Michelle Collocott - Artist
Michelle Frances Collocott
Summary Biography 1945 - 2008
Michelle was born in Sydney in 1945. She studied at the National Art School, Sydney, gaining a Diploma in Design and Craft in 1965.  In 1966 she had her first professional showing at Gallery A’s Summer Exhibition, and further exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne followed. She travelled to Europe in 1968, and participated in exhibitions in London. Returning to Australia in July 1969, she took up a part-time teaching position at the National Art School and continued to show in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, including one person shows at Gallery A, the Australian Galleries Canberra and the Bonython Gallery in Sydney in 1971.

In 1973 Michelle was selected to show in New York at the International Telephone and Telegraph  Acquisitive Award, with artists from thirty countries. This exhibition toured throughout the United States, including Miami, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. In 1973 and 1975 she was invited to exhibit in the McCaughey Art Exhibition at the National Gallery in Victoria.

Throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s Michelle worked from the studio she had established near Oberon, NSW. During this period she had many solo and group showings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and regional galleries, as well as in London. In 1976, her work was included in the BHP Selection Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art in Melbourne, and in 1980 she was one of the ‘Australian Artists Of Fame and Promise’ whose work was shown at NSW House in London. She also continued to teach, lecturing at  the School of Art in Sydney, Mitchell College at Bathurst, and Wollongong College of TAFE. In 1979 she was guest lecturer at the School of Art and Design, Croydon College, London.

In 1986 Michelle relocated to Sydney, establishing a home, studio and window gallery in Darlington. In the same year she was represented in the Modern Australian Paintings Survey Exhibition at the Charles Nodrum Gallery in Melbourne. While continuing to exhibit widely in Australia and overseas Michelle has expanded her interests to other forms of visual expression, including photography and horticulture. Since 1993 she has made several study trips to Europe, and she has recently exhibited at the Belgrave Gallery in London.

During 1995 she participated in redesign concepts, and making, of Australia’s new National Flag, this resulted in some five or six exciting alternatives. The opportunity to again explore landscape came in 1998 when location of six acres near Oberon has allowed her to plan and commence another garden. “3 Ponds”, Sky, Earth and Water being driving elements; this documented by some 200 poster sized photographs, and 20 paintings. Series A & B was exhibited at Bryanhooper Gallery Sydney September/October 2003. Other exhibitions of note took place at the New England Art Museum and Sir Herman Black Gallery in Sydney University. Michelle’s work is represented on corporate fine art  collections, such as those of IT & T in New York, BHP, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, and Rainier National Bank, Seatle; the permanent collections of the Australian National Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, and various regional galleries; and the collections of educational and municipal bodies such as the University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, Mitchell CAE, Conservatorium of Music, and North Sydney and Ku-Ring-Gai Councils.

Most recently the archival establishment of some 70 major paintings has become and ongoing project of hers. The New England Regional Art Museum at Armidale has work dated from the early 1960’s to current paintings completed.

Dam N.S.W.


Full Biography
Window Gallery
historical files
Analogue Photography 1965-1974

Gingkin, NSW


flag designs
3 Ponds Project
Oberon, NSW 1997-2008

Research for paintings

from 2004