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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190299Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2008 - 31/12/2010Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama Fine Art and Music
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2008 - 1/12/2008Assistant Dean Community and Corporate DevelopmentUniversity of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia
1/01/2006 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama, Fine Art and Music
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2005Head of School Fine ArtUniversity of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2005Head of SchoolUniversity of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2004Deputy Head of SchoolUniversity of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2002Assistant Dean University of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/12/2005LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1997Coordinator of PhotographyNewcastle Colllege of Advanced Education & Hunter Institute of Higher Education
School of Fine Art
Australia
1/01/1984 - 1/12/1996LecturerNewcastle Colllege of Advanced Education & Hunter Institute of Higher Education
Communication Department
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Member - Association Cultural Franco-AustralianAssociation Cultural Franco-Australian, Paris
France
Member - New Zealand Centre for PhotographyNew Zealand Centre for Photography, Wellington
New Zealand
Member - International Panoramic Photographers Association, USAInternational 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, NewcastleThe Lock-Up Artist in Residence Program, Newcastle
Australia
19/07/2015Member - Arts Research NetworkEdith Cowan University, Western Australia
Australia
Member - Australian Municipal Energy Improvement FacilityAustralian Municipal Energy Improvement Facility, Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
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)

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

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Chawner AB, Padded Cell Peephole, Ceiling, Window, Door, Pillow: Art and the Archive, John Paynter Gallery, Hunter Street, Newcastle, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2008Chawner AB, Hagia Sofia: Down Under Ground, Drozdowice Chamber, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland (2008) [J2]
2008Chawner AB, Woolshed; Foreshore: Interpretations 'Coal River Precinct', John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Chawner AB, Whiteley's Gardens, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2008) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Float: Watercraft in Art, Pasha Wave, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Lightness, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Verve, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Unlocked2, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Green, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Bar Beach (Beyond the Sea), Newcastle (2007) [J1]
2007Chawner AB, Otorohanga_World-Towns, Shed 11, New Zealand Centre for Photography (2007) [J1]
2006Chawner AB, World Towns, Gloucester, Gloucester School of Arts, Gloucester NSW Aust (2006) [J1]
2006Chawner AB, Photography for Beach Houses Down Under, Images Publishing Group, Mulgrave, VIC (2006) [J2]
2005Chawner AB, World Towns, A photographic exhibition of people and their environments in small towns of the world, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery (2005) [J1]
2005Chawner AB, Horizon - Australie, Bibliotheque Universitaire La Rochelle (2005) [J1]
2005Chawner AB, The Rouchel Bushmans Carnival and The Rouchel, - (2005) [J1]
2005Chawner AB, Drawing The Line - Catalogue, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle (2005) [J2]
2002Chawner AB, Australian Horizon, Cosmate Cultural Centre, Yukuhashi, Japan (2002) [J1]
2002Chawner AB, Shiida Return (Hometown Shiida), Komare Cultural Hall, Shiida, Japan (2002) [J1]
2001Chawner AB, City-Town, Japan, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. (2001) [J1]
2000Chawner AB, Horizon Australie, Allan Chawner, La Fleur d'Or Gallery, Paris ,France. (2000) [J2]
2000Chawner AB, Horizon, Allan Chawner, Pataka Porirua Art and Culture Museum, Wellington (2000) [J2]
2000Chawner AB, Horizon, The West, Allan Chawner, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Regional Library, Newcas (2000) [J2]
2000Chawner AB, People and Animals, Curator Miranda Lawry, Fine Art Gallery University of Newcastle (2000) [J2]
1999Chawner AB, Between the Ceiling and the Sky, Sarjeant Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganue, New Zealand (1999) [J2]
1999Chawner AB, All Things are an Exchange for Fire, BHP, BHP Ribbons of Steel Exhibition (1999) [J2]
1999Chawner AB, Illumination Newcastle, Newcastle Tourist Information Centre, Newcastle Tourist Information Centre (1999) [J2]
1999Chawner AB, The Digital Decade, Horizon, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery (1999) [J2]
1999Chawner AB, Outbreak, Fine Art Gallery, Fine Art Gallery, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1998Chawner 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 grants12
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190559
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $2,500

Bar Beach Exhibitin during $2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189314
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20072 grants / $25,846

Tracing site visual arts research project$25,000

Funding body: Newcastle Regional Museum

Funding bodyNewcastle Regional Museum
Project TeamMr Brett Alexander, Ms Patricia Adams, Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner, Doctor Miranda Lawry, Associate Professor Pam Sinnott, Mr Kris Smith, Doctor Trevor Weekes
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187997
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188097
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20052 grants / $4,135

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeVisitor Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0184537
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185604
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181822
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181164
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180586
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180539
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0177224
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0177035
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011Theorising the Urban Landscape for the Occupation of Vague Streetspace
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2011Riparian Life: A Visual Navigation of the Hunter River Estuary
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2007Photography 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
2003The Regal Twelve
Fine Arts, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Margin Walker - A Theatre of Disembodied Poetics
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012Carnivorous 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
2011The 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
2010Extending the Boundaries of Mark Making
Engineering & Related Technolo, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2010Tearing Light - Dyslexia and Creativity - An Alternative Mode of Perception
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009Campus as Place: (NSW 2308)
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009Dystopia, Utopia, Fantasia: A Journey Into the Unknown
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2008The Regal Twelve
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2008Unmasking 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
2007Analogue-Digital: Integrating Digital Techniques in Traditional Image Making
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2005Painting Architecture
Fine Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2002Hope
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

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

Office

RoomVA210
BuildingVAMS Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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