Dr Una Rey

Dr Una Rey

Lecturer

School of Creative Industries

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Una Rey completed undergraduate studies in Fine Art at Charles Darwin University (formerly NTU) in 1995 and worked in the Aboriginal art sector for over a decade, including five years managing Indigenous community art centres in Central Australia and on the Tiwi Islands. In 2006 she moved to Newcastle where she completed her PhD in 2009 on cross-cultural painting practices. Rey is currently convenor of the B.Creative Industries Degree and has been teaching art history at UON since 2008. She also works as an independent arts writer, curator and painter.

Research Expertise
Key research interests include Australian art history and contemporary art practice with an emphasis on painting, cross-cultural engagements, curatorial and museum studies, art criticism and feminism. In 2017 she was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Art History Association award for the best peer-reviewed essay, Women's Business: Cross-cultural collaborations in remote Indigenous art centres.

Teaching Expertise
Rey is involved in the development and delivery of interdisciplinary courses in the B. Creative Industries Degree and has taught into art history and studio subjects in the B.Fine Arts Degree including Critical Studies, Museology, Professional Practice, Australian Art, Contemporary Art Issues, Aesthetics, Analysis of the Visual Image, Writing & Art Theory & Drawing. Her supervision areas include Australian art (Aboriginal and non-Indigenous ), cross-cultural engagements,  landscape memoir, narrative, abstraction and women's art histories. In 2011 Rey wrote a series of lectures for Adelaide University and the Art Gallery of South Australia for the online Indigenous Art graduate diploma.

Administrative Expertise
Arts administration and academic  management; curatorial and project management skills; Office, Excel, SAM database, Mac & PC.

Curatorial Experience
Una Rey curated the exhibition Black White & Restive: cross-cultural initiatives in Australian contemporary art at Newcastle Art Gallery (26 May - 7 August 2016). Her work was supported with an Independent Curator's Grant of $12,020 from Museums & Galleries NSW and the exhibition catalogue won its category in the Australian and New Zealand Art History Association's annual prize. Black White & Restive was built on collaborative research with the University of Wollongong addressing Indigenous and non-Indigenous artist's engagements with Aboriginal art-forms since the mid-20th century. Rey coordinated the opening day symposium of guest speakers exploring the challenges of cross-cultural collaboration, appropriation, ethics and influence in Australian contemporary cultural practices.

In 2011 Rey curated Speaking in Colour at Newcastle Art Gallery drawing exclusively on the Gallery's collection to highlight the innovative and distinct  conceptions of colour in diverse Aboriginal communities. The Ntaria Suite of 27 Hermannsburg watercolours purchased by the Gallery from the collection of T.G.H Strehlow were a feature of the exhibition, which was attended by Lenie Namatjira and Ivy Pareroultja, artists and descendants of the original Hermannsburg painters.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Northern Territory University

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Art
  • Aesthetics
  • Art Criticism
  • Art History
  • Australian Art
  • Australian Painting
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Drawing
  • Feminism
  • Intercultural Art Practices
  • Modernism
  • Museum Studies
  • Painting

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified 25
190102 Art History 25
190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2017 Best Art Writing Peer Reviewed Essay
The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
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Publications

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


Chapter (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Rey U, 'Women in the Cross-cultural Studio: Invisible Tracks in the Indigenous Artist¿s Archive', Feminist Perspectives on Art: Contemporary Outtakes, Routledge, London and New York 39-56 (2018)
2016 Rey U, 'Black White & Restive', Black White & Restive, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle 6-49 (2016)
2015 Cumpston N, Rey U, 'Spectacular Marks: TARNANTHI at the Art Gallery of South Australia', Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 29-37 (2015) [O1]
2014 Rey U, 'The Grass Ceiling: Painting, Gender and Intercultural Collaboration', Double Desire: Transculturationand Indigenous Contemporary Art, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd, Cambridge (n.p forthcoming) (2014)
2014 Rey U, 'Tjumpo Tjapanangka: Hunting for Balgo's contemporary warrior', No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, Nevada Museum of Art and Prestel Publishing, Nevada and New York (n.p forthcoming) (2014)
2007 Rey U, 'Jilamara, One Day at a Time', Kitty Kantilla, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 96-97 (2007)
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Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Rey U, 'David Brooks and Darren Jorgenson, The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa', EMAJ : Electronic Melbourne Art Journal, 1-6 (2018)
2016 Rey U, 'Women¿s business: cross-cultural collaborations in remote Indigenous art centres.', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, (2016)
2012 Rey U, 'Presences in the land: Nici Cumpston', Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32 100-103 (2012)
2012 Rey U, Neilson FL, 'Crafting pathos with Dani Marti', Art Monthly Australia, 255 5-7 (2012) [C3]
Co-authors Faye Neilson
2012 Rey U, 'Flowers around alters: Frank's Flat', Art Monthly Australia, 249 31-33 (2012)
2011 Rey U, 'Maryanne Mungatopi's Tiwi Portraits', Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 31 72-75 (2011)
2011 Rey U, 'Speaking in colour: ochres, acrylics and creative exchange', Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 31 . (2011)
2010 Rey U, 'Colour country: art from Roper River', Art Monthly Australia, 233 24-27 (2010)
2009 Rey U, 'Paint: the language', Art Monthly Australia, 221 38-40 (2009)
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Rey U, 'Entangled Art Histories: Women at the cross-cultural threshold', Newcastle (2017)
2016 Rey U, 'Black White & Restive at the margins', AAANZ 2016: The Work of Art: Conference Abstracts & Biographies, Australian National University, Canberra ACT (2016)
2015 Rey U, 'The Brindle Baby: intercultural collaboration and influence in visual arts practice.', Australian National University (2015) [O1]
2014 Rey U, 'Intercultural practice and women artists: from primitivist provocation to ¿luminous cross-cultural collaboration¿.', Launceston, Tasmania (2014)
2012 McLean I, Rey U, 'Between Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers', together apart. Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2012, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
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Creative Work (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Rey U, McLean I, Neale M, Black White & Restive: cross-cultural initiatives in Australian contemporary art, Newcastle (2016)
2016 Rey U, The Dreaming Room, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (2016)
2014 Rey U, Men's painting at Balgo: Pushing the Tjukurrpa, Melbourne, Vic (2014) [J3]
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 Caelli Brooker, Annemarie Murland
2013 Rey U, Chaffey N, Middlebrook D, MURLAND A, GEOGRAPHY: Responses to Landscape, The University of Newcastle Art Gallery (2013)
Co-authors Annemarie Murland
2012 Rey U, Big Scope: painting and place, Australia (2012)
2012 Rey U, Roads cross: contemporary directions in Australian Art., Australia, Adelaide (2012)
2011 Rey U, The Drawing Room: Violent Grass, Australia (2011)
2007 Rey U, Portraits of Trees, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle (2007) [J1]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters How Does Artistic Style, Personal Expression and Philosophical Reflection Manifest in the Artist's Journal? M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Masters Photography and Identity: An Exploration of Photography, Critical Thinking, Empathy and Young People; the Context in Which Photographic Imagery of and With Young People is Made, Displayed, its Purpose and its Impacts on Contemporary Identity, Sexuality and Gender. M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters Landscape as Imagined Phenomenon of Space M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Muted Power: Drawing on Traditions of Archaic Painted Forms to Explore Contemporary Group Knowledge, Desire and Experience PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Brushed with Eggs: A Practice Led Investigation into the Methods, Materials and Motivations of Australian Artists working with Tempera in the Twentieth Century. PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Reimagining the Australian dream: What is the role of the 21st century artist in challenging postcolonial frameworks? PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2011 PhD Reconnection: An Exploration of Australian Landscape Beyond History and Myth PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Una Rey

Position

Lecturer
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email una.rey@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6238

Office

Room AT126
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