Janine Bailey


Thesis title: The Art of Multispecies: Developing a sustainable art practice through care and collaboration

Developing a sustainable art practice through care and multispecies collaboration is an interdisciplinary creative research project that documents the process of becoming a sustainable artist through sculpture, drawing, public events, and writing. The project aims to explore how artists can collaborate with multispecies and the community to find alternative ways to engage with the challenges of sustainability. The practice-based research project will be designed using a hybrid model of socially engaged art, qualitative research, and care ethics.  The Conservatory of Care, a 2022 pilot project will be merged with a new series of participatory ephemeral artworks, reflective writing, and participant observational interviews. Connections, insights, and spaces of knowing, and not knowing, will be examined through a feminist and a post-human lens. The role of culture and creativity in achieving sustainability will be critiqued against; socially engaged art, the embedded artist model, the current market orientated artworld, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Integrating art with multispecies aims to generate new conversations and ideas for creative practitioners working in the sustainability space.

Funding & Awards

2023 Sculpture in the Garden - Wollongong City Council $2300

2022 ARTWARD Artist in Residence – Wollongong City Council $15,000

2022 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (AGRTP)

2016 University of Sydney Honours Scholarship

2015 University of Sydney – Sydney College of the Arts Dean’s award for sculpture

2014/2013 University of Sydney Academic Merit Prize

2014/2013 University of Sydney Dean’s list of Excellence in Academic Performance


2022 PhD Candidate – University of Wollongong

2021 Diploma of Sustainable Living – University of Tasmania 

2016 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours Class 1) University of Sydney – Sydney College of the Arts

2009 Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management) – Charles Sturt University