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


Bald, Bald Head and Other Stories by Kellie O'Dempsey


Bald, Bald Head and Other Stories
The Hold Artspace
27 May – 6 June 2015

Bald, Bald, Head and other stories explores the mythical and romantic relationship between the artist, studio and the muse. Investigating the notions of the public and the private. Kellie O'Dempsey and sound designer Michael Dick will transform and manipulate the gallery space through a playful installation of drawing, video and performance. 




uNatural by Kellie O'Dempsey


Art Forum, Visiting Artist, Drawing and Print Media Department, School of Art
Print Media and seminar room, Australian National University, Canberra
26 March 2015

Kellie O’Dempsey + Jaanika Peerna (Estonia/NY)

Collaborative drawing performance at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2015

Jaanica Peerna: movement drawings by hand

Kellie O’Dempsey: drawing and digital via projections (light drawings) that would draw on existing spaces between the works, connecting them in response to Jaanica’s performance.

Collaborating through performance drawing Jaanica Peerna (Estonia/NY) and Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia) exchanging directives like weather patterns; lines build and change embodying a shared experience. This international collaboration connects directly in the expanding fields of live drawing. Jaanica describes her force as connected to nature, the natural phenomena of the self. Where Kellie work is site-generated, responding directly to Jaanica’s performance and the space via the ephemeral light drawings that build, move a disappear.


Photographers •  Kellie O’Dempsey and Jaanika Peerna


Draw to Perform 2 – London by Kellie O'Dempsey


Draw to Perform 2
Number 3 Performance space • Deptford, London, UK
16 – 17 March 2015

Artists: Gerald Royston Curtis (UK), dolanbay (Berlin), Poppy Jackson (UK), Ram Samocha (Israel/ UK), Yara Pina (Brazil), Jordan Mckenzie (UK), Bettina Fung (Hong Kong/UK), Kevin Townsend (USA), Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia), Bertrand Flachot (France), Jennifer Wroblewski (USA), Holly Matthews (UK), Shoshanah Ciechanowski (Israel), John Court (UK/Finland), River Lin (Taiwan), Gosia Wlodarczak (Poland/Australia), Rachel Grant (Scotland/UK).


Draw to Perform 2 was a collective live drawing installation event in London, independently curated by artist Ram Samocha. International artists presented works using conventional drawing tools—pencils, charcoal, and markers—and unconventional digital prints, experimental mark making methods, and labouring tools, including Polyfilla and plumber’s twine. The nature of these materials determined how the artist acted, moved, and performed in the space. Concurrently performing drawings for six continuous hours, the twelve artists (including me) used diverse strategies in accordance with their own practice, working within self-determined parameters in separate areas of a warehouse.

The space was open to the public as a live durational time-based performance. The audience could wander through or participate in (some) works according to their desire and interest. As witnesses, the audience activated the space, which made them participants in the event. The space or site of a performance drawing can inform the work. The Draw to Perform 2 venue was a warehouse in South London. It was a coId, hard, dark concrete building in an inner-city industrial area. The location can also invariably affect and establish how the performance drawing is read.

My own performance drawings at the event were a direct response to the space and those who occupied it during the six hours. The installation or configuration of my setup was designed according to the architectural features of the corner I inhabited. Using materials gathered from the local hardware and art shop, digital projections, and black tape, the images traversed two walls and the floor. I drew both the moving gestures of the audience and the other artists I could see from my space, constantly swapping materials from traditional means to live digital drawing and animation in an attempt to respond to the mechanics of the environment. I drew River Lin as he moved through his floured surface; I drew the viewers who passed by and those who stayed; I attempted to draw the ever changing now. As people moved, the drawing was altered, producing an evolving  observational tableau.

Draw to Perform 2 website

Other artists performances


Photographer · Marco Berardi


Draw/Delay – White Night Festival Melbourne by Kellie O'Dempsey


Draw/Delay • White Night Festival Melbourne 2015
Caledonian Lane, Melbourne CBD
7pm to 7am, February 2015

Artists: Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick

Draw/delay is a performance drawing and sound installation which reveals the workings of art-making as both a public and private event. Through live drawing and seductive audio manipulation, the romantic notion or myth of the artist in the studio is exposed.

An improvised collaboration with musician Mick Dick, artist Kellie O’Dempsey responds directly to sound and the immediate environment with live performance, marks on paper and digital drawing. Along with video and audio installation, the audience are invited to engage directly with the visceral process of creating. O’Dempsey investigates the uncanny, aiming to enable a playful and inclusive form of interaction.

White Night Festival event website



White Night Melbourne 2015: Up all night for dusk till dawn party
February 22, 2015
Cameron Woodhead

Almost every alleyway held a niche event – some trash, some treasure. The best of them was Kelly O’Dempsey and Mick Dick’s Draw/Delay – a beautiful fusion of live drawing, digital art and music that exposed the creative process to a public, and participatory, gaze.

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White Night Melbourne 2015: The best of an all-night spectacle
Debbie Cuthbertson
February 21, 2015

A small scale highlight of
the night came from a live art and music collaboration between digital sound man Mick Dick and painter Kellie Dempsey. Taking place on Caledonian Lane with milk crates for seats, the show was aimed at exposing the process of making art. Dempsey delivered in spades using both a projected e-tablet along along with angular and deft brushstrokes on the canvas. Dick’s soundtrack was suitably mesmerising.



Experiencing Draw/delay at Caledonian Lane  
Katherine Lim

RED AND BLACK ARCHITECT (online magazine)

Draw/Delay saw traditional drawing artwork collide with multimedia to create a performance piece. This event explored the artistic methods of drawing as a performance piece. The collaboration between artist Kellie O’Dempsey and musician Mick Dick, was an action collage with sketches on paper projected on to a wall merged with simultaneous paint brushed directly upon the ‘canvas’, all set to a moody soundtrack. The live nature of this event showcased the creative process of the artist rather than just the ‘finished product’ making it an ideal inclusion in the White Night programme.


Photographers · Georgina Tait


Corner Dance Lab by Kellie O'Dempsey


The Corner Dance Lab
24 January 2015
Jasper Corner Federal, NSW

A week-long collaboration between Philip Channells (Dance Integrated Australia) and Gavin Webber (The Farm). It is a consolidated week of working with 10 renowned teachers sharing daily routines, practice, ideas and experiments with emerging and established dancers and choreographers.

In collaboration with Visual Artist Musician Ben Ely and Kellie O’Dempsey.

Classes will led by Phil Blackman, Philip Channells, Hsin-Ju Chiu (Raw), Kate Harman, Lee-Anne Litton, Grayson Millwood, Kimberly McIntyre, Timothy Ohl, Laurie Young and Gavin Webber.


Photographer •  Veda Dante