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Biography

Pam Sinnott is an artist and educator. She has exhibited in national and international curated exhibitions. Since 1991, Sinnott has had ten publications in the three leading Australian journals for Ceramics. There have been eleven major and minor reviews of Sinnott’s work in international journals and in a book. In producing artworks she has worked mainly in 3D Art especially Ceramics. For her PhD she devised a method of large-scale ceramic mural production using digital imaging techniques. Most recently her work has developed in relation to thematic exhibitions. For the New Adventures of Mark Twain: Coalopolis to Metropolis exhibition In New York (2007) the work responded to Mark Twain’s visit to Newcastle in 1895. More recently the Hunter Coal region has been highlighted with work for the Down- Under-Ground exhibition at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland (2008).

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 04/03/2005
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Ceramics), Bendigo College of Advanced Education
  • Associate Diploma in Fine Art, College of Art - Brisbane
  • Graduate Diploma of Art, Hunter Institute of Higher Education, 07/05/1988

Research

Research keywords

  • Australian and International Ceramics
  • Contemporary art
  • Kitchen utensils and women's role in the kitchen since colonization.

Research expertise

My research achievements have been high by exhibiting regularly in both solo and group exhibitions and in competitive exhibitions. I have also had several journal articles published in high quality ceramics journals about my work. I have written several journal articles which have been published in high quality journals on the work of others in the field.

There is a difficulty with exhibiting internationally in ceramics as it is a fragile medium to transport. Because of this I have focussed on local prestigious exhibitions and published articles about the work with images in international journals. In that way the work is seen by many more people than if it had been in a gallery in any part of the world.

In the March 2007 edition of Ceramics Monthly, the journal of the American Ceramic Society - "the world's oldest, most comprehensive and largest international ceramic art periodical" my work was featured both on the front cover and in an article with several images of the work.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
199999Studies In The Creative Arts And Writing Not Elsewhere Classified100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • member - The Australian Ceramics Association

Other

  • member - National Association of Visual Artists (NAVA)
  • Member - Newcastle Studio Potters Inc

Awards

Competitive Arts Grant

2006Interpretive Signage for Morpeth Heritage Walk
Maitland City Council (Australia)
Receipt of competitive arts grant based on portfolio submission for design.

Critical Review of Artworks

2007Ceramics Monthly
American Ceramics Society (United States)
An exhibition in 2006 at John Miller Gallery titled Abode represented a substantial body of art work in a solo exhibition in a prestigious gallery. A subsequent review written by Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Ashburn (UNSW) was published in Ceramics Monthly - the journal of the American Ceramic Society in March 2007 pp 48-51 (ISSN 0009-0328). The journal is "the world's oldest, most comprehensive and largest international ceramic art periodical". It is the most prestigious ceramics journal in the international arena. The acceptance of the article/review for publication and the accompanying images reflects my standing in the international ceramics community as well as the quality of the work. Further acknowledgement was to have a full colour image of one of my sculptures on the cover of this issue. In total there were five large colour images of my work and a further image of myself.

Recognition.

2004Acquisition
Newcastle Region Art Gallery (Australia)
Representation in national/international collection. "Friend of Dorothy" acquired by NRAG which is distinguished for its collection of the foremost Australian and Japanese ceramics.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Supervision of Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) students
  • Supervision of MFA and PhD candidates in Fine Art
  • Teaching in the Bachelor of Fine Art program in 3D studio courses
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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Sinnott PA, Friend of Dorothy (Porcelain and Earthenware - Ceramic), John Miller Gallery, Newcastle (2004) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, 25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (Curator: Noel Frankham), Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise (2006) [J2]
2007Sinnott PA, 'Julie Bartholomew's 'Transitional Bodies'', Ceramics: Art and Perception, 66-68 (2007) [C1]
2004Sinnott PA, 'Mural production using digital imaging', Ceramics technical, 19 88, 89, 90 (2004) [C3]
2004Sinnott PA, Beaten and battered, School of Fine Art (2004) [J1]
2007Sinnott PA, New Adventures of Mark Twain: Coalopolis to Metropolis, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library and Pearl Street Gallery, New York, Newcastle and New York (2007) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, Abode, Newcastle (2006) [J1]

The research contributes to discourse in Feminism through its aim to deconstruct conventional gender roles. The solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures illuminates traditional kitchen labour as a mainly female activity and in doing so attempts to provoke impetus for change through challenging societys acceptance of this traditional role. The sculptures in the exhibition act as metaphors for complex textual Feminist theory and thus provide a new and visual interpretation. Ironic text embedded into the ceramic sculptures is drawn from Mrs Beetons Cookery Book, (c. 1919) and refers to the continuing domestic labour of women today. The significance of this research is that it questions the traditional role of women in the kitchen; it encourages reassessment and reevaluation in relation to the production of labour in this domain. Its value is attested to by the following indicators: publication of the research in Ceramics Monthly. March 2007 ISSN 0009-0328 (pp 48-51) Pam Sinnott Memorials From the Kitchen by Elizabeth Ashburn. Image on front cover and five images with article. Published by the American Ceramic Society the worlds oldest, most comprehensive and largest international ceramic art periodical; two of the larger works were exhibited in Verve, University of Newcastle Gallery, Manning Region Art Gallery, Taree (traveling exhibition) and Tamworth Region Art Gallery; images of the exhibition and individual works were shown in Clay STATEments NSW 09 (selected exhibition of NSW ceramists), at VERGE the 11th National Ceramic conference, Brisbane.

2008Sinnott PA, Masters in Clay 2008 International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Great China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, China (2008) [J2]

Limon was one of a series of ceramic sculptures which contribute to discourse in Queer Theory (gender and sexuality). Through its visual representation and interpretation it challenges the validity of heteronormative discourse and questions heteronormative labels by encouraging reassessment and reevaluation in relation to gender and sexuality in a visually accessible form. The works of this series used forms of fruit (a derogatory name for queers) in their construction in order to disrupt and question the derogatory connotation as well as to empower. The form of the work metaphorically points to alternative gender identities which defy normative categorisation. The significance of this research is that: Limon was selected for a prestigious international exhibition by the executive committee through invitation; Limon was accepted into the Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute collection, Jingdezhen City, Jiangxi Province, China; the exhibition was held during the International Ceramic Fair October 18-28, 2008; the work was one of 242 in total; more than 4000 visitors saw the exhibition; an image of the work was published in a high quality catalogue; the work was one of a series exhibited in Pink II, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (Curator: Joe Eisenberg), Maitland (2006), which was an official event of the 2006 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

Publications

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

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Journal article (5 outputs)

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2013Sinnott PA, 'On the Edge: An exhibition by Vicki Hamilton', The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 52 61-63 (2013) [C3]
2007Sinnott PA, 'Julie Bartholomew's 'Transitional Bodies'', Ceramics: Art and Perception, 66-68 (2007) [C1]
2004Sinnott PA, 'Mural production using digital imaging', Ceramics technical, 19 88, 89, 90 (2004) [C3]
2003Sinnott PA, 'Never Done', Ceramics: Art & Perception, 54 69-71 (2003) [C3]
2001Sinnott PA, 'Our Daily Labour', Pottery in Australia, Vol.40 No. 4 24,25,26 (2001) [C3]
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Design (1 outputs)

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2005Sinnott PA, Design of Markers and Precinct Sign for Morpeth Heritage Walk, Maitland City Council, Morpeth Township (2005) [H1]

Creative Work (49 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Sinnott PA, Beater and Beat, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton (2011) [J1]
2011Sinnott PA, Moulded, Newtown (2011) [J1]
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]
2011Goodwin R, McBride M, Leane H, Sinnott PA, Davidson P, Hale CP, et al., Amazing Stories, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle (2011) [J2]
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]
2011Garth M, Brown SL, Cavanough D, Lees KA, Oregan K, Ronne P, et al., Preparation for the final journey, Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle (2011) [J2]
2010Sinnott PA, Keramikos 2010: IV Edition, Artidec Gallery, Bracciano, Italy (2010) [J2]
2010Sinnott PA, 'Bread Peels I, II and III' exhibited in Time + Place: Australian Studio Ceramics 2010, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong (2010) [J2]
2010Sinnott PA, 'Making Bread I, II and III' exhibited in The Making of our Nation, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2010) [J2]
2010Sinnott PA, 'Juicy Fruit', 'Cherry Ripe' and 'Fruit Tingles' exhibited in Clash: contemporary sculptural ceramics, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle (2010) [J2]
2010Sinnott PA, 'A-H deconstructing queer', Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland (2010) [J2]
2009Sinnott PA, Sieversii, City of Varazdin Contemporary Ceramics Collection, City of Varazdin, Croatia (2009) [J1]
2009Sinnott PA, Sieversii exhibited at 'Ceramica Multiplex: The Third International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics 2009', City Museum Varazdin, Varazdin, Croatia (2009) [J2]
2008Sinnott PA, Desert Fruits, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW (2008) [J1]
2008Sinnott PA, Limon, Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen City, Jiangxi Province, China (2008) [J1]
2008Sinnott PA, Down Under Ground, Drozdowice Chamber, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland (2008) [J2]
2008Sinnott PA, Interpretations 'Coal River Precinct', John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2008Sinnott PA, Masters in Clay 2008 International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Great China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, China (2008) [J2]

Limon was one of a series of ceramic sculptures which contribute to discourse in Queer Theory (gender and sexuality). Through its visual representation and interpretation it challenges the validity of heteronormative discourse and questions heteronormative labels by encouraging reassessment and reevaluation in relation to gender and sexuality in a visually accessible form. The works of this series used forms of fruit (a derogatory name for queers) in their construction in order to disrupt and question the derogatory connotation as well as to empower. The form of the work metaphorically points to alternative gender identities which defy normative categorisation. The significance of this research is that: Limon was selected for a prestigious international exhibition by the executive committee through invitation; Limon was accepted into the Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute collection, Jingdezhen City, Jiangxi Province, China; the exhibition was held during the International Ceramic Fair October 18-28, 2008; the work was one of 242 in total; more than 4000 visitors saw the exhibition; an image of the work was published in a high quality catalogue; the work was one of a series exhibited in Pink II, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (Curator: Joe Eisenberg), Maitland (2006), which was an official event of the 2006 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

2008Sinnott PA, Art and the Archive, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2008Sinnott PA, Forsythes Collectors Care Art Exhibition, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle (2008) [J2]
2007Sinnott PA, New Adventures of Mark Twain: Coalopolis to Metropolis, Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library and Pearl Street Gallery, New York, Newcastle and New York (2007) [J2]
2007Sinnott PA, Lightness, The John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2007Sinnott PA, > pink, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle (2007) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, Abode, Newcastle (2006) [J1]

The research contributes to discourse in Feminism through its aim to deconstruct conventional gender roles. The solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures illuminates traditional kitchen labour as a mainly female activity and in doing so attempts to provoke impetus for change through challenging societys acceptance of this traditional role. The sculptures in the exhibition act as metaphors for complex textual Feminist theory and thus provide a new and visual interpretation. Ironic text embedded into the ceramic sculptures is drawn from Mrs Beetons Cookery Book, (c. 1919) and refers to the continuing domestic labour of women today. The significance of this research is that it questions the traditional role of women in the kitchen; it encourages reassessment and reevaluation in relation to the production of labour in this domain. Its value is attested to by the following indicators: publication of the research in Ceramics Monthly. March 2007 ISSN 0009-0328 (pp 48-51) Pam Sinnott Memorials From the Kitchen by Elizabeth Ashburn. Image on front cover and five images with article. Published by the American Ceramic Society the worlds oldest, most comprehensive and largest international ceramic art periodical; two of the larger works were exhibited in Verve, University of Newcastle Gallery, Manning Region Art Gallery, Taree (traveling exhibition) and Tamworth Region Art Gallery; images of the exhibition and individual works were shown in Clay STATEments NSW 09 (selected exhibition of NSW ceramists), at VERGE the 11th National Ceramic conference, Brisbane.

2006Sinnott PA, Verve (Curators: Miranda Lawry & Dr Trevor Weekes), University Gallery, University of Newcastle, Australia, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, The Fishing Park, Fram Kitigawa, Director, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Nanatsugama, Japan (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, New Sculpture Now (Curator: John Barnes), Newcastle Art Sp-ace, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, WOW (Curators: Sandra Brown & Colleen Hoad), Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, Unlocked (Curator: Kerrie Coles), The Lock-Up, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, Collectors Care Art Exhibition (Curator: Libby Rogers-McPhee), TAFE Gallery, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, Clay Statements NSW 09 (Curator: Patsy Hely), Convention Centre, Brisbane, Brisbane (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, 25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award (Curator: Noel Frankham), Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise (2006) [J2]
2006Sinnott PA, Pink II, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (Curator: Joe Eisenberg), Maitland (2006) [J2]
2005Sinnott PA, Back to Back at Inner City Clayworkers, Inner City Clay Workers Gallery (Curator: Helen Dunkerley), Sydney (2005) [J2]
2005Sinnott PA, 24th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise (2005) [J2]
2005Sinnott PA, Small: fantasque, Back to Back Galleries (Curator: Caroline Hale), Newcastle (2005) [J2]
2005Sinnott PA, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook (2005) [J2]
2004Sinnott PA, Beaten and battered, School of Fine Art (2004) [J1]
2004Sinnott PA, Carey S, More than pink, John Miller Galleries (2004) [J1]
2004Sinnott PA, Friend of Dorothy (Porcelain and Earthenware - Ceramic), John Miller Gallery, Newcastle (2004) [J2]
2003Sinnott PA, Graham AM, Ryder M, Kitchen Objects and Rituals, School of Fine Art Gallery, Newcastle (2003) [J2]
2003Sinnott PA, 22nd Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast (2003) [J2]
2002Sinnott PA, Never Done, Back to Back Galleries, 57 Bull Street, Cooks Hill, Newcastle. (2002) [J1]
2001Sinnott PA, Give Us This Day, Mura Clay Gallery, 49-51 King Street, Newtown 2042 (2001) [J1]
2001Sinnott PA, 'Pinned down' an installation exhibited in Relative Values:Common Ground, Miranda Lawry, The University of Newcastle, School of Fine Art Gallery (2001) [J2]
2000Sinnott PA, Games Artists Play, Margaret McBride, Curator., Maitland City Art Gallery, Brough House, Maitland (2000) [J2]
2000Sinnott PA, Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award Exhibition, Jim Macfarlane, President Ceramic Award Committee, Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2000) [J2]
1999Sinnott PA, Edge to Edge: Ceramics from Australia and Canada, Norah Ohrt, Manager Director, Perth Galleries, Subiaco, WA (1999) [J2]
1999Sinnott PA, Eatstreets Newtown, Irene Schroeder, Director, Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney (1999) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$48,110

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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

2006 (1 grants)

Interpretive Signage for the Maitland Heritage Walks$4,500
Funding Body: Maitland City Council

Project Team
Associate Professor Pam Sinnott
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,50020062006
GNo:G0186767

2002 (2 grants)

The Objects and Rituals of the Kitchen$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Pam Sinnott, Conjoint Professor Anne Graham
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020022002
GNo:G0181351

Visit of Mr Ernesto Neto, from 1 July 2002 to 12 August 2002$4,848
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Pam Sinnott
SchemeRole
Visitor GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,84820022002
GNo:G0182153

1999 (1 grants)

Edge: Identity & Change - 9th National Ceramics Conference, Perth, WA.$622
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Pam Sinnott
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$62219991999
GNo:G0180488

1994 (1 grants)

A collaborative re-examination of Australiana motifs as a source for contemporary imagery and forms to be used in editioned ceramic.$7,140
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Pam Sinnott, Mr Michael Keighery
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,14019941994
GNo:G0174835
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.75

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
20142018PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorCalligraphy on Ceramics in Contemporary Art: A Practice-Based Research Project from the Perspective of an Iranian/Australian Artist
20102014PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorBreaking Symmetry: The Structure and Dynamics of Form in Ceramics
20092015M Philosophy (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorTerrifyingly Normal: Using Sequential Art to Increase General Understanding of Gender Transition

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014M Philosophy (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorOn the Edge
2014PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorPlexus: An Investigation of Site in Relation to Form
2011PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorPower, Passion and Pardon: The Importance of Graffiti and the Written Word in the Context of Those Who Have Suffered Through Injustice, Imprisonment and Discrimination in Poland During the World War II Period
2010PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorActivating Gay Place: Contexts Associated with the Use of Ultraviolet Lighting and Fibre/Textiles in Immersive Installation
2010PhD (Fine Art)Co-SupervisorPublic Art and Alternative Tactics in Post -Acquisitive Society
2009M Fine Art [R]Co-SupervisorOceans Edge
2008M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorOutside Art
2007M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorPut a Lid on It: A Personal Exploration of Memory Loss
2006M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorThe Dark Side of the White Crystal
2005M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorClay Vessels of Potter Wasp and Other Mud Daubers: A Potter's Interpretation
2002M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorMemory and Landscape. An eclectic subconscious journey reflected in the symbolism of the cone
2002M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorCornucopia: a celebration of food in contemporary Australia
2002M Fine Art [R]Principal SupervisorDRAWN THREADS: Placement and Skill as an Integral Part of Visual Expression with particular reference to Family Resonances
2002M Fine Art [R]Sole SupervisorA MAKER'S MARK: Texture, Semiotics and Iconographic Topography
M Fine Art [R]Co-SupervisorSOCIAL CAPITAL and the domestic image
M Fine Art [R]Co-SupervisorThe Aesthetics of the Female Form
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Associate Professor Pamela (Pam) Sinnott

Work Phone(02) 4921 6244
Fax(02) 4921 6909
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaFine Art
Office
CE03,
Ceramics,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/pam-sinnott