Rick Hayward (b.1982) is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist translating 18 years of traditional sign

writing experience into a contemporary art practice through exhibition work and large scale site-specific works, alongside varied commercial projects.

Refocussing his traditionally acquired skillset, Hayward examines sociocultural value systems and constructed identity utilising traditional sign making processes and materials. Influenced by eastern philosophy and reductive abstraction, his practice is a communion between the commercial craft and contemporary art realms; pulling at the threads of the human experience in an effort reveal the essential that lies beneath.

Excerpt from ‘Divergence’ 2019 exhibition essay by Curator Sophie Kubler -

“Hayward’s contemplation of the intersections between the realms of natural and human, resonates

across the show and in many ways, serves as an underlying goal. As humans globally are closer than

ever to facing the consequences of climate change and the effects of the man-made age of the

Anthropocene, the idea of embracing ‘slow’ philosophy and rebuilding communities and economies with an emphasis on hand-made and locally produced is growing. Amidst this conscious, societal change, it is important to situate the works of this artist, whose highly skilled-based practices, acquired

traditionally and practiced authentically, in a socially and environmentally conscious context.”


2020 'SURFACE TENSION' - Brisbane Powerhouse

2020 ‘R E F U S E’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane

2019 'Boiling Point' - The Third Quarter, Brisbane (Group)

2019 ‘Trespass’ - Onwards Studio, Newcastle (Group)

2019 ‘Divergence’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane (Group)

2018 'Less is more' - 1AMSF, San Francisco (Group)

2016 'Louder than letters' - Goodspace, Sydney (Group)

Commercial Clients



Brisbane City Council

Balter Brewers

Gold Coast City Council

Pacific Fair


Robina Town Centre

Queensland Rail


'On Process' podcast

NAVA's Artist Files

No Cure Magazine

Frankie Magazine 'SPACES'

Etihad Airline's Atlas Magazine

Public Speaking

Brisbane Street Art Festival

Design Stories

The Design Conference


AGDA’s 'First Five Out'