Art lecturer completes residency at QAGOMA

Natalya Hughes facilitating an Open Studio workshop. Photograph: Katie Bennett. Image courtesy of QAGOMA.

Queensland’s state gallery is showcasing the work of Griffith fine art lecturer Natalya Hughes.

Dr Hughes is one of five local artists featured in the Queensland Art Gallery’s Open Studio series.

Natalya Hughes leads a workshop at the Queensland Art Gallery as part of the Open Studio program. Photo: Chloe Callistemon. Image courtesy of QAGOMA.

As part of the Open Studio, Dr Hughes completed a four-month residency at the gallery, which included workshops, lectures, tutorials and open days.

Local art lovers of all ages have the chance to see Dr Hughes’ work up close in a mock-up of her art studio, alongside other works from the QAGOMA Collection that reveal the connections, inspiration and ideas behind her art practice.

Natalya Hughes, Woman III 2018—19. Photo courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery.

Dr Hughes lectures at the Queensland College of Art, and is an acclaimed artist whose work has featured in major exhibitions at GOMA, the Museum of Brisbane, the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Gallery of Victoria. She is recognised for her use of vibrant colour, gorgeous patterns and celebration of the female form.

Dr Hughes said the program helped break down barriers between artists and audiences.

“I think a lot of people still feel intimidated by galleries and museum spaces,” she said.

“There is also a bit of a disconnect between how artists are represented in pop culture and the reality of a contemporary art practice.

Natalya Hughes facilitating a Hearing Loss Program as part of the Open Studio. Photo: Katie Bennet. Image courtesy of QAGOMA.

“Programs like this showcase the many different ways of making and creating, and allow people of all ages to engage with artworks and artists.”

As well as introducing her work to a wider audience, Dr Hughes also had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and select works from the gallery’s extensive collection.

“As an artist, it was a bit of a dream come true to be able to explore the collection,” she said.

“I was keen to showcase work that falls outside the conventional definition of fine art – everything from ceramics to textiles and embroidery.

“Some of the works I selected had never been shown before, so it was a real thrill.”

Dr Hughes’ work will feature at the Queensland Art Gallery until 27 January.