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 15 years of research, exhibitions and international residencies.

Hayley is a Death Literacy Advocate, a member of the Natural Death Advocacy Network, on the board of the Castlemaine Cemetery Trust and has co-hosted Death Cafés since 2014 in the Blue Mountains, Canberra, Senegal and Castlemaine. 

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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All work by Hayley West is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please contact all other credited photographers directly to discuss their individual licenses.

Image credit: Cathy Ronalds 2019