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Clare Rae


Clare Rae engages photography, stop motion animation and performance to navigate and defy the limitations of the everyday environments she inhabits. Her works explore tension, portraying situations that offer alternative spatial and psychological interactions between the artist and the possibilities that are held in her surrounds. Based in Melbourne, Rae’s recent solo exhibitions such as Light Weight at Beam Contemporary in 2011 and Climbing the Walls and Other Actions in 2009 at the Centre for Contemporary Photography have attracted critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike. In 2009 Rae was the recipient of the prestigious CCP/Colour Factory Award and in 2011 was awarded a New Work Grant by the Australia Council for the Arts.

For available works, please contact the gallery.


Beam Contemporary

Solo Exhibitions

Clare Rae


@ Sydney Contemporary

19 - 22 September 2013








12 October - 10 November 2012








Clare RaeLight Weight

14 October - 19 November 2011








Cataloguing the CompositeTesting

7 - 30 October 2010



Other Work

Clare Rae



Selected Text and Press

Stages, Catalogue with an essay by Catherine Connolly and a conversation with Simone Hine. Boxcopy, 2014.

Review of Melbourne Now, by Penny Modra. The Age, 27 November 2013. Print and Online.

"Clare Rae" by Roger Leong. Melbourne Now: Exhibition Guide. National Gallery of Victoria, 2013. p.284-85.

Review of Interact, at Sydney Contemporary, by Carol Schwarzman. Polycentrica, October, 2013.

Review of Jamais Vu by Ace Wagstaff. Dead Hare Art Review, February 2013.

VIDEOS. Catalogue with a conversation between Clare Rae and Jessie Scott. Beam Contemporary, 2012.

"Hold Still" by Dylan Rainforth. The Age 17 October 2012, p.5.

Australian Art Collector. Issue 61. July-September, 2012. p.78-79. (Image Only)

Light Weight. Catalogue essay by Stephen Palmer. Beam Contemporary, 2011.

Review of Light Weight by Penny Modra. The Sunday Age M Magazine, 30 October 2011. p17.

Preview of Light Weight by Kate Mosh. Three Thousand Oct. 2011.

Review of Interior Architecture by Victoria Duckett. Un Magazine 5.2, 2011, p.50-52.

Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2011. Catalogue.

Forms of Deception. Catalogue essay by Kyle Weise. Light Projects, 2011.

It's Not You, It's Me. Catalogue essay by Jessie Scott. RMIT Project Space/Spare Room, 2011.

Review of Testing by Dan Rule. "Around the Galleries." The Age 23 October 2010. A2 p.20.

"T & A and the F***ing Gaze", by Talia Linz. Runway, Issue 16. 2010.

Clare Rae on Light Journeys

Interiors by Simon Gregg. Catalogue. Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne. 2009.

The Chase. Catalogue essay by Stephen Palmer. Blindside 2009.

Four Attempts at Disguise. Catalogue. Honours Graduate Exhibition. RMIT School of Art Gallery, 2009.

Kingszine, Issue 1, 2007. Edited by Brendan Lee. p.16.


Clare Rae CV


External Links

Artist's website

Rae and Bennett Fine Arts Printers