Ode to Ellie

Colourful art

Colourful heart

She’s clever, she’s fun

she gets shit done.

Caring and kind as most people will know

Making friends wherever she goes.

Layered with stories from near and afar

Textured with adventures and times on the track



Sometimes cynical

Sometimes airy

But grounded in goodness and sincerity.

A dedicated artist

A long time friend

A woman I’ll admire to the very end.

Ellie Hannon is an Australian artist based in Muloobinba, Newcastle NSW, that works across exhibitions, public art and community engagement projects. These process-led actions fuel Hannon’s visual account, presenting personal and political issues in relation to nature. Working primarily as a painter, Hannon creates visceral, immersive stills of the natural world. Characterised by her bold and unexpectedly harmonic colour scape’s Hannon’s paintings employ gestural mark making, with playful textures and perspectives, formed through patch-worked backgrounds, gravitational mid-grounds, and intricate foregrounds.

Peta Lumley is a local emerging photographic artist. Her work leans into the intimacies of everyday life or in-between moments. Her work treasures the ordinary objects and dwellings in our lives and the meaning they have, as relics of connection, to our memories and experiences.

Peta and Ellie have been friends since primary school.


We Are is a multi-location multimedia photographic experience highlighting creative women of Newcastle, commencing on Wednesday March 8th 2023 (International Women’s Day) and culminating in a celebration event at The Lock-Up on Friday March 24th.

We Are is a portrait project featuring 20 WH!P Collective members turning their lenses towards fellow female and non-binary creatives to highlight the many benefits that a thriving and diverse artistic community bring to our region.

WH!P (Women* of the Hunter !n Photography) was founded in 2020 to embrace and create opportunities for professional photographers from the Hunter region by leveraging the combined skills, experience and credentials of its members. Fostering a culture of support, celebration, exchange, education, advocacy, action, enjoyment, play and growth, it hopes to actively raise the profile of contemporary photographic excellence, education and experimentation in the Hunter Region. WH!P works collaboratively with those both within and beyond the local area who share our belief that the world should be shown through a lens as diverse as the real world.

*all references to women/woman is inclusive of gender diverse people

WH!P’s logos and graphics designed by Laura Kent

"A woman I’ll admire to the very end"

Peta Lumley