Duke Albada is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on socially engaged practice. Her work explores relationships within communities, surveying the social and cultural identity in relation to place.
In September 2016, Duke was Artist in Residence at Apollo Estate, a social housing area in East Dubbo, NSW. Her project, ‘Inside Out’, intends to break through a prejudiced perception of people based on their locality, and will reveal how the effected persons perceive themselves. The work will accumulate in an arts trail and photographic publication that was presented as part of Artlands, the Regional Arts Australia biennial conference returning to NSW for the first time in 14 years. Arts delegates from all over Regional Australia will converge on the city of Dubbo in October 2016.
Her multi-layered stories and topics are conveyed by means of hybrid installations including the location and community participation as a primary element. These works are a public platform for marginalised groups; providing an opportunity to share points of view and individual world experience
Duke Albada has exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and the USA since 1998. She has showcased her garbage fashion Dregs2Diva in New York, had a six channel video artwork featured at the Byron Bay Airport, was a finalist at the prestigious Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, exhibited several times at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney and had two collaborative artworks included in the Thessaloniki Biennale.