Bio + CV

Kate Hughes

Kate Hughes is a multidisciplinary artist working in print, textile and photo media living and working on Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia). Her work is delicate, feminine and technically refined. It explores the ties between identity and place enticing the viewer with detail, texture and intimacy. Her artistic practice is informed by her current work in cultural materials conservation and her history working in adult media. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation from the University of Melbourne. After completing her undergraduate she worked in adult media, leaving her with a lasting passion for sex worker rights and an appreciation of the body as a medium for self-expression. In 2011 she moved to Sydney where she has been working to preserve the cultural history of New South Wales while developing her artistic practice. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and prizes in Melbourne and across Australia.

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2010 Master of Cultural Material Conservation, The University of Melbourne.
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking), Victorian College of the Arts.

Solo Exhibitions


‘Terra Femme’ - Airspace Projects

‘Kate Hughes’ - Port Jackson Press


‘Shutter’ a video installation – Brunswick St Gallery


‘Zoetrope’ – Mailbox 141
‘Some Little Success’ – Brunswick Street Gallery
‘Delicate Territories’ – Baillieu Library
‘Suburban Horizons’ – HTC Artspace

Group Exhibitions


Wonderland - Gaffa Gallery


Summer Salon - Port Jackson Press


FECK:ART 2015 - Space 28 Gale st, Brunswick East


Banned Books in Australia – Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library


Graduate Show – VCA Printmaking Department Gallery

Proud 2006 – VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA

Autumn Print Department Show – VCA Student Gallery


Proud 2005 – VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Spring Print Department Show – VCA Student Gallery

Autumn Print Department Show – VCA Student Gallery


‘Fragmented’ – VCA Student Gallery



Finalist - Glover Prize, The John Glover Society


Finalist - Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Cambelltown Arts Center

Finalist - Heysen Landscape Art Prize, Hahndorf Academy

Finalist - Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery


Finalist - Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Center

Finalist - Fremantle Arts Center Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre

Finalist - Silk Cut Award, Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Finalist - Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery

Finalist - Acquisitive Artists’ Book Award, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University

Awarded - 1st Prize Small Works 10, Brunswick Street Gallery

Finalist - Silk Cut Award, Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Awarded - Framer's Prize Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize

Finalist - Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize

Awarded - Galloway Lawson Acquisitive Prize, VCA Graduate Exhibition

Awarded - National Gallery Women’s Association Undergraduate Encouragement Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition


Moore, Nicole 2010, ‘Articulate Contraband’ in Banned Books in Australia: A Baillieu Library Exhibition, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne.


University of Melbourne Baillieu Library Special Collections

Galloway Lawson Collection

Collection of the Victorian College of the Arts Council

Australian Print Workshop Archive

Private collections in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.A