Primavera 2021 | Elisa Jane Carmichael Announced

Onespace Gallery is delighted to congratulate Elisa Jane (Leecee) Carmichael as one of five artists included in this year’s Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).


Melbourne-based First Nations curator, Hannah Presley, has selected a highly impressive group for Primavera 2021 comprising: Elisa Jane Carmichael (QLD), Dean Cross (NSW), Hannah Gartside (VIC), Sam Gold (SA), and Justine Youssef (NSW). Presley’s overarching rationale considers the multi-faceted concept of resourcefulness, with each of this year’s chosen artists exploring ideas of sustainability and ingenuity within their practice. 


This news follows Leecee’s selection as a finalist for the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) and the recent acquisition of her series of six silk-coated wire baskets ‘Gulai for our jundal (Women’s bag for our women)’, by The British Museum.


The Australian Financial Review, in its feature article on the artist in Life & Leisure on Friday, suggested ‘The British Museum (acquisition) … is the latest indication that Carmichael’s star is rapidly ascending’. Glen Iseger Pilkington, visual arts curator at Fremantle Arts Centre and one of the judges of this year’s NATSIAA awards was also quoted suggesting that, “Carmichael’s work defies Western categorisation ‘sitting between tool, map and work of art’.


 Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists is a free exhibition and on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Level 1 South Gallery, from Friday 1 October 2021 – Sunday 13 February 2022. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

Feature Image: Image: Elisa Jane Carmichael, a search for meaning is to absorb the abundance of beauty in nature (detail), 2020–21, fish scales and talwalpin (cotton tree). Image courtesy the artist and Onespace Gallery and the artist. Photograph: Louis Lim.