Hamish Sawyer

Painting Judge

Hamish Sawyer is Gallery Curator and Team Leader at Caloundra Regional Gallery, responsible for developing the gallery’s exhibition program as well as its operational management. Since commencing the role in April 2016, Hamish has organised exhibitions by Lincoln Austin, Michael Cook, Natalya Hughes and Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, as well as ‘Close enough: Young Queensland Artists’  a group exhibition that looked at personal and collective histories in the work of Sam Cranstoun, Dale Harding, Alice Lang and Tyza Stewart. Hamish is also tasked with the delivery of the annual Sunshine Coast Art Prize and Local Artist, Local Content art prize exhibitions and in 2017 initiated a Sunshine Coast artist exhibition program at the Maroochydore Library Artspace.


Prior to Caloundra Regional Gallery, Hamish worked at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, where he managed the gallery’s regional touring exhibition program, in addition to serving as a co-curator of the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), undertaking research and working with artists from South East Asia. Hamish has previously worked for the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane and Arts Queensland, as well as commercial galleries  Andrew Baker Art Dealer; Bellas Milani Gallery; and Milani Gallery. Hamish was a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts 2014 – 2017 and is currently completing a Master of Arts (Research) degree at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has also written catalogue texts and contributed articles to publications including Art Monthly.