Mike Hewson


Mike Hewson is a visual artist with a background in structural engineering and heavy-civil construction. His award-winning projects pioneer new ways to merge conceptual art projects into the public realm.

Hewson works to prove we can in fact do things that are considered untenable in a public setting. Each project aims to catalyse fresh conversation about how the bureaucratic and managerial aspects of power are shaping our public lives, asking if we like that shape or if we’d like to consider other options.

He is currently completing several large-scale public art commissions in Australia, including a sculpture-park-come-playground and a private architectural commission. Hewson received a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2007 and a Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) from Columbia University, New York in 2016.



Playing with risk: The dangers of thinking safe | Mike Hewson

Playgrounds should be safe. But should they also be risky? In this charming and creative talk, artist and engineer, Mike Hewson asks us to consider what we lose when...

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