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  • Elvis Richardson – Art Collector

    Elvis Richardson speaks with Daniel Mudie Cunningham about her ‘Settlement’ series which will be exhibited later this year at Hugo Michell Gallery! Thanks to Art Collector for the feature in their ‘Pull Focus’ video series.

    “In her ongoing interrogation of domestic settings and the notion of ‘home’, Richardson’s work communicates a certain precarity and anxiety. The sculptural forms in ‘Settlement’ explore ideas around how we settle in domestic spaces, the relationship of our homes with the earth beneath them, as well as what we ‘settle for’.”

    View the full article here.

    Pictured: Elvis Richardson, Settlement, 2018, Mild steel, powder coated pink, 180 x 80 x 45 cm

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Plan B

    We’re back!

    Hugo Michell Gallery are delighted to welcome you back – in person, to our gallery spaces. Bringing you a new exhibition, Plan B with a selection of incredible works from our storeroom, many of which hav not been exhibited before. Featuring; Sally Bourke, James Dodd, Tony Garifalakis, Lucas Grogan, Rob Howe, Ildiko Kovacs, Trent Parke, Justine Varga, Sera Waters and Amy Joy Watson.

    Plan B: 2 June – 20 June

    Exhibition runs from 2 June until 20 June.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Pictured: Tony Garifalakis, Babylon US, 2013, cotton, woven polyester, nylon & cesarine, 180 x 90 cm

  • Melbourne Art Fair: Viewing Rooms

    Australasia’s most progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair has launched a free Virtual Art Fair, running 1–7 June. Hugo Michell Gallery is pleased to preview a selection of works, including a solo exhibition by established artist Richard Lewer, titled ‘Richard’s Disasters’.

    “While the physical fair slated for this year is rescheduled to February 2021, Melbourne Art Foundation is partnering with Ocula to present the Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms, showcasing new and iconic works online.”

    Ocula Viewing Room

    Pictured: Richard Lewer, The story of the wheelbarrow and the hernia, 2020, oil on aluminium, 76 x 76 cm

  • New Collectors in VR

    Thanks to Citymag for featuring our exhibition, ‘New Collectors’ in VR!
    It’s the final days of the exhibition in the gallery, but you can still view the exhibition at anytime – with thanks to Jumpgate VR.

    ‘New Collectors’ | until 23 May

    Featuring: Narelle Autio, Sally Bourke, Gerwyn Davies, Bridie Gillman, Eliza Gosse, Rob Howe, Amy Joy Watson & Andy Nowell
    Open by appointment.

    View the exhibition in VR here.

    Read the Citymag article here.

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: New Collectors

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the online exhibition of ‘New Collectors’ featuring work by Narelle Autio, Sally Bourke, Gerwyn Davies, Bridie Gillman, Eliza Gosse, Rob Howe, Amy Joy Watson & Andy Nowell.

    ‘New Collectors’ provides an accessible and exciting opportunity to introduce a fresh audience to collecting contemporary art. The exhibition features work from eight of Australia’s leading and emerging artists who will present works priced between $650 and $3,300.

    Exhibition runs from 17 April until 23 May.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Pictured: Amy Joy Watson & Andy Nowell, Shona, 2020, metallic thread on digital print, 50 x 36 cm

  • Temporary Gallery Closure

    Our gallery spaces are now temporarily closed to the public. As always, we are accessible online and you can contact the gallery directly to receive digital materials regarding exhibitions and available works.

    It is important for our cultural sector that we continue to support artists and creative outcomes. We extend our support and sympathy to all impacted in our community.

    We’re excited to share upcoming projects as we shift to a digital platform. Look forward to seeing you in person, on the other side!

    Pictured: Paul Yore, You Are Not Alone, 2017, Wool needlepoint, 50 x 28 cm (irreg).

  • Hugo Michell Gallery Update

    An update regarding Hugo Michell Gallery accessibility during COVID-19.

    We are closely monitoring Government instruction regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and as a result have suspended all upcoming opening night events. The gallery spaces are open with the current exhibition program to continue as scheduled.

    To ensure the wellbeing of our visitors and staff, we will be observing social distancing and increasing cleaning and hygiene procedures. As recommended, if you are unwell or have been in close contact with someone who is unwell or has travelled overseas within the last 14 days please stay at home and visit us online.

    It is important for our cultural sector that we continue to support artists and creative outcomes. We extend our support and sympathy to all impacted in our community.

    For those who wish to engage with the gallery at a distance, we will be increasing our social media and online content. As always, you can contact the gallery directly to book an appointment or to receive digital materials regarding available works.


    Pictured: Richard Lewer, ‘Be Good, Be Kind, Be Careful‘, 2020, acrylic on found map, 110 x 180 cm.

  • Fiona McMonagle at Bayside Gallery

    Fiona McMonagle’s solo exhibition ‘Classy’ launches on the 14th of March at Bayside Gallery!

    “Melbourne-based artist Fiona McMonagle is well-known for her watercolours that probe the darker side of pedestrian life in the suburbs.
    Featuring watercolour, oil painting and video works that span the last decade plus a suite of new paintings, this major exhibition focuses on notions of class within Australian society, and recollections of suburban youth subculture.

    Close to life-size and at times confron­­­­­­­­ting, a large number female subjects – featuring pop culture icons, friends and archetypal others – illustrate McMonagle’s exploratory use of the watercolour medium. These delicate yet brutal works convey the ambiguities of representing ourselves and others.
    A special feature is the ambitious animation ‘The park at the end of my road’, which is displayed for the first time since its commission by the 2016 Adelaide Biennial.”

    Join the opening celebrations from 2-4pm Saturday 14 March.

    Pictured: Fiona McMonagle, Princess, 2017, oil on linen 101.5 x 112 cm

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Outside Painting | PAK-UH-JING

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘Outside Painting’ featuring work by Nadine Christensen, Katrina Dobbs and Bill Hawkins. We’re also thrilled to present ‘PAK-UH-JING’ by Daniel Emma (Daniel To and Emma Aiston) on Thursday 12th March from 6 – 8pm.

    ‘Outside Painting’ is a three-person group exhibition looking at how creative influences sustain and expand contemporary painting practices. The exhibition features the work of two emerging Melbourne artists; Katrina Dobbs and Bill Hawkins and the work of Nadine Christensen a mid-career artist with an extensive exhibition history committed to painting practice.

    Adelaide design duo Daniel Emma (Daniel To and Emma Aiston) present ‘PAK UH JING’, a selection of study models exploring an interest in the packaging of everyday items, relating to foods, travel, loved ones, personal childhoods, and general nostalgia.
    Within each of these pieces Daniel Emma continue to investigate colour and material combinations, a constant in their work.
    “This theme brings us monumental joy and satisfaction enabling us to create pieces that are ‘just nice’.”

    Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!

    Exhibition runs until 8 April.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.


    Pictured: Nadine Christensen, Paper Cut, acrylic on board, 40 x 49.5 cm, Photo: Tia Inserra.

    Pictured: Daniel Emma, PAK UH JING

  • Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art ‘Monster Theatres’

    The 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: ‘Monster Theatres’ launches Friday 28th of February. Julia Robinson will present new work, installed at the Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

    “…’Beatrice’, expands on ideas of the natural and the unnatural through signifiers of splicing, mutating, doubling and decaying and responds to the short story: ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ (1844) by Nathanial Hawthorne, that for me embodies many of these concerns and examines ideas of the monstrous.” – Julia Robinson

    Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, ‘Monster Theatres’ will run 29 February – 8 June 2020.

    Pictured: Julia Robinson, ‘Beatrice’ (detail), 2019-2020, silk, thread, felt, steel, brass, gold-plated copper, foam, cardboard, pins, fixings, dimensions variable. photo: Sam Roberts Photography.