Michael Cook


Michael Cook is a Brisbane-based photomedia artist of Bidjara heritage. Considered to be one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Indigenous artists, his work has most recently been curated into the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, 2014; the 2nd National Indigenous Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, 2012; and the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, 2013. In 2015 Cook’s photographs will be exhibited in ‘Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation’ at the British Museum, London; ‘Saltwater Country’ at AAMU Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Netherlands; and ‘Personal Structures’ at Palazzo Mora, Venice during the 56th Venice Biennale.

Cook was twice named Winner of the Deadly Awards - Visual Artist of the Year, in 2008 and 2011; he received People’s Choice Award at the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2011; and has been a selected finalist in awards including the Olive Cotton Award 2013, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, 2012, and Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Cook’s work has been acquired by institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Museum of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra.

After working as a freelance commercial photographer, Cook is now dedicating his time to creating work that develops a connection with his ancestry. An understanding of Australian history and its path through personal stories is developed though Cook’s photography. His works often re-stage stories told by communities and people that Cook finds his inspiration in.


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December 9, 2015

Encounters – an exhibition revealing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander objects from The British Museum – is on now at the National Museum of Australia. Featuring works by Michael Cook, Encounters is a collaborative project between the National … Continue reading

July 11, 2015

Go and see a striking series of large-scale photographic works by celebrated Aboriginal Artist Michael Cook, from the Bidjara people of south-west Queensland. An exhibition to mark NAIDOC week 2015, Undiscovered provides a contemporary Indigenous perspective of European settlement in … Continue reading

May 1, 2015

Michael Cook have been curated into a major exhibition –  Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation at the British Museum. Drawing on objects from the British Museums’ collection and accompanied by important loans from British and Australian collections, the exhibition explores Indigenous … Continue reading

April 17, 2015

Valerie Sparks, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Michael Cook have been invited to exhibit at Glen Eira Art Gallery’s upcoming show titled ‘Arcadia.’ The exhibition will explore the realms of history, cultural identity, migration, storytelling and the natural world.  The artists involved detail their … Continue reading

Michael Cook is one of Australia’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists whose work is rapidly attracting international atten- tion. In testament to Cook’s talent and vision, his work will be exhibited in Venice, London and The Netherlands in … Continue reading

August 21, 2014

Alison Kubler of Manuscript magazine, interviewed Michael Cook in their most recent edition. The article appears online here, and gives a nice wrap-up of the artist’s busy year. With 2015 around the corner, Michael is back in the studio creating a new body of … Continue reading

August 1, 2014

It’s the last chance to see Michael Cook’s series of photographs ‘Through My Eyes’ at the Museum for Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Pictured here with Joe Gala, the model from his recent series, ‘Majority Rule’, Michael Cook was … Continue reading

July 4, 2014

Michael Cook is featured in Broadsheet Contemporary Visual Art + Culture  #nofilter by Pedro De Almeida

November 29, 2013

Congratulations to all three of our artists,  Neil Haddon ,  Michael Cook and Donna Marcus  as consecutive recipients of the prestigious Australia Council’s  Greene Street Studio in New York. Neil is in residence Jan-April, Michael’s residency is April-June, and Donna takes over in July … Continue reading

October 30, 2013

Wonderful news.  Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Cook have each been selected to exhibit major new work in the prestigious   19th Biennale of Sydney 2014 The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire will be presented from 21 March – 9 … Continue reading

August 8, 2013

We are currently exhibiting Michael Cook and Juan Ford at Auckland Art Fair 2013! Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand’s international showcase for contemporary art presents exhibitions by a select contingent of New Zealand and Australia’s leading galleries and the opportunity … Continue reading

August 1, 2013

Our bags are packed and we’re ready to head off to the Auckland Art Fair next week! We will be presenting an exhibition of works by Michael Cook and Juan Ford. Owen Leong will also be featuring in the fair’s curated … Continue reading

July 12, 2013

We are exhibiting works by Juan Ford and Michael Cook at New Zealand’s premier art fair. Hosted at The Cloud on Queen’s wharf, downtown Auckland, the fair attracts collectors and art enthusiasts from the Pacific Rim and beyond. Video work … Continue reading

June 5, 2013

Michael Cook is featuring in My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, now showing at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). My Country, I Still Call Australia Home is the GOMA’s largest exhibition of contemporary … Continue reading

April 16, 2013

Michael Cook is featuring in Debil Debil, an exhibition curated by Professor Marcia Langton AM at Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney (20 April – 8 June). The exhibition combines works by artists including Brook Andrew, Gordon Bennett, Daniel Boyd, Destiny Deacon, Ricardo Idagi, … Continue reading