Dr Una Rey

Dr Una Rey

Lecturer

School of Creative Industries

Career Summary

Biography

Una Rey completed undergraduate studies in Fine Art at The Northern Territory University (now CDU) in Darwin in 1995. She worked for several years in Aboriginal owned community art centres in Central Australia and the Top End and managed galleries in Darwin before moving to Newcastle in 2006 to take up a PhD (completed in 2009). She teaches in Art History and Theory at the University of Newcastle and works as an independent arts writer,  researcher and  curator. She also maintains a studio-based painting practice.

Research Expertise
Key research interest is in Australian contemporary art practices which include painting and art writing, intercultural and cross-cultural practices (non-Indigenous and Aboriginal); landscape and narrative are of particular interest, as well as  curatorial and art critical expressions of these practices and how they relate to the artist's studio in all its manifestations. 

Teaching Expertise
Teaching across all art history and theory subjects in the undergraduate degree: Critical Studies, Museology, Professional Practice, Australian Art, Contemporary Art Issues, Aesthetics, Analysis of the Visual Image, Writing & art Theory, Supervision areas include Aboriginal and non-Indigenous creative engagements, landscape and narrative in Australian painting; In 2011 Rey wrote a series of lectures for Adelaide University and the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of their online Indigenous Art graduate diploma.

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

Curatorial Experience
Una Rey curated the large-scale  exhibition Black White & Restive: cross-cultural initiatives in contemporary Australian art at Newcastle Art Gallery (26 May - 7 August 2016). The exhibition was built on research (in collaboration with the University of Wollongong) addressing the myriad ways that Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists  have engaged with Aboriginal art-forms, particularly painting, since the mid-20th century. Rey also coordinated a one-day symposium on the opening weekend that explored the challenges of cross-cultural collaboration, appropriation, influence and responsiveness in contemporary art practices. 

In 2011 Rey curated Speaking in Colour at Newcastle Art Gallery drawing exclsuively on the Gallery's collection to highlight the innovative and distinct use of and conceptions of colour in diverse Aboriginal communities. The Ntaria Suite of 27 Hermannsberg 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 founding Hermannsburg/Ntaria 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
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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
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)
2014 Rey U, 'Men's painting at Balgo: Pushing the Tjukurrpa', Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne 65-69 (2014) [J3]
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 (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Rey U, 'Black White & Restive at the margins', AAANZ 2016: The Work of Art: Conference Abstracts & Biographies (2016)
2015 Rey U, 'The Brindle Baby: intercultural collaboration and influence in visual arts practice.' (2015) [O1]
2014 Rey U, 'Intercultural practice and women artists: from primitivist provocation to ¿luminous cross-cultural collaboration¿.' (2014)
2012 McLean I, Rey U, 'Between Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers', together apart. Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2012 (2012) [E3]
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Creative Work (8 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 (2016)
2013 Brooker CJ, Shaw G, Tilley P, Murland A, Rey U, Chaffey N, et al., Popped, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authors Caelli Brooker
2013 Rey U, Chaffey N, Middlebrook D, MURLAND A, GEOGRAPHY: Responses to Landscape (2013)
2012 Rey U, Big Scope: painting and place (2012)
2012 Rey U, Roads cross: contemporary directions in Australian Art., Adelaide (2012)
2011 Rey U, The Drawing Room: Violent Grass (2011)
2007 Rey U, Portraits of Trees (2007) [J1]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.5
PhD2.2

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 PhD Alternative Artistic Strategies for Engagement in a Sustainable Future PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal 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 An Analysis of Mystical Ephemeral Landscape to Reductive Abstraction PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal 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 Co-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
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