• A Portrait of The Sisters Hayes in Big Sky Country, 2012

  • A Portrait of The Sisters Hayes, 2010

THE SISTERS HAYES, (Christina, Esther and Rebecca) are a trio of sibling artists living and working between Melbourne, Australia and Dallas TX, USA. With collective skills in painting, costume and set design, animation, film & photography, the familial group make diverse collaborative works.

The Sisters Hayes noted collaborative work includes: Green Room Award-winning design set, costume and AV design for Golden Sheild (MTC, 2019), set and costume design for The Space Between (Art Centre Melbourne, 2018), Going Down (STC / Malthouse 2018), Antigone (Malthouse, 2015), being guest artists for ‘Portraits‘, a public program and group exhibition with Rawcus, art direction and production artwork for Malthouse Theatre’s 2015 Season, set and costume design for Walking into the Bigness (Malthouse, 2014), a new collaboration with Paul Hodges, a moving image commission for ACMI (Profile Me, 2013), curating The Great Un Reveal (a collaboration with Arts Project Australia, 2012), solo exhibition Big Sky Country (Rae & Bennett Gallery), set and costume design for Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre, 2012), production design for the Carnival of Mysteries (2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival), and ‘A Good Death’, a dark and decorative multi-faceted exhibition for the 2010 Next Wave Festival. Their work has been featured in Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century published by Routledge Press.

The Sisters Hayes strive to make work that is narrative driven, handcrafted, theatrical and materially beautiful. Working communally to conceive, research and present ideas, The Sisters craft and stitch together shared stories.

The Sisters


Christina Hayes, the eldest sister, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004 and completed a Master of Fine Arts at the VCA in 2015.  Christina has held four solo exhibitions has also exhibited in group, collaborative and two person shows nationally and internationally including; Future Now, The Substation 2014, The Sixth Sense, Westspace (2013), From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Same, Same, (2012) Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Individual theatre credits include set and costume design for Hello, Goodbye, Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades, which debuted at Malthouse Theatre/Melbourne Festival in 2014. In 2016 she moved to Dallas, Texas where she directed the Haggerty Gallery, at the University of Dallas for five years. Christina currently lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter where she continues her painting practice full-time.

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Esther Hayes, the middle sister, graduated from the VCA in 2006 with a BA of Dramatic Art and was awarded the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship that year. Esther has recently designed costumes for Photograph 41 (MTC), Hayfever (MTC), Macbeth (MTC), Kabner and Ebb’s Curtains (her debut with The Production Company), North by Northwest (MTC and Kay + McLean Productions), and Scare Campaign (2016), the Australian horror film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes. For MTC, Esther has previously designed the costumes for Double Indemnity, The Beast, Other Desert Cities, The Heretic, Hamlet, All About My Mother, Richard III, and Rockabye. Other costume credits include Mother & Son (for McLaren House), Nixon in China, Midnight Son, and The Baroque Triple Bill for the Victorian Opera and Delectable Shelter for the Hayloft Project, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award.


Rebecca Hayes is the youngest sister and holds a BA of Art (Animation and Interactive Media) from RMIT University. Passionate about visual storytelling, her multidisciplinary creative practice spans animation, illustration, production design, installation, comics, graphic design, media arts, and AV design. She has directed, designed and created multi-faceted animated content for broadcast, online publications, museums, exhibitions, site-specific installations, and mainstage theatre productions. Her animated works utilise a range of techniques encompassing drawing, collage, photography, stop motion, and cut-outs. Her award-winning animated short The Show has screened extensively across Australia and overseas. Rebecca is an experienced educator having taught animation and design to tertiary students for over a decade. Currently, Rebecca is an Associate Lecturer in RMIT University’s School of Design, teaching within the Animation Program. 

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Photo by Jon Butt, during the the Studio Apartment residency at c3 Gallery