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Noctilucent, or night shining, is a soft, glowing light that appears in the clouds at twilight, and is accentuated by the long shadows merging in the landscape beneath.

I will be returning to Canberra to present a new suite of works depicting the northern twilight skies and landscapes that were created in response to living in Denmark for the last 5 years. I moved from Melbourne to Copenhagen with my family in 2018 and the quality of light, the seasons and the landscapes, are all completely different to my native Australian experience, and an ongoing source of inspiration.

Rural and urban landscapes have been a constant theme in my work for many years and my aim has always been to capture small moments of beauty found in everyday environments. Living in Denmark has significantly impacted my practice and has meant that I have an even greater awareness and appreciation of light in the landscape – from the bright Australian sunlight to the more subdued northern European light.

The Danish seasons are also strikingly different; in the depth of winter, the sun often cannot be seen behind the clouds, and then only between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Light becomes a fragile and precious thing, that is highly valued and appreciated. I often find inspiration in those moments of twilight, when there is a soft, glowing light, accentuated by the shadows that merge in the landscape.

While each of the prints and paintings are depictions of quite specific places that I have a connection to, it is important to me that they are not recognisable landmarks, and that the scenery could in fact be anywhere. I want to draw attention to these quiet moments of beauty or the sublime in our surroundings, as a kind of reminder in the value of pausing and appreciating these fleeting moments in the midst of our busy, often screen-based lives. The artworks, and their subdued colours are about capturing a moment of quietness and self-reflection. In a way I hope that the images could be anywhere and connect to everyone’s personal experience of beauty in their own environments.

Curator’s Choice

An exhibition from the studio and stockroom featuring Jane Chandler, Mark Dober, Rachel Ellis, Dianne Emery, Sara Freeman, David Hamilton, Kirrily Hammond, Sallie Moffatt, Ian Parry, Evan Salmon, Alexandra Sasse, John Scurry and Maryanne Wick.

Oticon Art Club

My largest solo exhibition to date will be presented by Oticon’s Art Club during the month of May. The works feature a wide range of Danish landscapes – from Ballerup and Frederiksberg, to Blokhus, Fanø and Bornholm.

The exhibition includes over 35 new oil paintings, etchings and lithographs created in my studio in Frederiksberg, as well as the print workshops of Borch Editions in Amager, and Statens Værksteder for Kunst, Copenhagen.

The exhibition will be presented across four Oticon venues in Denmark:

  • Oticon Headquarters, Kongebakken 9, Smørum
  • Eriksholm Research Centre, Rørtangvej 20, Snekkersten
  • DGS, Tempovej 15, Ballerup
  • EPOS, Industriparken 27, Ballerup


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Artist talk and opening drinks:

16:00 – 17:00, Wednesday 3 May

Oticon Headquarters, Kongebakken 9, Smørum

I will give a talk about the works and how they were created, with detailed explanations of the printing processes, as well as a few stories about the places depicted in the artworks. Please get in touch if you would like to come along, as numbers are limited.





I have three paintings of Blokhus, a small town in the north west of Denmark in a group exhibition of works by employees, family and associates of Oticon.

Women Power

Opened by Dr Sarah Schmidt, Director, Canberra Museum and Gallery


Celebrating International Women’s Day with an exhibition of work by Burgmann College Alumni

Emma Beer | Kirrily Hammond | Thea Katauskas | Janet McKenzie | Unity Paterson | Jenny Topfer | Lucy Waterson


Curated by Lara Nicholls,

Jennifer Strauss Fellow, ANU Centre for Art History and Theory


Small works

Small works presents a new collection of over eighty small-scale artworks across a range of mediums including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, glass and ceramics. Artists included are : Crispin Akerman, Annette Blair, GW Bot, Dean Bowen, Claudia Brand, Lucy Culliton, Cathy Franzi, Helen Geier, Rona Green, Kirrily Hammond, Judy Horacek, David Jensz, Sanne Koelemij, Julian Laffan, Dai Li, Nikki Main, Tom Rowney, Wendy Teakel, Kati Thamo, Kensuke Todo, Sarah Tomasetti and Naomi Zouwer

Return of the Archive

This exhibition celebrates a history of printmaking at Megalo Print Studio in Canberra, featuring work by artists that have been associated with the access workshop over the last forty years. The prints are drawn from an archive that was recently (controversially) returned from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Participating artists include: Alison Alder, Surya Bajracharya, GW Bot, Heather Burness, Dianne Fogwell, Annie Franklin, Kirrily Hammond, Bernard Hardy, Nicci Haynes, Patti Holden, Judy Horacek, Suzanne Knight, Julian Laffan, Arone Meeks, Erica Seccombe and Graeme Wood, among others

Artists were asked to provide some background on their connections to Megalo – mine is here:

Artist statement

The catalogue with images and all artist statements can be downloaded here

On Stillness

The Newcastle Art Gallery launched this evolving online exhibition of works presented across the social media accounts of public galleries in Australia. They published the following text through their instagram account:

Initiated by the @nas_au and @newcastleartgalleryaustralia, the exhibition highlights artworks from the collections of participating institutions that embody the idea of stillness. As COVID-19 restrictions ease and the pace of regular life cautiously resumes, On Stillness reminds us to slow down and remain observant. Follow the #onstillnessexhibition to see the growing number of works and gallery collaborators.

‘To compliment the Peter Rushforth works from the @NAS_au collection we have selected this skyscape by Newcastle born, Copenhagen based Kirrily Hammond. The gradient of greys in the sky mirroring those on Rushforth’s chun glazed vase. Hammond’s works capture “small moments of the sublime in the everyday – moments to pause and to appreciate.”
On her practice, the artist writes: “My compositions are usually focused on a small part of a landscape, making it hard to recognise the overall location. Rather than striving to depict a specific place, I’m interested in the moments when light catches a cloud, or when streets become indistinct at dusk.”
While our worlds have temporarily become a lot smaller, Swoon I 2009 reminds us to use the stillness to find the sublime all around us.’

Sydney Art Fair


Gallerysmith presents my new series of paintings based on danish landscapes.

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair is located at CARRIAGEWORKS, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (Cnr Codrington Street), Sydney Australia.

VIP Preview (VIP Pass only)
Wednesday 11 September, 4pm – 8pm

Opening Night
Thursday 12 September, 5pm – 9pm

General Opening Hours
Thursday 12 September, 12noon – 5pm
Friday 13 September, 12noon – 8pm
Saturday 14 September, 11am – 6pm
Sunday 15 September, 11am – 6pm



Memento is an exhibition of paintings inspired by my recent experiences living in Belgium for a year, soaking up Flemish art, the landscape and the northern light. Some of the paintings are based on European urban environments, connecting directly to other works that depict my suburban environment here in Melbourne.

As Dr Jessica Neath recently wrote about my work, ‘these are the moments glimpsed at twilight on the way home from work, peering out the window of a moving car or train, or walking to the local park. For all the stasis of these images, the rectangular buildings and vertical power poles, there is a sense of mobility, of passing through.’

Whilst there is a transitory nature to the imagery, caught in the midst of busy family life, my detailed oil paintings on copper and linen are about capturing and cherishing these small, quiet moments of beauty in our everyday lives.

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Artists’ talk 3pm Saturday 26 August

‘Keepsake’ is an exhibition of work by Kirrily Hammond and Sim Luttin that documents moments in time—traces captured between night and day, work and home, travelling from one place to another. As a respite from our hectic lives, this exhibition will explore the personal, quiet moments found in our urban environments, striving to capture small moments of the sublime in the everyday.

In a unique combination of painting and jewellery practices, ‘Keepsake’ will feature intimate oil paintings on copper by Kirrily Hammond and contemporary jewellery and photography by Sim Luttin.

This exhibition is supported by Bundoora Homestead, Gallerysmith and Pieces of Eight gallery and is presented as part of the contemporary jewellery biennial Radiant Pavilion.

KEEPSAKE exhibition brochure with essay by Dr Jessica Neath 


In partnership with Arts Project Australia




Presented in partnership with Arts Project Australia, Landmarks presents the work of a group of artists that together reveal the ways in which we simultaneously navigate and inscribe our urban environment simply by living in it.

A landscape covered with structures, signs and symbols, emblazoned billboards and competing texts, our habitat is characterised by the traces of human presence and behaviour. In Landmarks the constructed environment is associated with memory and meaning as human markers accumulate, overlap and disintegrate. It is where shared spaces are transformed into personal maps of association and experience, where we might describe the world as one which can be read.

Download landmarks_catalogue

Counihan Gallery website



Through my paintings and drawings I seek to capture quiet moments of sublime in the everyday. My latest body of work is inspired by explorations of suburban backstreets at the end of the day, when the light is fading and familiar forms become indistinguishable.


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Small works

2013 Beaver exhibition invite


This exhibition features the work of Crispin Akerman, Peter Boggs, Nicola Dickson, Mel Douglas, Graeme Drendel, Benjamin Edols & Kathy Elliot, Neville French, Kirrily Hammond, Fiona Hiscock, Waratah Lahy, Bruno Leti, Adrian Lockhart, Mandy Martin, Alicia Mozqueira, Denese Oates, Jenny Orchard, David Pottinger, Amanda Shelsher, Avital Sheffer and Wayne Viney.


I Spy: windows and doors in art

Opening event from 2pm, 23 Nov 2013

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery


Curators: Meryl Ryan and Stephen Goddard

Artists: Jane Burton, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Georgina Cue, Dong Yuan, Kirrily Hammond, Roger Hanley, David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton, Callum Morton, Scan, Justine Varga, Craig Walsh and Yuendumu Door artists Paddy Jupurrurla Nelson and Paddy Japaljarri Stewart.


Journals I-V 1997

charcoal, graphite, pastel, screen print and intaglio on paper; hand made book (leather, paper, cardboard, cotton and pencil)

5 journals, each: 18.8 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm

Collection of the artist


In this series of artist’s books, charcoal drawings are layered with intaglio and screen-printed text, representing fragmented memories of travel experiences. Each journal represents stages of a journey. The first begins with very faint drawings and prints that are like distant memories. As the journey progresses, the journals gradually change in character, towards more intense, dark and multi-layered imagery in the fifth journal.

Journals I-V are objects inspired by a diary kept during the mid-1990’s which chronicled my experiences travelling to Fraser Island in Queensland, living in Glasgow and travelling throughout Europe. During this period I filled the diary with drawings, collage and writing so that it became saturated with memories of people and places. On returning home, I drew on this personally evocative material to make a series of artist’s books that utilised various printmaking techniques in combination with drawing and bookbinding. The real and fictional imagery as well as fragments of texts present an alternative narrative that reimagines my personal experience of travelling and transforms it into a more universal representation of a journey.