I’m Sally Luchich (Sally Bateman)

I have spent most of my life living in the Northern Territory, firstly in Darwin where I married and had two great kids and received tuition from local artist Shirley Dobbie. Life circumstances put art on hold whilst I studied full time to gain a Bachelor of Education. During this time I also studied in Ceramics focussing on hand building and glazing techniques. Many years later, now in Alice Springs, I resumed my passion for creating art and entered my first work in a long while into the Centralian Advocate Art Award auspiced by the Central Australian Art Society, and won the Stories section. However, yet to find my own space, it was another three years before I finally settled into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland close to Noosa and Eumundi, Queensland where I have now set up a studio in the Mary Valley. I have always been inspired by colour and composition and have  created big, bright and fast pastels and acrylic landscapes inspired from my travels in the Territory and Queensland. Since settling in Queensland, I have connected with many artists and belong to many, various groups.  I find this contact that was previously lacking, so enriching for my further development and view of life as an artist.

Group Exhibitions/CV

  •  Nightcliff Library 40th Birthday Art Show 1988
  • Framed Art Gallery 1989
  • Royal Darwin Show 1988 Royal Darwin Show 1989
  • Royal Darwin Show 1990
  • C.W.A Tennant Creek Art Award 1989
  • Central Australian Art Society NT Art Award 1990
  • Nightcliff Library Art and Craft Exhibition 1992
  • Centralian Advocate Art Award 2010
  • Centralian Advocate Award 2011
  • Tableland Regional Art Society 2011
  • Innisfail Art Society Biennial Art Exhibition 2011
  • Mary Valley Art Festival 2014
  • Kenilworth Trophy Art Competition 2014
  • Mary Valley Art Festival 2015
  • Kenilworth Art Exhibition 2015
  • Gympie Goldrush Art Competition 2015
  • Bendigo Bank Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize Gympie 2016
  • Mary Valley Art Festival 2016
  • Gympie Regional Gallery Art Trail July and November 2016
  • Shortlisted for Noosa Art Prize 2016
  • Pre selected for Brisbane Art Prize 2016
  • Gympie Rush Festival 2016
  • Kenilworth Art Prize 2016
  • Kandanga Country Club Christmas Exhibition 2016
  • Raku Workshop with Leisa Gunton and Sophy Blake 2016
  • Sculpture workshop with Janna Pameijer 2017


“Stepping Stones” Kandanga Country Club Jan 2016-March 2016


  • Royal Darwin Show Highly Commended 1988
  • Royal Darwin Show 2nd Place 1990
  • Centralian Advocate Art Award 1st Place Stories Section 2010
  • Highly Commended Gympie Rush Festival 2016


K McDonald Darwin 1991


Numerous (unrecorded) works were donated in the early years as prizes with the most recent being to the Alice Springs Art Foundation in 2011. My “Still Life” was on loan to the James Cook University Library Cairns Campus during 2012/14.

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