Hilary Peterson - Visual Artisit

Born in Singapore, I grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to the Bega Valley, in NSW 33 years ago. My love of nature was evident as a child, spending endless hours at the local creek, in the bush and in and on the water of the northern beaches area of Sydney. Initially trained as a commercial textile designer, I completed a Master of Visual Arts in 2002 researching areas of interest involving landscape, the natural world, inter-connectivity/interdependence and place. This research continues to underpin my work in many media including painting, drawing, printing, dyeing and stitching. Natural dyeing in most of my textile work attaches it to place and fixes it in time. Journeying through a place my work investigates fragility and ephemeral beauty, an unconscious memorising of particular aspects of the landscape that later resurface into consciousness.

Hilary Peterson - CV          

2012                            Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training -update

2012                            Certificate IV in Retail Management

2010                            Diploma of Business

2009                            Certificate IV in Business Administration

2002                            Master of Arts (Visual and Performing) - Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga


professional practice

2011                               Co judge ‘Books … beyond words, evolution’, East Gippsland Art Gallery

2008-                              South Coast Solar Print Project

2007                               Youth art project, Spiral Gallery

2000-2014                     Workplace Assessor/Case Manager, often working on art projects with youth at risk

2004-2010                     Art Teacher, TAFE

1993– Present-            Private Art Teacher

                                         (2008 to 2019 – Tutor for TAFTA; 2007/6 - Tutor for CSU Com Ed)

1997-1999                     Workplace Trainer - Marketing and Management (Cultural Industries)

1976-1987                    Textile Designer in Australia and UK


solo exhibitions

2017       ‘Nature Embodided’ - ArtEssence, Pambula

2014-2010-2007     Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo

2013       ‘Littoral to Land’ - Spiral Gallery, Bega

2012       ‘the dreaming memory of land as it lay this way and that’ – ANCA Gallery, ACT

2005       ‘Notes from Nature’ – Spiral Gallery, Bega

2002-2003            ‘Littoral Landscape’ –Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2002       ‘Littoral Landscape’ – Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

1999       'Inner Visions', - Spiral Gallery, Bega


selected group exhibitions

2020       ‘Water’ – Spiral Gallery, Bega

2019        'Dare2Differ' - Marion Gallery, Adelaide

2019        'disCOVER' - Amegilla Gallery, Bruthen

2019       ‘Endangered’ – Spiral Gallery, Bega

2016 & 2020            ‘Interwoven II’,  ‘Interwoven III’ & ‘Interwoven IV’– Spiral Gallery, Bega

2015-2016                Book Exchange exibited as part of Imprint, Spiral Gallery, Bega; North Berwick Yacht Club, Scotland; Coastal Voyage, Inge Doesburg Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2013       Sinclair Gallery, Geelong

2012-2013                Bega Valley Art Award, Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2010       Basil Sellers Exhibition, Mechanics Institute, Moruya

2008       Land Script, Kingstudio, Milton; Sunprints, Megalo Print Workshop, Canberra & Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2008       Meroogal travelling exhibition

2008       ‘Fragments’ - Spiral Gallery

2008       ‘In Off On’ - Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2007       ‘Site Specific 1’, Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2006 & 2007            Art Resource Book and Diary 2007, Spiral Gallery;Art Resource Book and Diary 2008, Mechanics Institute, Moruya

2007       ‘Out of the Box’ - Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2007       ‘Interiors’ South East Modern Art Group, BVRG

2006       ‘Making Do’ – ANCA Gallery Canberra

2006       ‘Out of the Box’ - Bega Valley Regional Gallery

2004       ‘Ourland’ – Horsham Regional Gallery

2003       ‘Figure in the Landscape’ - S.E. Modern Art Group, BVRG; 2001 - 'The Power of Black and White'- S.E. Mod Art Group, BVRG

1999       Earth, Experience and Interpretation,S.E. Modern Art Group, BVRG curated by Andrew Sibley.His comment on my work - "Two of the most successful paintings in the exhibition. Quote Picasso 'There is always a battle between the artist and his work of art - if he is lucky, the work of art wins.' ".

  1. December/January- Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore.

  1. November - Hunter's Hill Gallery

  1. February - 'Small Pictures, Great Harmony' Art Exhibition, Nakano City, Japan, for the Nagano Winter Olympic Memorial Culture Program.

1998       January/February - Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore.

1997       July-August - Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore-a joint exhibition of seven south coast artists.

1997       Boyd Fine Art Gallery, Camden- Aust. Soc. of Min. Art.

1997       'Progressions'- S.E. Modern Art Group at the Bega ValleyRegional Gallery

1996       'Rebirth of a Passion'- Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.

1995       'Aspects' -S.E. Modern Art Group at the Bega Regional Gallery.

1995       Southern District Quilt Festival, Cobargo

1994       Melbourne Quilt Exhibition-


2012                        TEXTILES, The Art of Mankind Mary Schoeser, Thames & Hudson

2012                        Textile Fibre Forum Issue 4, No. 108.

2011                        Books … beyond words, evolution catalogue

2009                        Get Creative Magazine

2008 & 2007           Art Resource Book & Diary, SEAR

2004                        Echoes, quarterly journal of the International Felt makers Association

2002Textile Fibre Forum Vol. 22. Issue 3, No.71

2000                        Miniature Art of Australia

1998                        Small Pictures, Great Harmony, Japanese Exhibition catalogue


1994       'Colours of Australia' - Sydney Quilt Festival.

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