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James Farley is an exhibiting artist, curator and lecturer in photography at the School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga.

He studied photography at university in Australia and the United States of America and is a current PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University (CSU), where his research explores post-photography and the practice of ecological stewardship.

James's artistic practice is focused on ecological thinking, landscape aesthetics, and human/non-human entanglements. He is an awarded artist with an extensive exhibition history, participating in solo and group exhibitions in Regional NSW, Australia, London and the USA. A full exhibition profile can be found here.

In 2015, James represented CSU as the Australian finalist in the Sony World Photography Organisation Student Prize in London, UK. He was also a recipient of a Young Regional Artist Scholarship from Arts NSW (CREATE NSW).

Research Interests

As a creative practice-based researcher, James is interested in the expanded field of photographic practice, ecological thinking, and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene.

James is currently engaged in two research projects. The first is his PhD project, Working Within | Post-photography and the Practice of Ecological Stewardship. This project explores cameraless photography and site-specific collaboration as a means of practicing and communicating the values of ecological stewardship.The second is Image Ecologies: The Archive as Renewable Resource.

This is a collaborative project with Jacob Raupach, exploring the viability of counter-urban publishing, contemporary photographic practice and the role of the archive.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Visual and Performing Arts (H1 Honours), Photography, Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Arts (Photography), Charles Sturt University



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  • Regions Rising 2021

    James Farley (Invited speaker)

    16 Mar 202118 Mar 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumIndustry

  • On the Space of Artists

    James Farley (Facilitator), Hayley Megan French (Facilitator), Alice Peacock (Participant), Patrick Ronald (Participant), Gregory Carosi (Participant), Gillian Kayrooz (Participant), Lill Colgan (Participant) & Kirtika Kain (Participant)


    Activity: Engagement and professional developmentDelivery of advanced professional developmentAcademic

  • Artstate Wagga Wagga 2020

    James Farley (Participant), Hayley Megan French (Participant), Patrick Ronald (Participant), Gillian Kayrooz (Participant), Alice Peacock (Participant), Gregory Carosi (Participant), Kirtika Kain (Participant) & Lill Colgan (Participant)

    08 Nov 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumIndustry

  • International Journal of Practice Based Humanities. (Journal)

    Christopher Orchard (Guest editor), James Farley (Guest editor) & Shaun Wilson (Editor in chief)

    09 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

  • Outback Ecologies | Artist Residency

    James Farley (Advisor) & Jacob Raupach (Advisor)

    05 Apr 201815 Apr 2018

    Activity: Engagement and professional developmentAppointments or secondmentsCommunity