Heather Ellyard was born in Boston, USA. She migrated to Australia in 1970 and spent three years in Papua New Guinea just after its independence. After years in Collingwood/ Melbourne, she currently lives on a remote property in Central Victoria. Ellyard has held 30 solo exhibitions, in Adelaide, Canberra, Maitland, Melbourne, Sydney and Taree, and has been represented in more than 50 group shows, including Paris, Durban and Beijing, as well as the Blake Prize in Sydney three times. She was art reviewer on ABC radio for three years, has taught part-time in art schools in the ACT, Adelaide, and Melbourne, was on the board of Artbank for four years, and has written for art publications since 1985. She has received two grants from the Australia Council and one from the South Australian Department for the Arts. Ellyard’s work is held in private collections here and abroad, and in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Commonwealth Parliament House Collection, the Jewish Museum of Australia, Artbank, the University of South Australia, the Premier’s Office of South Australia, the University of Canberra, Monash University Medical Centre and Gawarshad Institute of Higher Education, Kabul Afghanistan.


born  Boston USA

1961   BSc Simmons College Boston USA

1970   migrated to Canberra Australia

1970-2003  p/t lecturer art schools Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne

1974-76   art reviewer ABC radio

1976-79   resident, Papua New Guinea

1980-89   resident, Adelaide

1985-89   board of Artbank, Sydney

1989-2014   resident, Melbourne

1986   forum speaker Artists Week, Adelaide Festival

1994   video: from ash into metaphor

2014-onward  resident, Tarrengower Central Victoria


30 solo shows 1974 – 2018

Adelaide, Canberra, Maitland, Melbourne, Sydney, Taree


group shows 1975 – 2018

more than 50 group shows throughout Australia

and overseas, Beijing, Durban, Paris



1994   Creative Development Grant, VACB of Australia Council

1988   Project Grant, VACB of Australia Council

1985   Artists’ Grant, South Australian Dept. for the Arts



National Gallery of Australia

Commonwealth Parliament House


Art Gallery of South Australia

Office of the Premier of South Australia

Commonwealth Bank, South Australia

University of South Australia

Taxation Dept. South Australia

University of Canberra

Monash University Medical Centre, Melbourne

Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne

Gawarshad Institute of Higher Education, Kabul Afghanistan

private collections: Australia, Canada, Europe, Great Britain, , USA


bibliography and publications

 Constellations A Journal of poetry and Fiction USA, vol. 7, 5, 1

 Artist Profile issues 25, 20

Artlink vol. 26 #3, 20 #4, 18 #1, 14 #1

Art and Australia vol. 40 #2, 24 #2, 16 #4 

Generation vol. 7 #3

Jewish Museum of Australia Journal vol. 8 # 3  

Wilson Street issues 11, 10,


Angry Women Anthology, Hale & Iremonger publ.

New Visions New Perspectives, Anna Voigt, Craftsman House publ.

Images 2: Contemporary Painting, Neville Drury, Craftsman House publ.

Sight Lines, Sandy Kirby, Craftsman House publ.


website   www hse-art.com