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
AWARDS + GRANTS
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,
1000 Words, Photographic magazine, Issue 3, 2014.http://ballaratfoto.org/one-thousand-words-about-photography/
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
PRESENATIONS & TEACHING
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
‘The Future of Small Villages in Sparsely Populated Areas,’ Umea and Vilhelmina, Sweden, 3-8 November, Umea University, collaboration with Professor
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
COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS
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