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