Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner

Conjoint Associate Professor

School of Creative Arts (Fine Art)

Career Summary

Biography

In 1978 I began teaching Photography in the Newcastle College of Advanced Education on a part time basis. I also began teaching at TAFE and in secondary schools in the area. I continued my business of commercial photography, specialising in architectural, portrait and artists portfolios. I was able to bring to my teaching and course development the skills I attained while concurrently practicing photography. I continued my art practice and produced many exhibitions of photography. I continued to study and research my field, which also enriched my teaching practice. I was one of the earliest to completions in the new Masters of Fine Art Photography at Sydney University. I collaborated with composers, writers, video and theatre productions to broaden my experience of art and culture. I collaborated with Brian Suters (architect). We made numerous projects such as the Menkins Exhibition, Hunter Valley People that toured internationally. This connected me with international art and cultural exchange. Other later exhibitions toured China, England, Japan and France. Illumination Newcastle was a significant advance in my artwork and collaborative work. In 1995 I began to work with Peter Dormand (AMIEF) on a project we designed to illuminate Newcastle using green or renewable energy. This project became the benchmark concept for the programs of energy conservation for Newcastle City Council and the many training programs offered by AMIEF today. I completed my PhD Fine Art and have published several books. I am a member of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers and publish articles in the journal of Panoramic Photographers, an international journal. I continue to support emerging artists, attending openings, giving guest lectures and being part of a community of artists committed to the development of art in the region. I continue to push the boundaries of new technology within Fine Art and am committed to international cultural exchange. Exhibitions in La Rochelle, France, Halifax, Canada and Mexico City are the latest in my connections with institutions and communities in a world context. World-Towns was a successful exhibition that enabled me to continue this strategy of global community cultural vision, bringing identity to the fore as a significant focus for cultural exchange.

Research Expertise
My research consists of performances that reflect on the translation of time as experienced in music. I apply Photomedia to map location and community and investigate the connection between temporal notions of spatial experience. My research presently ranges across music performance in major venues, art exhibitions in public galleries, environmental, historical and heritage representation and reflection on the architectural and social landscape. I publish, perform and exhibit my work to a wide audience and in turn have met with wide acclaim.

Teaching Expertise
I have been a teacher since 1978 and have a Diploma of Education, secondary. I assisted in the development of programs such as the Bachelor of Art (Visual Art) and the Bachelor of Art currently being delivered. I have been part of the development team for the Graduate Diploma, which became the Bachelor of Art (Honours) now in use. I was also involved in the development of the Master of Fine Art (now the Master of Philosophy) I have been co-ordinator of Photomedia for some years (1997-2003) and was responsible for the writing of and delivery of Photomedia courses and participated in three reviews of the Bachelor of Fine Art program. I was the Bachelor of Fine Art convener for three years from 2007-2009 and the Bachelor of Fine Art Honours convener for two years from 2007-2008. I teach Fine Art. Photomedia is the name of the medium used in this discipline area. Fine Art crosses many creative boundaries and I try to emphasis the fluidity of art practice, and media choices are expedient to achieve the desired outcome. I believe that students need access to introductory courses in a variety of media in order to make successful choices about their work. Theoretical knowledge is the core component to allow understanding of art practice. The desire, medium and theory are the driving forces in art, to produce strong conceptual understanding and intellectual depth. I teach by example and endeavour to create a critical and interactive forum where all aspects of art practice may be discussed.

Administrative Expertise
I had been co-ordinator of Photomedia for some years (1997-2003) In 2002 I was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean IT, Education and Arts. In 2004 I was appointed to the position of Deputy Head, School of Fine Art and in 2005 Head, School of Fine Art. I have represented the School and University at conferences and meeting regarding cultural development. I was appointed to Assistant Dean, Community & Corporate Development in 2008 for a two-year term. 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Art, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Diploma in Education, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Graduate Diploma, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Master of Visual Arts, University of Sydney

Keywords

  • community art
  • course development
  • cultural exchange
  • digital imaging
  • fine art
  • photography

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2008 - 1/12/2008 Assistant Dean Community and Corporate Development University of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia
1/01/2006 -  Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Drama, Fine Art and Music
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2005 Head of School Fine Art University of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2005 Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2004 Deputy Head of School University of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2002 Assistant Dean University of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/12/2005 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1997 Coordinator of Photography Newcastle Colllege of Advanced Education & Hunter Institute of Higher Education
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/1984 - 1/12/1996 Lecturer Newcastle Colllege of Advanced Education & Hunter Institute of Higher Education
Communication Department
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Association Cultural Franco-Australian Association Cultural Franco-Australian, Paris
France
Member - New Zealand Centre for Photography New Zealand Centre for Photography, Wellington
New Zealand
Member - International Panoramic Photographers Association, USA International Panoramic Photographers Association, USA
United States
Member - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Australia
Member - The Lock-Up Artist in Residence Program, Newcastle The Lock-Up Artist in Residence Program, Newcastle
Australia
19/07/2015 Member - Arts Research Network Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Australia
Member - Australian Municipal Energy Improvement Facility Australian Municipal Energy Improvement Facility, Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
1998 '1998 Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand's Award of Commendation'
Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Chawner AB, 'Collection - Newcastle Region Art Gallery', Collection - Newcastle Region Art Gallery, - 0 (2005) [C3]
2004 Chawner AB, 'Artemis - Newcastle Gallery Society', Artemis, 35 6-18 (2004) [C3]
2003 Chawner AB, 'Beach Houses 2', -, - 191 (2003) [C3]
2002 Chawner AB, 'Cover Photograph', Panorama (The Magazine of Panoramic Imaging), 19#3 Front & Back (2002) [C3]
2001 Chawner AB, 'The Widelux', Panorama, 18#4 29-30 (2001) [C3]
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Chawner AB, 'Identities Australiennes', -, La Rochelle, France (2005) [E3]
2004 Chawner AB, 'Australian Colleges and Universities of Art and Design', -, Canberra, Australia (2004) [E3]
2003 Chawner AB, 'Photography, Albury Regional Art Gallery', -, Albury (2003) [E3]
2002 Chawner AB, 'From The Gallery to The Street, Working With Place and Landscape', -, - (2002) [E3]
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Creative Work (30 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Chawner AB, Padded Cell Peephole, Ceiling, Window, Door, Pillow: Art and the Archive, John Paynter Gallery, Hunter Street, Newcastle, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2008 Chawner AB, Hagia Sofia: Down Under Ground, Drozdowice Chamber, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland (2008) [J2]
2008 Chawner AB, Woolshed; Foreshore: Interpretations 'Coal River Precinct', John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008 Chawner AB, Whiteley's Gardens, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2008) [J2]
2007 Chawner AB, Float: Watercraft in Art, Pasha Wave, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie (2007) [J2]
2007 Chawner AB, Lightness, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007 Chawner AB, Verve, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth (2007) [J2]
2007 Chawner AB, Unlocked2, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007 Chawner AB, Green, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007 Chawner AB, Bar Beach (Beyond the Sea), Newcastle (2007) [J1]
2007 Chawner AB, Otorohanga_World-Towns, Shed 11, New Zealand Centre for Photography (2007) [J1]
2006 Chawner AB, World Towns, Gloucester, Gloucester School of Arts, Gloucester NSW Aust (2006) [J1]
2006 Chawner AB, Photography for Beach Houses Down Under, Images Publishing Group, Mulgrave, VIC (2006) [J2]
2005 Chawner AB, World Towns, A photographic exhibition of people and their environments in small towns of the world, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery (2005) [J1]
2005 Chawner AB, Horizon - Australie, Bibliotheque Universitaire La Rochelle (2005) [J1]
2005 Chawner AB, The Rouchel Bushmans Carnival and The Rouchel, - (2005) [J1]
2005 Chawner AB, Drawing The Line - Catalogue, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle (2005) [J2]
2002 Chawner AB, Australian Horizon, Cosmate Cultural Centre, Yukuhashi, Japan (2002) [J1]
2002 Chawner AB, Shiida Return (Hometown Shiida), Komare Cultural Hall, Shiida, Japan (2002) [J1]
2001 Chawner AB, City-Town, Japan, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. (2001) [J1]
2000 Chawner AB, Horizon Australie, Allan Chawner, La Fleur d'Or Gallery, Paris ,France. (2000) [J2]
2000 Chawner AB, Horizon, Allan Chawner, Pataka Porirua Art and Culture Museum, Wellington (2000) [J2]
2000 Chawner AB, Horizon, The West, Allan Chawner, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Regional Library, Newcas (2000) [J2]
2000 Chawner AB, People and Animals, Curator Miranda Lawry, Fine Art Gallery University of Newcastle (2000) [J2]
1999 Chawner AB, Between the Ceiling and the Sky, Sarjeant Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganue, New Zealand (1999) [J2]
1999 Chawner AB, All Things are an Exchange for Fire, BHP, BHP Ribbons of Steel Exhibition (1999) [J2]
1999 Chawner AB, Illumination Newcastle, Newcastle Tourist Information Centre, Newcastle Tourist Information Centre (1999) [J2]
1999 Chawner AB, The Digital Decade, Horizon, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery (1999) [J2]
1999 Chawner AB, Outbreak, Fine Art Gallery, Fine Art Gallery, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1998 Chawner AB, Journey of Visions, Curator Margaret Erling, Ethnic Outreach Program, Lovett Galley, Newcastle Region Public Library (1998) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $52,254

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20091 grants / $1,500

Kalkadunga Yurdu, Gent, Belgium, 24-26 September 2009$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190559
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $2,500

Bar Beach Exhibitin during $2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189314
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $25,846

Tracing site visual arts research project$25,000

Funding body: Newcastle Regional Museum

Funding body Newcastle Regional Museum
Project Team Mr Brett Alexander, Ms Patricia Adams, Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner, Doctor Miranda Lawry, Associate Professor Pam Sinnott, Mr Kris Smith, Doctor Trevor Weekes
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187997
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Otorohang, World Towns, Pier 11 Wellington New Zealand, 26/8/2007 - 2/9/2007$846

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188097
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20052 grants / $4,135

Visit of Cathryn Shine, 21/8/2005 to 9/10/2005$2,100

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184537
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Cross-cultural Representatives and Perceptions: Here's Looking at You - La Rochelle/Newcastle, France/Australia, 3-5 October 2005$2,035

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185604
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $1,228

Sciida Town Return Exhibition of Photographs Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, 15 - 26 April 2002$1,228

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181822
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $1,257

Exhibition and Lecturer tour by invitation from Shiida, Japan 6-9 September 2001$1,257

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181164
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20002 grants / $4,288

Paris Vision, Photographic research on the scale, relationship and architectural significance of pedestrian traffic areas in Paris during the month of Photograp$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180586
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Horizon Australie, France 7 November - 3 December 2000$1,788

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180539
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $8,500

'Horizon' A photographic exhibition of panoramic landscapes the distant horizon as a metaphor of cultural identity.$8,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177224
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19961 grants / $3,000

Photographic Memory: An Exhibition of Photographs about the Newcastle Environment for the Bicentennial Committee$3,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0177035
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011 Theorising the Urban Landscape for the Occupation of Vague Streetspace
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2011 Riparian Life: A Visual Navigation of the Hunter River Estuary
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007 Photography and Layers
Fine Arts, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005 ."..upon a painted ocean": an exploration of coastal landscape painting in Australia, with particular emphasis on Newcastle, New South Wales - then and now.
Fine Arts, University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2003 The Regal Twelve
Fine Arts, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Margin Walker - A Theatre of Disembodied Poetics
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012 Carnivorous Science: Gendered Anatomy in the Post Human Body, an Hysteria of the Machine in Technological Utopia
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011 The Art of Entertaining Culture: A Multi-Media Exploration of Cross-Cultural Commonalities, Mirrored Identities and Belongingness
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010 Extending the Boundaries of Mark Making
Engineering & Related Technolo, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2010 Tearing Light - Dyslexia and Creativity - An Alternative Mode of Perception
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009 Campus as Place: (NSW 2308)
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009 Dystopia, Utopia, Fantasia: A Journey Into the Unknown
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2008 The Regal Twelve
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2008 Unmasking Claude Cahun: Self-Portraiture and the Androgynous Image
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008 "Relating to Country": Listening, Reflecting and Relating to Contemporary Aboriginal Stories From Won:arua Country in the Hunter Valley
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007 Analogue-Digital: Integrating Digital Techniques in Traditional Image Making
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2005 Painting Architecture
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2002 Hope
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner

Position

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Fine Art

Contact Details

Email allan.chawner@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6679
Fax (02) 4921 7070

Office

Room VA210
Building VAMS Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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