Yusuf Ali Hayat

Yusuf Hayat is committed to social justice. He has worked in leadership roles for several international non-government organisations across social housing, social support and Emergency Relief. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia with a research focus on migrant narratives, transcultural aesthetics and intersubjectivity in art. As an artist, Yusuf’s work integrates photography, video, painting and architectural approaches to sculptural form. He recently undertook artist residencies at the British School at Rome and NEXUS Arts, Adelaide. He has exhibited in Australia and overseas.


July 2019                    Kaleidoscope                                      Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

February 2019            Helpmann Academy Graduate Show Torrens Parade Ground, Adl

January 2019              Commons                                            ArtPod, Adelaide

November 2018          Insan(e)                                               NEXUS Multicultural Arts, Adl

November 2018          Shifting Perspectives                          ArtPOD, Adelaide

September 2018         FLOW (Shimmer Photo Biennale)      Hardys Tintara, South Australia

June 2018                   Mostra                                                 British School at Rome, Italy

June 2018                   Spazi Aperti                                        Academa Di Romania, Rome

May 2018                    HATCHED                                           PICA, Perth

February 2018            Helpmann Academy Graduate Show Torrens Parade Ground           

December 2017          A Walk in the Park                              UniSA Honours Grad Show

December 2015          Effulgence                                          UniSA Visual Arts Grad Show

August 2015                SIX                                                      SASA Gallery Project Space

June 2012                   MOVE                                                 Light Square Gallery

May 2011                    Identity, Yours, Mine, Ours                 Immigration Museum Victoria

April 2011                    Flight and Flow                                   Federation Square, Melbourne

April 2011                    Yusuf & the Punjab Lions                   ABC Radio National – 360 docs

October 2008              Home Is Where The Art Is                 Higher Ground, Adelaide, AUS

August 2007                Common Ground                                Y Bar, Leicester, UK

July 2007                    TEN                                                     LCB Depot, Leicester, UK

November 2006          Transition                                            LOAF, Leicester, UK


“Unsettling migrant-hood: contemporary art, communitas and postmigrant perspectives”. CSAA: Cultural Transformations, University of Queensland, 2019

“Beneath the crescent moon: curatorial dilemmas in the Islamic Art display at the Art Gallery of South Australia”. CSAA: Cultural Transformations, University of Queensland, 2019

“Enduring settler colonial narratives: interdisciplinary approaches to cultural curation”. Conference paper. ACUADS: Engagement, University of Melbourne, 2019

“Domesticating settler colonisation at the Art Gallery of South Australia”. Journal of Asia Pacific Pop Cultures, 2019

“Na(rra)tion”. Fineprint magazine, 2019 http://www.fineprintmagazine.com/narration

“Meander”. Pecha Kucha.South Australian Living Artists Festival. August 2018

“Beneath our Radiant Southern Cross: Contemporary art, Islam and advancing Australia fairly”. Public lecture.University of South Australia, Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, NEXUS multicultural arts, 2017

“(Imagi)Narration”. Fineprint magazine, 2017 http://www.fineprintmagazine.com/imagi-nation

“Entangled Cultural Fields: intersubjectivity and contemporary art of the Islamic diaspora”. Conference paper. ACS: Crossroads in Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, 2016

“Culture, Memory and Identity”. Presentation. AAD Research seminar. University of South Australia, 2016


Doctor of Philosophy (Australian Government Training Program Scholarship) 

University of South Australia                                                              Aug 2018 –    

Bachelor of Visual Arts (w/Honours)

University of South Australia                                                              Feb 2010 – Nov 2017

Certificate in Narrative Therapy

Narrative Practices Adelaide                                                              Feb 2010 – Oct 2010

Drug & Alcohol Counselling (Higher Education Certificate)

University of Leicester                                                                        Sep 2005 – Jun 2007

Photography (Higher National Certificate)

Leicester College                                                                                Sep 2005 – Jun 2007

Managing Voluntary & Community Organisations (HEC)

University of Leicester                                                                        Sep 2005 – Jan 2007

BA (Hons) Politics

University of Leicester                                                                        Sep 1995 – Jun 1999


Team Leader, Adelaide Community Support Services     

Salvation Army                                                                                    Oct 2014 – Mar 2018

Manager, Social Support Programs                       

Australian Red Cross,                                                                         Mar 2012 – Mar 2013

Team Leader, Migration Support Programs                                                           

Australian Red Cross,                                                                         Sep 2011 – Mar 2012

Community Programs Coordinator                                                                          

Common Ground Adelaide                                                         Jan 2008 – Sep 2011

Senior Project Worker

Leicester YMCA, England                                                                  May 2006 – Oct 2007

Residents Community Worker (p/t)

Leicester YMCA, England                                                                  Jun 2004 – May 2006

Housing Officer

Leicester City Council, England                                                         Aug 2004 – May 2006

Outreach Worker

Accommodata – Leicester, England                                                  Sep 2003 – May 2004

                                               Prior to September 2003

  • Private English language teaching in Japan, Australia, Ecuador and England.
  • Three month work exchange programme completed in Padova, Itlay.
  • Various temporary positions in customer service and administration.


UniSA Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarship                                                 2019   

The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools – Postgrad bursary             2019

City of Adelaide Award                                                                                               2018

Helpmann Academy Regular Grant                                                                           2016, 2017

UniSA Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation                                    2010, 2011, 2014, 2015


British School at Rome                                                                       Apr – Jul 2018

NEXUS Arts                                                                                        Sep – Nov 2018


Accademia Di Romania in Roma

Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, UNISA

City of Adelaide Contemporary Acquisitions Collection