Michelle Hamer maps contemporary social beliefs, ideals, fears and aspirations through text and urban environments. Familiar and often ironic, the works capture in-between moments that characterise everyday life. The boundaries and barriers that Hamer explores oscillate between fast and slow; past and present and become markers of rarely captured but revealing moments in time. Her hand-stitched and drawn works occupy a space between 2D and 3D and are based on both ‘found’ text and her own photographs - predominantly by eye.

Curriculum Vitae

Born Melbourne, Australia

EDUCATION

1999 Bachelor of Architecture, RMIT –1st class honours

AWARDS RECEIVED

2017

  • Australia Council – Exhibition

2016

  • Australia Council – Creation (new works)

2015

  • Winner – Architecture in Tapestry Prize, Aust. Tapestry Workshop (w.KGA Architecture)
  • Finalist Darebin Art Prize
  • Finalist Whyalla Art Prize
  • Finalist Banyule Art Prize
  • Finalist Hobart Art Prize
  • Finalist Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
  • Australia Council – Skills & Development (international boundary territories)
  • Residency – Fintona Girls’ School, Melbourne

2014

  • Australia Council – Exhibition
  • Residency - Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

2013

  • Finalist Times Square Transformation, public art barriers, NY, NY, USA
  • Finalist Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Finalist Fishersghost Art Award, Campbelltown, NSW
  • Finalist Hobart Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra. Queensland

2012

  • Finalist Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Finalist Hobart Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Finalist Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

2011

  • Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra. Queensland
  • Australia Council – Skills & Development (USA)

2010

  • City of Melbourne – Presentation – 2011
  • Finalist Reservoir Neighbourhood House – Public Art

2009

  • Darebin LaTrobe Art Prize - Finalist

2008

  • City of Melbourne – Presentation – New Works
  • Toyota Community Spirit Encouragement Award
  • Arts Victoria - Creation – New Works
  • City of Melbourne – 2009 Exhibition at Fortyfivedownstairs
  • Finalist New Social Commentary Art Prize, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria warrnambool gallery ‘new social commentary 08’ prize
  • Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra. Queensland
  • Finalist Alice Prize Exhibition, Alice Springs. Northern Territory

2007

  • Finalist for Round 2 of RIPE Art & Australia /ANZ Private Bank Cont. Art Award

2006

  • Australia Council - Emerging Artist –New Works
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • Survey Show, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW (upcoming)

2017

  • One Wall Two Jails, NSW Institute of Architects

2016

  • There are no words, SwanHill Regional Art Gallery 
  • There are no words, The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat
  • You are my past, I am your future, Nicholas Projects, Melbourne

2015

  • There are no words, Ararat Regional Art Gallery
  • This is what it isn’t meant to be, Fehily Contemporary

2014

  • Cultural Threads, City of Greater Dandenong, Australia (w. Cat Wilson)
  • I’ll show you the way, Galleria Vicino, Sydney

2013

  • Preview, Fehily Contemporary
  • I send mixed messages, Counihan Gallery

2011

  • Dangling Carrots, Craft Victoria, Melbourne [projections by Cat Wilson]

2010

  • Hillard St – House installation together with Studiobird Architecture & Interior design

2009

  • Warning if you are reading this, this warning is for you, Centre for Contemporary Art South Australia, Adelaide
  • Tramspotting, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne [sound collaboration – Melanie Chilianis]

2008

  • Warning if you are reading this, this warning is for you, Kings ARI, Melbourne
  • Tracking the Storm, The Untitled Gallery, Melbourne
  • Recent Works, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne

2007

  • I Get Good Advice from the Advertising World’, SIAL exhibition space, RMIT University, Melbourne (sound –Josh Abrahams) [exhibition & research presentation]
  • I Get Good Advice from the Advertising World’, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne (sound collaboration –Josh Abrahams)

2006

  • The Young & the Restless, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

2005

  • Life in the Fast Lane, Platform2 Artists Group, Melbourne

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • This Wild Song Exhibition, High Commission, Singapore (upcoming March)

2017 

  • Media Hype, C3 Gallery, Melbourne (curator- Juliette Hansen)

2016

  • The Ordinary Instant, Bayside Art Gallery
  • NOW 16, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

2015

  • Fertile Ground, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
  • NOW, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

2014

  • Recent Acquisitions, Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria
  • Aesop, Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria (Melb Art Fair installation)
  • Art14, London Contemporary Artfair, UK

2013

  • Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia
  • Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Fehily Contemporary
  • Push/Pull, Artisan, Brisbane
  • Home: Reframing craft and domesticity, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Victoria

2012

  • Anti-Hate – Human Rights Week couch project, Multicultural Arts Victoria & Signal
  • Times Square Billboard, cnr 43rd & Broadway NY, NY. USA
  • Suburbia, Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Victoria
  • Solastalgia, Object Gallery, Sydney & Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery(on behalf of Object Gallery, Sydney, NSW)

2011

  • Boundary Lines, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville. Victoria
  • 20 in 11, Woodward Gallery, NY, NY
  • You are here, Stockroom, Kyenton, Victoria

2011-2013

  • Sensorial Loop:Tamworth Textile Triennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery.
  • Traveling to RMIT Gallery, Goulbourn Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Albury Regional Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Stanthorp Regional Gallery, Manly Regional Art Gallery

2010

  • Crafty, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW (Cash Brown - curator)
  • Show us your politics! Kudos Gallery, COFA, NSW
  • Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery
  • Days of our Lives, BUS Gallery, Melbourne [Melanie Chilianis sound exh]

2009

  • Fifteen – Charity auction & calendar, Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne
  • A2Z Textihibition, Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, Melbourne
  • 2008Landscape, Flinders Street Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney. NSW
  • Alice Prize Exhibition, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
  • Toyota Community Spirit –emerging artist exhibition, Port Melbourne

2007

  • Echo: Sounding out contemporary photography, Deloitte Consulting, Melbourne (Naomi Cass & Rebecca Chew (Centre for Contemporary Photography) -curator)
  • Lenko Art Show, Carlton Hotel, Bourke St, Melbourne
  • 30 x 30, Brunswick Street Art Gallery, Melbourne
  • Posted, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne (Louise Harper -curator) [to travel to London and New York]
  • Off the Wall –ART Melbourne 2007, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
  • Side Stitch, Melbourne Fashion Festival Exhibition, Blindside Gallery, Nicholas Building, Flinders Lane, Melbourne. (Olivia Poloni –curator)
  • Urban Fabric: Greige, Melbourne Fashion Festival Exhibition, West Space, Anthony Street, Melbourne. (Peta Carlin –curator)

2006

  • Le Grand Voyage soirée, Independent Accessory Designer Event, Gallery M, Sth. Melbourne
  • Motor Show Mk2, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne (Fringe Festival) (Jason Waterhouse –curator)
  • The Tea Party, Independent Accessory Designer Exhibition, Gallery M, South Melb

1999

  • RMIT Major Project Exhibition, Span Gallery, Melbourne
COLLECTIONS
  • National Gallery of Victoria; Artbank, Australia; City of Melbourne; Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria
  • Private collections: Melbourne, Brisbane, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Beijing, London, The Netherlands