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I acknowledges  the traditional Custodians of the land of which I live and work today and I pay my respects to their Elders past and present.  I extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  -Ches Mills

Ches' inspiration is found in the natural environment: rocks, plants, fauna, mountain views, deserts, and especially the ocean.

Whether it is a tiny fungi that is beginning to develop or a vast roaring expanse of ocean, the natural world around us never ceases to fill her with wonder and appreciation. 

Her focus at the moment is based on her concern for the deterioration of our coral reefs. Within this destruction there is a certain beauty in the bleached white corals against the backdrop of the vibrant colours of the healthy corals. In portraying the beauty and delicate state of our reefs she aims to highlight the urgent need to address climate change and the protection of our reefs.

Currently Ches is using acrylic, ink and gouache on either canvas or paper to create vibrant, detailed works.


Ches' works range in size from 1.5 square metres to more delicate 20 square cm.

Her work hangs in private collections within Australia and overseas



Master of Visual Arts - Monash University

Diploma of Visual Arts - Chisholm

Bachelor of Education, majoring in Art - Monash University

Diploma of Education, majoring in Art - Deakin

Artist Study Tour - Greece, Spain, Italy


2023      Art/Science collaboration/commission, Melbourne University

              Selected for Ravenswood Art Award

              Finalist Bayside Art Prize

2022      Dandenong Ranges Open Studios and exhibition 

2021       Aquatic Realms 2, solo, Red Gallery, Fitzroy

              Aquatic Realms, solo, Burrinja Cultural Centre  

              Finalist  Footscray Art Award


2020       Finalist Southern Buoy Studios, Mornington

               Burrinja Cultural Centre, Grand Reopening, Solo, 


2019       Winner of The People’s Choice Award, Dandenong Ranges

              Open Studios, Burrinja Gallery,         


2018       Finalist John Lesley Art Award, Gippsland Regional Gallery

               Selected for Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

               Marysville Art Show, Professional Hangers Award


2017       Selected for Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

               Finalist for Burrinja Biennial ‘Climate Change’  exhibition

              “Earth”, Arvy’s Gallery, Olinda, Solo


2011-16   Selected for Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

               Burrinja Gallery, Yarra Ranges


2015       Helen Bassett Gallery, Yarraville

               Finalist for Burrinja Biennial ‘Climate Change’ exhibition 


2014     “ Gravitas” Steps Gallery, Fitzroy, Solo


2010-14  Steven Print Gallery, Fitzroy


2008      The Marriott, Pattaya, Thailand,solo


2006       The Bakery Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria,solo


2005       Manyung Gallery, Mornington


2004       The Curved Wall, Frankston Arts Centre, solo

                Finalist, John Lesley Art Award,Gippsland Regional Gallery


2003        Published in “Selected Contemporary Artists of Australia”

                Manyung Gallery, Mornington

                Nielson Hays Rotunda Gallery,solo, Bangkok,Thailand  

                Cardinia Cultural centre Inaugural Exhibition

                Federation Square, Melbourne,Sustainable living Festival

                Contemporary Arts society of Vic, Eckersleys,  

2002       Neilson Hays Rotunda Gallery, Bangkok,Thailand ,solo 

               Winner Best Contemporary, Emerald Art Society 

2001       Neilson Hays Rotunda Gallery, Bangkok,Thailand, solo Manyung 

               Gallery, Mornington

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