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About Cally Lotz

Naarm/Melbourne based artist Cally Lotz is primarily known for her still life paintings. Employing a highly articulate style, she uses low key, non-narrative imagery to explore complex psychological states such as containment, apprehension and isolation. The objects she portrays such as buckets, parcels and plastic bottles are not chosen for their intrinsic appeal or beauty, but as signifiers of implied meaning, and for the potential they offer to Lotz as a painter.

Cally Lotz completed an MFA (with Higher Distinction) in 2019 at RMIT Melbourne, a BVA (Hons) at The University of South Africa (UNISA) and attended Bath Academy of Art in the UK. Her work has been exhibited in South Africa, Germany, India and Australia. She has been the recipient of numerous residencies including  Sandbox Studios Melbourne 2019-2020, AIR Vallauris France 2017 and St Vincent’s Melbourne 2014-2015. Her work is held in public collections including Sasol and UNISA in South Africa, and St Vincent’s in Melbourne. 

Lotz is represented by West End Art Space, Melbourne



2019          MFA (Higher Distinction) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT

2009          BVA (Hons) University of South Africa, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa


2021In Our Time, West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2021The Covid Chronicles, West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2021Stiff Upper Lip, FortyFiveDownstairs, Melbourne, Australia
2019/20Night Bottles, RMIT Art Intersect Lightbox, Melbourne, Australia
2018Restrain, West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2017Contain, Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2015Simply There, Birds Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2014Four Rooms, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009Apocalypse, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2023       Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne

2023       Bayside Local, Melbourne

2022       Tacit Still Life, Melbourne

2022       Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne

2022       Substrate 22, Tacit Gallery, Melbourne

2022       Dutch Still Life, West End Art Space, Melbourne

2022       Omnia Art Prize, St. Kevins, Melbourne, Australia

2022       Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Cultural Centre, Australia

2021       Tacit Still Life, Tacit Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2021       Nino Sanciolo Art Prize, Elysium Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018       Behind the Curtain, YSG - Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018       One Night Stand: Aberration, The Burrow, curated by Coalesce ARI.

2017       A.I.R. Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France

2016       Who is Looking at You? Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015       St Vincent’s Artists in Residence Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2015       Small Works, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014       4 Rooms, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013       Nouvelle, Birds Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012     Crumpled, Bamboo Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011      About Face, Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

2011      Migration, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2010      Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2010      A Cultural Bridge, Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

2010      The Landscape: Unity and Diversity, CEWAC, Hyderabad, India

2010      Johannesburg Art Fair, Break exhibited by UNISA, South Africa

2009     ALPOA, artSpace Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008     ‘Start’ art award exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2007     Expanding Horizons, Garret Artists, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2006     Workers in Progress, artSpace Gallery, Durban, South Africa


2011About Face, Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2019/20Sandbox Studios Residency, Melbourne, Australia
2017A.I.R. Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France
2016Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2014/15St. Vincent’s Residency, Caritas Christie, Melbourne, Australia.

2023 Finalist Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, 2022&21  Finalist Wyndham Art Prize, 2022  Finalist Omnia Art Prize, 2021 Melbourne City Art Grant , 2021  Finalist Nino Sanciolo Art Prize, 2020 Finalist Lethbridge Art Competition,  2019/20  One year studio residency, Sandbox Studios, Melbourne,  2018 Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA),  2014&15&16  Finalist Who is looking at You,  Melbourne,  2014/15  One year studio residency, Caritas Christie, St Vincents, Melbourne,  2010 Finalist Sasol New Signatures – South Africa, 2008  Finalist Nivea Start art award – South Africa


St Vincent’s, Melbourne, Australia / University of South Africa, (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa / A.I.R Vallauris, Cote d’Azur, France / Sasol, Johannesburg, South Africa.


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