James Farley is an artist, curator, and researcher based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. He is the Lecturer in Photography and Director of the H.R Gallop Gallery at Charles Sturt University.
Working predominately in regional and remote areas throughout NSW, James' practice explores the intersections of ecological, industrial, and cultural concerns through photography. He works to maintain an ongoing critique of the enduring aesthetic traditions of Colonialism, Patriarchy and Capitalism. Recognising that he is both a beneficiary and one deeply implicated in the endurance of these systems, he uses his practice to stay with and explore this trouble.
More broadly, James is a passionate advocate for the development, promotion, and support of professional and contemporary arts practice in, of and for regional areas.
James has presented exhibitions, public programs and community events throughout regional and metropolitan Australia and abroad. James has also have received several awards, prizes and grants including; project funding for a collaborative development program between Riverina and Western Sydney-based artists (2020), funding to undertake a 12-month curatorial mentorship at AGNSW (2019), Artist Support Funding towards research and development (2018), and a Young Regional Artist Scholarship (2015) from Create NSW. He has been a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize (2019), The National Photography Prize (2018), and the Student World Photography Prize (2015). In 2016, James was named the NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year (Arts).