Barbara Cleveland is an artist led collective directed by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, and Kelly Doley. Working together for ten years under the title of Brown Council, the collective transitioned to Barbara Cleveland in 2016, taking their name from the mythic feminist performance artist (Barbara Cleveland) – who they recovered from the margins of Australian art history – and has been a key feature in their work since 2010.
Barbara Cleveland’s projects are informed by queer and feminist methodologies that draw on the historical lineages of both the visual and performing arts. Their recent video and performance works are deliberations on history and memory as embodied action, as fiction, as mode of collaboration.
Barbara Cleveland’s projects have been presented by Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Artspace (Sydney), The Physics Room (Christchurch), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Performance Space (Sydney), National Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul) and Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne). In 2016 Barbara Cleveland presented two new projects for the 20th Biennale of Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW.
Their works are held in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Monash University Museum of Art, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of NSW.