My life on instagram

I tend to post here occasionally if I have a show, or am in the midst of an exciting project. Recently I've had my head down working so I've been quiet here, but I'm pretty active on instagram, so if you come across this page and are keen to see what I'm up to, check out my two insta profiles:

@ellisonthephone is full of images I come across in daily life - with a recurring theme of light as a subject - but including everything from cats and sunsets to abstracty-arty things. 

@ellishutch_art is my art page - for finished work and works in progress - sans pets and random novelties - enjoy!



Blueberry St

I made a soundscape about a year ago to exhibit in a great project called the Sublimation project curated by Daniel Savage for the You Are Here Festival. Daniel invited a number of artists to make work for the show - and then a second group to make responses to the original works, translating the ideas or approaches into another medium. 

For you are here I recorded sounds and stories from the Causeway in Kingston and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands at the end of Lake Burley Griffin.

I responded to a work made by Kate Smith that sourced stories from Canberra archives and reproduced them in the form of letters that could be found by the Festival attendees located around the festival hub, Reading through Kate Smith’s letters about the history of Canberra I was drawn to the ones that mentioned the areas around where I live and have lived. Having grown up in the inner South, and moving back to this side of town after years spent living in the inner North and Queanbeyan I feel embedded in the familiar rhythms of Canberra life, but also aware of how the city has changed around me.

Blueberry St is the last street in the part of Kingston known as The Causeway. This is one of the older parts of Canberra and has a colourful history, having housed workers in the early days of the construction of the city. It is mostly inhabited by public housing tenants and has formed a strong sense of community. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay in the house I’m living in, and wonder what will happen to the Causeway in future as the city continues to develop. Right now I pay attention to the stories people tell me about the area and observe the comings and goings of the birds and animals over the seasons, appreciating the nearby wetlands and the sense that while I’m living in the middle of a city, my home feels like it is still an isolated farmhouse.



Getting elemental!

I'm teaching a new class next term at the Belconnen Arts Centre. I'm really looking forward to exploring and experimenting with the elements!

Art Soiree w/ Ellis Hutch(6 Weeks)

Term 4 >  19 October – 30 November (NO CLASS on 23 November)

Time > Thursdays 6:00-8:30pm

Cost > $245 or $220 with BAC Membership            

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It’s elemental! -earth wind fire and water.

Cost: $245

Contact Belconnen Arts Centre

02 6173 3300


Term 4: It’s elemental! – earth, wind, fire and water

Continuing on with our approach to interpreting the landscape theme from term 3 with Julie Bradley, this term Ellis Hutch will  look into the forces of nature and find ways to describe them using drawing mediums including ink, graphite and charcoal on various papers and supports. The emphasis will be on interpretation, abstraction and symbolism and we will be investigating different ways of portraying these elements. Each week we will working from images that you have brought along that reflect your thoughts on these elements. There will be an opportunity each week to continue to work on your artworks and also to receive feedback.

Week 1 This week we will look at ways we could describe each element and will make our first rough drawings of our ideas to be used in our final artworks.  Examples of artists who have approached this theme in their own personal style will be shown. Our first medium will be charcoal.

Week 2 Taking the element of earth this week, we will investigate what this element means to each of us. Graphite will be our medium.

Week 3 This week’s element is wind and our medium will be ink. Experimentation on various papers and grounds with ink will be explored.

Week 4 Fire is our subject this week. We will use all 3 of our mediums and experiment with various combinations.

Week 5 The element of water is our final element and once again all three mediums will be combined to make our final artwork for this lesson. 

Week 6 We will make a symbolic representation of each of the 4 elements this week and review the techniques and approaches of 6 weeks. There will be an informal display of all the completed artworks.  



Megalo Residency or how to learn to print and produce enough work for an exhibition in 6 weeks

Since returning from the field trip to Arkaroola Jessica Brooke Anderson and I have been Artists in Residence at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery in Canberra. We've both done some printing in the past, but we're not printers by training and our skills were limited. 

We applied for the Megalo residency because it's a great opportunity to access to a fully equiped print studio, with technical support and some funding as well. The staff at Megalo have been brilliant, welcoming us and making us feel at home while we've been working there. 

Our focus has been on screen-printing and the recent research trip to Arkaroola, (discussed in previous posts) has provided us with the source material to develop into prints at Megalo.

The work we've been making will be on show in the exhibition Dreams and terrors at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, 19 Furneaux St Manuka, next week. Exhibition opening: 6pm 18 August. Open hours: Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

A second exhibition of our work will open at the ANU School of Art Gallery on 1 September - more details in the next post!

Jessica and Jemima coating one of our screens

Jessica and Jemima coating one of our screens

Our test screen ready to be exposed

Our test screen ready to be exposed

The first lot of test images

The first lot of test images

Studio selfie - safety first

Studio selfie - safety first

Exploring Arkaroola

Arkaroola is a stunning place. My recent trip there in June with Jessica Brooke Anderson has been planned over the course of the last year. Our original intention was to spend time there observing the night starscapes - it is a famous location for clear skies and stunning views of the Milky Way. 

We were able to do some sky observing, including a couple of visits to Arkaroola's own telescope dome - but much of our viewing included staring at clouds and muttering about the weather. 

One of the wonderful and frustrating things about art projects that involve travel to remote locations is unpredictability. We can plan everything in detail - but weather, flooded roads, and all sorts of other unexpected happenings can turn everything upside down. 

This need to be flexible and responsive to the situation gave us the opportunity to experiment and make new work that may otherwise not have been developed. Not knowing if, or when we'd be able to act on our plans meant we needed to live in the moment, to observe our environment closely and pay attention to the changing conditions. This generated conversations - we discussed our experiences and observations - noted when we'd been thinking along the same thought lines and where we were experiencing resistance, doubt, fear, exhilaration and wonder.

We moved slowly, took our time, and looked closely - at the ground, the flora, the colours... We listened - to the wind, to the silence - feeling the stillness of the air when we stood on the ridge-tops and the thud of unseen wallabies avoiding us as we navigated along narrow walking tracks.

During the wet days we set up a makeshift studio in the common area of the accommodation, drawing and writing, sketching out ideas and making notes for future reference.

Arkaroola, early morning

Arkaroola, early morning

The Gallery at Arkaroola, this functions as a common room and dining area for visitors. It also became and excellent studio space for us during our stay.

The Gallery at Arkaroola, this functions as a common room and dining area for visitors. It also became and excellent studio space for us during our stay.

Jessica working on a long roll of rice paper - we used these scrolls like diaries to create drawings documenting our observations over the period we were working at Arkaroola.

Jessica working on a long roll of rice paper - we used these scrolls like diaries to create drawings documenting our observations over the period we were working at Arkaroola.

Experiments with ink and watercolour on rice paper

Experiments with ink and watercolour on rice paper

So still and silent on the ridge top - not even a breath of wind - all I could hear was the ringing in my ears...

So still and silent on the ridge top - not even a breath of wind - all I could hear was the ringing in my ears...


Today I had the opportunity to visit YLTÄ JA ALTA also known as Up and Under - by Nancy Holt. 

I’m in Finland where I have the great good fortune to be an artist in residence at Arteles Creative Centre. I received funding from Arts ACT for this trip and so far I have had an inspiring and productive time. I’ll blog in more detail about the residency, today I wanted to share the images of this excursion. It was a stunningly beautiful Finland day. We had heavily falling snow, glorious changing light and the opportunity to climb and play in this wonderful piece of land art. 

All that fall - artist interviews

The National Portrait Gallery have posted interviews with the three contemporary artists commissioned to create work for the exhibition All that fall. Working on this exhibition with the fantastic NPGA team has been such a pleasure. I was particularly thrilled to be one of the three commissioned artists and to show my work alongside Lee Grant and Lawrence English.

You can see us talking about our works here:

Last light receives a mention

I was delighted to discover a lovely response to my work Last light,  in a blog post by Michelle Potter today. She was reviewing a dance performance Walking and falling, shown recently at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, and mentioned my work in a post script:

It can sometimes be strange putting work into a show and then wondering how people experience it, what they perceive and if the work has the effect I am aiming for. It is wonderful to hear a response unexpectedly.

The show All that fall is currently on at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia until the end of July. 


Last light,  2015, carved wax and video projection in the exhibition  All that fall: sacrifice life and loss in the First World War.   Photo: Mark Mohell

Last light, 2015, carved wax and video projection in the exhibition All that fall: sacrifice life and loss in the First World War.  Photo: Mark Mohell