Elements of Hannah Watts

Painting containing a prominent figure dressed in white and holding a purple bouquet, two buildings in the background against a dark blue sky, a small figure in the bottom left below a n irish flag on a boat.


An Exhibition by Christian Hansen

Tuesday 19 July – Sunday 1 November 
• During opening hours • Melton Library and Learning Hub (31 McKenzie Street, Melton 3337)

Learn the many sides to Melton’s beloved historical icon Hannah ‘Grannie’ Watts, in this exhibition of new work by Melton Arts & Culture’s Artist in Residence, Christian Hansen.

Christian’s residency focused on researching the life and impact of Hannah Watts on the Melton area, alongside explorations of a more contemporary site named after her, Hannah Watts Park. The result is body of mixed media works that blur the boundaries between the present and past. Through Elements of Hannah Watts, Hansen pays homage to Melton’s local history and its celebrated figures while questioning how we remember, the notion of remembrance and how we create and are influenced by our historical narratives.

About Christian Hansen

Christian Hansen is an emerging artist with Australian and Romani cultural heritage. He lives and works in Melton. He works primarily with acrylic, gouache, oil, encaustic painting, pencil and pastel on paper and canvas to explore his interests in culture and history. He is interested in examining local histories, cultural expression, and the politics of colonialism through his symbolic works. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and his work is held in in private collections throughout Australia.

Exhibition Opening Event 

Join us for the Opening Event of local artist Christian Hansen’s exhibition, ‘Elements of Hannah Watts’.

This exhibition exploring the many sides to Melton’s beloved historical icon Hannah ‘Grannie’ Watts, features new works by Melton Arts & Culture’s Artist in Residence, Christian Hansen.

Christian Hansen will be joined by exhibition curators from the Arts Team who will provide a tour of the exhibition, giving you the chance to ask questions about artworks and the life of beloved midwife and Melton icon Hannah Watts along the way.

As part of the Heritage Festival, our current Community Collections exhibition, ‘Hannah "Grannie" Watts: mother, midwife, and matriarch’, will also be available to view. Find out more about the Heritage Festival here.

Opening Event Details
When: Thursday 28 July, 6:00-7:00pm.
Opening remarks will be at 6:15pm, tour to follow.
Where: Melton Library and Learning Hub (31 McKenzie St. Melton)

Thursday 28 July | 6:00pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub
This event is free and open to all; however bookings are required to monitor numbers.

Image: Christian Hansen, A change is Coming, 2022, oil paint