Kelly Hussey-Smith is an artist living and working in Narrm / Melbourne, Australia. Much of her work and research explores the impacts of institutional thinking. This includes her solo practice, but also ongoing collaborations with Alan Hill.
She is currently working on apart & a part, a collaborative project with individuals who spent time in institutional and out-of-home care in Australia in the twentieth century, and several projects with Alan Hill. She is interested in the intersection of visual art, investigative journalism, and expanded documentary to research and communicate social issues, and believes these practices still have much to offer public discourse.
She is the (grateful) recipient of a number of grants and awards for her work, including the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Fresh Cut at the Institute of Modern Art, and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (acquisition). In 2017 she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for the thesis apart & a part: a new kind of archive, and currently teaches into the photography program at RMIT University in Melbourne. She has written and delivered several tertiary courses including an Expanded Documentary studio at RMIT University and the Non-Fiction Education Festival—co-designed with Alan Hill and run for the first time in collaboration with Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and Photo Circle in Nepal in 2016.