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Anne Brennan

Undergraduate Convenor
Art-History-Art-Theory
Art-Theory

anne.brennan@anu.edu.au
Location: Art Theory Office
Phone: +61 (2) 6125 5840

ANU Researchers Profile

Anne Brennan is an artist and writer. She is the ANU School of Art Undergraduate Convenor. Anne’s research interests focus on history, memory and commemoration; she is especially interested in the way in which these are configured in public artifacts and institutions such as the museum and the memorial.


Full Biography

Anne Brennan is an artist and writer. She is the head of the Art Theory Workshop and the School of Art undergraduate convenor. Anne’s research interests focus on history, memory and commemoration; she is especially interested in the way in which these are configured in public artifacts and institutions such as the museum and the memorial. She has undertaken several important artistic projects in museums, including Secure the Shadow at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum with Sydney artist Anne Ferran in 1994 and Is It Real at the Australian War Memorial, part of the Archives and the Everyday project in 1997. In 2004, she worked with Anne Ferran on a commissioned work, Twice Removed, for the Maitland Regional Gallery as part of the HunterArt1: Art Tourist project. Her work is held in major national collections.

Anne has written and published extensively on issues in contemporary visual arts, craft and design. Her interest in memory and history has found expression in chapters for Jill Bennett and Rosanne Kennedy (eds) World Memory: Personal Trajectories in Global Time Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, 2003 and Rosamund Dalziell (ed) Selves Crossing Cultures: Autobiography and Globalisation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2002. In 2010 she presented conference papers on this material at major international conferences in Vienna and Wellington.

Exhibitions

 One Person

 

2004 Twice Removed in collaboration with Anne Ferran at Maitland Regional Gallery, part of Hunterart.1: art tourist 

 

1995 Secure the Shadow Greenway Gallery, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

 

1994 . . . Another Country, Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, ACT

 

Memoir/Memory, Galerie Constantinople, Queanbeyan, NSW

 

Un/Familiar, Galerie Constantinople, Queanbeyan, NSW

 

1988 Zero at the Bone, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

 

1987 Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Sydney

 

1984 Thoughts Into Flesh, Jam Factory Bullring, Adelaide (for Adelaide Festival of Arts)

 

Thoughts Into Flesh, Blackwood Street Gallery, Melbourne

 

1981 Case History, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide

 

 

Group

 

2008 The Stuff of History Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

 

2000 Fifteen Years Gray Street Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

 

1999 Letter To Picasso, Postmaster Gallery, Melbourne

 

Telling Tales Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

 

1998 Haimish, Jewish Museum, Melbourne

 

Telling Tales, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney 

 

1997 Is It Real?  - sound work for Archives and the Everyday, a Canberra Contemporary Art Space project linking artists and collecting institutions 

 

The Somatic Object Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW Touring exhibition to National History Museum, Taiwan (1997)  and Ludwigsforum fur Internationalische Kunst, Aachen (1999)

 

1996 A Matter of Making Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra, ACT

 

1995 Multiples Constantinople Galerie Constantinople, Queanbeyan, NSW

 

Catechism Canberra National Sculpture Forum (as part of Politique, collaborative project with Catherine Brennan, Tanya Eccleston, Anne Ferran and Tess Horwitz

 

Intersections Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

(curated by Trevor Smith as part of celebrations to commemorate twentieth anniversary of International Women's Day)

 

1993 Decor - Installation by ten artists, old Peppers Bistro, Canberra

 

21600 each 24 Hrs Canberra Rex Hotel

 

1992 Fourteen Nautical Miles, Galerie Constantinople, Queanbeyan 

1991 Transit Zone, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

 

1990 Once in a Blue Moon, Galerie Constantinople, Queanbeyan

 

1989 Perth International Craft Triennial, Perth

 

1988 Art Object/Anti Object, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide

 

Contemporary Jewellery, the Australian Experience, Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Sydney

 

Schmuckszene, Munich

 

Contemporary Craft in South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre

 

1987 Makers Choice, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide

 

1986 Ce Mal de L'Infini, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide

 

Other Art-related Activities

 

2005 - 2008 Contributing writer to 1001 Nightscast, durational performance by Barbara Campbell

 

2000 Tick/Tock limited edition spirit duplicator book project, Multiples Constantinople, Queanbeyan

 

1998-99 Russia In Canberra postcard/postal project

 

 

 

Qualifications

1994 MA (Visual Arts)

(ANU Institute of the Arts, Canberra School of Art)

 

1973 - 76       Craft Diploma (Jewellery)

 

(Jacob Kramer College, Leeds UK)

 

 CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

 

2000 Curated 31@20, work of past and present students of Gold and Silversmithing Workshop, Canberra School of Art, ANU ITA, to tour to Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau in Germany and to various locations in Taiwan.

 

1996 Curated Made to Matter for Craft ACT

 

1995 Co-curated (with Merryn Gates) Strate'gens, an exhibition dealing with the strategic use of materials and process in contemporary visual practice for Canberra School of Art Gallery

 

1990 Curated First Adelaide Jewellery Biennial for The Jam Factory Workshops, Adelaide, 1991

 

CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS CONVENED

 

2000 Co-convened one-day seminar Zero Craft:Craft 00 with the NGA to coincide with Technocraft, Susan Cohn’s retrospective exhibition at the NGA. 

1998 Convened Making New Ground, an interdisciplinary conference on narratives of settlement to mark the opening of Turn the Soil at CSA Gallery in May 1998. 

 

 

Publications

Refereed Papers

 

Conversations in the Past Tense: Artists, Objects and Museums 2008

http://www.acuads.com.au/publishing/

(Click on Port Arthur Project)

 

Chapters for Anthologies

 

Blanche’s Glass Chain Blanche Tilden: True, SFA Press, 2010

 

Ataman Struk Has His Photograph Taken: Testimony and Portraiture in the Russian Civil War Period in Johannes Schlegel and Brita Hansen (eds) Time. Society and Changing Concepts of the Meaning of Evil Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford UK 2010 pp 141 – 147. ISBN 978-1-84888-026-9

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/publishing/id-press/ebooks/challenging-evil

 

Multiple Meanings: The Allusive Objects of Susan Cohn for Brought to Light 2: Contemporary Australian Art 1966-2006 Queensland Art Gallery 2007

 

 

Times and Places: the Recent Work of Valerie Kirk Valerie Kirk, Telos Press London 2003

 

Re-Collecting Proskurov in Jill Bennett and Rosanne Kennedy (eds) World Memory: Personal Trajectories in Global Time Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York, 2003, pp 59 - 68

 

Conversing with Viktor Ivanovich in Rosamund Dalziell (ed) Selves Crossing Cultures: Autobiography and Globalisation Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne 2002, pp 196 - 205

 

Life, Still: Secateur in Barbara Campbell and Laura Ginters (eds) Flesh Winnow: Barbara Campbell Six Performances 1997 – 2001 Power Publications 2002, pp 21 - 27

 

Frank Bauer, entry for Australian Art In the National Gallery of Australia, NGA Publications, 2002

 

Gray Street Workshop: A Mutable Chemistry for Gray Street Workshop: Celebrating Fifteen Years, Gray Street Workshop & Object Contemporary Australian Craft and Design 2000, pp 4 - 8

 

Running Stitch and Running Writing: Thinking About Process: in S. Rowley (ed) Craft and Contemporary Theory, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1997, pp 85 - 97

 

A Philosophical Approach to Design: Gerhard Herbst and Fritz Janeba  in R Butler (ed) The Europeans: Emigre Artists in Australia 1930-1960 NGA Canberra, 1997

 

 

Major Journal Articles

 

Starting a New Sentence in Australian Design, Object No 52, April 2007

 

Social and Sociable:The Vessels of Janet DeBoos in Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 2 2001

 

Twenty Five Reasons on the work of Rox De Luca and Jo Darbyshire for Eyeline 1997

 

Worn and Worn: The Textiles of Liz Williams in Craft Arts International, No 39 1997

 

Valerie Kirk -  Fiberarts, vol 23, No 1 Summer 1996

 

The Body In Question  - Crafts NSW Winter 1991

 

Adelaide Jewellery Biennial - Interview with Janene Pellarin Broadsheet, Oct 1991

 

Redefining the Object: Martin Corbin’s Furniture Craft Arts 22, 1991

 

Altered Perspectives: Illusions in Clay by Yasuo Hayashi Ceramics: Art and Perception Issue 3, 1991

 

Chronicle/Epitaph Craft Realities Issue on Meaning.

 

Naming Names: Negotiating Identity and the Invisible Language of Craft  Broadsheet 19/2 June 1990

 

American Figurative Ceramics Broadsheet 19/1 March 1990

 

Redrawing the Margins: Looking for meaning in the crafts  Broadsheet 18/3 Sept-Dec 1989

 

From Craft History  - Broadsheet 18/2 June 1989

 

Terra Incognita - Another View - Craft West No 2 1989

 

From the Heart - A Wordless Text  - Jewellery : Australia Now, Craft Australia Publication, 1989 (Crafts Council of Australia)

 

Semantics versus Survival - report on the World Crafts Council Conference - Broadsheet 17/2 June 1988

 

Ignoring the Noun, Running with the Verb - the changing face of craft in South Australia - Broadsheet 17/4 Nov 1988

 

So What Is the Future for Modern Jewellery?  - Broadsheet 17/1 March 1988

 

Looking Beyond Borders - A Critique of the 'Experimental’ in Contemporary Jewellery Broadsheet 16/3 Sept 1987

 

 

 

 

Catalogue Essays

 

Three Walks in Unknown Cities in Gathering Loss, catalogue for an exhibition by Irmina Van Niele, University of South Australia School of Art Gallery (part of the School of Art’s External Scholars Program), April 2007

 

Hybrid on the work of Carlier Makigawa, Galerie Funaki, 2005

 

What Are We Looking At? on the work of Mascha Moje, 2001

 

Unpicking Time for Fragments on the work of Julie Blyfield, Jam Factory Gallery, 2001

 

Everyday Lives on the work of Gerry Wedd, Jam Factory Gallery 1999

 

The Convict and the Jew on the work of Tess Horwitz and Sue Pedley, The Convict and the Jew, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 1999

 

Embodying and Spilling on the work of Kay Lawrence for Threefold: An Exhibition in Three Parts, CSA Gallery 1998

 

Sixty Words for Snow: The Glass Work of Helen Aitken-Kuhnen for Pyramids of Light, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide and Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, 1998

 

Brief Lives on the commissioned work of Barbara Heath, for Patron Maker and Jewel, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, 1997

 

Essays on Kelly Thompson and Mascha Moje for A Matter of Making, CSA Gallery, Canberra, 1996

 

Travellers' Tales on the work of Kelly Thompson, Bishop Suter Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand 1996

 

Defrosting Familiar Tales on the work of Bev Hogg and Jo Crawford for Defrosting Familiar Tales, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide, SA, 1995

 

Valerie Kirk for Capital Works Canberra School of Art Heads of Workshop exhibition, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, and touring to SE Asia, 1995

 

Going Out or Forth for UK Wit and Excess, Australian touring exhibition of nine British women artists (Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Feb-Dec 1995)

 

Land/scape  on the work of Valerie Kirk, and Life Histories  on the work of Diana Wood Conroy for Textiles From the Edge Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide 1995

 

The Tatt, on the work of Neil Roberts, for The Plait, the Tatt and Baudelaire's Rope, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide, 1993

 

If You Have Five Seconds to Spare, I'll Tell You the Story of My Life on the work of Gerry Wedd, for Scratch, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide, 1993

 

Five Details on the work of Catherine Truman, for Lifeboat, Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide, 1992

 

The Image Focussed on the work of Susan Cohn, for Cosmetic Manipulations, Melbourne 1992

 

Sieglinde Karl on the work of Sieglinde Karl for Unfamiliar Territory Adelaide Biennial 1992

 

A Few Jumps on the work of Bronwyn Platten, for Independent Vocabularies: a 1992 Adelaide Festival Visual Arts Programme Project

 

Love: An Appropriate Myth on the work of Gerry Wedd, for The Myth Appropriated Gerry Wedd and Mark Kimber, Adelaide Festival Centre 1991

 

Edges, Shifts and Chances: Contemporary Australian Jewellery in 1991 

for First  Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, Adelaide 1991

 

Gossip for Gossip, Prospect City Art Gallery, Adelaide 1991

 

Robert Foster on the work of Robert Foster for Robert Foster, The Australian Jewellery Designers Gallery, Sydney 1991

 

Archetypal Strategies for Archetypal Strategies touring exhibition, SA, NSW, ACT, QLD, 1990

 

Questions About the Nature of Collaboration for Quilted Visions touring exhibition, SA 1989

 

Melanie Howard on the work of Melanie Howard for Australian Perspecta 1989

 

Exhibition Reviews

 

Willow, in Object #1 06

 

Technocraft Susan Cohn 1980 – 1990 Like Art Magazine, No 13 Summer 2000

 

Form Follows Formula (Gilbert Riedelbauch) ANCA Gallery, Dickson for Art Monthly 2000

 

From Russia With Love: Costumes for the Ballets Russes 1909-1933 in 

Object #3 1999

 

Klaus Moje : A Retrospective  GLASS No 62, Spring 1996

 

Being With Objects  Object No 1 1996

 

Symmetry : Crafts meet  Allied Trades and Professions  Object Summer 1995

 

Interstices Works by Margaret West  from 1981-1992 , Object Spring 1992

 

South Australian Women Photographers, Artlink 9/1 Mar - May 1989

 

Moet and Chandon touring Exhibition, Artlink 9/2 Winter 1989

 

Personal Effects : The Gold of OplontisAdelaide Review No 58,

Dec 1988

 

Julie Blyfield, Leslie Matthews, Isobel Kindley at the Bullring, Adelaide Review

No 59, Nov 1988

 

Commodified Media - Right Here, Right Now", Artlink 8/2 June - Aug 1988

 

Conversing in Italian - Self Memory and Desire  Artlink 8/2 June Aug 1988

 

Australian Imaginary Figurations - Nikolaus Lang, Adelaide Review,  No 53, July 1988

 

Recent Paintings by Melanie Howard, Adelaide Review No 54,Aug 1988

 

Monuments : Metaphors for Memory , Adelaide Review No 50,April 1988

 

Helge Larsen and Darani Lewers Retrospective, Adelaide Review, No 48, Festival 1988

 

Book and Film Reviews

 

Stephanie Radok and Dick Richards, Julie Blyfield, Wakefield Press, 2007, in Art Monthly, May? 2008

 

Grace Cochrane, Patrick Hall, Tasmanian Monograph Series, Craftsman House, 2004 in Art Monthly May 2005

 

Russian Ark in Vital Signs #5, December 2003

 

Geoffrey Edwards, Art of Glass: Glass in the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria/ Macmillan Publishers Australia 1998 in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art vol 2, No 1, 2001

 

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

 

Ataman Struk has his photograph taken: Testimony, Performance and Photography in the Russian Civil War at 11th Global Conference on Evil and Human Wickedness, Salzburg, Austria, March 2010

 

‘Protecting Country’: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial and the Politics of War Commemoration in Australia Anzac Weekend, Imperial War Museum, London 2008

 

Conversations in the Past Tense: Artists, Objects and Museums for Revelations conference on installation and heritage sites at University of Tasmania, March 2007

 

The Poetics of Memory: Artists in the Archive for Memories in Place symposium on art and heritage CraftACT and Namadgi National Park Nov 2005

 

Masquerades of Violence: Pogroms, Photography and the Ukrainian Civil War for Art and Commemoration Symposium, Humanities Research Centre, ANU, 2005

 

Conversing With Viktor Ivanovich for Selves Crossing Cultures: Autobiography and Globalisation, Centre for Cross Cultural Research, ANU Canberra 2001

 

Meditations On a Boltring: Memory and Time in the Work of Susan Cohn for Zero Craft: Craft 00 , National Gallery of Australia (convened to mark Technocraft, the Susan Cohn retrospective), 2000

 

Return to a New World: A Story in Three Parts at Close Ties, University of Queensland, March 1999

 

Re-Collecting Proskurov at conference on Trauma and Memory, May 1998

 

Transitional Objects: On Collecting and Re-collecting at Craft Objects and Writing Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1997

 

Postgraduate seminar, College of Fine Art, University of NSW, 1996

 

A Day at the Museum of Sydney, seminar organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art on artists in the museum, 1994

 

The Image Focussed  paper presented at Interventions Conference on craft theory, School of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, July 1992

 

The Body in Question II  paper presented at plenary session on the body at Dissonance Conference, Sydney September 1991

 

The Body in Question:  Some Thoughts in Progress  - Keynote address presented at The Body In Question , symposium of jewellers at University of Tasmania, Launceston, July 1991

 

Meeting Angels: Reconciling Craft Practice and Theory - Presented at Ausglass Conference, Sydney, Jan 1991

 

Manual Skills in a Technological Age - Presented at Artists' Week, March 1990

 

So What Is the Future of Modern Jewellery? - Presented at Jewellers and Metalsmiths Conference, Qld, Jan 1988

 

Collections

WORK HELD IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

Canberra Museum and Gallery

 

 

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