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

She creates in a broad range of materials - watercolour, oils and sculpture, but is consistent throughout in working directly from life.

"It is usually some visual nuance that entices me to paint, a particular combination of colour, of light, or an unusual tonal contrast.  It is the roundness and sheen of fruit, the compositional possibilities of a landscape or a particular twist or angle in a model's body. It is seeing the world anew, with fresh eyes".

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.

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.






Exhibition now showing with HILL SMITH ART ADVISORY 

5 March - 2 April 2021

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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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


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


Joint exhibition with Robert Hannaford 'Collaborating' now showing at - Hill Smith Art Advisory

Upcoming  August 2021 Solo Exhibition - Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf SA


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

Hill Smith Art Advisory online art exhibition


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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