I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the Yugambeh People, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live, work and make art. I would like to pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
Ellamay Fitzgerald (born 1992) is an Australian-Thai Photographer and Artist based on the Gold Coast. Her work explores the human condition through experimental imagery of the female form and flora, linking connections to her own cultural identity and the natural environment. Offering a female gaze, Ella uses her arts practice to challenge social norms and empower women through representing the diversity of shapes, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Ella graduated with a Bachelor of Photography from QCA Brisbane, 2014. In her graduating student exhibition, she was awarded the Sun Studios ‘Best Image Award: Graduating student demonstrating technical and conceptual clarity within the politic of the practiced stream.’ She has continued on to exhibit her first solo exhibition ‘In Bloom’ at Hotel Miami, Gold Coast in 2018, and has exhibited in a number of group shows from 2013 - 2020.
In 2019, Ella launched the 'Self Love Project,' offering nude figure photography and group shoots to women of all sizes, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. The purpose of the project was to create a safe space for women to openly express themselves, encourage self acceptance and promote inclusivity.
She has presented works both solo and collaboratively for Bleach Festival 2020, Placemakers Gold Coast, Mint Art House, Level Up Gallery, Level One Seventeen Gallery, Running Duck Theatre Company, SUNSTUDIOS Sydney and QCA Brisbane.
Ella is currently a Resident at Mint Art House in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast.
2020 'REFRESH' Mint Art House, Opening and Group Exhibition, Gold Coast
2020 ACID Test Vol. II, Group Exhibition, Level One/Seventeen Gallery, Gold Coast
2020 "Regenerate" Mint Art House, Group Show, charity fundraiser for the Australian bush fires relief, Gold Coast
2019 "A night in Apres" Apres Surf, Group Exhibition, Gold Coast
2018 "First Birthday" Oakie the Label, Group Show, Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
2018 "In Bloom" Solo Art Exhibition, Hotel Miami, Gold Coast
2014 SUNSTUDIOS Assistant & Emerging Photographer Awards Exhibition, Sydney
2013 Graduating Photography Student Exhibition "It’s Not You, It’s Me" Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
AWARDS & QUALIFICATIONS
2021 Recicipent GENERATE GC 2021, Gold Coast
2020 ‘A Pleasant Place’ Bleach Festival 2020, Gold Coast
2020 sART Grant Program for Mint Art House, Placemakers Gold Coast
2020 Photography workshop, Level Up Gallery, Gold Coast
2020 Resident Artist, Mint Art House, Gold Coast
2020 Youth Advisory Group, HOTA Art Gallery, Gold Coast
2019 Photographer & Visual Media Artist, Running Duck Theatre Company x HOTA, Gold Coast
2014 Finalist of the 2014 Assistant & Emerging Photographers Award, presented by SUNSTUDIOS, Sydney
2014 Sun Studios Best Image Award: Graduating student demonstrating technical and conceptual clarity within the politic of the practiced stream - Graduating Photography Student Exhibition ‘It’s Not You,
It’s Me’ at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2014 Bachelor of Photography, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
PRESS / MEDIA
2020 ABC Radio interview, Mint Art House, Bleach Festival
2020 Featured Artist of ‘A Pleasant Place’ for Mint Art House, Bleach Festival 2020
2020 ‘Charity Art Auction’ for Mint Art House, Blank Magazine
2020 Regenerate at Mint Art House, Inside Gold Coast
2019 Featured Artist in Volume 3: Bloom, Soft Magazine
2018 First Fridays ‘IN BLOOM’ at Hotel Miami, Blank Magazine
2018 IN BLOOM: Art Exhibition by Ella Fitzgerald & Kelly Robinson,
The Weekend Edition