this award is very exciting and has come at a time that will allow me to continue the great momentum of my research in South Africa and to shape my practice's future aesthetic developments” - Roberta Rich
An exhibition featuring works by this year’s recipients is being curated by Dara Wei, who has received a Curatorial Scholarship from The Freedman Foundation through the Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership program at UNSW Art & Design. The exhibition opens at UNSW Galleries on 11 August 2017 and will also showcase works by the returning scholars from 2015: Claudia Nicholson (NSW), George Egerton-Warburton (WA), Jason Phu (NSW) and Jorgen Doyle (Tas).
May 25th - June 24th, 2017
The Capturing State group exhibition curated by Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival held in Oudtshoorn, is touring Johannesburg! Prints from the exhibition will be shown at Assemblage studios, opening Thursday 25th May from 5.30 - 8.30pm.
April 8th - April 15th, 2017
Selected prints will be exhibited in Capturing State, a group exhibition curated by Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival held in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa.
FLUXUS NOW / a project by Space Space Gallery featuring artist works Blazing Empress, Aaron Carter, Spencer Lai, Amber Wright and Tshepo Moloi, installed across various locations in Johannesburg CBD. Image: Roberta Rich, Paste ups featured on various poles, walls & electricity boxes in New Doornfontein, Johannesburg. Image courtesy of Space Space Gallery.
Thursday 3rd November, 2016
Opening of Situation group exhibition curated by Bahlakoana Lesemane, Tshego Mabaso, Gontse Mathabathe & Kerry Skinner, at The Point of Order, Wits University Project Space, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Situation features serigraph's from my Assemblage residency, exhibiting alongside Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Igshaan Adams, Kyra Pape and Sikhumbuzo Makandula.
Sunday 2nd October, 2016
Foley: Creature from the Black, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
Friday 26th August, 2016
Yarnin' Project Film Screening with Bobby Nicholls, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
Watch films from the Yarnin' Project of Elder stories
August 7th - August 28th, 2016
No Man's Land, SOMA Art + Space, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa.
August 5th - October 4th, 2016
White lies: As we know it, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
June 10th, 2016
I have a drawing that has been published within if we all spat at once they'd drown: drawings about class, Edited and published by Sam Wallman. Exhibition and book launches Friday June 10th 2016 from 6pm at North Tower, Trades Hall, Melbourne, Australia. You can purchase a copy here.
May 12th - May 15th, 2016
Deny/Denial/Denied, Bubblegum Club, Workshop Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Exhibition Opening 6pm Thursday 12th May, 2016.
Artist talk and discussion with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Sunday 15th May, 2016
February 29th - May 13th, 2016
Studio Residency at Assemblage, Johannesburg, South Africa.
I have been working in Johannesburg, and currently completing a studio residency at Assemblage.
My Assemblage Residency is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart program and by the Sainsbury Sculpture Grant, established in memory of the late Madeline Olive Talyor through her estate and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
November 23rd, 2015
NAVA is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2015 Sainsbury Sculpture Grant: Jamie O'Connell, Roberta Rich, Salote Tawale, and Tim Woodward.
October 7th - October 24th, 2015
I'm Cornered, FELTspace, Adelaide, Australia.
Front Gallery: ROBERTA RICH (VIC) - I'm Cornered
Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 7th October
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 8th October 2015 - 24 October 2015
I’m Cornered draws on experiences of ‘racial’ interrogation I have encountered. Presenting an appropriation of Adrian Piper’s Cornered (1988), I endeavour to re-visit questions posed by Piper, surrounding the contradictory nature of ‘race’ categorisation and construction. I attempt through the self-assigned task to perform inter-contextual identity positions while responding to ‘race’ interrogation in this exhibition.
7th - 27th April 2012
Manifestations of NOW, No Vacancy Project Space, NGV Studio and Federation Square, Melbourne.
A group exhibition curated by Sapna Chandu.
© Copyright Roberta Joy Rich 2019. All images by and courtesy of the artist unless otherwise credited.