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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 05/03/2004
  • Master of Visual Arts, University of Sydney, 31/12/1992
  • Graduate Diploma, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 31/12/1986
  • Diploma in Education, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 31/12/1978
  • Diploma of Art, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 31/12/1977
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 07/05/1988

Research

Research keywords

  • community art
  • cultural exchange
  • fine art
  • photography

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.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190299Film, Television And Digital Media Not Elsewhere Classified100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
  • Arts Research Network, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
  • Association Cultural Franco-Australian, Paris, France
  • Australian Municipal Energy Improvement Facility, Newcastle.
  • International Panoramic Photographers Association, USA.
  • New Zealand Centre for Photography, Wellington.
  • the Lock-Up Artist in Residence Program, Newcastle

Appointments

Head of School Fine Art
University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/01/2005 - 01/12/2005

Awards

Award of Commendation

19981998 Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealands Award of Commendation
Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (Australia)
Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand, Award of Commendation. The Nobbys Headland Illumination Project has won the 1998 Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealands Award of Commendation (NSW Meritorious Lighting), at the Societys awards in Sydney last night, ahead of sixty other entrants. http://www.ncc.nsw.gov.au/news/archive/mroct.cfm

Administrative

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.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • course development
  • digital imaging
  • fine art
  • photography

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Chawner AB, The Rouchel Bushmans Carnival and The Rouchel, - (2005) [J1]
2005Chawner AB, World Towns, A photographic exhibition of people and their environments in small towns of the world, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery (2005) [J1]

Publications

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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)

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2008Chawner AB, Down Under Ground, Drozdowice Chamber, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland (2008) [J2]
2008Chawner AB, Whiteley's Gardens, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Chawner AB, Interpretations 'Coal River Precinct', John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Chawner AB, Art and the Archive, John Paynter Gallery, Hunter Street, Newcastle, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Otorohanga_World-Towns, Shed 11, New Zealand Centre for Photography (2007) [J1]
2007Chawner AB, Bar Beach (Beyond the Sea), Newcastle (2007) [J1]
2007Chawner AB, Green, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Lightness, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Float: Watercraft in Art, Pasha Wave, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Unlocked2, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Chawner AB, Verve, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth (2007) [J2]
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, Horizon - Australie, Bibliotheque Universitaire La Rochelle (2005) [J1]
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, The Rouchel Bushmans Carnival and The Rouchel, - (2005) [J1]
2005Chawner AB, Drawing The Line - Catalogue, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle (2005) [J2]
2002Chawner AB, Shiida Return (Hometown Shiida), Komare Cultural Hall, Shiida, Japan (2002) [J1]
2002Chawner AB, Australian Horizon, Cosmate Cultural Centre, Yukuhashi, 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, The West, Allan Chawner, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Regional Library, Newcas (2000) [J2]
2000Chawner AB, Horizon, Allan Chawner, Pataka Porirua Art and Culture Museum, Wellington (2000) [J2]
2000Chawner AB, People and Animals, Curator Miranda Lawry, Fine Art Gallery University of Newcastle (2000) [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, 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, 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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2009 (1 grants)

Kalkadunga Yurdu, Gent, Belgium, 24-26 September 2009$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:G0190559

2008 (1 grants)

Bar Beach Exhibitin during $2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020082008
GNo:G0189314

2007 (2 grants)

Tracing site visual arts research project$25,000
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
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020072007
GNo:G0187997

Otorohang, World Towns, Pier 11 Wellington New Zealand, 26/8/2007 - 2/9/2007$846
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$84620072007
GNo:G0188097

2005 (2 grants)

Visit of Cathryn Shine, 21/8/2005 to 9/10/2005$2,100
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,10020052005
GNo:G0184537

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

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,03520052005
GNo:G0185604

2002 (1 grants)

Sciida Town Return Exhibition of Photographs Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, 15 - 26 April 2002$1,228
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,22820022002
GNo:G0181822

2001 (1 grants)

Exhibition and Lecturer tour by invitation from Shiida, Japan 6-9 September 2001$1,257
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,25720012001
GNo:G0181164

2000 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020002000
GNo:G0180586

Horizon Australie, France 7 November - 3 December 2000$1,788
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,78820002000
GNo:G0180539

1998 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,50019981998
GNo:G0177224

1996 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00019961996
GNo:G0177035
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20112019PhD (Architecture)Co-SupervisorEffects of Small Scale Insertions Within an Existing Urban Fabric to Enhance the Visual Characteristics and Social Use of a Streetscape
20112014PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorRiparian Life: A Visual Navigation of the Changing Nature of the Hunter River Estuary
20072017Honours Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorPhotography and Layers
20052011PHD Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor."..upon a painted ocean": an exploration of coastal landscape painting in Australia, with particular emphasis on Newcastle, New South Wales - then and now.
20032007Masters Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorThe Regal Twelve

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorMargin Walker - A Theatre of Disembodied Poetics
2012PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorCarnivorous Science: Gendered Anatomy in the Post Human Body, an Hysteria of the Machine in Technological Utopia
2011M Fine Art [R]Co-SupervisorThe Art of Entertaining Culture: A Multi-Media Exploration of Cross-Cultural Commonalities, Mirrored Identities and Belongingness
2010M Philosophy (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorTearing Light - Dyslexia and Creativity - An Alternative Mode of Perception
2010M Philosophy [R]Principal SupervisorExtending the Boundaries of Mark Making
2009PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorDystopia, Utopia, Fantasia: A Journey Into the Unknown
2009PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorCampus as Place: (NSW 2308)
2008M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorThe Regal Twelve
2008M Fine Art [R]Co-SupervisorUnmasking Claude Cahun: Self-Portraiture and the Androgynous Image
2008PhD (Fine Art)Co-Supervisor"Relating to Country": Listening, Reflecting and Relating to Contemporary Aboriginal Stories From Won:arua Country in the Hunter Valley
2007M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorAnalogue-Digital: Integrating Digital Techniques in Traditional Image Making
2005M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorPainting Architecture
2002M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorHope
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Conjoint Associate Professor Allan Chawner

Work Phone(02) 4921 6679
Fax(02) 4921 7070
Email
PositionConjoint Associate Professor
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaFine Art
Office
VA210,
VAMS Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/allan-chawner
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