"You are the hero in my stories, you are the reason I create.
I'm a visual artist using the camera to tell stories, driven by a passion to visually engage with the world around me, to capture and create what inspires me". clr
Passionate as an image maker, Claire is both a photographic artist and shoots commercially.
Claire published her first photography book, Pure and Dirty in 2011 and has had limited edition books published in 2014/5 through the project 2HrsNorth.
Having had several major exhibitions and international representation by Gallery 555, Boston, MA, USA, Claire has also exhibited a solo photographic installation that received widespread industry acclaim on Cockatoo Island, Sydney in 2013.
Now living on The Sunshine Coast with her partner and their son, Claires most recent exhibition "Changing Perceptions On Homelessness" August-September 2020, and September-December 2021, is a powerful pictorial story on homelessness on the Sunshine Coast, and received national press coverage for its authenticity and engaging portraiture.
Reviews – Bush toCoast Workshops Claire Letitia Reynolds 2019-2020
I had such awonderful morning getting to know Claire she is such a beautiful soul! With herknowledge and passion for photography I learnt so much. I would defiantly dothis workshop again
The photographyworkshop was so specific to my individual needs which was great. Claire has away of challenging you without losing your confidence. She is friendly andprofessional. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. I would recommend this for anylevel of experience as she customises it to you
Coralie, KelvinGrove, Australia
Claire is apro-level photographer who knows how to bring out the best in people. I haveextensive experience with photography myself and wondered if there was muchthat Claire could teach me. She asked about my work, about my knowledge leveland tailored a morning session that taught me a lot about creating a compellingimage series, and telling a themed story through multiple images. I alsolearned how to hone my photograohic vision by sketching too. She also gave me alot of very useful information about how to tackle my own ongoing project backhome. Claire is a lovely, approachable lady who knows her way around both acamera and the national park at Noosa where our session took place. I trulyappreciated the wild beauty of the surroundings and came to notice the gorgeoussmall and large details which she pointed out. The midpoint in the session wasgreat fun; splashing around in the waters of Alexander Bay. Yay!! So bring yourcamera (and water and sunscreen) and look forward to learning no matter whatyour skill level with a camera. I'd highly recommend Claire's experience toanyone
Adam, Middleton,United Kingdom
Claire’s knowledgeand insight into photography was exceptional. She gave me, a real beginner,many helpful tips to use for my future photographs. She was personable andinteresting. I could thoroughly recommend her experience
Suzanne, New SouthWales, Australia
Wehad a wonderful session with Claire. The photography tips and techniques wewent through were the perfect level for us (not quite beginners but not expertseither). The bush walk was beautiful and the mid-session swim fit so well withthe relaxed vibe of the day. We took some beautiful pictures of the Noosahinterland and also gained some knowledge about the local flora and faunathrough Claire. This is definitely an experience we would go to again and wouldhighly
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Claire Letitia Reynolds
A dynamic arts professional with over 15years’ experience, with a proven record of building mutually beneficialpartnerships with strong stakeholder engagement across community, business and governmentsectors. Established professionalnetworks within the arts industry nationwide, and a reputation for thinking bigand delivering projects that have the wow factor. Extensive experience withgrant applications, including recent success with receiving regional, state andfederal arts grants. Experience in public art programming, and as anon-indigenous Australian, strongly developed best practice when working andengaging with First Nations peoples and communities.
Career accomplishment include:
· Over 20years’ experience developing, delivering and managing events and programsacross professional and social levels. This has included cultural and arts community programs, fundraising,auctions, opening events and large scale exhibitions.
· Provenability to build and establish relationships with Aboriginal communities innon-remote and remote communities in the Northern Territory, utilising respect,integrity and best practice methods.
· Provenunderstanding of the requirements in the governance and deliverance ofgovernment arts policies at Regional, State and Federal levels, includingapplication, financial management and reporting.
· Adedicated artist with a developed methodology, developing and implementingprojects that embody a unique dynamic that captures a freshness of vision anddesign, inspiring team members to deliver outcomes.
· Exceptionalpeople skills in liaising, consulting and maintaining positive relationships,building strong stakeholder relationships.
· Successfulmanagement of projects as an arts manager, delivering specific projects tobudget and on time.
· Strong StakeholderEngagement
· Advocateof diversity and inclusion
· Programcreation, development & implementation
· Eventplanning and management
· People& financial management
· Strategicplanning and leadership
· Passionateadvocate for arts and culture
· Socialmedia management
· Risk management andassessment
· Strongwritten communication and presentation skills
· 2022- GraduateDiploma in Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.Majoring in Studio Methodology, Public Art, and Photo Studio.
· 2014 – Social Media Summit, course on social mediaengagement.
· 2009 - Certificate III in Project Management.
· 1997 – Bachelorof Arts in Communications Media, University of Canberra ACT.
· 1993 –Higher School Certificate, Newcastle Grammar School, Newcastle, NSW.
2009 – Current. Artist.
Currently working as a self-employedartistic creator, utilising activities that embrace strong emotional andaesthetic elements, with a developed methodology that incorporates bestpractice in industry.
Activelyengaging in partner building and effectively managing, sustaining andleveraging partnerships across community, business, and government forstrategic and mutual advantage and outcomes.
Successful recipient of 2021 RegionalArts Development Funding , 2021 Arts Queensland Arts Showcase Program, 2022 Australia ArtsProjects For Individuals and Groups, totalling over $36,000.
SkillsUtilised: Artistic excellence, passionate,initiative-driven, public speaking, event management, social media, marketing,producing, writing, relationship building, project management, storytelling,communicative, detail-oriented, projectevaluation and report writing, persistent,passionate, budget savvy. Microsoft word, Teams, Excel, Asana
2007 – Current.Photographer, Australia. https://www.clairereynolds.com/
Providing artistic servicesfor the development and delivery of briefs within time and budget for a broad range of clientsincluding: Artist Profile, Indigenous Land Commission, OMD Creative Agency,The Principles Advertising Agency, M&C Saatchi, The Commonwealth Bank, The Kirby Institute, TheIndigenous Centre For Excellence, Mass Media , Pacific Magazines, AustralianFashion, Central West Lifestyle Magazine, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, The KooriMail, UNICEF, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Tracey Moffatt, Juno Gemes, SydneyBiennale
SkillsUtilised: Artistic, analogue anddigital techniques, studio and ambient lighting, networking, teamwork, eventmanagement, marketing, directing, people management, attention to detail, postprocessing software; Adobe lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Collection, Exposure 7,
2010 – 2017. DigitalImaging Artist, Tracey Moffatt, AO, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Digital imaging anddesign artist for the following works: Moffatt, T (2013). Spirit Landscapes.Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Moffatt, T (2015). Kaleidoscope. Perth Institute of ContemporaryArt. Moffatt, T (2014 - 2017). The Travellers. Venice Biennale, AustralianPavilion, Venice, Italy. Moffatt, T (2014 - 2017). Body Remembers. VeniceBiennale, Australian Pavilion, Venice, Italy.
Skills Utilised: Interpreting complex briefs,client liaising with key stakeholders, negotiation, recognise industry trends,photographic post processing for Tracey Moffatt at Venice Biennale
2018-2020 WorkshopTrainer, Photoh, Brisbane, Qld
Development of photographic content and developmentand delivery of 2 hour photographicworkshops fortnightly in a variety of locations across Brisbane, to groupsranging from 5-15 people, including critique sessions the following week.
Skills Utilised: Group management andcoordination, teaching, people skills, photographic expertise, technical andintuitive critique.
2011 The Front Studio, Redfern,Sydney, maternity leave contract.
Managing of theday-to-day operations of this high profile photographic equipment rental andstudio hire with eight staff, reporting to the Director.
Skills Utilised: general management, scheduling, invoicing and tracking,technical tasks, event planning, event management, leadership, team building,team management, time management, extensive knowledge of photographicequipment, people skills, client relations and stakeholder engagement,flexibility and adaptability.
2000-2004/ 2007-2008 Visual Arts Imaging Gallery, BoutiquePhotographic portraiture company, Sydney
As part of the management team my responsibilitiesinvolved successful development and implementation of strategic business goals.From two working studios in 2002 we expanded to six working studios in 2003,managing up to twelve photographers. This role included regular interstatetravel to train photographers in South Australia.
Skills Utilised: leadership,liaison with internal and external stakeholders, team management, training,technical abilities with photographic and studio lighting equipment, people skillsand management, communication, styling, critiquing, writing, recruitment,consultancy.
2009-10 Photographer and trainer, Titjikala/,NT and Gapuwiyak, East Arnhem Land, NT.
Workingcollaboratively with the Aboriginal communities to develop activities thatincreased the capacity and skills of the community, which lead to thecommunities being able to continue their artistic and cultural developmentafter the completion of the project. Document and catalogue women’sfibre artistic work.
Skills Utilised: Organising andrunning successful events, experience working collaboratively with Aboriginalcommunities, cross cultural consulting and negotiating, best practice withFirst Nations peoples, delivering programs with professionalism and integrity,attention to detail, flexibility.
2008 B.A. Styling and Creative Direction - Tutorand Lecturer, White House Institute Of Design.
I co-wrote course structure of CreativeDirection. Taught as both Tutor and Lecturer for 1st, 2ndand 3rd year students in Creative Direction for interiors,magazines, fashion and events purposes. Lecturer in the History of art, 1styear. Delivering short weekend workshops in Styling and Creative Directionduring semester breaks.
Skills Utilised: Artistic vision,technical excellence, intuitive analysis, technical analysis, teaching,directing, training, marking, event planning and teaching, communicationskills, negotiating, professionalism, liaising with all levels of management.
2004-2006 Photographicassistant, Miles Aldridge, London UK
Workingalongside top industry professionals in UK and France. A high-pressureenvironment requiring seamless technical knowledge and professionalism. Workingon journals Italian Vogue, Numero, New York Times, American Vogue, Paris Vogue,as well as international advertising campaigns.
Skills Utilised: Communication, analoguetechnologies, studio lighting, building positive relationships, team work, highstamina, passionate, persistence.
Reynolds, C (2022-2023) WEARE ONE, Lantana Gallery, SE QLD, October 2022, Centre For Contemporary Photography,ACT, Photo Access, January 2023.
Reynolds, C (2020 – 2021) Changing Perceptions On Homelessness,Caloundra Regional Gallery, Maroochydore Artspace, September 2022, AddertonGallery, House of Heart and Mercy, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, September 2021,Baringa Community Centre, April, 2021, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre,September 2020, Pop Up Gallery, Nambour, August 2020
Articles: Sheehan, Amy 2020 The 7.30 Report, ABC Nightly News, Homelessfaces
Bartholomew, K (2020) ABC Online Sunshine Coast photography exhibitionchallenges images of Homelessness in Queensland
Sunshine Coast Council(2020) The Hinterland Journal Photo exhibition to challengeviews during Homelessness week
Sanderson,Julie-Anne (2020) Challenging Perceptions PhotoExhibition
Reynolds, C (2014 - 2018) The Lonesome Cowboys. Online, 555 Gallery,Boston, MA, USA, 2018, Art Of Living Festival. Bundeena, NSW, Head On PhotoFestival. Sydney.
Articles: Bawden, L (2014). RoughRiders. Yoke Magazine. Sydney: Yoke Publications.
Mendoza, A (2016). ThisPhotographer Wants To Change The Way The World Sees Rodeo Cowboys. Buzzfeed online.
O’Toole, K, (2016) Vulnerable Cowboys. Drive, ABC Radio Darwin.
Aedy, R (2011) Pureand Dirty on Life Matters ,Lighton, H (2011) Vice USA – Bush
Reynolds, C (2016). Les Festivals De Lete. French PHOTO magazine. France: EPMA
Reynolds,C(2009). Magical Light. Louigi’s Gallery, Bondi, Sydney.
Reynolds,C(2006). Faces Castle Gallery.Notting Hill, London, England.
Reynolds,C(2002). Looking In. The Lounge, Surry Hills, Sydney.
Two-person installation.Reynolds, C, Cainero, L (2013). Cumulus and Love Learning Cloud,contracted through UNICEF for the World Education Games. Instalment locations:Darling Harbour, outdoors, and Sydney Technology Park, indoor.
Article: Bales, J. (2013). The Games andUNICEF provide a silver lining for kids Access; Vermont Vol. 27, Iss. 1, (Mar2013): 30.
Two-personinstallation and exhibition. Reynolds C., Hall, C (2011). Pure and Dirty, TheNaked Auction. All artworks sold. District 9 Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Solo installation. Reynolds, C (2012). He Was Always Watching, She NeverKnew. Room 143, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour.
Article: Film Meets Art in Room 143 (2012). Arts Hub http://www.clairereynolds.com/cockatoo
Skills Utilised : Public art programming,design, community and government engagement, attention to detail, recognisingopportunities and limitations, people management, concept pitching, interpretand response to briefs, risk management and assessment, manage fabrication and installation with sub-contractors, make publicpresentations to community groups and stakeholders, staff meetings, work in collaborationwith other artists, project evaluation and report writing.
2015 – Newcastle 2HrsNorth Limitededition zine, Hamilton, 2HrsNorth Limited edition zine, February
2014 - Wallsend 2HrsNorth Limitededition zine
2011 - Pure And Dirty Art book, Reynolds and Hall, December. 100 print run, 124full colour.
Skills Utilised: Concept development,storyboarding, event development, planning, implementation, partnershipbuilding, editing, fund raising, public relations, marketing, networking,artistic excellence.
Reynolds C., Hall C (2011). Pure And Dirty: On The Road. Curated by Tracey Moffatt, AO for private audience.
Reynolds, C (2012).The Ministry Of Clouds Minister for Silver Linings. The Russian Rock and RollCircus, Bondi Beach.
Reynolds, C (2018). Doppelgänger. Gallery 555Artsy online
Reynolds, C (2015) 2hrsnorth: All the suburbs of Newcastle II, NewcastleMuseum, Newcastle.
Reynolds, C (2014) 2hrsnorth All the suburbs of Newcastle I, The Emporium,Renew Newcastle
Reynolds, C (2002) Red Instead. The Art House Gallery, Sydney.
Reynolds, C (1998) The Hired Hand. The Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney.
Reynolds, C (1998) First Annual Photographic Assistants Exhibition. PhotoTechnica, Chippendale, Sydney.
2017 -2018 Dancing in the dark, weeklycommunity event, Maleny, Qld. Skills: Event management, marketing, socialmedia, people skills, passion, persistence.
Hobbies: Dancing, music, art, bush walking, travel