Artist's CV


Michal Glikson has been exploring peripatetic painting since 2006. Using an immersive social/anthropological approach, she finds her subjects in situ, by sketching from life, into scrolls of paper which she carries. She draws on her training in Persian miniature to deliver stories of people and environments she encounters. Michal has studied at the ANU School of Art and holds degrees in Theatre, Political Science, and a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. She continues to practice across cultures and has taught at the National College of Art, Lahore, Viswa Bharati University of Santiniketan, and ANU. Her scrolls have been exhibited in multiple countries and her virtual tour of the Australind Archive brings together outcomes of her practice-led PhD research project, Towards a peripatetic practice: negotiating journey through painting.


2012-2016 PhD Research, Painting, School of Art, the Australian National University 2008-2010 Masters, Visual Art, Painting, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India 2003-2007 BA Fine Arts (Visual), Honours/ BA Pols/Anthropology, Australian National University 1989-1991 BA Performing Arts Federation University

PhD practice-led research project:Towards a peripatetic practice: negotiating journey through painting

This project investigated peripatetic art practice and painting as a means of comprehending diverse cultures and the experience of transition and involved extensive field research in Australia, India and Pakistan. Project outcomes comprised the Australind Archives, a multimedia work bringing together paintings, ethnographic film and sound composition.

Skill Summary


  • Oral & written communication skills developed through presenting at symposia for diverse audiences containing arts industry professionals, students and general public.
  • Cross cultural oral and written communication skills developed through presenting conference papers to cross-cultural audiences and writing and delivering workshops in painting, storytelling and life drawing for fine arts and design students in Australian, Indian and Pakistani tertiary institutions.

Innovation, collaboration, initiative

  • Abilities to innovate developed through cross-cultural research involving immersive situational modes of learning in diverse non-English speaking communities. Enhanced capacity to work creatively in changing/improvised/resource-challenged conditions.
  • Confidence with and commitment to advocacy and agency developed during doctoral research with marginalized communities and individuals in India and Pakistan. Ability to integrate creative research with humanitarian work developed through volunteer work in Kashmir. Subsequent initiatives include documentary film projects in Pakistan with marginalized Punjabi communities.

Resilience and commitment

  • Volunteering in India, Pakistan and Australia generated proficiencies with co-operative, collaborative and empathic paradigms for practical teamwork. Interaction with displaced communities in disaster-stricken/under-resourced remote localities developed abilities with generating culture-specific educational arts activities. Exposure to economic disparity, gender inequality and environmental devastation increased emotional maturity, empathic ability, flexibility, cultural sensitivity and patience, and responsiveness in adverse conditions.
  • Doctoral research project involved extended periods of solo unassisted fieldwork generating strong capacity for self-containment and abilities for self-assessment, identification of realistic goals and a capacity to work creatively and sustainably in conditions of uncertainty/flux.

Group and Individual Exhibitions

2014Pulse; Group exhibition CMAG, Canberra, Australia
White Paper; decoding memory, group exhibition, Gallery ArtKonsult, New Delhi

2013Sea+ Triennale, Global Art: Ways around Asia, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta
2011Half Circle Scroll, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House, Canberra
The Shahnama Book of Kings; Contemporary responses, travelling exhibition, London-Paris-Milan-Dubai
Floating in Hindustan, solo exhibition, Parramasala, Parramatta
Merchants of War: Michael Callaghan Retrospective and Memorial [Group] Exhibition, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
2010Half Circle Scroll, Alhamra Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Floating in Hindustan, Nairang Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Drawings, Chemmould Prescott Road Gallery, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, Sunshine Coast Regional Gallery, Floating in Hindustan
2009 2008The Australia Asia Foundation Sonic Gallery Half Circle Scroll and Floating in Hindustan sound compositions,

Drifters 2, ArtKonsult Gallery/Siddharth Tagore, Haus Khas, New Delhi, India

Taaluq; Rohtas 2 Gallery, Model-town, Lahore, Pakistan

Looking 4 Taaluq; Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Now Playing : Strange Trajectories, Alliance Francaise Award Exhibition, ACT
Coloured Diggers: Commemorating Aboriginal War Veterans, Damian Minton Gallery, Redfern, Sydney


2008-2014 Research Associate, Kala Bhavan Arts faculty, Viswa Bharati University of Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
“Drawing from life; visual narratives” workshop, Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati University of Santiniketan, India
Culture and Humanitarian Crisis: An interdisciplinary Workshop, 24/08/12, Australian National University
“Miniature painting; an introduction”, 1-2 day workshops, Painting Dept., School of Art, Australian National University
“Story from Life”, 10-day workshop, fine art/design students, National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan
“Story in Situ”, 2 and 3-week workshop, Fine Arts students, Beaconhouse University, Lahore, Pakistan
Artist in Residence, National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan


2016People and the City, 7th International THAAP Conference of Urban Design, Lahore, keynote speaker
2013Identity and Portrayal, symposium, National Gallery of Australia/Australian National University
2010From/To Here/there = Nowhere/Everywhere, Emami Chisel Arts conference, Kolkata, India

Awards Grant Prizes

2016 EASS Materials Award 2015 EASS Materials Award, ANU2011Shortlisted; Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship Award2008Art Overboard Award for Political Art, Shortlisted Alice Award
2007 Alliance Francaise and EASS Exhibition Award; Academy of Interactive Entertainment Animation Scholarship2006-07 EASS ANU Access Award and Scholarship1996 Moyra Dyring Paris Studio Award


The Molonglo Collection, Pamille Berg Consulting Pty Ltd, ACT, Mallesons Stephens Jacques Art Collection, Brisbane, QLD Logan Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLDRedliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD,Malcolm Surm and Associates, Eagle Farm, QLD

Professional Referees

Ms. Ruth Waller - Chair of PhD Supervisory Panel
Head of Painting, School of Art, The Australian National University ACT, 0200
+612 6125827

Mr Mark Bayly - Curator of Pulse Gallery Director & Curator, CMAG, Acton, ACT, 0200
+612 62075885