Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘Mittji – The Group’, an exhibition of 9 Yolŋu artists in collaboration with the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre and in conjunction with Tarnanthi: Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art on Thursday 26 September 6-8 pm.

    Gunybi Ganambarr | Manini Gumana | Malaluba Gumana | Djambawa Marawili AM | Noŋgirrŋa Marawili | Dhuwarrwarr Marika | Baluka Maymuru | Garawan Waṉambi | Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

    For this stellar exhibition, some of today’s foremost and pioneering Yolŋu artists come together as a group, or miṯtji. The exhibition demonstrates the collective revolutionary energy that inspires and emboldens artists from the same dynamic art centre, even as they work independently of each other. Together the artists push boundaries and conventions at Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, at Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land – yet each in their own boldly creative direction

    Please join us in celebrating the launch of this exceptional exhibition!

    Exhibition runs until the 26 October 2019.

    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.

    Baluka Maymuru, Nyapiliŋu (751- 18) , 2018, earth pigments on wood, 150 x 10 cm. Photography courtesy of Sam Roberts.


    Congratulations to Sally Bourke and Richard Lewer who have been announced as semi-finalists in the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

    “For the judges, the shortlisted artists collectively demonstrate the way in which portraiture can and should be much more than the sheer skill of capturing of a likeness. The power of portraiture instead manifests from the almost intangible coming together of artist and subject; a tension or ‘rub’ that encourages the viewer to remain with a work and to return to it time and again, well beyond the initial moment of recognising the subject.

    Judge Kelly Gellatly

    The finalists will be announced on the 16 October and the winner will be revealed 30 October. The exhibition of finalists will be held at the historic Juniper Hall, Paddington from 31 October to 1 December 2019.

    Richard Lewer, As a bald man, I miss going to the Barber, 2019, oil on copper, 150 x 160 cm
    Sally Bourke, Catch, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 104 x 84 cm


    Julia Robinson has been announced as exhibiting in the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Monster Theatres.

    Presented throughout the Art Gallery of South Australia as well as partner venue Adelaide Botanic Gardens and its Museum of Economic Botany, the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres will be presented from 29 February to 8 June as the key visual art offering of the Adelaide Festival.

    Monster Theatres proposes an arena of speculation, a circus of the unorthodox and the absurd, a shadow play between truth and fiction. The title is inspired by a group of provocative Australian artists. Their urgent works of art are warnings made manifest. These theatres are theirs.’

    Leigh Robb, Curator, Monster Theatres

    Full list of artists:

    Abdul Abdullah (NSW) Mike Bianco (WA) Polly Borland (VIC) Michael Candy (QLD) Megan Cope (VIC)
    Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari (WA) Julian Day (NSW) Karla Dickens (NSW) Mikala Dwyer (VIC) Brent Harris (VIC) Aldo Iacobelli (SA) Pierre Mukeba (SA) David Noonan (VIC) Mike Parr (NSW) Julia Robinson (SA)
    Yhonnie Scarce (SA/VIC) Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre (SA) Stelarc (VIC) Kynan Tan (NSW) Mark Valenzuela (SA) Willoh S. Weiland (TAS) Judith Wright (QLD)

    Julia Robinson pictured in front of her work at The National at the Museum of Contemporary Art, photography Jacquie Manning.
  • Sydney Contemporary 2019

    Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair, returns in 2019 with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.

    Hugo Michell Gallery are thrilled to return to Sydney Contemporary, presenting new works from represented artists; Lucas Grogan, Fiona McMonalge, Trent Parke, Julia Robinson, Justine Varga and a selection of works by Sally Bourke, Ildiko Kovacs, Sera Waters and Amy Joy Watson.

    We’re honoured to present in conjunction with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, the final work by esteemed artist, the late Nawurapu Wunuŋmurr.

    Register your interest to receive additional information regarding this presentation by emailing,

    Image: Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra, Larrakitij (installation view)

    Congratulations to James Dodd who has been selected as a finalist in the Tatiara Art prize 2019 for his work ‘Mill Painting (Running Rocks)’. The $10,000 prize held at the Walkway Gallery in Bordertown aims to “discover new talents, invigorate artistic passions and support local artists from across the Tatiara.” The winner will be announced on the opening September 20 and runs until November 1.

    James Dodd, ‘Mill Painting (Running Rocks)’, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘Figure & Ground’, a group exhibition of contemporary photography showing work from Gerwyn Davis, Claire Lambe, Fabian Muir, Polixeni Papapetrou and Dr. Christian Thompson AO, and the opening of Claudia Nicholson’s ‘Go Gently’ on Thursday 29 August 6-8pm.

    ‘Figure & Ground’ presents a selection of photography that positions the figure as a disruptive agent between lens and ground, allowing contemporary issues to enter the frame. Identity, displacement, gender and class unsettle the image, while a play between image/photograph and reality/theatricality reinforce the dynamic quality of contemporary photography as a curious surface – mirrored or transparent.


    Claudia Nicholson’s ‘Go Gently’ reconfigures colonial depictions of first contact in the Americas, embedding the work with folklore and personal histories in a bid to disrupt colonial narratives. Nicholson began assembling this body of work during a residency on Dharawal land (Campbelltown). These works honour several significant bodies of water including Minerva Pools, a traditional Dharawal site for women and children, and Lake Siecha in Colombia, a sacred site for the Muisca people which has been repeatedly drained in search for gold. In these landscapes, where bodies of water leak into each other, to conflate time, myth and ecologies – Nicholson gestures to a shared persistence between these sites in the face of ongoing colonisation. ‘Go Gently’ draws on the NSW landscape and magic realism to create a slippage between two worlds.

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

    Exhibitions run until the 21 September 2019.

    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.

    Gerwyn Davis, Okinawa II, 2018, archival inkjet print, 120 x 93 cm, edition of 8 + 1AP
    Claudia Nicholson, I felt the rumour of the river and you/ Coutra ngara the bada yuru I, 2018, watercolour, ink, diamantes, pearl pigment on paper, 58 x 76 cm
  • Telstra NATSIAA Winners : Djambawa Marawili AM, Malaluba Gumana and Nongirrna Marawili

    Djambawa Marawili AM winner of the 2019 Telstra Art Award in front of his work ‘Journey to America’.

    Congratulations to Djambawa Murawili AM for being awarded the the prestigious 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award! We are excited to be exhibiting the work of Djambawa Marawili AM as part of our TARNANTHI Festival exhibition, ‘Mittji – The Group’. “This masterwork by a senior Yolŋu man manifests tremendous spirit, power and energy. The scale is remarkable, and Djambawa Marawili’s virtuosic use of natural materials and intricate and complex brushwork, honed over decades of dedicated practice, created dynamic flows and movement across the immense bark. the personal narrative within the work articulates his leading role in sharing Yolŋu philosophy with the world.” – Judges’ comments.

    We also extend our congratulations to Malaluba Gumana, Winner of the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award and Nongirrna Marawili, Winner of the Telstra Bark Painting Award; who will also be exhibiting with us during TARNANTHI Festival.

    Malaluba Gumana, Winner of the 2019 Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award pictured in front of her work ‘Rainbows in the Lilies’.
    Nongirrna Marawili, Winner of the 2019 Telstra Bark Painting Award, pictured in front of her work ‘Lightning Strikes’.
  • Justine Varga FINALIST in the Bowness Photography Prize

    Congratulations to Justine Varga who has been selected as a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize 2019, presented by Monash Gallery of Art, for her work ‘Overlay’.

    “The Bowness Photography Prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia’s leading public galleries. Since 2017 the prize has been acquisitive and the $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner ensures that it continues to provide a significant boost to an artist’s career.”

    Exhibition runs from October 5 to November 17, with the winner announced October 10.

    Justine Varga, ‘Overlay’, 2016-18, from ‘Areola’, chromogenic photograph, 125 x 110cm, edition of 5.
  • James Dodd ‘Motion’ at Hahndorf Academy for SALA Festival

    James Dodd is exhibiting a selection of recent paintings from his ‘Painting Mill Project’ in ‘Motion’ at the Hahndorf Academy as part of SALA Festival. Dodd will also be exhibiting a number of contraptions that encompass multiple roles: sculpture, tool and performance prop.

    “James Dodd has a practice that meanders across a range of different outcomes.  He has a curiosity for machines, tinkering, backyard adaptation and the way in which these things might be incorporated into a visual arts practice. “

    ‘Motion’ is showing at the Hahndorf Academy until Sunday September 15.

    James Dodd will also be running a kids workshop on ‘Making Machines that Make Art’ on Saturday 17 August, where participants will be able to develop, make and take home their own art machine.

    James Dodd, ‘Mill Painting (Candy Crash)’ detail, 2019, acrylic on canvas.

  • Paul Yore’s ‘IT’S ALL WRONG BUT IT’S ALRIGHT’, Dark Mofo 2019, Tasmania

    Paul Yore’s ‘IT’S ALL WRONG BUT IT’S ALRIGHT’ installation on display at Black Temple Gallery during Dark Mofo 2019, a technicolour chapel in which to worship Dolly Parton, Justin Bieber and other icons of love, sex and excess.

    Images courtesy of Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania.