about the artist
Originally from Brisbane, Rose Rigley is a Cairns-based artist and arts worker. Her current practice focuses on memory and loss, specifically, the value placed on certain tangible objects and how these items translate the memories of what is often indefinable – interpersonal connection. Rigley utilizes sculptural assemblage, printmaking, artist books and installation to create quiet and often contemplative works that seek 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 has produced numerous solo exhibitions including Letters to my Father, Studies for the Mattress Account and Nest and has exhibited on a local, national and international level. Rigley is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts through Curtin University.
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 was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant in 2014/15, won the 2015 Queensland Regional Arts Awards Wayne Kratzmann Acquisitive Prize for $10,000. and obtained a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant to undertake her recent exhibition and community arts project, Canines of Cairns. Rigley teaches printmaking in the Visual Art Department at TAFE North, (Cairns Campus).