Loreto SpringART Featured Artist

Loreto SpringART is an annual fair celebrating South Australian Artists held at Loreto College in Marryatville. Proceeds from the exhibition go towards supporting the Artist in Residence program at the school as well as Scientist and Writer in Residence programs.

This year I was the featured artist and my exhibition gave a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into the studio with a collection of studies, sketches and sculpture as well as finished floral works inspired by Austin Bloom.

As 2017 Artist in Residence it was a lovely experience to continue this connection to Loreto College through SpringART.

Source: http://loretospringart.com.au

SALA 2019- exhibition at GAGPROJECTS

This year it was a pleasure to exhibit alongside Margaret Dodd for SALA at GAGPROJECTS.

Created in response to the Robert Burns poem, To a Louse which includes the line, ‘Oh, would some Power give us the gift, To see ourselves as others see us’, Tsering Hannaford’s new works explore preoccupations of the self. The exhibition features sculptural objects placed within black boxes containing mirrors which are positioned so an image of the object repeats over and over again, a comment on society and our obsession with self-image. “They look at my thoughts about how women are encouraged to place undue emphasis on the self, which I have found to be a distraction from focusing on what’s important outside oneself,” says Hannaford. - Jane Llewellyn.

Archibald Prize 2019

I’m so pleased to have work selected for this year’s Archibald Prize.

Tsering Hannaford’s subject is restaurateur Anant Singh, who was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for her service to Adelaide’s homeless people, serving free curries in Hindmarsh Square weekly since 1996. 

‘This portrait of Anant Singh, known fondly in Adelaide as Mrs Singh, was painted in my studio last year, over a month,’ says Hannaford. ‘Of Punjabi heritage, Mrs Singh was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1931 into a large household of ten siblings. She was taught to cook by her mother from the age of six and her passion for food has not diminished; she still enjoys trying new recipes and restaurants. In 1978 she moved with her husband to Adelaide, and opened the iconic Jasmin restaurant in 1980. Forty years later, at 88, she still goes in at least once a week to oversee the kitchen.’

‘Through our sittings, Mrs Singh’s generosity and down-to-earth nature touched me. Her belief in working hard and treating others with kindness is a simple and beautiful lesson.’

Following its season at AGNSW the prize will tour regional galleries. Check the AGNSW website for details.

Art Circle Residence 2019

I had the pleasure of spending a month in Europe to partake in Art Circle Residence 2019.

Art Circle Residence is a project organised by Art Circle Residence Inc. in Canberra, together with Australian and European partners, public and private support, on a non-profit basis to connect artists and wine-growers. It was initiated in 2018 at the recommendation of the Australian-German Advisory Group (AGAG) by the German Embassy Canberra.

In a two week Artist in Residence programme, participants can exchange experience in arts, music and wine-making, aimed at strengthening historical connections between the two continents.

Artists selected for the 2019 ArtCircleResidence Program

Edbin Tutta, Nova Gorica – Visual Artist
Petra Kleinherne, Melbourne – Visual Artist Veronika Krobs, Munich – Visual Artist
Tsering Hannaford – Painter
LIOR – Singer / Songwriter
Professor Paul Grabowsky AO – Composer / Pianist

Sponsorship in Europe 2019

ArtCircleResidence (not-for-pro t, inc)
Dr Anna Prinz (German Ambassador to Australia)
Australian Embassy in Berlin
James Porter, Honorary Consul of Germany in South Australia Hofgut Battenberg, Schraut Family
Arman winery in Vizinada, Istria, Croatia
Municipality of Vizinada, Mayor Marko Ferenc, Croatia
Young Euro Connect, Berlin, Germany, President: Wolfgang Klein All Artists are sponsoring the project with the work
Graphic Design sponsored by Run Creative, Melbourne Australia.

Saint Peter's College Artist in Residency

At the start of Term 3 2018, the Senior School Art Department was fortunate to have Tsering Hannaford work with our boys during this year’s Artist in Residence Program.

Tsering is a highly acclaimed artist who has been an Archibald Portrait Prize finalist for the past four years. Her skills as a portrait artist captured the imagination of our Years 9-10 students and as a result, they enthusiastically absorbed Tsering’s teachings. The boys were taught specific charcoal rendering techniques as they worked with mirrors and a directional light source to draw self-portraits. The results are truly exceptional and will be displayed during our Years 7-facebook12 Art Exhibition on Tuesday November 20.

An exciting aspect of the Artist in Residence program is always the group project that is produced during lunchtimes. Boys from all year levels were invited to participate, and over a three week period they collaborated with Tsering to create a large atmospheric perspective charcoal drawing of Old School House. The drawing clearly demonstrates the boys artistic skills and their ability to work together to produce an inspirational result.

Tsering Hannaford was our Artist in Residence for 2018, with this successful program spanning 20 years.

Mr Scott Russell
Head of Faculty – The Arts

Royal South Australian Society of Arts Fellowship

Established in 1856, the Royal South Australian Society of Arts is the oldest running Art Society in Australia, having been at the forefront of visual arts progress at the time of its inception. Today, the society continues to play an important role in the community and it was an honour to be elected a fellow last year following nine years of involvement.

Archibald Prize 2018

So pleased to have been selected again for the Archibald Prize this year. My self-portrait will be on exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, then travelling to regional galleries in NSW and VIC.

'The Archibald has a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians. Again, in its 97th year, the Archibald is sparking new conversations and debates about the subjects, their stories and the artists who painted them.'- Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales: 12 May- 9 September 2018

Geelong Gallery: 22 September- 18 November 2018

Tamworth Regional Gallery: 30 November 2018- 28 January 2019

Orange Regional Gallery 8 February- 10 April 2019

Lismore Regional Gallery 18 April- 17 June 2019

Portraiture from life workshop


May 5-7, 2018

Adelaide, South Australia



Working from life is a time honoured tradition in the artist’s practice. As a three-time Archibald Prize finalist, Tsering Hannaford is one of the rising stars of Australian art and her dedication to working strictly from life has garnered national attention. 

In her 3 day course, Tsering will take students through her process from preparation, to pose and finally to paint and share the fundamentals of her classical approach to portraiture that is so rarely seen in contemporary art. She will demonstrate and discuss her technique, specifically the unique benefits of her observational approach and then assist as students work on their own portrait from one of several life models.


With our camera and sound crew on hand, all demonstrations will be shown live on multiple tv screens around the room allowing all students to have a front row seat.


If you are looking to improve your observational skills, breathe life into your portraiture or simply want to pull back the curtain on a way of working that stretches back hundreds of years, please do not miss this opportunity to learn from this young



The course is designed to accommodate students of all levels. There is no requirement of experience, just a desire to learn. 


Numbers are strictly limited so book now.


Loreto College Artist in Residency

Last year I had the pleasure of teaching Loreto College Marryatville year eleven students my approach to portraiture as part of the college's Artist in Residence program. Over the period of a term, I guided the students through conceptual approaches to drawing the human head and the basics of painting skin tones using a limited palette. Each student showed tremendous enthusiasm and capability in the difficult task of working from the live model. I look forward to watching their progress as they take on year 12 in 2018. 

In addition to teaching, as part of the residency I set up a still life and brought this work to completion, inviting students of other year levels to come and talk about the process. 

Loreto provides a vibrant arts program for their students (a special thanks to the committed work of Jacky Hamilton) and I was very grateful to have been involved in the students' learning though this residency. 

Creative Conversations at Geelong Gallery: Reflection of Self

Reflection of self

28 October, from 11.00am to 12.30pm

Hear a selection of Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 2017 Archibald Prize finalists and sitters under the spotlight in a Q&A format at The High Ground, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. 

This is a free event.

Art Gallery of New South Wales' 2017 Archibald PrizeCurator, Anne Ryan, 2017 Archibald Prize finalists, Kate Beynon and Tsering Hannaford, moderated by author, Harriet Gaffney.

SALA 2017- New works from France

Join me in my studio to view a selection of landscapes, figure painting and drawing studies completed in France on the Smith Fellowship at Studio Escalier. Works displayed in the artist’s garden studio. This open studio weekend is part of SALA Festival 2017.

Opening: 12- 1pm August 26th 44 Albemarle Street, West Hindmarsh.

Exhibition open Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, 10am-3pm. 

Archibald Prize 2017

I'm happy to share the news that my self-portrait has been included in this year's list of finalists for the Archibald Prize. On display at The Art Gallery of New South Wales from July 29th until October 22nd, 2017. From the Art Gallery of New South Wales' website:

Australia’s most extraordinary art event

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. The 2017 judge is Tony Albert.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes (2 October) and see the work of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.

Winners announced 28 July 2017, 12pm.

Studio Escalier Fellowship 2017.

I'm very honoured to announce that I have recently been awarded the Smith Fellowship, a scholarship offered by the contemporary classical realist school Studio Escalier, to undertake three months of intensive figurative painting in France. For the 2017 European Summer I will be living and painting in picturesque Argenton, a small village south-west of Paris. The Summer intensive program consists of five days of full time painting per week, with a focus on portraiture and the figure. Admission is on an application basis, and participants come from all over the world. The nature of the course allows for undivided attention and focus on the work at hand and I am looking forward to making the most of my time there and sharing my experiences and paintings! 

'The Smith Fellowship is an award from Studio Escalier, given for exceptional artistic promise to a woman under the age of 30, who intends to make her career in the arts. 

The Smith Fellowship is an award privately funded by SE alumni in loving memory of artist and dancer Tanza Lorraine Smith, who was a student in our 2007-2009 programs in Argenton-Chateau, France.

Tanza Smith was an immensely positive, creative, and joyful inspiration to her family and friends, as well as to everyone who knew and loved her at Studio Escalier.  

"Look around. We are creators. Plant a garden. Call your mother."'  -Studio Escalier admissions