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Kris Smith is a lecturer in the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle. This role follows on from a professional career as a practising artist in the fields of photography, multimedia, graphic design, painting, printmaking and project-based community arts practice.


As an art practitioner his research has been showcased at such venues as the Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn New York; Wieliczka Gallery, Poland; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA); The Art Gallery of NSW; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery; the University of North Carolina and the SMARTlab, University of East London.


Kris has most recently been a Chief Investigator on “The Growing Up with Cancer” project, which has been supported under the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding scheme. This project used traditional and creative practice research to understand the experience of having cancer during adolescence and young adulthood. It brought together researchers, artists, advocates and clinicians at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and CanTeen – the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer. Those engaged in this project not only participated in interviews, but also collaborated with Kris or worked on their own to produce a self-portrait that represented them and the impact of cancer on their experience of growing up. These works have been shown at eight venues within Australia including hospitals, and community, art and education spaces. The imagery and research has been published, and presented at international conferences in Australia and the UK.


Currently Kris is working with the Hunter Medical Research Institute to showcase their research through a range of public video projections as part of Newcastle’s City Evolutions Project.

Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Art, University of Newcastle, 13/09/2007
  • Diploma in Art, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 08/05/1981
  • Graduate Diploma of Art, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 07/05/1982

Research

Research keywords

  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Photomedia
  • Hybrid Photomedia
  • Time-lapse Photography
  • Traditional Photomedia

Research expertise

Concepts of time and properties of light are a primary focus of recent works.

Using time-lapse photography; the path of the sun and the consequent changing colour temperature of light throughout a day is documented in a range of environments. Photographs and digital animations are constructed that emphasize these qualities of light and the impact of apparently subtle changes that occur over time. The images are usually presented as a combination of large-scale digital prints and digital projections.

Underpinning the work are studies of pre-cinema time-lapse photography and modernist films of the 1920's investigating time as the fourth dimension in art.

Results of this current research have been presented at such venues as the Art Gallery of NSW, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery and the University of North Carolina.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190299Film, Television And Digital Media Not Elsewhere Classified100

Invitations

Digital Imaging Workshop
Newcastle Region Catholic Schools Education Office , Australia (Digital Imaging Workshop)
2002
Volvo Adventure International Award 2004
Holy Family Primary School, Merewether Beach, Australia (Invited consultant)
2004
Anna Kling: Recent Photomedia Works
Newcastle Art Space, Australia (Invited speaker)
2004
Lorn: The private township. Works by Anne Robinson
Lorn Gallery, Australia (Invited speaker)
2007
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Newcastle City Council Lovett Gallery, Australia (Invited speaker)
2005
Pix in the Stix: Photographic Award
Gloucester Art Gallery, Australia (Invited speaker and competition judge)
2004

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Coordination of Photomedia within the School of Creative Arts.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Photomedia
  • Hybrid Photomedia
  • Studio Photography
  • Time-lapse Photography
  • Traditional Photomedia

Teaching expertise

Digital Photomedia course design and delivery.

Interactive multimedia and digital video.

Digital models for classroom and web based learning material.

Digital portfolio production

Black and white photography: technique and darkroom practice

Studio Photography

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Smith KA, Lightness, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2006Smith KA, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW (2006) [J2]
2003Smith KA, Works on Paper, McMaster Gallery - University of South Carolina, South Carolina (2003) [J2]
2005Smith K, Home is where the art is: An exhibition of works by artists from the Newcastle Region, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (2005) [J2]

The work is an installation titled Still Life Moments. The still life genre has its origins in ancient times, but has been most popular in Western art since the 17th century. It is by its very nature a static analysis of a collection of objects from a fixed viewpoint, usually composed in an interior setting. The digital prints and animations produced for the exhibition Home is where the art is challenged this approach and questioned the genres relevance to contemporary art practice. The centrepiece of the installation was a multi-faceted time-lapse animation projected onto the top surface of a table style gallery plinth. Inspired by cubism, this kaleidoscopic animated image re-presented a sunlit version of a traditional viewpoint juxtaposed with views from below photographed through both clear and diffused glass over a fourteen-hour period. By isolating components of objects and documenting the discreet movement of daylight in otherwise unchanging environments, new insights are gained into the nature of diurnal and seasonal time rhythms, while at the same time enhancing the viewers understanding of reflected light dynamics: and in this particular case, redefining the concept of a still life. Participation in the exhibition was by invitation only. This was a major group show in which the work appeared alongside more traditional approaches to the genre, including paintings, sculptures and linocut prints. The research was disseminated via a professional full colour published catalogue and a seminar held in the gallery during the exhibition period

Publications

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Journal article (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lewis P, Jordens CFC, Mooney-Somers J, Smith K, Kerridge I, 'Growing Up With Cancer: Accommodating the Effects of Cancer Into Young People's Social Lives', Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 30 311-319 (2013) [C1]

Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Smith KA, 'Deciphering perceptions of identity through facilitated images of the 'self'', ArtsHealth Symposium - Space and Wellbeing, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2009Smith KA, 'Portraying patient's perspectives', The 2nd ArtsHealth Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]

Creative Work (28 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Smith KA, Growing Up with Cancer (2012)
2011Alexander B, Lawry MJ, Sinnott PA, Smith KA, Adams PA, Philp AJ, Tracing Site: Relocating the museum from Wood St to Honeysuckle, Newcastle Region Museum (2011) [J1]
2011Alexander B, Lawry MJ, Philp AJ, Sinnott PA, Smith KA, Weekes TM, Adams PA, Site Tracing: Culture, identity, site and place, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle (2011) [J2]
2010Smith KA, Deciphering Identity, exhibited at Healing: Space and Place, PODspace Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [J2]
2009Smith KA, Ritual: Hoading, Ritual: Festival, Ritual: Street Cleaner exhibited at 'A Fine Line', PODspace Gallery, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [J2]
2008Smith KA, Down Under Ground, Drozdowice Chamber, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland (2008) [J2]
2008Smith KA, Simply InSPIREational, Hunter Publishing Pty Ltd, Cessnock, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Smith KA, Bjorko: Animation, Creative Conservatorium Concert, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J2]
2008Smith KA, Hatched 08 National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, WA (2008) [J2]
2007Smith KA, Orologio Solare - Master of Fine Art Exhibition, University of Newcastle Gallery (2007) [J1]
2007Smith KA, Mark Twain: Coalopolis to Metropolis, Pearl Street Gallery, New York (2007) [J2]
2007Smith KA, Lightness, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Smith KA, The Plastic Bag, Podspace, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2006Smith KA, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW (2006) [J2]
2006Smith KA, Verve: Exhibition by Fine Art Staff, University of Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle (2006) [J2]
2005Smith K, Works by Artists from the University of Newcastle School of Fine Art, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia (2005) [J2]
2005Smith K, Gosford Art Prize Exhibition, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia (2005) [J2]
2005Smith KA, Drawing the Line: an exhibition by postgraduate artists, School of Fine Art Gallery (curator: R. Woodrow), Newcastle, NSW (2005) [J2]
2005Smith KA, Eden Gardens, Eden Gardens gallery, Sydney (2005) [J2]
2005Smith K, Home is where the art is: An exhibition of works by artists from the Newcastle Region, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (2005) [J2]

The work is an installation titled Still Life Moments. The still life genre has its origins in ancient times, but has been most popular in Western art since the 17th century. It is by its very nature a static analysis of a collection of objects from a fixed viewpoint, usually composed in an interior setting. The digital prints and animations produced for the exhibition Home is where the art is challenged this approach and questioned the genres relevance to contemporary art practice. The centrepiece of the installation was a multi-faceted time-lapse animation projected onto the top surface of a table style gallery plinth. Inspired by cubism, this kaleidoscopic animated image re-presented a sunlit version of a traditional viewpoint juxtaposed with views from below photographed through both clear and diffused glass over a fourteen-hour period. By isolating components of objects and documenting the discreet movement of daylight in otherwise unchanging environments, new insights are gained into the nature of diurnal and seasonal time rhythms, while at the same time enhancing the viewers understanding of reflected light dynamics: and in this particular case, redefining the concept of a still life. Participation in the exhibition was by invitation only. This was a major group show in which the work appeared alongside more traditional approaches to the genre, including paintings, sculptures and linocut prints. The research was disseminated via a professional full colour published catalogue and a seminar held in the gallery during the exhibition period

2004Smith K, Shoot the Chef. Sydney Morning Herald Photography Prize., Sydney, Australia (2004) [J1]
2004Smith KA, Solar Arc - Winter Light, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle NSW (2004) [J1]
2004Gray AL, Longworth JF, Goddard CR, Alfaro Hernandez S, Smith KA, Whamond AM, et al., works in progress, School of Fine Art Gallery (2004) [J1]
2004Smith K, Future State: an exhibition of works by Newcastle Printmakers, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2004) [J2]
2003Darcy SM, Smith KA, Domestic Space, Newcastle Region Library Lovett Gallery, Newcastle (2003) [J2]
2003Smith KA, Works on Paper, McMaster Gallery - University of South Carolina, South Carolina (2003) [J2]
2001Smith K, Time Lapse: Photographs by Kris Smith (2001) [J1]
2001Smith K, Characteristic Curve: Works by Artists and Teachers from the Newcastle TAFE Art School, Newcastle, (2001) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$70,260

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2008 (1 grants)

Growing up with Cancer: A mixed method examination of how cancer influences the transition from adolescence to adulthood $45,260
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Mr Kris Smith, Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$45,26020082013
GNo:G0189887

2007 (1 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
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.7

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
20112013M Philosophy (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorManhattan and the Merging of Modernism
20092015M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorTerrifyingly Normal: Using Sequential Art to Increase General Understanding of Gender Transition

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorMargin Walker - A Theatre of Disembodied Poetics
2013M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorDig a Bit Deeper - Connection and Contemporary Landscape Art
2011M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorSerendip to Sri Lanka: A Photographic Journey
2011M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorAn Exploration of Urban Space....Space has Two Voices
2011PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorImages of Asian Identity: Asian Women as a Vision of Technological Utopia
2010M Philosophy [R]Co-SupervisorExtending the Boundaries of Mark Making
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Mr Kris Smith

Work Phone(02) 4921 7230
Fax(02) 4921 7070
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaFine Art
Office
VA208,
VAMS Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/kris-smith