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Hayley West

Castlemaine, VIC, 3450



Artist, librarian and death literacy advocate Hayley West is located in Castlemaine in Central Victoria.

Hayley West’s practice relates to a lived awareness of death and memorial, working with sculpture, video, performance, and installation. Her research explores the realities of grief through personal experiences and artistic practice, focusing on the inevitability of one’s own death and the impact on those remaining. 

As an artist working in the public realm, Hayley believes in empowering the community by sharing practical knowledge through exchange and generosity. Her practice spans over 20 years of research, exhibitions and residencies internationally and nationally.

Hayley hosts DEAD AIR a weekly radio show 'Dead Air' on 94.9MAINfm, is a member of the Natural Death Advocacy Network, has co-hosted Death Cafés since 2014, is a contributor to the Victorian arm of the Australian Home Funeral Alliance, and was previously a general member of the Historical Castlemaine Cemetery Trust (2018-22). Hayley also works at La Trobe University Library, Bendigo.

The Departure was once a studio & advocacy space located at The Mill. It is currently existing in a transient form without a fixed location. Please contact Hayley regarding art-related commissions such as bespoke ceramic ashes urns. She can also recommend reputable funeral industry businesses and individuals working in end-of-life care, other contemporary artists working in the realm of death, and give advice on running a Death Café in your own community.

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Masters by Research, Visual Arts

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