Winter Workshop: Nicholas Smith

Thu 8 Aug

Main exhibition gallery

Join exhibiting artist Nicholas Smith for a workshop exploring how to situate ceramics within a broader sculptural practice that utilises found and inherited materials.

This program is part of ACCA Education’s Winter Workshop developed alongside the exhibition Future Remains: The 2024 Macfarlane Commissions.

Led by exhibiting artists Nicholas Smith, Andy Butler and Alexandra Peters each workshop introduces participants to new approaches and techniques related to the development of the artists new work. This series is open to all and is an ideal professional development opportunity for educators and tertiary students.

All materials are included. All workshops are single events and there are special ticket prices for teachers and student teachers. Places are limited so get in quick!


Student Teacher $20
Teacher $25
General Public $40

Workshop giveaway for regional teachers:

ACCA Education is giving away free tickets for regional teachers. These free tickets are for regional teachers of all disciplines and offer a rare opportunity to hear directly from an ACCA exhibiting artist. To secure a limited free ticket please email and tell us a little about yourself and your school community.

Artist Bio
Nicholas Smith
born 1990, Djilang/Geelong, Victoria
lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne

Nicholas Smith investigates sexuality, queer identity and memory in his works, employing diverse media including ceramics and found materials. His materially rich assemblages weave references to his personal aesthetic and material inheritances, including the interiors and decor of regional suburban homes, symbolism and imagery associated with the Roman Catholic Church, crafts that have been passed down by maternal family members, along with 20th-century décor and art lineages. These specific reference points can be read as deeply personal, but also speak to broader communal experiences. Nicholas’ charged tableaux aim to undermine culturally prescribed expectations of value and masculinity embedded in these traditions, while elevating that which is seductive, felt and libidinal within them. 

Nicholas graduated with a Master of Fine Art from ArtCenter College of Design, Los Angeles in 2022. In 2019, he was awarded the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia AusArt Fellowship in support of his education in California. He and Jeremy Eaton collaborated on the Façade Commission at La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo in 2024. 

Recent exhibitions include Idols, Hayden’s, Melbourne, 2023; The National 4: Australian Art Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2023; Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2022; Ribbons and Piss, ArtCenter MFA Thesis Exhibition, Los Angeles, 2022; Cooled pride, roused ardour, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2018; I am crying, in collaboration with Jimmy Nuttall, Firstdraft, Sydney, 2017; Swaddle me, West Space, Melbourne, 2016; and Feint Understanding, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne, 2015. 

Nicholas Smith is represented by Hayden’s, Melbourne