Artists and Place Studies





Sue Michael is an artist based in Adelaide, Australia, who has spent many years documenting everyday life. Her first solo exhibition (of photography) was in 1998 entitled Sue Michael: Domestic Photographer. She has studied painting, art photography, as well as printmaking. She has completed a Visual Art PhD by Major Studio Project in 2018 at the University of South Australia with a thesis entitled: Expanded understandings of place making through genre painting: a heuristic study in the Mid North of South Australia.  Previous years spent nursing and as a volunteer in the Royal Adelaide Hopsital's Intensive Care Unit have shaped and grounded her holistic approach to visual art.

She was a foundation member of the Art and Place Research Group based at Prospect. This colony of artists participate in workshops, discussion groups and field trips to assist in comprehensively exploring  place. She was also Artist in Residence at the Mid North Knowledge Partnership, part of Flinders University, though based in the regional town of Burra. This has facilitated trans-disciplinary opportunities with researchers in Sweden and Canada. In 2018 she began an art residency at Adelaie University’s Geography Department.

Her volunteer work currently includes being the Living Arts Gallery volunteer at the Mary Potter Foundation, assisting with the display of artworks in the corridors of the Mary Potter Hospice, North Adelaide. Sue is also a member of PAAN - Prospect Arts Action Network affiliated with the Prospect Gallery, and is on the Community Reference Committee assisting with the planning of a new Prospect library, community centre and gallery.

Sue was a participant in the 2016/2017 TURPS Correspondence Course, London. She was a foundation student at the Centre for Creative Photography, Adelaide and is represented by West Gallery, Thebarton in Adelaide,  South Australia, and Rochfort Gallery, Sydney.

 Previous art projects and portfolios:

 Sue is included on the research register for the Centre for Studies of Home, organised by the  partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and The Geoffrey Museum of the Home, London.






2018 PhD Visual Art by Major Studio Project, UniSA. Expanded Understandings of Place through Genre Painting: a heuristic study of the Mid North of South Australia. GPA:7.

2016-17 Student TURPS Art School, Correspondence, London.

2012 Degree Visual Art Honours, First Class, UniSA

2010 Diploma Photo Imaging, Centre for Creative Photography, Adelaide

2004 Degree in Visual Art and Applied Design, Adelaide College of the Arts

1982 Registered Nurse, St. Andrew’s Hospital, Adelaide

1978 Head Prefect, Annesley College, Adelaide



2018 Artist in Residence, Adaption, Community and Environment Research Group, Adelaide University

        Marree Artrail Trail, inaugural arts festival in Marree, Country Arts SA grant

2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, Contemporary Art Prize runner up

2015 UniSA Travel Scholarship

2014 Finalist South Australian Living Artist Festival Contemporary Art Prize

2013 UniSA Post graduate Award. Golden Key International Honour Society membership.

        Chancellors Letter of Commendation, UniSA

2009 Finalist SALA (South Australian Living Artist Festival) Latent Image Award - Photography

2004 Finalist Waterhouse Natural History Prize – both painting and drawing     

         TAFE Council Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement in Visual Art,

         Wakefield Press Award for Printmaking, Magnani Australia Award for Works on Paper



2019 Cover, Stag Hill Literary Journal, Volume 2, 2019

         Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology, Vol 30, No 2, Summer /Fall 2019

2018 Book cover for David Seamon, Life Takes Place, Oxford: Routledge, 2018

         Barren Magazine, Issue 2, September 2018.

2016 Environment, Architecture and Phenomenology Newsletter, Volume 28, No.1  Winter 2017

2015 The Sketchbook Project World Tour,The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn, New York: Princeton Architectural Press

2014 Arid journal; Design, Art and Ecology,Issue 4: Fall 2014, University of New Mexico,

         Environment, Architecture and Phenomenology, 25thAnniversary Edition,   

         Volume 25, No 3, Fall 2014.

          1000 Words, Photographic magazine, Issue 3, 2014.

2013 Lawn: a digital art journal(art video). Unpublished. 

2010 antiTHESIS no. 20, 2010. School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne. Photographic contribution

         Rhest-cure. Treatment consisting of inactivity and quiet No.1, self published zine.

      ‘The Alchemist’ by Lance Campbell, SA Life, December 2010 issue



2018 Visiting speaker, ‘Public Art and Space,’ Geography students, Adelaide University

2017 - present Art and Place Lecturer, Art and Place Research Group

2016 Petchakucha, “The Artist’s Voice”, SALA Festival, at Nexus.

         Artists talk/ key note speaker, Science Week Conference, Burra, 28 November at Burra Regional  

        Art Gallery, organised by Flinders University’s Regional Clinic and Charles Darwin University.

2015 Artist talk, ‘The Clearly Invisible,’ Kerry Packer Civic Gallery

         ‘Place and Genre Painting Workshop,’ Peterborough Regional Art Centre.

         PowerPoint presentation and discussion, ‘Estonia Imagined and Real,’ Nordic Geographers Meeting,Tallinn University, Estonia. Co-presentation with 

         Christobel Kelly.

         ‘The Future of Small Villages in Sparsely Populated Areas,’ Umea and Vilhelmina, Sweden, 3-8 November, Umea University, collaboration with Professor 

          Dean Carson.

2014 ‘Mytho-poetic domestic settings,’ Lunch Box, researchers’ seminar about Architecture and Interior Architecture, UniSA

         Powerpoint presentation “ Thriving Northern Communities International Symposium” Storuman, Sweden, collaboration with Prof Dean Carson. 

2013 ‘Painting Mid North homes’: Workshop at Peterborough Regional Art Centre

2004 Lecturer, Printmaking, AC Arts

1994- 2004 Volunteer Art assistant Walkerville Primary School



2018 Genius Loci of the Mid North, Burra Regional Art Gallery, Burra

         Genius Loci of the Mid North 2, Burra Hospital, Burra

         Cosy Rooms, Living Arts Gallery, Mary Potter Hospice, North Adelaide

         Home Life, Marree Community Hall, permanent collection supported by Country ArtsSA.

         The Mid North, Margaret Preston Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital

2017 At Home with the Clearly Invisible, West Gallery, Thebarton.

2015 Mid Northern, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia

2013 Our Place,Gallery A, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

2010 Outward Bound, Westpac Bank, Enfield

         Sketches for a Rhest-cure,Centre for Creative Photography, Richmond

1998 Sue Michael- Domestic Photographer, Centre for Creative Photography, Stepney



2019 Insert, Mrs Harris’ Gallery, Torrensville

         Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney

         Settled Areas, West Gallery, Thebarton

        Region, Burra Regional Art Gallery

        Land Rhythms, Rochfort Gallery, Sydney

2018 Favourite Chair, Living Arts Gallery,Mary Potter Hospice, North Adelaide

         Endless Horizons, Gallery B, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

         Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney

         Taxonomy of Clouds, International Print Run Artists’ Books, exhibition pending 2019.

         Slow, Prospect Arts Action Network, Prospect Gallery

         Sydney Contemporary Works on Paper, West Gallery booth

         It’s Xmas, West Gallery, Thebarton

2017 We Are All Connected, West Gallery, Thebarton

2016 Pandemonium,Prospect Gallery

         20/20 Vision, Burra Regional Art Gallery

         Little Boxes, Adelaide Town Hall

         AIPPContemporary Art Photography Prize, Tintara Winery, McLaren Vale

2015 Burra Heritage, Burra Regional Art Gallery

2014 The Storytellers, Adelaide Town Hall

         Hidden Places, Hidden Lives, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Adelaide

         On Identity, Burra Regional Art Gallery

2013  Helpmann Graduate Exhibition, Drill Hall, Adelaide.

         Palette to Plate, Art Images Gallery, Norwood

2012 Scenes form a Perpetual Notion, A P Bond, Maylands

         Pass it On,Felt Space, Adelaide

         Farm,Red Poles Gallery- SALA

         Petit Travail, Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay.

2011  Memory Shifts, TAFE-Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

         Family Surplus,Prospect Gallery

         Gallery Stock, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2010 Border Crossing Art Project, TAFE-Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

2009 Between Ourselves, Adelaide Central School of Art

          An exhibition featuring the Human Skull, Gallery 139, Maylands

         Immersed in the Image, Bird in Hand Gallery, Woodside

         Visions of Light, Adelaide Town Hall

2008 Works on Paper,ACSA Central Gallery2, Norwood

         Noticed, Gallery 139, Magill

2008 Kodak Salon,Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2007 Momentum, Helpmann Mentorship Scheme Exhibition. Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre

         Star Portrait Event,Loreto Spring Art, Loreto College, Marryatville

         Loreto Spring Art,Loreto College, Marryatville 

         Gesture,TAFE Light Square Gallery, AC Arts, Adelaide

         2007 Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 

         Delicious – twinBEE Studio Exhibition, Adelaide Central School of Art, Studio Gallery

2006 The South Australian Story, Royal South Australian Society of Arts

2005 Background, Prospect Gallery, Prospect

         Revisited, ARTerial Gallery, Parkside

         Oregano, Central Gallery2, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood

2004 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Drill Hall, Adelaide

         Waterhouse Natural History Prize, Finalist in both painting and drawing, Adelaide Museum

         Works on Paper, Dalian College, China

2003 All Visitors Report to the Site Manager, graduating students’ exhibition TAFE-Light Square Gallery, AC Arts

         Five Squared,ARTerial Gallery, Parkside

2002 Printmakers,Pepper Street Gallery, Magill

2001 E- Collection, Centre for Creative Photography, Stepney

1999 Ghoti 2,  Student Exhibition, Centre for Creative Photography, Stepney

1998 Images Still, Student Gallery, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood

         Ghoti 1, Student Exhibition, Centre for Creative Photography, Stepney   



2019 Cox Architecture, Sydney

2018 Marree Progress Association: 40 paintings commissioned for Marree Community Hall

2013 University of South Australia

2012 Thompson Lawyers, Brisbane

2011 Angelakis family

2010 Common Ground Adelaide, Light Square and Franklin Street buildings.

2009 Thompson Lawyers, Adelaide.

2008 Common Ground, Franklin St. building.



2019 Arts and Action member, Extinction Rebellion South Australia

2017- present Living Arts Gallery Volunteer, Mary Potter Hospice, North Adelaide

         Foundation member and initiator of Art and Place Group at Old Prospect Croquet Club. 

2015- present. Prospect Arts Action Network member assisting with the running of the Prospect Gallery. 

         PAAN Representative for Prospect Council’s Community Reference Group –assisting with the building a new Community Library, Gallery and Innovation Centre

         Contributing artist to Flinders Medical Centre’s Arts in Health program with a photographic hand-colouring booklet being used for dementia patients.

         Member of the Australian Centre for Convivial Backyard Civilisation and Social Developer’s Network.

2014-present. Artists-in-residence, Mid North Knowledge Partnership (Flinders University), based in Burra.

2006-10 Arts in Hospital Programme. Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital

2004- 2008 volunteer Royal Adelaide Hospitals Intensive Care Unit

2004-05 Gallery Assistant, Yr 12 SSASA Art Show, casual. Light Square Gallery.

2004   Gallery Assistant for Laurent Mulot, Light Square Gallery. AC Arts

1996- 2003 Volunteer visual art lessons given, Walkerville Primary School