Michael Stratford Hutch

2022 Iain McCalman Honours Fellow

Department of Philosophy

Michael Stratford Hutch (they/them) was born and raised on unceded muwinina land in nipaluna, lutruwita and now lives and works on unceded Gadigal and Wangal lands in Eora. They completed a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in 2021, majoring in neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Michael is the inaugural recipient of the Iain McCalman Honours Award in 2022, with an Honours thesis developing under the supervision of Dr Dalia Nassar.  

Michael has a professional background in facilitating interfaces between communities and arts organisations and has worked for nationally and internationally regarded organisations, including the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), MusicNSW, Parramatta’s Arts and Cultural Exchange (ACE), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Powerhouse Museum, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Opera House. 

Outside of organisational work, Michael leads the Eora-based co-operative Midheaven, which is devoted to platforming forward-thinking, mutative, and compelling work by local emerging artists.  

Their own interdisciplinary work has been featured in galleries such as Firstdraft in Sydney, in literary journals and publications such as Island Magazine and Runway Arts, and at numerous live music venues across nipaluna and Eora.