Longing and Belonging

michael kempson - longing and belonging

Michael Kempson

Born in Kapunda, South Australia in 1961, Michael Kempson has developed an extensive printmaking practice in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region through his work as an artist, curator, master printer and academic.

Kempson is currently a Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies at The University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney.

Kempson’s recent prints feature utilitarian objects, natural forms and children’s toys in an exploration of inter-relationships, referencing ideas of social inequity and geopolitics.


Michael Kempson, Longing and Belonging (2014), etching & aquatint, 56cm x 76cm. Acquired through the Print Council of Australia’s Annual Print Commission.

Kempson is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand as well as Australian regional galleries and corporate collections.


Print Council of Australia Print Commission 2018Artbank Melbourne open houseLandscapes of the MindBeauty and DecayFiguratively SpeakingThe Design PlotTrans Siberian DreamingKeir Choreographic AwardThe Myth of ProgressJessi WongSK!N presented by TerryandTheCuzCall for visual artistsWomens Art Register to publish 30th anniversary editions of The Bulletin2018 Keir Choreographic Award winner announcedSEVENTH gallery Career Arcs conversation seriesFringe FurnitureBeing OccupierAurelian by Peta ClancyChristian Thompson Selected works at Richmond Town HallA fall from graceRhythm of the Everyday by Zeljko Radic and Senye ShenPast FuturesRhetorical Figures by Mila PobleteCelebration Dreaming Robert Young with Heesco and MakatronBob Rose Stand Night ProjectionsOpen Book Yarra Sculpture Gallery: Summer Residency Program Floor TalkBefore Nightfall #5: Connors, Ughetti & Schack-ArnottSEVENTH Career ArcsButohOUT! Festival: One Day Workshop with Agung GunawanPolyphonic SocialA Nice Day To Go To The PubCareer Arcs: Art and Design with Anna Varendorff and Annie WuPlay On Series Four: v_3 Respighi + Nico Muhly / PjennéNew mural celebrates Aboriginal culture in Gertrude StreetMaterial Exchange Fall Line Artist TalkOff The Kerb's September ExhibitionsWhere We Come FromMarkICONThe Art of BelongingNarrative SilksEdinburgh Toon Picters ExhibitionMovement Workshop2017 Australian National Brooch ShowNote - Kylie StillmanBook LoveKyoko ImazuAPW Print FairButohOUT! Festival: Six Week Workshop and LaboratoryQueer Tarot Project: Multi-Media ExhibitionHerring Island Summer Arts FestivalFem Fatale ExhibitionCitizens of the Park exhibitionButohOUT! Festival: Peek-A- Butoh! Children and Families Workshop2018 Annual Grants OpenJoin the Yarra City Arts NewsSidesault at the Melba seeking EOIsMidsumma Youth Spectacular100 years of Maternal and Child HealthHistory of Maternal and Child Health servicesEmerge in Yarra 2018 EOIs open