Michael Stratford Hutch (b. 1997) is an emerging interdisciplinary artist, currently studying a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney. Born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, they are based in Sydney and their practice incorporates diverse praxes of visual and performing arts, creative and critical writing, and curation.
They have been published in Voiceworks, Picton Grange, Island Magazine, PLATFORM, and Runway Arts; was short-listed twice for the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize (Highly Commended 2014 in the U18 division, and short-listed 2015 in the 18–24 division); was the inaugural recipient of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Hot Desk residency in 2016; and was a contributing writer at the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival in 2017.
Michael’s first exhibition was at Hobart’s Visual Bulk ARI in 2016, and they have collaborated numerous times as both stylist and soundtrack composer with Lychandra Gieseman’s Hobart-based fashion label SAAKA. They produce, perform live and DJ as experimental pop project MSH; lead the emergent performing arts collective Contact Sports; and have been involved extensively with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus (including TSOC Extreme’s performances at MOFO, the Spiegeltent, and Dark MOFO).