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ARTISTS | Fiona Hiscock


Fiona Hiscock’s practice emerges from a long historical tradition of utilitarian ceramics which use nature for decorative inspiration. Oversized, hand-built vases, pitchers, bowls and cassoulets provide a canvas upon which the artist depicts the life cycle of botanical specimens, allowing her abiding interest in the natural world to flourish. These ceramic objects depict a range of location specific species including Banksia Serrata which grows along the eastern Victorian coastline and native Grevillea found in Arnhem land.

Born in Ballarat and based in Melbourne, Victoria, Hiscock studied Fine Art History at Melbourne University in 1986 and Fine Art Ceramics at RMIT in 1991. Since then, she has completed a Post Graduate Honors Degree in Fine Art (ceramics) at RMIT. Her works are represented in numerous public collections, among them Parliament House, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

Fiona Hiscock, in her studio, 2020


GOLD CHIP | one-night-only exhibition

Gallerysmith closes the 2023 curtain on December 12 with the annual exhibition, GOLD CHIP. At this one-night-only event, the gallery presents…

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New Works | Fiona Hiscock

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Sydney Contemporary 2023

Gallerysmith is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2023. Sydney Contemporary will be running from Thursday, September 7th - Sunday September 10th
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Sydney Contemporary 2022

After a two year hiatus, Sydney Contemporary burst back onto the art fair calendar. Billed as one of the most celebrated events on Australia’s cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary has established itself as a must-attend art event and the perfect place to discover and collect modern and contemporary art.
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Gallerysmith launches its 2023 exhibition program with a group exhibition which celebrates 15 years of gallery operations. This exhibition features works by more than 50 artists who have shown at the gallery between 2008 and 2023....
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Regenerate | Fiona Hiscock

“My ceramic objects depict a range of location specific species including Banksia Serrata which grows along the eastern Victorian coastline and Snow Gum found in high country along with bird species found throughout Victoria. I spend as much time as I can in the natural world. I walk, camp and observe particular trees of interest to me, and the birds and insects that live within the confines of a particular species.
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Sydney Contemporary 2021 | Explore

Gallerysmith Presents Kate Ballis, Dadang Christanto, Fiona Hiscock, Susanne Kerr, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson at Sydney Contemporary Explore 2021.

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In this time like no other, Gallerysmith has brought together a curated selection of artists' experiences of 2020 with this online exhibition 2020 (REAR) VISION. This exhibition draws artists from both within and beyond Gallerysmith and aims to provide a snapshot, as a social history record of a most unusual and challenging time. It contains work which is reflective, responsive, reactive and importantly, honest.
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I AM WOMAN | International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who ...
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Sydney Contemporary presents 2020…

Gallerysmith is excited to present the works of Kate Ballis, Penny Byrne, Fiona Hiscock, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020... Click for further details.
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Habitat | Fiona Hiscock

After bushfires which ravaged large parts of Victoria and New South Wales in 2019/20, Fiona Hiscock considers the fauna impacted by these catastrophic events through loss of habitat. Her large scale ceramic vessels provide the canvas upon which she paints a range of native bird species and plants from coastal Victoria, from far east Gippsland to the Otway forest.
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Fiona Hiscock
born Ballarat 1965, lives Melbourne


1993   Post Graduate Honors Degree, Fine Art, (ceramics) RMIT

1991    BA Fine Art Ceramics, RMIT

1986    BA Melbourne University, Fine Art History


2022 Re-generate, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2020 Parkland, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2020 Habitat, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2018  Woodland, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2015  Country, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2014  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2011  Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2010  Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

2009  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2006  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2003  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2003  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2000  Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2000  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1998  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1997  Craft Victoria, Melbourne


Sydney Contemporary, presented by Gallerysmith, Carriageworks, Sydney
Endangered, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
For the Love of Trees, Burrinja Gallery, Upwey, VIC

Explore: Sydney Contemporary (online art fair)
I am here – 40 women shaping Australian art, curated by Katherine Hattam, Art House Gallery, Sydney
Drawn from the Garden, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

Ceramics 2020, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
SC2020, Sydney Contemporary online art fair

Maningham Art Award, Victoria

Omnus Terra
, NCECA Conference, Portland US
Hyper-Botanica, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria

Tribute to Janet Mansfield, Mossgreen Gallery
Efflorescent, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
The Course of Objects, Manly Regional Art Gallery
Big Ceramics, Craft Victoria

Sunshine Coast Ceramic Art Prize, Manningham Ceramic Art Prize

Ewers, Pitchers, Jugs and Jars, Narek Gallery, NSW

Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland

Town Country, Craft Victoria

New Under the Sun, Jewish Museum of Australia

Hobart Art Prize, Tasmania

Chilli, Cudgegong Gallery, NSW

Celebrating the Master, Schepsi Gallery, Melbourne

Changing Surfaces, Shepparton Art Gallery

Centenary Craft Prize, Parliament House, Canberra

Alice Springs Craft Award, Alice Springs
Freeman Gallery 3, Hobart Tasmania

Drawn in Form, travelling show – Brisbane City Gallery and Object Gallery
Alice Craft Award, Northern Territory

Blessed be the Work, Jewish Ritual and Contemporary Craft, Jewish Museum

Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland
Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC

Faenza International Ceramic Art Competition, Italy
Moonee Valley Festival Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Essendon, VIC
Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery
New Visions, (5 Artists) Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, VIC

Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland
Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery,

Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC
Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Queensland

Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington Arts Centre, VIC

Fresh, Student Award Exhibition, Craft Victoria


2022           Finalist – North Queensland Ceramic Awards, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD

                    Winner – Muswellbrook Art Prize, ceramics, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW

2021           Winner – (3D work category) – Stanthorpe Art Award, Stanthorpe regional gallery, Qld

Shortlisted – Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize, Manly Gallery and Museum, Manly, NSW

Finalist – Klytie Pate Award, Mansfield Arts Centre, Mansfield, VIC

2019          Shortlisted – Incinerator Art Award, Melbourne

Shortlisted – Clunes Ceramic Award, Clunes, Vic

2018          Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence

2017          Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) Sydney

2014/15    Artist in residence, Flemington Primary School

2002         Alice Springs Art Award

1996          Gold Coast Ceramic Art Merit Award

1997          Moonee Valley Festival Contemporary Craft Award

1991          Walker Ceramics Prize for Excellence to a student at RMIT

1991          National Gallery Society of Victoria Award, RMIT


The Canberra Times ‘Fiona Hiscock adorns ceramics with vibrant native flora and fauna’, Kerry Anne Cousins, 25 Jun 14
Herald Sun Newspaper  Botanical Beauties, Karen Woods, 21 Jun 03
Herald Sun Newspaper “Fruits of an Urban Shed”, Simon Plant, 3 Oct 98
Australian Ceramics Magazine 1999, 2009
The Australian Newspaper, Weekend Review “Objects of Desire” Jo Litson, 20 Jun 98
The Age Newspaper “Artists in Residence”, Denise Ryan, Domain magazine, 29 Jul 98
The Age Newspaper “Size with Attitude” Zinta Jurjuans-Heard, 29 Apr 98
Masters of their Craft, Noris Ioannou, Craftsman House, 1997
Herald Sun Newspaper “The Vases that Fiona Built”, Claire Sutherland, 10 May 97
Business Review Weekly “New Handle on Old Aesthetics Problem”, Anna Long, 12 May 97
House and Garden Magazine “6 Rising Stars”, December 1996
The Age Newspaper, Jenny Zimmer, 14 Dec 93, 4 Jan 94, 3 Mar 94, 1 Feb 96,28 May 97
Ceramics, Art and Perception Issues 11 and 30


Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
Deakin University, Melbourne
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast
Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Parliament House, Canberra



Gallerysmith's Fiona Hiscock has won the 2022 Muswellbrook Art Prize for Ceramics, congratulations Fiona! Since 1958, the Muswellbrook Art Prize…

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Fiona Hiscock, in her studio, 2020


Fiona Hiscock’s practice emerges from a long historical tradition of utilitarian ceramics which use nature for decorative inspiration. Oversized, hand-built vases, pitchers,…

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