Bachelor of Fine Art


Liminal - an exhibtion of graduating students from the UON Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, 2015

Meet our Achievers for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Shan Turner Carroll 

MPhil student Shan Turner-Carroll is currently on exchange at The New School's Parsons School of Design, New York. In 2013, he won the prestigious Doctor Harold Schenburg Art Prize for his Hatched Installation, Primal Crown.

Drawing from a very personal bank of ideas linked to my immediate experience of an alternative upbringing in the Australian bush, mental illness and Family History. I explore themes of the human condition, spirituality, contentment and the search for a trues self. My work lives between the real and the imagined. Makeshift worlds influences by film and theater. Taking on elements of photography, performance and sculpture.

Shan Turner-Carroll Artwork

Traveling Jacket # 1, 2015

Andrew Styan

Bachelor Fine Art student, Andrew Styan was recently awarded the prestigious $35,000 Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize for his multimedia installation The Bell Buoy. The work is a kinetic representation that explores humanity's impact on the climate. The Bell Buoy is a mechanically rotating piece of coal, filmed and projected live in the gallery space, that creates a surreal live film of a hyper-realistic asteroid looming ever closer.

Andrew Styan Artwork

Jessica Kellar 

Bachelor of Fine Art student, Jessica Kellar, received a Highly Commended Award for her drawing View From Watt Street and $1500 prize in the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award. 

Jessica Kellar Artwork

Lily Ward 

Lily Ward is a finalist in the The Hutchins Art Prize, a nationally recognised biennial award for works on paper. The award is open to artists working in Australasia and the Pacific Rim and offers a first prize of $20,000.

The Hutchins Art Prize exhibition will be held in the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart from Tuesday 8 September to Sunday 20 September 2015. 

Jessica McLeod-Yu

Current Bachelor of Fine Art student, Jessica McLeod-Yu has been selected as a leader for the University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Hong Kong. The USLS is an international leadership program for outstanding individuals to gain a unique out-of-classroom learning experience and training that will give the confidence, independence, skills and global competitiveness required of the next generation. Jessica also recently completed an internship at the Melbourne International Animation Festival. 

Jessica McLeod-Yu Artwork

Study Overseas Short-Term Mobility Program 

During July, 2015, 14 undergraduate Fine Art students enrolled in AART3140 Currencies 1: spent two weeks in New York and Los Angeles. The trip was part-funded by the Australian Government's Study Overseas Short-Term Mobility Program. Coordinated by Dr Kit Messham-Muir, School of Creative Arts, the group visited some of the world's great art collections. The course has proven a success on many levels and is now the future model for further internationalisation of courses within the school. 

Fine Art Students

Bliss Cavanagh 

Arts/Health PhD student Bliss Cavanagh was recenty interviewed by the Newcastle Post about her innovative work.  Cavanagh, who is currently completing a PhD on 'Art and Sensory Environments: an exploration of Tourette Syndrome and the art of abstract play to enhance mental health and inclusive quality of life' says her interest in this topic grew from her Fine Arts Honours year at UON when she created a multi-sensory art installation called Sensory Overload. "I embarked on this journey to create my own personal sensory environment," Cavanagh told the Newcastle Post journalist Amelia Parrott. 

"Everything I was creating using clay and ceramics, soft materials and textures, it was all really therapeutic and I actually found that it really helped to alleviate my tics and nervous tension and other symptoms of Tourettes.

Bliss Cavanagh Artwork


"The university encourages you to start exhibiting at Watt Space from your first year so you know how to work with galleries, hang your work and write an artist statement"

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