Ep 6 - Sculpture - Hilarie Mais



In this episode, we visit the gallery and studio of sculptor Hilarie Mais.

Hilarie's formative years as an artist began in London, followed by a productive period in New York in the late 1970s. For the last 40 years, she has settled in Sydney and enjoyed a highly successful career from Australia.

Hilarie's practice demonstrates an extraordinary dedication to the modernist 'grid', with each of her works beginning from this formal starting point. Hilarie has worked with the aesthetic possibilities of the grid for over 30 years and our final conversation for the season explores how she has been able to maintain her extraordinary commitment to this singular focus.

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If you could have dinner with any artist from Newcastle Art Gallery's collection, who would it be? Why?

You can view the work of Hilarie's selected artist, Bronwyn Oliver here.

To choose your own dinner guest, you can search artists from our collection here.


Newcastle Art Gallery's collection of sculpture celebrates a breadth of material, form and conceptual engagement with three-dimensional art making. With works by artists of national and international renown, the collection spans the late nineteenth century cast bronzes, to contemporary experimental and technologically-driven work, as well as large scale installations.

Find out more about Newcastle Art Gallery's Sculpture collection here.

Newcastle Art Gallery holds two works of art by Hilarie Mais in our collection.

Hilarie Mais 'Boatman' 1994
Hilarie Mais 'Boatman' 1994
Hilarie MAIS 'Endgame II' 1988
Hilarie MAIS 'Endgame II' 1988