Dr Annemarie Murland

Dr Annemarie Murland

Casual Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (Fine Art)

Career Summary


Born in Glasgow, 1962, Annemarie Murland completed her undergraduate studies at the School of Fine, The University of Newcastle in 2005 and went on, thereafter, to complete her research higher degree in 2009. Her thesis, entitled: Migration, Memory and Landscape: Recontextualising Personal Experience through Contemporary Abstract Painting explored felt experience through a multidisciplinary lens. Throughout her postgraduate studies, Annemarie taught as a sessional academic in the undergraduate painting and drawing program at UON. Upon completion of her RHD, Annemarie continued her role as a lecturer and also undertook postgraduate supervision. She continues to lecture in Visual Art for the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre and facilitates masterclass workshops in Melbourne and Newcastle. She continues to develop her practice-led research interests and intercultural collaborations in the field of Migration. Annemarie also maintains an independent studio practice.

Research Expertise
My key research interests is an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to practice-led research in the field of Migrational Studies that has proved particularly effective in demonstrating a visually literate means to explore a personal migrant experience within a contemporary global context. I continue to expand my research initiatives that question the role of materiality and the role of poiesis in developing abstract drawings, paintings, poems and video works of art.

Teaching Expertise
I integrate dynamic traditional and experimental material methodologies and processes as knowledge building tools in my tailored teaching and learning studio sessions to engage students in critical knowledge exchange. A multi-disciplinary, philosophical and experimental approach to knowledge production provides the student with new ways of seeing through practice. By exploring the space and material capacity of creative practice through integrating research, analysis and practice we deepen the domain and extend the student experience. As an expanded field of inquiry, contemporary art practice is collaborative, cross-disciplinary and an interactive form of representation that offers new possibilities to communicate intertextually. As a research method, creative practice requires the artist as researcher to use insight and imagination in their inquiry in order to expand the field of discovery. Questions that surround visual experience are conceptually developed through studio praxis that contextualises the researcher's awareness and or observation of contemporary visual culture, creating meaning and understanding through the art object. 

Administrative Expertise
In my capacity as an artist, researcher, lecturer and tutor of undergraduate and postgraduate studies I am fully experienced in developing and recording course content, [studio practice and theory], using traditional and web-based media. I work collectively with my colleagues and have contributed to the development of assessment rubrics in 2D studies that evaluate creative practice within a research context. I am conversant in recording practice led discovery as creative output within existing the value systems that operate in traditional spheres of knowledge production - Universities. I am also compliant with University policy in relation to the storage of information, ethics submission, confirmation reporting, editing, critical writing and issues surrounding plagiarism.


National and international visual research collaboration: (2012)  'The Marian Thread' with Kiera O'Toole MA, research focused on the didactic experience of Catholicism, collective identity and expanding the visual literacy of migrant artists.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • Abstract Painting
  • Art Criticism
  • Art History
  • Art and Migration
  • Contemporary Art
  • Experimental Drawing
  • Feminism
  • Identity Politics
  • Interdisciplinary Painting
  • Old Master Material Methodologies
  • Phenomenology
  • Practice Led Research
  • The Artist as Researcher
  • artistic research
  • identity
  • migration

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190103 Art Theory 50
190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
28/02/2006 - 20/12/2014 Casual Academic

Painting and Drawing: Practice-Led Research | Practice & Theory

University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
1/01/2006 -  Membership - National Association of Visual Arts National Association of Visual Arts



Year Award
2005 Faculty Medal
2005 University Medal


Year Award
2005 Going Home

Research Award

Year Award
2009 Migration Memory Landscape: recontextualsing felt experience through contemporary abstract painting


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

Creative Work (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Brooker CJ, Shaw G, Tilley P, Murland A, Rey U, Chaffey N, et al., Popped, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authors Una Rey, Caelli Brooker
2013 Brooker CJ, Murland A, Elliot-Ranken M, Osmotherly M, Smith B, Out of Hand: abstraction in monochrome and colour, The Depot Galleryt, Waterloo, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authors Caelli Brooker
2013 Rey U, Chaffey N, Middlebrook D, MURLAND A, GEOGRAPHY: Responses to Landscape, The University of Newcastle Art Gallery (2013)
Co-authors Una Rey
2012 Murland A, Wish You Were Here, The Balmain Watch House Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012 Murland A, The Selkie, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2011 Murland A, Structure Becomes Image, University of Newcastle Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2011) [J2]
2008 Murland A, Black Square Stripe: Forsythes Collectors Care Art Exhibition, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2008) [J2]
2006 Murland A, All That You Leave Behind (Curator: Lilli-Ann Berg, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J1]
2006 Murland A, Pandora's Box (Curator: Susan Porteous, Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
2006 Murland A, WOW (Curators: Sandra Lee Brown, Colleen Hoad), Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle NSW Australia (2006) [J2]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 Masters Master Painting Manual: Traditional Painting Material Methodologies for the Contemporary Artist M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Lost in Translation: The Materialisation of the Mark in the Digital Age PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters Beyond the Pale: Australia: the Studio as Site where Notions of Irish National Identity are Translated into Contemporary Works of Art M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 Masters Conversation in Landscape M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Annemarie Murland


Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Focus area

Fine Art

Contact Details

Email annemarie.murland@newcastle.edu.au
Mobile 0448686376
Links Personal webpage
Personal webpage