Curriculum Vitae: Kelly-lee Hickey

Practice Statement:

My practice investigates social and ecological justice through the production of collaborative and participatory works that create conversation and connection within, and between, people and places.


Doctorate of Philosophy Candidate
Victoria University, Australia

Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
Victoria University, Australia
Completion Date: 2007


National Winner PressPress Chapbook Award (2011)
National Winner Australian Poetry Slam (2010)


Community Arts Projects

Postcards to the Future: Personal time capsules for a post pandemic world with Darwin Community Arts (2020)

Gathering Ground: Writing Walkshops with the NT Writers Center (2020)

Love, Resistance and Other Survival Strategies – Community reading, walking and discussion group (2020)

Culture Shift – Creative Activism workshops for the anti-fracking campaign presented in Darwin and Alice Springs (2019).

iTalk Library – Research and develop Mums Can, Dad’s Can animations in conjunction with Tangentyere Strong Women’s Group (2019)

iTalk Library – Research and script development for youth drug education animations (2018)

Many Voices One Place – Production of short audio stories with 50 community members, 8CCC Community Radio (2015-2016)

iTalk Library – Researching and writing scripts for community legal education animations (2015)

The Disappearing – Youth writing workshops, Red Room Company and Centralian Senior College (2015)

100 Voices – Collective narrative violence prevention project, Alice Springs Women’s Shelter (2009-2015)

Womens Word & Swimming in My Head- Women’s mental wellness writing & performance group projects (2006-2007)

Merge: Linking Artists across Mediums – Printmaking and writing collaborative project (2002)


Collaborative & Inter-arts Projects

Tender Places: Creative research project on place making and ecological and social justice (2018- current)

Local Knowledge: Place making public art – creation of a map and walking tour showcasing sites of community significance and story. (2018)

The Museum of Intimate Memories – interactive installation for an audience of one using storytelling and found poetry to explore memory (2014-2018)]

Vessels for Stories: Kala Teater & Rumata Artspace – narrative and theatre project (2013)

Art or Craft: Nicky Shonkala – call and response collaboration with poetry and weaving (2012)

Half Baked & Domestic Goddess – spoken word and burlesque performance exploring domesticity and desire (2009-2014)


Arts Management

Watch This Space Curatorial Committee (2019-current)

Peer Assesor, Regional Arts Fund (2019-2020)

Judge, NT Literary Awards, Northern Territory Library (2019)

Producer, Call to Country, Lock the Gate (2018)

Producer, Stories From The Frontline Arts Lab (2018)

Evaluator, Artback NT (2014)

Festival Director, Eye of the Storm, NT Writers Centre (2013)

Central Australian Project Officer, NT Writers Centre (2012)

Festival Director, National Young Writers Festival (2006/2007)

Editorial Committee, Voiceworks Magazine (2005/2006)



Studio Artist, Watch this Space, Mparntwe, Alice Springs (2017-current)

A Way Home, Sweden (2018)

Back to Basics, Arteles, Finland (2017)

Makassar Writers Festival Artist in Resident, Rumata Arts Space, Makkassar, Indonesia (2013)

Places Residency, Writing Australia, Kangaroo Island, SA (2012)

Artist Wants A Life National Arts Lab, Watch This Space, Alice Springs , NT (2012)


Arts Festival Performances and


Nga Tutaki: Encounters, Embodiment, Agencies, Exchange – AANZ conference (Auckland) (2019)

Queerstories, Another Country (Germany) (2017)

Makassar International Writers Festival (Indonesia) (2013)

Bookworm International Writers Festival (China) (2011)

Ubud Readers and Writers Festival  (Indonesia) (2011, 2012)


NT Writers Festival (2017, 2019)

Wide Open Space Festival (2017, 2014)

Woodford Folk Festival (2017, 2012)

Eye of the Storm Festival (2015, 2008)

Red Dirt Poetry Festival (2015, 2014)

Alice Desert Festival (2014, 2010, 2009)

Byron Bay Writers Festival (2013)

Emerging Writers Festival (2013)

Sydney Writers Festival (2011)

Queensland Poetry Festival (2013, 2010)

Queensland Poetry Festival Regional Tour (2013)

National Young Writers Festival (2004, 2005, 2006)



Poetry Collection

Thicker than Water: A Verse Memoir (PressPress 2012)

Literary Journals

Borderlands Journal (2020)

Rabbit Journal (2019)

Australian Poetry Journal (2017, 2019)

New Zealand Poetry Journal (2012)

Ma La Literary Journal (2011)

Goind Down Swinging (2009)

Voiceworks Magazine (2003, 2004, 2005)

Rattapallax Magazine (2003)

SBS Online (2003)


On the Ground, Imprint Magazine, NT Writers Centre (2018)

It’s OK to Feel: Dylan Farrow and the Polemics of Grief, Wheeler Centre (2014)

Vessels for Stories: Old Pathways to New Places, Wheeler Centre (2013)

Smarter than Your Average Bogan, The Emerging Writer (2012)

Domestic and Family Violence, New Community Quarterly (2006)



Redfern Revisited, Arteles Creative Centre, Finland (2017)

The Museum of Intimate Memories, Watch This Space, Alice Springs (2014)

Detritus Theory, Watch This Space, Alice Springs (2012)

Seams Undone, Darwin Visual Arts Association (2004)