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 art, judge major prizes and awards, present lectures talks, are art consultants and write on Australian art for leading print and online media.
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.
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 McCulloch's
travelogue book Trial by Tandem in 1950.
Susan McCulloch OAM
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. She continues to write further books and is a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review, the Qantas magazine-The Australian Way and other leading media.
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. Her mother Susan, expanded on the family’s interest in indigenous art from the early 1990s as art writer and critic for leading Australian media.
Emily completed a BA (Hons) in English at La Trobe University in 1998, minoring in Music. She worked as an editorial assistant for G.E Fabbri publishers, the Financial Mail on Sunday, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail in London and has written for the Australian Art Collector, the World of Antiques & Art, The Scene, Aboriginal Art Magazine and ArtsHub.
In 2011 she was awarded a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria to research and write a manuscript with her father, Kevin Childs, on Indigenous Warriors of Australia’s frontier.
In 2013 she began working to create an Indigenous Jewellery Project, with the idea of projects with Indigenous and non-Indigenous jewellers. Collaborating with Melanie Katsalidis, of Pieces of Eight gallery, their first project was with Erub Erwer Meta Art Centre in the Torres Strait Islands, wiht Pieces of Eight artist and jeweller Kate Rohde, with artists creating a fusion of ghostnet weaving and resin jewellery.
Further projects include with Ikuntji Artists and Ernabella Artists in the APY Lands, and several more art centres across Australia, with Kate Rohde and Pieces of Eight Gallery's Melinda Young as workshop teachers.
In 2011, Emily began researching and writing a book on Australia's north-western colonial frontier, focusing on the Tiwi, Darwin, Daly River and Wadeye 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 Pirlangimpi, Larrakia and Wadeye communities, and AIATSIS.
She is also currently writing several other books, catalogue essays, curating exhibitions and presenting lectures. Her articles, exhibition reviews, catalogue essays and artist interviews can be found at emilymcculloch.blogspot.com.
WE work with a great team of freelancers and part time assistants. They include the award winning book designer Sandra Nobes, who has designed many of our books, including the latest editions of McCulloch's Contemporary Aboriginal Art and McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. We have been working with our wonderful and talented graphic designer Lisa Reidy in the design of invitations, some books, promotional material, website design and much other graphic work since 2006. Our long time administrator is Marcelle Spangaro. This website was designed by Lisa Reidy and developed by Sea Ansley of GASHE Media.
Our Whistlewood team includes part time administrative assistant Sonya Crestani (who doubles also as our gardener), friend and artist Rene White who generously assists at openings, hanging of art, and any other task that comes to hand. At our openings, private views and other events Cog Adair organises drinks and snacks with impeccable flair and experience; Rachel Bryant is an unflappably competent art and other sales processor and our team of fantastic art 'paraders' and general helpers include Cate Townsend, Andrew Bryant and Stuart Menzies. Our photographers include Daryl Gordon of The Biz Photography, [KAYO] Photography and Andrew Henshaw.