The Clayton Utz Art Partnership

The Clayton Utz Art Partnership brings together a unique collaboration between two outstanding Australian artists and our firm.
Read more about this collaboration in an article recently published in Issue 43 of Artist Profile.

Each exhibition presents an opportunity to showcase the work of two contemporary artists in the offices of Clayton Utz. Our exhibition space offers a unique visual art experience for clients to get up close and personal with an amazing array of artwork. The uniquely curated program allows both artists to explore and display their work in one of Australia's leading corporate environments. Guests visiting the exhibition will have an opportunity to explore the artwork in an intimate and innovative environment.

Complementing the exhibition is an Artist-in-Residence experience within the Clayton Utz offices. This opportunity provides both artists and Clayton Utz a collaborative platform to explore the artistic process and allows us and our clients exclusive access to the artist and the creative process.

The Clayton Utz Art Partnership is a truly exciting initiative and demonstrates our pride as an Australian firm committed to the cultural sector, and the broader creative communities in which we live and work. We hope you enjoy being part of it.


Current Melbourne Exhibition

Artists: Kate Waanders and Sarah Summers

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Kate Waanders
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Sarah Summers

Our Melbourne office is excited to feature works from two locally-based artists, Kate Waanders and Sarah Summers, as part of our latest exhibition. The acclaimed artists bring together a blend of familiar scenes through traditional genres of landscape, portraiture and still life paintings. Summers’ works equivocate between light and darkness, mystery and wonder. While Waanders’ use of still life and realism highlights the representation and recording of personal memory.

Kate is a self-taught artist, living in Traralgon, Victoria, who began painting in 2016 at the age of 51. Several overseas trips, visits to galleries and museums renewed Kate’s interest in still life art. Kate decided that she would pursue her passion and began painting her first few works, despite this being with only a limited palette and few brushes. Her palette has since broadened and after many years of being creative via other hand crafts, she has decided to put all her efforts to learning how to paint. Kate still enjoys creating and indulging in colour, shape and texture. Her painting style is realistic, focusing on still life. The objects or animals in Kate’s artworks are sometimes linked by story, otherwise simply by form, colour and texture.

Sarah paints and draws from Melbourne, Australia. Her practice centres around personal everyday moments that are transformed by light and dark. Recently she has become interested in the garden as a space of agency and aliveness, and a place of mutual tending. Her paintings are both containers for internal feelings and odes to nature’s mystery and wonder, always looking for what can be found in the darkness of shadows, sky, and earth. The oil paintings are informed by a regular drawing practice and multiple gouache studies, a process which allows for the material to speak and surprises to emerge.


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