In conversation with Michael Kelly

  • Past Event
Curator Talk
On Site

Hear artist Michael Kelly talk with curator Mathilde de Hauteclocque about his work and the value of sketchbooks in public collections

Event Information

Past Event
General Admission:  
Dixson Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Building

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414

Sketch from artist Michael Kelly


Artist Michael Kelly started keeping sketchbooks at art school in 1985 and they remain a vital part of his practice. In March 2023, Michael donated his first 65 sketchbooks to the Library. The sketchbooks span almost 40 years and contain drawings, watercolour paintings and writings which give great insight into the artist’s life and are a wonderful documentary record of people and place.

Come along and hear Mathilde and Michael in conversation, as they explore his sketchbooks, share the acquisition process and discuss the broader value of sketchbooks in public research collections.

After the talk, be sure to check out a selection of Michael’s sketchbooks in the Library’s Amaze Gallery (First floor, Mitchell building), on display until September.


Michael Kelly graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987 and has worked as an artist and teacher ever since, with 14 solo shows and appearances in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. His work is held in public and private collections.

Mathilde de Hauteclocque works in the Library’s Collection Acquisition and Curation branch. With a background in cultural studies and writing, she has worked in galleries, archives and the Library’s Reader Services branch. She has a special interest in the Library’s rich literary collections and items which give insight into creative processes, such as sketchbooks, scrapbooks, notebooks and letters.