Since 2005 Hamer has been awarded grants from the Australia Council (8), Creative Victoria (2) and City of Melbourne (3); had twenty one solo exhibitions and partaken in numerous group and prize finalist shows. Her work features in ‘She Persists’ NGV, Melbourne; MoCa London director Michael Petry’s ‘The Word is Art’ (2018); Stephen Banham’s book ‘Characters’ (2011) exploring a history of signage in Melbourne; Luke Feireiss’ ‘Imagine Architecture’ and Barry & Jobson’s ‘The Craft Companion’. In 2015 Hamer was co and joint inaugural winner of the Architecture in Tapestry design prize through the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
Michelle Hamer has works in permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, City of Melbourne; Artbank; Gippsland Art Gallery; Warrnambool Art Gallery and private collections in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Copenhagen and Auckland. Previous residencies include Millay Colony of the Arts, New York; Australian Tapestry Workshop & Fintona Girls’ School with an upcoming one at Poland Artist Residency in June 2021.