Alison Mitchell Hannaford is a visual artist based in regional South Australia.

"My work centres on the still life tradition of domestic objects, intentionally arranged and composed in the studio. It is an old tradition, deeply embedded in the practice of carefully observed painting from life. It demands attentiveness to the agency of art making - to the fall of light, the intersection of shadows, of elation and uncertainty and, particularly, to the weft and warp of what is known and what is seen."

Alison graduated from the University of Adelaide with a first class honours in Anthropology and this, along with studies in Asian art and decades of life drawing, informs her practice.

She lives with her husband, artist Robert Hannaford on their property near Riverton in the mid north of SA and it is often the fruit and produce of their garden that becomes subject matter along with regular 'en plein air' painting trips. Her works are signed 'Alison Mitchell', although she is known by her married name, Alison Mitchell Hannaford.

She has been a finalist in a number of national art awards including the Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize, The EMSLA - Eutick Memorial National still life Award, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, the Heysen Landscape Prize, the Fleurieu Landscape Prize and the Fleurieu Food and Wine Art Prize and exhibits regularly in and around Adelaide.




A new exhibition showcasing works from Alison Mitchell Hannaford and her husband and fellow artist, Robert Hannaford, is currently on show at Hill Smith Art Advisory.

'Collaborating' is a rare opportunity to view works by both artists together - a glimpse into their "mutual dedication to drawing and painting from life". 

For further information, visit Hill Smith Art Advisory.


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Arcadia Contemporary Gallery , New York - 'five and under' 14 August 2021 - 14 September 

Solo Exhibition  'Still  Water'  - 2 August  - Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf SA

Joint exhibition with Robert Hannaford 'Collaboration'  - Hill Smith Art Advisory

 Centre of Creative Health Art prize,  Light Square Gallery Adelaide  - Selected Finalist

Finalist - Kennedy Art Prize, RSASA Adelaide - Selected Finalist

Finalist - Tatiara Art Prize , Walkway Gallery Bordertown SA - Selected Finalist


Solo Exhibition 'Unlemon - A Meandering Tale Of Citrus' - Museum Of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Garden

Hill Smith Art Advisory online art exhibition


Hill Smith Gallery Exhibition - 'Still Life' - joint exhibition with Stephen Trebilcock

 Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (EMSLA) Project Contemporary Artspace, Woollongong NSW - Selected Finalist


Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize SH Ervin Gallery Sydney NSW - Selected Finalist

Tatiara Art Prize - Walkway Gallery Bordertown - Selected Finalist

Kennedy Art Prize Adelaide SA - Selected Finalist

Fleurieu Art Prize SA - Selected Finalist

Solo Exhibition 'Still Even - Still' - Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf SA


Eutick Memorial National Still Life Art Award - Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong NSW - Selected Finalist

Adelaide Hills Art Prize - Hahndorf Academy SA - Selected Finalist

Tatiara Art Prize - Walkway Gallery Bordertown SA - Selected Finalist

Kennedy Art Prize Adelaide SA - Selected Finalist

Whyalla Art Prize - Middleback Arts Centre SA - Selected Finalist

Barossa - Cook - Barossa Regional Gallery SA - Second Prize


'Menagerie' - Group Exhibition - Hill Smith Gallery 

Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize - Selected Finalist 

Heysen Prize - Landscape - Selected Finalist

Solo Exhibition SALA 'The Scenic Route' Scenic Hotel, Norton Summit SA

Solo Exhibition SALA 'More Gardener's Folly' Diggers, Adelaide Botanic Garden

Lethbridge 10 000 Brisbane - Selected Finalist 

Fleurieu Food & Wine Art Prize - Selected Finalist ( 3 entries accepted, 3 high commendations)



Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2015 - Semi Finalist

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2015  S. H Ervin Gallery - Selected Finalist

The Advertiser SALA Featured Artist Exhibition - The Advertiser Building, Adelaide SA

Guest Artist - Brush with Art Festival - Blinman - Flinders Ranges SA

SALA 2015 - 'By the Way' Exhibition with Robert Hannaford

Solo Exhibition - Signal Point Regional Gallery, Goolwa SA

'Embody' - Annabelle Collette curated group show, Signal Point Regional Gallery, Goolwa SA

Adelaide Fringe - Diggers Garden Shop - Adelaide Botanic Garden  FEB 2015



Winner Burra Art Prize - Art Of The Garden 2014

Winner People's Choice - Burra Art Prize 2014

SALA 2014 Diggers Garden Exhibition - Adelaide Botanic Garden SA


Fleurieu Art Prize 2013 - Selected Finalist

2013 - 'On the Shelf" - Exhibition at Waikerie Rain Moth Gallery SA

2013 - 'On the Shelf' - Exhibition at Berri Regional Gallery SA

May - July 2013 Solo Exhibition - Riverton Light Gallery  SA

2013  March - April 'On the Shelf' - Burra Regional Art Gallery SA



SALA exhibition at Riverton Light Gallery with local Riverton Artists

Selected Finalist -   Nora Heysen Still Life Art Competition 2011 - judges commendation

2011 - Fleurieu Art Prize – Selected Finalist

‘Harvest ll' exhibition  -  Flinders Medical Centre Gallery 2011

‘Harvest’  SALA exhibition at Riverton Light Gallery with Samone Turnbull 2011

Selection Judge – Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2011


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