Verso review

Picture by Sarah Sturm

Another review is in for the 2018 Helpmann Graduate Exhibition. Well worth a read, especially for those who were not able to get to the Exhibition, although officially 2,557 people did get to see it in person.

Verso review by Melanie Cooper.

Photo by Sarah Sturm.

Exhibition Clippings

Here are a couple of clippings from the local papers.

The exhibition is open everyday 10.30am to 4.30pm until Sunday March 11, 2018.

Unleashing Hell series

This series of new work is a dramatic shift in direction from the 2016 Only natural series. Vibrant abstractions of the natural world make way for the gritty reality of a narrative focussing on the ever increasing risk of intense bushfires as a result of climate change.

The gallery of images displayed here present the four works included in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition followed by 3 additional works that were created for the series and previously displayed at the UniSA Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition.

2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Friday 16 February to Sunday 11 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily

Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Victoria Drive, Adelaide, South Australia

Long term planning – 50cm h x 40cm w
Words fail us – 90cm h x 30cm w
Turn down the heat – 60cm h x 40cm w
How did it come to this? – 60cm h x 40cm w

Artist Statement

Climate Change is a slow moving disaster that struggles to compete for our attention. Iconic imagery of polar bears or hurricanes in faraway places do little to connect our day-to-day lives with the climatic changes occurring slowly around us.

We are living with an ever increasing risk of catastrophic bushfires due to climate change. Our fire danger ratings warn us of the potential hazard, but we are experiencing fires that far exceed the worst we could imagine. The fires are beyond categorisation.

My research revealed a striking quote that had such a significant influence on me that it inspired the title of this series of work, Unleashing hell. The full quote comes from an Australian Climatologist who explains that as a result of our inaction on reducing carbon emissions, the resultant climatic changes will disastrously increase the prevalence and impact of bushfires such that ‘we are unleashing hell upon Australia’.

As the single largest contributor of carbon emissions is our coal fired power stations, this has prompted the use of these symbols of electricity consumption. Most of the images are bespoke manipulations of household objects.

Words fail us evolved from the knowledge that the Fire Danger Index applies the rating of catastrophic for conditions at 100 or higher on the scale while some of our most deadly fires have exceeded 180. Factors that influence the severity of bushfires include temperature, rainfall, wind speed and fuel (vegetation). Climate change is magnifying their impact. Radiant heat in major bushfires can be so intense that it can kill people from hundreds of metres away without a flame ever touching them.

Heavy reliance on reverse cycle air-conditioners, as indicated by the fear of power black-outs in summer, is exacerbated by systemically poor house design. The air-conditioner that shields us from summer heat is linked to rising carbon emissions, that is contributing to the climatic changes that fuel our increased exposure to extreme bushfires.

Bushfires do lead to the loss of life and this can only be expected to rise as the intensity and frequency of fires increases due to the impact of climate change. While it may not be the threat of melting ice caps and rising sea levels that motivates us, it may well be the increased prevalence of bushfires that ignite our actions.

Helpmann Grad Show

Helpmann Graduate Exhibition 2018

Being selected in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition has been an exciting way to celebrate the completion of my studies.

29 artists will have work on display to the public from 15 February through to 11 March in Adelaide. Over $50,000 in awards will be presented at the opening night.

I will be posting updates on my Facebook Artist page and you can read more about the event at the Helpmann Academy website.

I am looking forward to sharing this new work and I wish to congratulate all of the artists selected.

Image: Brianna Speight, Pearl (detail).

2018 already?

Neville Cichon is finally on Facebook and Instagram

Neville Cichon is finally on Facebook and Instagram.

I have set up a Facebook Artist page where I will post updates on current and future projects.

The Instagram account will be used to share a variety of my photography. Old and new. Studio and experimental. Major announcements will also be shared there.

I am looking forward to sharing more with you in 2018 with 2 exhibitions of new work already in the pipeline.

Instagram account Facebook Artist Page



Climate Change Biennale

I am very pleased to be a finalist in the 2017 Burrinja Climate Change Biennale and contribute to their archive of creative responses to climate change. The exhibition will be held over a three month period in the Burrinja Arts Centre, on the eastern fringe of Melbourne, Victoria from 11 November through to 11 February, 2018.

The exhibition organisers are also hosting a Climate Change Day of Action on Saturday 11 November featuring a full program of talks, presentations, films and stalls.

For more details visit the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale website.

Backstage Pass acknowledgement

The Backstage Pass exhibition has been acknowledged in the 2017 International Photography Awards.

A selection of 5, presented as a series of photographs, received an Honourable Mention in the Fine Art: Other category. The supporting 24-page book was also acknowledged with an Honourable Mention in the Book (Self-published) : Other category for non-professional photographers.

Only Natural Mentions

Work from the Only Natural exhibition has been recognised in two categories at the 2017 International Photography Awards.

As a series they received an Honourable Mention in the Fine Art: Still Life and Fine Art: Abstract categories for non-professional photographers.

Baltz made me do it


This short series of images that I created as a homage to Lewis Baltz and his work in the USA in the mid-70’s received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Other category for non-professional photographers.

Still Life Finalist

Examples from the series of images that received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Still Life category for non-professional photographers.

Part of a larger series looking at imperfections in the tools of various art departments at University. These lighting gels were found in the Photography Department, although distinctively different in colour, they display defects caused by heat damage, scissors and rough handling. The gloves used by Glass artists were destined for recycling or disposal.

Collage Finalist


We travel for new experiences and leave the comfort and familiarity of our home town to visit different countries and experience different cultures. We may see and experience things for the first time, sometimes cautiously or with trepidation, being wary of the unfamiliar and unknown. How does a traveller balance being independent, exploring and having new experiences and not falling foul of some scam, health risk or mis-adventure? What is happening in the shadows? What is happening behind doors? What is happening behind you? This is one image of a larger series on this theme compiled from various trips.

This image received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Collage category for non-professional photographers.

Landscape Finalist

Neville Cichon International Photography Awards 2017 Fine Art Landscape

This image received an Honourable Mention at the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Fine Art: Landscape category for non-professional photographers.

The trees in silhouette against a night sky was taken on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. Close to my bure, the tree on the right conjured up visions of an enormous Indonesian shadow puppet.

Pisac Peru

A small town in the Sacred Valley away from the hustle of Cusco.


I have been experimenting with other ways of creating abstract imagery.

These examples were captured as single frames of either moving water or static objects. Although they will appear small here online, but I am able to produce photographic prints around a metre in width/height.


I spent time in a shallow river bed as part of some experimentation with abstraction. Here is a small sample resulting from using long exposure with moving water.

Wonderwalls 2017

A gallery of some of the new works created for the Wonderwalls 2017 Festival at Port Adelaide and here is a link to a short video on Vimeo shot over a few days.


Update – 23 April 2017
The mural was completed at 4.30pm after 3 days on site.

Thanks to all of the people that stopped to chat and find out more about the story behind it it.

I will post some pictures and more details about the project in May when the weather improves.

Wonderwalls is a 3-day street art mural festival being held in Port Adelaide on April 21-23, 2017.

Over 25 large scale exterior murals will be painted over the three days and the general public are encouraged to watch the artists create their murals.

International, national and local artists will be transforming the historic district of Port Adelaide. A free program of exhibitions, guided tours and photography workshops are also part of the event.

I will be installing a work in Black Diamond Square, next to the Lighthouse, and I will post more details here as it takes shape. I will start work on it on Friday 21st and hope to have it completed by late afternoon on Saturday 22nd.

More details at the Wonderwalls Festival website and Facebook page.

Or also visit for the schedule of activities, etc.