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Introducing 2018 Artist-in-Residence Natalya Hughes

Natalya Hughes is a DAB academic and artist who specialises in painting, digital media and installation. She currently directs the Photography undergraduate program at UTS.

Natalya completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane in 2001 and a PhD in Art Theory at the College of Fine Art (UNSW) in 2009. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Mornington Peninsula Work on Paper Prize. Her works are held in public collections such as Artbank and the Queensland Art Gallery. 

Natalya’s residency at UTS Library revolves around the ‘sleep zone’ under the rear stairs on Level 2. Natalya has always been intrigued by this unusual space and it’s popularity. In re-imagining the area, Natalya will be exploring how this space might be transformed with elements of decor to become more inclusive.

Natalya's work is consistently concerned with decorative and ornamental traditions and their association with the feminine, the body and excess. Her work often features existing imagery, reconfiguring it to decorative ends. In bringing the project to life, Natalya will be taking up residence in the Special Collections Room from late August 2018 on Thursday afternoons. Natalya's UTS Library installation, titled Safe Sopor, will be completed and revealed early in 2019. View some of Natalya’s previous works, installations and residency projects here.


UTS Library began its Artist-in-Residence Program in 2012, and has since invited the creative talent of experts to assist us in inspiring playfulness, art and culture in all aspects of the Library's operations. Initiatives such as the Artist-in-Residence Program create an innovative and exciting dialogue engaging our UTS community, students, clients and staff.