McCulloch & McCulloch is a multi-faceted Australian art company established in 2003 by mother and daughter  art writers and curators Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs. 

Our books include the ‘bible’ of Australian art McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art and the best-selling McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide.

We curate and present exhibitions of Aboriginal and other Australian contemporary art, judge art prizes and awards, create educational, fundraising and art projects, present lectures and talks, are art consultants and write on Australian art. 

We are based on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria in an artistically significant historic family house, Whistlewood in which we present exhibitions, talks and other events. 

Hommage a l'art
Our logo is taken from the 1948 drawing (at right)  by Alan McCulloch - L'hommage a l'art. It is of a Parisian scene in which a well to do gentleman offers shelter to an artist and his work above himself, thus showing the significance of art and artists to the life of Paris. It was first  published in Alan McCulloch's travelogue Trial by Tandem in 1950. 

 

 

 

 

Susan McCulloch OAM
Adjunct Professor, College of Design & Social Context, RMIT University 

CO-DIRECTOR of McCulloch & McCulloch, Susan McCulloch is an art writer and commentator, curator, art consultant, judge of art prizes, speaker and publisher. 

Born in London, she arrived in Australia as a child and was brought up at Shoreham, Victoria, at Whistlewood – a house much-visited by leading international and Australian artists, writers, academics, critics and many others. Whistlewood has been the McCullochs work base and art consultancy as well as home for more than 6 decades.  

Susan studied classical singing at Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music, was also an anti-war activist and in 1978 became a book publisher with her own independent book publishing company. Since 1980 she has combined book publishing with writing on the arts for major Australian press including The Age, The Bulletin, the Melbourne Herald, and many other journals and magazines.

She was The Australian newspaper’s visual arts writer 1994-2003 and its national art critic 2003-2004.

She has managed McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art since the late 1980s and has been its co-author and publisher for its 1994 and 2006 editions.

Susan has a longstanding passionate interest in Aboriginal culture, has written widely on the subject and travels as often as possible to the many art-producing communities throughout Australia. Her book, McCulloch's Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the complete guide, (1999, 2001, 2008, 2010) has become a classic reference work on the subject. 

In 2003 she established McCulloch & McCulloch with her daughter Emily McCulloch Childs to research, write and publish McCulloch's Encyclopedia and range of other books on Australian Indigenous and other visual arts.  In 2011 Susan received the Order of Australia medal for services to the arts for writing and publishing. In 2013 she was appointed Adjunct Professor, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, and in 2014, Patron of the Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. 

Emily McCulloch Childs

EMILY McCulloch Childs is a visual arts writer, researcher, publisher and curator and co-director of McCulloch & McCulloch. She is co-author & publisher (with her mother, Susan McCulloch) of the 4th edition of McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art and McCulloch's Contemporary Art; the complete guide. She is the author and co-publisher of New Beginnings: Classic Paintings from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art. 

Emily’s background in Australian art stems from the work of her grandfather, Alan McCulloch, who was one of the foremost art critics of the 20th century, and whose interest in Aboriginal art led to him curating an exhibition of bark paintings from Museum Victoria in America in 1965, and to the urging for the purchasing, restoration and exhibition of Indigenous art by our state and national galleries as far back as the 1940s.

 

Emily completed a BA (Hons) in English at La Trobe University in 1998, with a special focus on Post Colonial Theory, minoring in Music. Whilst living in London in 2000, she worked as an editorial assistant for G.E Fabbri publishers, the Financial Mail on Sunday & the Mail on Sunday.
 

She has written for Australian Art Collector, the World of Antiques & Art, The Scene, Aboriginal Art Magazine and ArtsHub.
 

In 2003, Emily created an independent publishing company with her mother Susan. They have published several books on Australian art, including with Indigenous owned art centres. In 2007, Susan and she created an art curatorial business. Together they curate up to 12 exhibitions a year, many of which are fundraising exhibitions for Indigenous causes such as The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Woodleigh School Indigenous Program and Xavier College Reconciliation Group, and for Aboriginal-owned, not for profit art centres such as Tjungu Palya and Baluk Arts.
 

In 2011, Susan and Emily created Whistlewood Gallery, an historic home gallery in their family home in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
 

In 2011 she was awarded a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria to research and write a manuscript with her father, the writer and journalist Kevin Childs, on Indigenous Warriors of Australia’s frontier. This led to an in-depth ongoing project on Australia's north-western colonial frontier, focusing on Wadeye and Melville Island (Tiwi) regions. The book includes extensive research through her State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship, particularly in the Northern Territory Archives, Wadeye community archives, interviews and oral history with the Wadeye, Pirlangimpi and Larrakia communities, and AIATSIS.  
 

In 2013, she created The Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP), the first nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project, working with Indigenous jewellers at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned art centres across Australia, comprising research, workshops, photography, films, and exhibitions. Working with artists and contemporary jewellers Kate Rohde and Melinda Young (Pieces of Eight, UNSW), IJP has initiated projects comprising of workshops and exhibitions with four art centres to date: Erub Erwer Meta (Erub, or Darnley Island), Ernabella Arts (APY Lands, South Australia), Ikuntji Artists (Haasts Bluff, NT) and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala, NT). These have been exhibited nationally including at the JamFactory,  NGV Design Store, National Contemporary Jewellery Award (Griffith Regional Gallery & Sturt Centre for Design), Craft ACT, Australian Design Centre, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Stanley Street Galleries, and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Emily has been a recurrent judge for several awards in the media and art sectors, including the United Nations Association of Australia Media Award for Indigenous Rights and Recognition (2013-17), and the Museums Australia Victoria Awards (2015-17).

She is currently writing several books, catalogue essays, curating exhibitions and presenting lectures. Her articles, exhibition reviews, catalogue essays and artist interviews can be found at emilymccullochchilds.com

 

Our Region 

The Mornington Peninsula has a distinctive sense of place. Renowned for its ever-evolving food and wine culture - the region has become one of the top gastronomic destinations in the nation. The rolling hills of the picturesque hinterlands overlooking Western Port Bay offer orchards, vineyards and glorious beaches. Exploring the Wine Food Farmgates and cellar doors leads you to the incredible local produce and their passionate makers.  Cycle, horse ride or walk- a meander is the perfect way to spend some quality time exploring.
 
Some of our favourite local destinations worth exploring are:

 

Peninsula Hot Springs

Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination. Natural thermal minerals waters flow into the pools and private baths at the coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

 

Point Leo Estate

Point Leo Estate's Restaurants and Cellar Door are perched on the highest peak of the property with 180 degree view over Western Port Bay, Phillip Island, the vines and the Sculpture Park. 

 

Hart's Farm

Hart's Farm on Tucks Rd occupies 10 hectares with Manton's Creek flowing. It started its working life as a diary and now has a thriving olive grove, apply cidery, B&B and farm gate shop.

 

Rare Hare Food and Wine Store/Jackalope Hotel

Set on a pristine property amid the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, an intoxicating vineyard acreage frames the luxury hotel, unique in both destination and design. Sitting alongside the hotel is Rare Hare Food and Wine Store, a special sort of place, defined by aspect, soil, and toil. A food and wine affair, with a devil-may-care air, here, wines whisper a vinous vernacular, telling tales of seasons past and the winemaking cast. 

 

Merricks General Wine Store

Merricks General Wine Store is country at its best on the Mornington Peninsula. Between rolling hills and beautiful coastline, enjoy fine wine, food, art and produce at this much loved general store inspired by the rustic charm of farm life.