2017 PICA Hatched artists announced

We congratulate 2016 graduates, Maxwell Callaghan and Christopher Houghton



Adelaide Central School of Art is celebrating the announcement that the works of 2016 graduates, Maxwell Callaghan and Christopher Houghton, have been selected for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s (PICA’s) Hatched: National Graduate Show 2017.

Hatched is a significant exhibition on the Australian visual arts calendar, presenting an annual survey of work by top art school graduates from around the country. This prestigious event, now in its 26th year, provides an opportunity for graduates to present their work in Western Australia’s leading contemporary art gallery alongside their national peers, as well as opportunities for international exposure.

 “We are delighted for Maxwell and Christopher, both remarkable high-achievers in 2017”, said Ingrid Kellenbach, Adelaide Central School of Art CEO. “Year to year, the School is consistently represented at Hatched, and this reflects our standards of excellence in preparing students for careers as artists.”

The School supports its Hatched participants through the Graduate Support Program by providing a financial contribution for each graduate toward PICA participation fees, packaging artworks, and travel expenses.

Hatched will be held at PICA from 6 May – 18 June 2017 and will feature the work of 35 graduates from 23 tertiary institutions. Other South Australian graduates selected include Tracy Lymn from TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts, and Min Wong from UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture & Design.

The PICA Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition 2017 opening is in Perth on Friday 5 May, 6.30pm. At this event, the recipient of the prestigious Schenberg Art Fellowship of $40,000 will be announced.


About the artists:

Christopher Houghton (of Rostrevor) completed his Bachelor of Visual Art [Honours] in 2016 with outstanding results and received the 2016 Tracey Whiting Award for Excellence. He is a trained photographer and an award-winning filmmaker and director (Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (2004), Swing (2007), Sons & Mothers (2010), Touch (2013)).

Christopher’s photographic works selected for Hatched were realised with a 20th century wooden camera, handcrafted by a student of Ansel Adams, shot on film and printed with pigment ink on cotton paper. Christopher is currently a Masters by Research candidate at the University of South Australia.

Maxwell Callaghan
(of Stirling) completed his Bachelor of Visual Art at the School in 2016, with outstanding results. He was the recipient of the 2016 James Martin Award and the 2016 Board of Governors Award for Excellence. His artwork was also selected for the cover of the 2016 Graduate Exhibition Catalogue.

Maxwell’s paintings selected for Hatched sought to give a voice to mental health issues through an honest expression of his personal experience with mental illness and hospitalisation.  He is the 2017 recipient of the Bachelor of Visual Art [Honours] $7500 scholarship supported by the Arkaba Hotel.