Staff Profile


Career Summary


Christine Sanders is a senior lecturer in wildlife illustration. With a background in Fine Art painting and a research interest in aspects of the natural environment, she has taught widely in the areas of painting and wildlife illustration in the University.

She has and continues to exhibit her work widely in public and commercial galleries and was art critic for the Newcastle Herald and ABC Radio prior to commencing fulltime lecturing in 1975.

Her projects include The University of Newcastle book production "Bush Campus", the "Celebration Book" project for the Anglican sesquicentenary celebrations opened by the Archbishop of Canterbury and production of art works based on a Hunter theme for the Telstra building in Newcastle.


  • Diploma in Painting, National Art School


Research keywords

  • Sociology

Research expertise

The creation of art works based on aspects of the natural environment. Particularly, Hidden Images (species survival through camouflage and fossil form), Watermarks (the exploration of tidal flow in combination with human intervention and its effect on marine activity) and Minescapes (the exploration of arid zones through the intervention of mining activity).

Fields of Research

199999Studies In The Creative Arts And Writing Not Elsewhere Classified70


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Conference (1 outputs)

2003Llewellyn AA, Sanders CA, 'Interdisciplinary Links - the Art of Science and the Science of Art', ACUADS 2003, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Art (2003) [E1]


Design (1 outputs)

2002Sanders CA, Naturally Preserved, Newcastle Herald, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (2002) [H2]

Creative Work (7 outputs)

2004Sanders CA, Palaeo Icon Page I, Palaeo Icon Page II, Palaeo Icon Page III, Palaeo Icon Page IV, Mercy Hospice, Newcastle (2004) [J2]
2003Sanders CA, House Show, Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
2002Sanders CA, Palaeographia "Exploring the Australian Fossil Record", Macquarie University Art Gallery (2002) [J1]
1999Sanders CA, Affirmation, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Ostwald MJ, Moore RJ, Yaxley B, Johnston L, Glassop DF, Paver G, et al., 'Design Works' - Blah! Blah!, Department of Design, Fine Art Gallery, Uni of Newcastle, Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Sanders CA, Hidden Images, C.A. Sanders, School of Fine Art, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1998Sanders CA, Rod and Bar from the Ashes, University of Newcastle's Faculty of Art & Design Gallery, Newcastle (Callaghan) (1998) [J2]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$12,500

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1998 (1 grants)

'Hidden Images' - the creation of artworks based on species survival through camouflage and fossil preservation$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Chris Sanders
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

1994 (1 grants)

Creation of Paintings and Works on Paper recording visual journeys real and imagined$7,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Chris Sanders
Creative Arts Grant (Defunct)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2015PhD(Natural History Illustrat)Co-SupervisorCollecting Identity - the PINcard Game
2012PhD (Design)Co-SupervisorVisualising the D'harawal Seasons and Climatic Cycles
2006PhD (Design)Co-SupervisorInvestigation of the Structural Anatomy of Birds and Analysis of its Influence on the External Design, in Order to Develop the Methodology of a Constructive Approach to Drawing Birds
2005M Design [R]Co-SupervisorWildlife illustration as a method of transformative education within the Dora Creek Catchment
2004M Design [R]Principal SupervisorThe Pollination of Terrestrial Orchids in New South Wales Focusing on the Hunter Valley Region
2004PhD (Design)Co-SupervisorThe Relevance of Twenty-First Century Botanical Art and its Relation to Pre-Twentieth-Century Perceptions
2003M Design [R]Co-SupervisorThe Exploration of Colour in Australian Flora and Fauna with Particular Reference to Red

Ms Christine (Chris) Sanders

Work PhoneN/A
Fax(02) 4921 5896
PositionConjoint Senior Lecturer
Natural History Illustration
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaDesign and Natural History Illustration
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308