Outside the Lines by Kellie O'Dempsey

Image credit: Jono Searle


Outside the Lines
Performance: 24 May 2019 | Exhibition: 10 May - 11 Aug 2019
Museum of Brisbane as part of BAD Festival | Brisbane, QLD
Kellie O’Dempsey | Sound: Mick Dick | Performers: Saara Roppola and Maris Georgiou

Immerse yourself in a haven of colour, light and sound, as performance and installation artist Kellie O’Dempsey places audiences right in the middle of her artwork, which fuses digital drawing, performance, animated video projection and sound.

For BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD), Kellie teamed up with sound designer Mick Dick and performers Saara Roppola and Marisa Georgiou to perform new work and engage in discussions about their co-operative making process.

Links: Instagram | Brisbane Art and Design (BAD)


Credits | Photographer: Jono Searle


Botanica by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Cian Sanders

Photographer: Cian Sanders


10 May 2019 (Live performance)
City Botanic Gardens as part of Botanica by Night | Brisbane, QLD
Kellie O’Dempsey | Sound: Mick Dick | Performers: Saara Roppola and Maris Georgiou

Kellie O’Dempsey invites you to witness this live performance experience as part of Botanica by Night.

Kellie creates live performance drawings from a responsive exchange between line, sound and movement. In drawing and animating live lines of light across the surface of the gardens, O'Dempsey simulated the energy of molecules vibrating and growing under the surface of the trees.

Employing analogue and digital drawing techniques, the works respond and navigate the physical space in which they are made. Her visible process fuses the act of drawing and the experience of time. The drawings that result are constantly evolve in a state of becoming.

Botanica exhibition is a unique, site-specific curated contemporary art exhibition. Set within Queensland’s heritage garden, providing a complex historical backdrop, the City Botanic Gardens acts as a living museum. Botanica was a signature event of the Museum of Brisbane's inaugural Brisbane Art Design (BAD) festival.

Links: Botanica | Brisbane Art and Design (BAD) | Instagram

Credits | Photographers: Cian Sanders / Faces of Brisbane


Hardenvale - our home in Absurdia by Kellie O'Dempsey


Hardenvale - our home in Absurdia
Rayner Hoff Project Space, National Art School NSW, Australia
28 March - 20 April 2019
Kellie O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell and Todd Fuller 
Funded by Australia Council for the Arts, with support from Create NSW, The NSW Artists’ Grant (NAVA)
Also supported by the Parramatta Artist Studios and Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program

Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia is a real-scale, immersive, house-like environment by Australian artists Catherine O’Donnell, Kellie O’Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Through drawing, projection, built form, sound and movement, this collaborative project references the architecture of 1960s Western Sydney Government housing as well as spaces the group describe as ‘the cultural fringe of Australia’.

Crossing three generations, these artists’ re-imagine lived domestic space while expanding the practice of drawing to create an intimate and unsettling experience. Harvesting images from personal narratives of imperfect moments (both familiar and strange), Hardenvale is a humble dwelling made from drawing in which to spend, loose or ind time. This installation invites visitors to reflect on their own experiences and memories of home.

Links | Catalogue


Credits | Images - Silversalt Photography, Peter Morgan and the National Art School // Video - Sound: Mick Dick and Cinematography: Emma Conroy


Moving Through by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Lois Lim | Performer: Marisa Georgiou

Photographer: Lois Lim | Performer: Marisa Georgiou


Moving Through
Performance at Flowstate | Brisbane, Australia
Saturday 27 October & Sunday 28 October 2018
Kellie O’Dempsey | Sound: Mick Dick | Performers: Saara Rappola & Marisa Georgiou
Produced by Metro Arts and South Bank Corporation 
Funded by Australia Council for the Arts

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Moving Through is a spirited, site-generated image and sound performance that imagines the intermediate space between this life and the next.

Performance installation artist Kellie O’Dempsey draws on a personal tale that reveals importance of ritual when dealing with death. Moving Through maps a guided journey of departure and brings the space to life using digital drawing and animated video projection with physical performers and sound.

Moving Through culminates in two stunning and visceral evening performances.

Links | Flowstate Event Page

Videographer: Thomas Oliver

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Credit | Videographer and Photographer: Thomas Oliver


Dirt and Ash by Kellie O'Dempsey


Dirt and Ash :: Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey
20 October – 2 December 2018 | Opening Night 19 October 2018
Gallery 1: The Margaret Olley Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery | Lismore, Australia
Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell | Sound: Mick Dick

Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell perform Dirt & Ash, an immersive multimedia installation about the relationship between the artist and work of art. Mick Dick (sound artist) performing on opening night.

Exhibition was opened by Dr Barbara Bolt, Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Dirt and Ash displays a dynamic exchange between two mid-career artists. Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey explore the links between artists’ bodies, ceramic sculpture and performance drawing and video, inquiring into the nature of each other’s creative processes. As works are built, stacked, re-formed and incorporated through performance and live drawing the underbelly of their creative practices is exposed.  

Sharing the material relationships of clay and charcoal the shared experience of loss and survival is uncovered (in terms of life and their creative processes). Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey dramatise their perseverant search for presence, synchronising moments in the studio as performance.

Links | Catalogue // Lismore Gallery website

Exhibition Images


Videogragher: Steven Kwan

Exhibition Catalogue

Credits | Photographer: Darcy Grant // Videographer: Steven Kwan


The never-ending line by Kellie O'Dempsey


Kellie O'Dempsey: The never-ending line, NGA Play at The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Saturday 16 June – 28 October 2018
National Gallery of Australia | Canberra, Australia

Kellie O’Dempsey invites you into her living sketchbook, an immersive space of moving marks and dancing lines. Digital projections collide with traditional drawing in a series of dynamic and colourful experiences and creative opportunities. Contribute to the unique drawing journey as you follow the never ending line to shadow puppets, 3D drawing constructions and live animation before getting into the drawing rink for an immersive drawing experience. The never-ending line investigates drawing as a way of collaboration and transformation and features sound elements composed by Michael Dick.

Links: NGA website
Media: SMH Article | City News Article



Videographer - Sixth Row

Videographer - Sixth Row


Credits | Videographer: Sixth Row


Ensemble by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Andrew Willis


June 2018
Projection on William Jolly Bridge | Brisbane, Australia
For the Brisbane Classic Music Festival

Ensemble was originally created live during a performance featuring members of the Shanghai Chamber Ensemble. Describing two of the violinists, the dynamic and bold brush marks were a direct response to the virtuosity of the musicians playing. This drawing interprets the energy and flow of sound through a fluid and liquid application. It was a direct translation of drawing music in real time.

Credit | Photographer: Andrew Willis


Becoming Becoming by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Angela Little


Becoming Becoming
13 April – 20 May 2018 | Exhibition Opening 13 April 2018
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts | Townsville, Australia
Kellie O’Dempsey | Sound: Mick Dick | Dancers: Dance North Felix Samson and Samantha Hines

Becoming Becoming is a dynamic site generated installation that explores the links between the human body, making and transformation through improvisation. Both a live performance and as an exhibition, this work maps processes of collaboration and aliveness through live drawing and collaboration. With Sound artist Mick Dick, Dance North dancers Felix Sampson and Sam Hines the gallery space is expanded through live performance and digital projection. 

Attempting to entice all those who enter Becoming Becoming is a living collage Through the flow of line, sound, color and projection an immersive engaged environment evolved.

Links | Umbrella Studio event page // Invitation


Image credit | Photographer: Angela Little


away and towards by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Louis Lim

Photographer: Louis Lim


away and towards
Valley Metro Shopping Centre • Fortitude Valley, Brisbane - Australia
6 – 7.30pm, 5 October 2017
Kellie O’Dempsey • Sound: Michael Dick • Performers: Marisa Georgiou and Saara Rappola


away and towards is a collaborative exchange between Kellie O’Dempsey, Michael Dick, Marisa Georgiou and Saara Rappola.

This work is an evolving and fluid encounter and the culmination of a research enquiry into performance drawing as a hybrid and cooperative practice.

Using light, sound, movement and space, the notion of arriving in the present is explored.

Converging at the intersection of the live event and improvisational exchange, away and towards searches for a destination that is always here.



Photographers: Robyn Mill and Andy Willis • Videographer: Andy Willis


Resistance Movement by Kellie O'Dempsey


Resistance Movement
Kentler International Drawing Space · Brooklyn, New York
January 15 – February 19 2017
Performance + Opening Reception: Sunday, January 15, 4 – 7pm with sounds by guests
Artists’ Talk and final performance: Saturday, January 28, 4pm with musical guest M.A.N.I.A.C. Empire
Ben Gerstein: Trombone · Mike Pride: Percussion · Jonathan Moritz: Saxophone


Kellie O’Dempsey (AUS) and Jennifer Wroblewski (NJ) re-imagine the gallery as dance hall, a gathering area where pleasure through movement is the only goal, and where the democratic practice of social dance renders all who enter equal and allied.

Resistance Movement aims to enable a shared experience. Together, artists and audience will bare witness to an evolving work of light, surface and mark. Marks will be analog and digital, made on paper, and projected into the space. We will respond to music, sound, and one another. Performing a dialogue of drawing and sound, in an organized and considered improvisational environment, lines and form will move on, over and through opaque and transparent surfaces. The artists will move around and with the audience, in a drawn game of call and response. Drawing as a record of human movement.

What will remain will be a mapping of performance and cultural exchange. For those present in this Getsumkunstwork or whole artwork, they participate in an unfolding collaboration that is both experiential and inclusive.

Resistance Movement is a 2017 rejoinder to the 1970’s Discotheque, the Cabaret/Kabarret of France and Germany prior to WWII, the rave culture of the 1990s. Underground gathering in all of its forms. Dance as protest. The dance hall as a safe haven.

Drawing is the outcome of the friction of the mark-making element on the surface. Resistance and movement are the requirements of mark.

Links | Resistance Movement catalogue with essay by Charlotta Kotik


Performance stills


Credits | Photographer: Silvia Forni // Videographer: Gus Frias


Lightening Field by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Naomi O'Reilly

Photographer: Naomi O'Reilly


Lightening Field

BARI (Brisbane Artist Run Initiative) Festival | Warehouse, Teneriffe, Brisbane, Australia
7pm - 10pm, Wednesday 19 October 2016




LIGHTENING FIELD brings together, for the first time, the diverse and fluctuating practices of performance drawer Kellie O’Dempsey, installation butoh artist Megan Janet White and sonic artist Luke Jaaniste in a new collaborative work.

The Laundry Artspace is proud to present the premiere performance of LIGHTENING FIELD as part of BARI Festival, within a disheveled warehouse space in Teneriffe, amongst the grime of disused floors, the grift of recent graffiti, and the darkness of night.

Kellie O’Dempsey’s drawing practice is hybrid and diverse, incorporating projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, site-specific installation and live art, through which she explores transformational processes through improvisation and happenstance. The performance drawing works invite the audience to engage directly with the visceral process of making. O’Dempsey’s public and private productions aims to enable an inclusive form of cultural interaction via performance and play.

Megan Janet White and Luke Jaaniste are the co-directors of Brisbane-based ensemble Theatre of Thunder. TOT intertwines butoh dance with immersive sound and atmospheric landscape. Raw and ambient sounds propel the body into a state of poetic rupture and transmutation, whilst illuminated smoke-bubble storms make palpable the fluid dynamic between the sound, body, architecture and audience.

This trio of Brisbane artists has half a century of practice between them, and have been featured in major festivals, exhibitions and workshops across Australia and overseas, including Asia Pacific Triennial QAGOMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, White Night Melbourne, MONA FOMO, Draw to Perform Symposium London, dLux, Art After Dark 18 Biennale of Sydney, Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design, Perspectives on Hijikata Research Collective Japan and hosting international butoh master Kan Katsura.

Links | Catalogue


Credit: Photographs - Aishla Manning & Naomi O'Reilly


Live Performance – NRC by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Natsky


Live Performance – NRC
NRC Silver Jubilee Event | Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music, Lismore NSW, Commissioned by the Lismore Regional Gallery
15 October 2016

A creative development & presentation program celebrating the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Silver Jubilee and the stories connected to its historic building.

NRC alumni & teachers, local musicians and community with guest conductor Richard Gill and visual artist Kellie O’Dempsey (presented by Lismore Regional Gallery) exhibited a major multi-artform performance in the grounds of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium 13 – 15 October 2016. The building which houses the Northern Rivers Conservatorium has been in educational use for over 100 years and has great significance to generations of Lismore families.

NRC Silver Jubilee partnered with RealArtWorks “The Building(s) Still Lives” to present THE HOMECOMING, providing an opportunity for the whole community to participate in a free multi-artform event that is about their stories.

Credit | Photographer: Natsky


Just Draw – Bathurst by Kellie O'Dempsey


Just Draw | Group Exhibition
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
19 August – 2 October 2016
Opening night performance 19 August
Curators: Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe

Just Draw celebrates drawing and its many possibilities; performance, multimedia, installation, sculpture, kinetics and robotics. Exhibition curators Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe present Australian artists who leverage the possibilities of this deceptively simple medium.

Artists include Connie Anthes, Flatline, Hannah Bertram, John Bokor, Matilda Michell, Kelly O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell, Hannah Quinlivan, Jeremy Smith, Jack Stahel, Grant Stewart, Jane Théau and Paul White.

Opening night performance: 


Photographer · Todd Fuller


unSeen (confined space) by Kellie O'Dempsey


unSeen (confined space)
Metro Arts, Professional Development Residency, Brisbane
21 – 27 March 2016
Artists: Sarah Houbolt, Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick

unSeen (confined space) is a project in development filmed at Metro Arts, Brisbane. unSeen is a sensory game of call and response exploring perception and the disparate. Using drawn lines, body gestures, digital projection and sound design, this live getsumkuntswerk or total artwork starts a feedback loop that informs an unwritten script as the artists unite with each other without verbal communication. Together they interrogate the public and the private, and what is seen and unseen within a small space.


Photograoher and videographer • Fiarrah Poole 


TAPE on by Kellie O'Dempsey


TAPE on: a temporal collision of line

Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane
24 February 2016

Artists: Vanghoua Anthony Vue and Kellie O’Dempsey


Interactive performance with the possibility of play.

In collaboration with Vanghoua Anthony Vue, an interactive performance work that integrates the gestural and geometric. Informed by traditional drawing methods, O’Dempsey’s performance drawings respond to movement, and the body in the immediate environment. Vue draws on popular culture, street art, the everyday, DIY ethic, and brings aspects of his Hmong heritage into a contemporary art context. Together these two artists will collide in a conversation of line.


Photographer and videographer • Vanghoua Anthony Vue


A Line in the Night by Kellie O'Dempsey

Photographer: Anna Hill

Photographer: Anna Hill


A Line in the Night (performance) as a part of Just Draw (exhibition)
Newcastle Art Gallery
6 February – 1 May 2016

Featuring the live drawing performance A line in the night, from 8.00pm, Newcastle Art Gallery will become the canvas for artist Kellie O’Dempsey and musician Mick Dick to collaborate and respond to sound and the immediate environment. In a live performance O’Dempsey will use light and colour to create a new digital drawing work.

Just Draw celebrates drawing and its many possibilities, performance, multimedia, installation, sculpture, kinetics and robotics. This exhibition present Australian artists who leverage the possibilities of this deceptively simple medium.

Australian drawing is alive with dynamic interrogations of its own parameters. It is an enduring medium with a fierce versatility, a medium of democracy, easily accessible in materials and actions.

Drawing offers a conceptual wonderland allowing the practitioner to meander through a broad spectrum of ideas and concepts. From artists whose work could be described as a contemporary take on a classical methodology, to those who nudge the definition of ‘drawing’ beyond the realm of ‘marks on paper’. This survey considers artists works which are so much more than just drawing.

Guest curators: Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe

Exhibiting Artists: Connie Anthes, Hannah Bertram, John Bokor, Flatline, Todd Fuller, Matilda Michell, Kellie O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell, Hannah Quinlivan, Jack Stahel, Grant Stewart, Jeremy Smith, Jane Theau, Paul White, Lisa Woolfe

With thanks to the support of project partners:
Newcastle Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Faculty and Students of The University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts, Watt Space Gallery, The Backyard Bus Artist Residency, Newcastle Now, Newcastle Council, NAVA National Association of the Visual Arts The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

Links | Newcastle Art Gallery // Exhibition essays


Credits | Photographer: Anna Hill


Before I leave (silent) by Kellie O'Dempsey


Before I Leave (silent)

POP (Post Graduate and other projects) Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
16 January 2016

A drawing conversation by Piyali Ghosh (India) and Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia)
Sound by Michael Dick (Australia)

An improvised drawing performance for one night only.

Presented by Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research & Woollongabba Art Gallery


Photographer and Videographer •  Emma Wright


Bomb the Wall by Kellie O'Dempsey


Bomb the Wall
Queensland College of Art
Friday, October 2, 2015


Visual artist Todd and dancer and choreographer Carl Scibberas in collaboration with Kellie O’Dempsey Bomb the Wall of the Griffith Galleries for the closing of Drawing International Brisbane 2015


Photographer •  Lisa Kurtz


Under Arena - Drawing International Brisbane by Kellie O'Dempsey


Under Arena
Exhibition at Spring Hills Reservoir as a part of the Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium 2015: Ego Artefact, Arena
Spring Hill Reservoirs, Brisbane
30 September, 2015

Artists: Kellie O’Dempsey | Bill Platz | Zoe Porter | Flatline (Todd Fuller And Carl Sciberras) | Velvet Persu

A group of artists engage with performance and drawing to respond to a unique Brisbane landmark. The subterranean Spring Hill Reservoirs and the Old Windmill present a theatrical environment in which live drawing, sound, video and dance coalesce.

Kellie O'Dempsey and Michael Dick, installation view of  Under Arena  2015. Photographer Matthew Loyd

Kellie O'Dempsey and Michael Dick, installation view of Under Arena 2015. Photographer Matthew Loyd

Kellie O’Dempsey: Artist + Curator of the performance art event Under Arena. Opening the Drawing International Brisbane Symposium 2015, Under Arena was an initiative of the Griffith Centre For Creative Arts Research.

Auspiced by Griffith University, Queensland College of Art through the assistance of The National Trust and Brisbane City Council, Under Arena was representative of the artistic interdisciplinary dialects involved in the creation of a lexicon of contemporary performative practise. Michael Dick: Sound artist working in direct response to the action of Kellie O’Dempsey. Michael provides the synaesthetic vehicle from which the art work resonates toward a palpable liminality. You may also notice throughout the soundscape the vocals of performance artist Velvet Pesu.

Taking place on the 30 September 2015 at the historic Spring Hill Reservoir, this conveyance is a subjectively inflected inference of the artistic intent of Kellie O'Dempsey and Michael Dick.

Exhibition images – installation view:


Documentation • Emma Wright, Simon Marsh, Matthew Loyd


Drawn to Experience V2 by Kellie O'Dempsey


Drawn to Experience V2
Artists: Gosia Wlodarczak (VIC/Poland), Entang Wiharso (Indonesia), Flatline (NSW), Hannah Quinlivan (ACT), Jaanika Peerna (Estonia/NY), Mar Serinya (Spain), Lugas Syllabus + M.A. Roziq (Indonesia), Robert Andrew (QLD), Nicci Haynes (ACT), Bill Platz (QLD), Kevin Townsend (USA), Jodi Woodward (NSW), Benjamin Sheppard (VIC), Piyali Ghosh (India), Kellie O’Dempsey (QLD)

Curated by Kellie O’Dempsey

QCA Galleries
POP Gallery • 27 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
22 September – 3 October 2015

ANU School of Art Main Gallery, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
9 – 31 October 2015

Exhibition catalogue can be found here.


This survey explored the expansive act of performance drawing—the act and action of drawing, its processes as theatre, line, motion and record, positing drawing within an interdisciplinary platform. The group exhibition consisted of works on paper, digital drawings, video and a live drawing performance. In conjunction with the Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium (papers from DIB can be found here).. Drawn to Experience V2 also toured to the ANU Gallery, Canberra.

Gosia Wlodarczak,  A Room Without A View — drawing performance Day 5 , 2013, a 17-day drawing performance held in a specially constructed sensory limitation room at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Pigment pen, polymer paint on MDF board, space dimensions: 260 x 340 x 220 cm. Photographer Longin Sarnecki. Image courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Helen Maxwell and BOXOProjects New York/Joshua Tree

Gosia Wlodarczak, A Room Without A View — drawing performance Day 5, 2013, a 17-day drawing performance held in a specially constructed sensory limitation room at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Pigment pen, polymer paint on MDF board, space dimensions: 260 x 340 x 220 cm. Photographer Longin Sarnecki. Image courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Helen Maxwell and BOXOProjects New York/Joshua Tree


Photographer (exhibition) •  Kellie O'Dempsey