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Hickey’s series of female idols are inspired by images of women from a variety of contexts, histories and worlds. The complex layering of imagery and patterns depict beauty, spiritual iconography and the feminine.

After completing bachelor degrees in fine arts and education, and then five years of teaching art in Queensland high schools, Sarah Hickey started to produce art professionally after a long hiatus from her own creative practice. 

Hickey has held eleven solo shows and participated in over thirty group shows. She has been a finalist in the Redland Art Awards, Xstrata Percival Portrait Award, Clayton Utz Art Award, Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize, The Mandorla Art Award, Kenilworth Painting Prize, Lethbridge 10000 Art Award and SBS Portrait Prize.


Educational Qualifications:

Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, 1997.

Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education, Griffith University, 2002.



2017 – Tweed River Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia.

2017 – Graniti Art Project/Murales, Sicily, Italy.



2019 - Finalist in the Southern Buoy Studio Portrait Prize, Mornington, VIC.

2018 - Winner - Best Mixed Media in the Rotary Art Spectacular

2017/2016/2011 - Finalist in the Clayton Utz Art Awards

2016 - Finalist in the RQAS Queensland Figurative Art Prize

2017/2016/2015/2014/2013 - Finalist Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award

2016 - Finalist Kirribilli Centre 40th Anniversary Art Prize

2016/2015 - Finalist SHE Art Awards, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong

2014 - Finalist Redland Art Awards

2014 - Finalist Moreton Bay Region Art Award

2012 - Finalist Kenilworth Painting Prize

2012 - Finalist and recipient of the People's Choice Award Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

2012 - Finalist Mandorla Art Award

2012 - Finalist Xstrata Percival Portrait Award

2012 - Finalist Gainsborough Greens Art Award

2011 - Finalist $20,000 Metro/Pearls Art Competition


Solo Exhibitions

2018 - Camouflage, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2017 - Interior Jungles, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane

2015 - Vessel, Graydon Gallery, New Farm

2014 - Roost and Brood, Graydon Gallery, New Farm

2013 - Viscera, Graydon Gallery, New Farm

2012 - Tabernacle of Skin, Lust For Life Gallery, Fortitude Valley

2011 - Horned Lace Idols, White Canvas Gallery, Fortitude Valley

2010 - Menagerie at White Canvas Gallery, Fortitude Valley

2010 - Icons and Circus Sirens at Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane CBD


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 - Finalists Exhibition Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize, MOrnington, VIC.

2017/2016/2011 - Clayton Utz Art Awards, Brisbane.

2016/2015 - SHE Art Awards, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong.

2016 - Kirribilli Centre 40th Anniversary Art Prize, Kirribilli.

2017/2016/2015/2014 - Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Paddington.

2014 - Finalists Exhibition Redland Art Awards.

2014 - Finalists Exhibition Moreton Bay Art Awards, Strathpine.

2012 - Kenilworth Art Award - Exhibition of Finalists, Kenilworth.

2012 - Marie Ellis OAM Award - Exhibition of finalists, Jugglers Art Space, Fortitude Valley.

2012 - Xstrata Percival Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.

2012 - Viva La Femme, Lust For Life Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

2012 - Toyota Community Spirit Emerging Art Awards, Melbourne.

2011 - $20,000 Metro/Pearls Art Competition - Finalists Exhibition, Brisbane CBD

2011 - Folk Art / Fine Art, BSG, Melbourne.

2011 - Art for Art’s Sake Cerebral Palsy League, Riverside Centre, Brisbane

2011 - Growth: piece by piece, Exhibition of 20 Artists, Wintergarden on the mall

2011 - From the HeART WLS Fundraising Exhibition, Riverside Centre, Brisbane

2010 - Other Misconceptions, Level Ari, Newstead.

2010 - Hearts of Gold 3 group show, Brisbane CBD.

2010 - Fashion in Images Exhibition, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne.