Makers Who Inspire featuring Tsering Hannaford, film courtesy of Henry Thong - Those Creatives

Tsering Hannaford

Drawing, Painting, Wall work

Approaching her subjects as studies of light, colour and form, painter Tsering Hannaford finds inspiration in the everyday. Capturing the beauty in the bloom of a flower, which will be gone tomorrow, or the attitude of a sitter at some period in their life, her true to life portraits, landscapes and still life paintings are rich and evocative.

Hannaford, mentored by her father, the esteemed painter Robert Hannaford, began painting seriously in 2012 after completing a BA in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Art History at the University of Adelaide. She has since honed her skills at the Art Students’ League of New York and Grand Central Atelier. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award (highly commended in 2014) and a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, and in 2015 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

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Solo Exhibitions

2015, In the studio, Artist's Studio SALA Festival, West Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia
2014, New Works, Artlab Australia Fringe Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2016, Emma Hack Art Prize, Burnside Village, Adelaide, South Australia
2015, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2015, Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin National Trust Gallery, Sydney, Australia


2011, Graduate Diploma (Art History), University of Adelaide
2008, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Adelaide


Lincoln College, North Adelaide


2016, Smith Fellowship, Studio Escalier, France
2015, Arts South Australia, Professional Development grant
2014, Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art, Adelaide Fringe
2014, Portia Geach Memorial Award Highly Commended
2013, Helpmann Academy Emerging Artist Award
2010, Malcolm Campbell Award for Drawing


2015, McDonald, Patrick, Father-daughter duo Robert and Tsering Hannaford face off in Archibald portrait contest, The Advertiser, South Australia
2015, Hender, Sarah, SALA stars- three young artists you need to know right now, The Advertiser, South Australia
2015, Clifton, Catherine, Brush with fame, Adelaide Matters, South Australia
2013, McDonald, John, More than face value, Sydney Morning Herald
2013, Llewellyn, Jane, Profile: Tsering Hannaford, The Adelaide Review South Australia
2012, Nunn, Louise, Archibald art runs in the family, The Advertiser, South Australia

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Tsering Hannaford, 'Self Portrait', Courtesy of the Art Gallery of NSW

Tsering Hannaford | 2018 Archibald Finalist

17 May 2018

Congratulations to Tsering Hannaford whose painting ‘Self Portrait’ was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Archibald Prize. This is Tsering’s fourth time in the Archibald Prize.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibition will be showing at the Art Gallery of NSW until 9 September.

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Tsering Hannaford | Archibald Prize Finalist

20 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Tsering Hannaford who is a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize with her self portrait. The winning entry will be announced on Friday 28 July.

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Tsering Hannaford | I Choose SA Ambassador Campaign

30 Jun 2017

Well Made has partnered with Brand South Australia on I Choose SA Ambassador, a campaign that champions SA makers, producers and businesses. As part of the campaign Well Made Coordinator Peta Mount features in a video and Creative Practitioners Lex Stobie and Tsering Hannaford are interviewed about Well Made. Read how Well Made puts SA creativity on show and why Home is where the art is for Tsering. 

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Tsering Hannaford Artist Statement Emma Hack Prize

01 Mar 2017

Recently announced as a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize, Tsering Hannaford said, " I feel very lucky to be an artist practicing in Adelaide where I can be part of a prize like the Emma Hack Art Prize. The prize fosters a sense of community and support amongst emerging and established SA practitioners and provides wonderful exposure (this year the exhibition is located at Burnside Village) which is so important for an artist." My piece is a statement about the condition of the world’s bee populations.

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Tsering Hannaford | Clique Mag

14 Dec 2016

Take an exclusive look inside contemporary painter Tsering Hannaford’s home studio with Clique Mag Summer Edition.

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Archibald Prize 2016 | Finalist

24 Jul 2016

Tsering Hannaford was selected as a finalist in this year's Archibald Prize with her piece 'Self-portrait with magnolia'. Find out more about the inspiration behind the piece in the link below.

The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery.

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Tsering Hannaford, Autumn Composition, 2016

Highly Commended for Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize

05 Jun 2016

Congratulations to Tsering Hannaford for her 'Autumn Composition' piece being highly commended in this years Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize.

The 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize incorporates the Landscape Prize at Samstag Museum and the Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize in McLaren Vale.

The Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize Finalists will be exhibited across 9 venues in McLaren Vale to celebrate community art, food and wine of the region.

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