Originally from Brisbane, Rose Rigley is Cairns-based artist and arts educator. Her current practice focuses on memory, specifically its influence on the present with remedial interpretations of the past that challenge the role of commonplace objects and interpersonal connections. Rigley utilizes installation, mixed media and sculptural assemblage in a liminal search for beauty through the fragility of ordinary life, while seeking to find the universal in the personal.
After graduating with a Diploma of Visual Arts in 2011, Rigley went on to study at the Centre of Book Arts, New York and undertook mentorships with West End Studio (Brisbane) under Adele Outteridge, Baldessin Press (St Andrews, Vic) under Silvi Glattauer and Editions Tremblay (Cairns) under Theo Tremblay. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) through Curtin University (Perth, WA) in 2018 and is undertaking her Masters of Arts (Creative Arts) with University of Southern Queensland. Rigley was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant in 2014/15, won the 2015 QRAA Wayne Kratzmann Acquisitive Prize for $10,000, co-won the 2019 QRAA Art for Life Prize for $10,000 and has obtained several Regional Arts Development Fund Grants to undertake exhibitions and community arts project in and around FNQ.
Rigley has exhibited on a local, national and international level and has produced numerous solo exhibitions including The Space Between Words, Letters to my Father, Studies for the Mattress Account and Nest. Co-founding artist-run-initiative Knock Knock in 2010, Rigley established a program of curated exhibitions and community engagement events and has been an active member of Inkmasters Cairns since 2012. She is currently part of the Visual Art teaching team at TAFE Queensland.