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Ecologies of Drawing

June 2022

Drawing Research Network, Loughborough University online exhibition.

Continuing the annual Drawing Research Network events, the Drawing Research Group at Loughborough University are pleased to host an online exhibition of drawing curated by artist Sara Schneckloth which aims to explore the notion of ‘Ecologies of Drawing’. 

Images selected for exhibition explore Ecologies of Drawing and how they might act as agents of change. Scientifically concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and environments, in the context of drawing, the term ecology might be understood generously to include: environments of dynamic exchange and metastable equilibrium; inter-relational sites of spatial and temporal encounter; the complex systems and patterns of material and virtual worlds; social, political, and economic ecologies; self-sustaining microcosms within spheres of containment; and fragile interdependencies. In the light of the analogous and entwined conditions of drawing and ecology, we are curious to learn how the agency of drawing operates as an ecological practice – be it in graphite trails, sonic traces, and waves of light, or events and encounters that activate diverse thought and conversation.



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King Island Residency

24 Jan - 2 Mar, 2022

Artist in residence courtesy of the King Island Council.


“Out There” - stories of people, ideas, creatures on the edge of the world and our imaginations.

Thursday 19 March, 7 pm. Watch via Facebook

Guest presenter for Pint of History Hobart with Professor Michael Robinson (historian of science and exploration, and blog editor of the popular “Time to Eat the Dogs” ) and Ryan Burley, Librarian at the State Library of Tasmania


"Bringing humanity to healthcare with Laminex CustomArt"

Feb 23, 2020

An insightful article written by Mark Scruby about my illustrations used for wayfinding in the New Royal Adelaide Hospital.


BODY, SPACE, PLACE: Drawing Workshop, Arnhem Netherlands

Jan 15-19, 2020.

I'll be running a drawing intensive with architecture students from ArtEZ Academy in Arnhem working with Vervoort Architecten & artist Marcel Doorduin.


Drawing on Dialysis

Guest Artist - Nephrology South, Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania Nov 2019 - Feb 2020.


Girls on Ice 

Instructor workshop with Geolocation Journeys, Switzerland, June 11-14, 2018


Hydro Tasmania The Derwent Symposium

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

11:00am - 4:00pm

Friday 22nd September

I will be a guest panellist for the The Derwent Symposium which is part of a fantastic exhibition by Martin Walch and David Stephenson, The Derwent currently on show at TMAG 28-07-2017 to 05-11-2017.

Panel 2 1:00 - 1:50pm

Central Gallery, TMAG


MC Ursula Taylor

Acting Director, Derwent Estuary Program

Miguel De Salas

Senior Curator of Botany, TMAG

Carolyn Maxwell

Senior Scientist, Sustainable Resources, Hydro Tasmania

Annalise Rees

Tasmanian artist


11.8.17 Backscatter: the voyage of the Investigator

(with James Batchelor and Pete Harmsen)

IMAS Gallery

20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point



Opening Friday Aug 11 5:30pm

To be opened by Dr Tara Martin CSIRO

Exhibition Dates Aug 11 - Sep 8

Mon - Fri  9am - 5pm


18.1.17 Upcoming shows/projects for 2017;

I have a busy start to the year with several projects on the go - oh, and finishing my PhD at the University of Tasmania! Works will be on show in Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Burnie. 


Navigating the unknown: Place, space and drawing

Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania

March 18 - 31, 2017


Opening Friday March 24, 5:30pm

PhD Assessment exhibition.




5 Kent Street Henley Beach, SA

March 2017, dates TBC - keep an eye out here!


Drawing works and prints.


DEEPSPACE Premiere (with James Batchelor)

Dance Massive 2017

20th March 5, 6, 7, 8pm


Arts House - Meat Market

36 Courtney Street, North Melbourne

Dance Massive 2017



Backscatter: the Voyage of the Investigator

(with James Batchelor, Richard Arculus, Pete Harmsen and Charles Tambiah)

March 17 - April 17, 2017.


Opening Friday March 17th, 5pm

Burnie Maker's Space, Tasmania.

Ten Days on the Island 2017



TIDAL Festival Devonport, Tasmania

Festival Artist in Residence Jan 23 - 30, 2016.


I will be in Devonport as the 2017 TIDAL Festival Artist in Residence, making a scultptural installation on site at Mersey Bluff and running workshops during the festival.

Please see program here




Beyond the Horizon

Public presentation panel with international artist Mariele Neudecker and Dr Tara Martin (CSIRO). IMAS, University of Tasmania, courtesy of the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group. I will be acting as participating chair for a panel discussion about the ocean, art and science.

See further info and podcast here



Into the unknown: an artistic and scientific voyage to Heard Island.

Humanities in the House

Tasmanian House of Parliament


I have the great honour to be be giving a presentation to Tasmanian House of Parliament about my trip to Heard and McDonald Islands aboard the Marine National Facility's RV Investigator courtesy of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania and the  CSIRO.



Working with James Batchelor and collaborators at Tas Dance in Launceston.

Choreographer James Batchelor and I will be giving talks next Friday Aug 19th at IMAS, in the Aurora Lecture Theatre from 1-2pm about our involvement with the RV Investigator voyage to Heard Island in January.


There will also be a free experimental performance of DEEPSPACE a performance installation James and I are collaborating on as a result of the voyage – at TMAG at 6pm on the same day. James and I are currently working up in Launceston at Tas Dance with dancer, Amber McCartney and sound designer, Morgan Hickinbotham. This is the first developmental period for the work. The TMAG performance will be a preview of what we have been working on over the past 3 weeks and opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. This will help us direct the next stage of development (due to happen in Melbourne in November). The DEEPSPACE performance will have its premiere in March 2017 as part of Dance Massive in Melbourne. See invite attached for Friday’s preview – please note that you need to RSVP for the performance via details provided on the invite.


I am also involved in another project – you may have seen it in the IMAS gallery, Oceans of the Unknown, with Dr Vanessa Lucieer, Senior Lecturer, Researcher and marine spatial analyst from IMAS and Dr Jan Hogan, Head of Printmaking at the Tasmanian College of the Arts. We received a Cross Disciplinary Incentives grant from UTAS for our collaboration looking at how artists and scientists image the unseen maritime environment. We will be giving a floor talk in the IMAS gallery space about our collaboration and work from 2:30-3:30pm also on Friday 19th. So, if you’re having a happy Friday afternoon and can escape the office please come along.


1-31 August   Oceans of the Unknown

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies Gallery

Opening Friday Aug 5th, 5pm



Daily Practice and Art in the Sub-Antarctic


On July 5th, here in Hobart, I am giving a talk about my recent trip Heard Island at the Tasmanian Maritime Museum. 

Drawing the unknown: an artistic and scientific voyage to Heard Island in 2016

Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday 5 July 2016

Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance


Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details 


I will also be soon returning to South Australia for my exhibition Daily Practice with Sally Parnis at Adelaide Central Gallery, July 6 – August 6, please see invitation below.

This exhibition will feature some of my recent work as part of my PhD studies at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, focusing on journals, artist books and drawing from my trips to sea on a professional cray boat around the Tasmanian coastline. I will be giving an artist talk about this work at Adelaide Central School of Art Thursday July 14th 12:45-1:20pm.


During my visit I will also be giving a talk at the South Australian Museum about my recent 2 month sub-Antarctic voyage to Heard and McDonald Islands on the RV Investigator with fellow voyager, choreographer James Batchelor, Thursday July 14th 6-7:30pm. This is a ticketed event ($15), including viewing of the Waterhouse Prize and refreshments, please see link here for details and to purchase a ticket.


Daily Practice
Opening Tuesday 12 July, 6 - 8pm





The Hauler, 2015

Graphite on paper

60 x 80cm


Daily Practice    

Sally Parnis and Annalise Rees

Daily Practice explores and celebrates an artist’s commitment to maintaining a daily visual art practice. The digital and physical journals of these talented artists are displayed as interactive artworks alongside completed drawings, paintings, lightbox-mounted prints and moving image works.

We invite you to become a voyeur, allowed exclusive intimate insights into the processes and journeys each artist has taken to explore and resolve their ideas. 

Opening event  |  Tuesday 12 July, 6-8pm

Opening speaker | Emeritus Professor Ian Gibbins, Flinders University

Refreshments provided.



Exhibition dates |  6 July - 6 August 2016

Download the Media Release
Download the exhibition Roomsheet
Exhibition contact: James Edwards, Project Manager - Exhibitions. 



Adelaide Central Gallery
Glenside Cultural Precinct
7 Mulberry Road, Glenside SA 5065
[enter via 226 Fullarton Road  |  Carpark C]

T      08 8299 7300

Exhibition hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 1pm - 4pm

image: Annalise Rees, The Hauler (detail), 2015, graphite on paper, 60x80cm

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Back from Heard Island!

You can read about my amazing sub-Antarctic adventure on the RV Investigator here.



Departure on the RV Investigator for Heard Island fast approaching!

I'll soon be heading off to sea for 2 months, on board the Marine National Facility's

RV Investigator  as an official voyage artist. Keep an eye on my blog for updates on the trip.


RV Investigator image courtesy

RV Investigator image courtesy



Latest adventures on the cray boat Climax to the Port Davey region of Tasmania on my blog here.




Works unveiled at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital

See link to images of some of my drawing work in the new hospital:








Preparing to install Speaking together in silence... at Entrepot Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart.

Show runs 28 Sept - 10 Oct.


Opening launch Friday October 2nd - 5:30pm



The Watcher


Back on the cray boat Climax, to Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group, off Tasmania's north-east. Check out more details of my trip on my blog here.



Eyre Peninsula Workshops.

I am back in SA, over on the beautiful west coast running a series of community and school workshops in Streaky Bay, Ceduna, Wudinna, Elliston, and Miltaburra. Contact for details.



28.12.14 Getting my sea on my cray boat adventure

I'm off on a cray boat for a couple weeks to experience life at sea and the amazing South West World Heritage region of Tasmania! You can find out about my adventure here.






Artist in Residence - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS

I am currently using the IMAS exhibition space as a working studio as part of my PhD project at the University of Tasmania.


I will be giving an artist talk in the IMAS exhibition space 

Monday Dec 22nd 12:15 -12:45pm.

This talk will be about how I have been using the space as a working studio, the works in progress and how this has informed my project so far.

Please come along and take this opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and see what I've been up to over November and December.

Please find a map here of how to get to the IMAS building on the Hobart waterfront

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

20 Castray Esplanade

Battery Point - a short walk from Salamanca.


You can find more details about my project by visiting my blog


20.11.14 - 30.1.15 Built Constructs, Adelaide Town Hall

Opening: 5.30pm-8pm 20 November 2014


Artists: Thom Buchanan, Sundari Carmody, James Dodd, Anna Horne, Ben Leslie and Annalise Rees.

Curator: Polly Dance, Emerging Curator at the Adelaide City Council


In our everyday lives we find ourselves negotiating built environments and constructs to get from ‘A to B’. It can sometimes become an endless negotiation of scaling building facades, nameless roads, fences and boundaries. In all this busyness, it can be easy to get lost - to forget to see and to connect with the world around us.


Built Constructs brings together a group of up and coming emerging and early career South Australian artists whose practices are influenced by physical and societal constructs, architecture, materiality, belonging and ideas of the home. Many of these artists work across disciplines such as painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, woodwork, video and textiles in highly innovative and perceptual ways that seem to draw in the viewer to a place of ponderment and discovery. In this place, we are reminded of that undeniable connection to home, to locale, to the familiarity of particular materials and spaces, and we feel an overwhelming sense of belonging. 

You can read a review of the show by Jane Llewellyn here


2.9.14 - 5.9.14

Drawing Month - Adelaide Central School of Art

I have recently completed some time in residence back at the Adelaide Central School of Art as part of their Drawing Week events. I had the opportunity to test out some new ideas from the studio, working directly onto the walls in the Level 1 corridors in the Teaching Studio Building, click here to see a time lapse video of the work in progress.


16.4.14 - 18.4.14

Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition

I have been most fortunate to be invited to co-judge the KI Easter Art Exhibition alongside Lisa Slade, Project Curator from the Art Gallery of South Australia. I can't say how chuffed I am to be asked to do this and to be able to go back to my beautiful Kangaroo Island! 


Lisa and I had an amazing few days, enjoying seeing the wonderful work by the island's very talented artist community as well as talking about the history of the island and its special place in my heart. 

Thankyou very much to the KI Easter Art Exhibition Committee and congratulations to all the artists who submitted work.


14.04.14 - 15.04.14

Port Lincoln Drawing Group workshop

Once again I am meeting with the wonderful Port Lincoln Drawing group to lead them on a two day workshop in portrait painting. This will be my third workshop with the group developing drawing skills, exploring the handling of paint and basic colour theory and colour mixing.


10.04.14 - 13.04.14

Streaky Bay - Cardboard City workshops - Eyre Peninsula Fishermen and Farmer's Market

I will be travelling once again to the beautiful Eyre Peninsula in South Australia to conduct workshops with the local community. We will be building a cardboard architecture exploring new visions for the town of Streaky Bay.


Evening drawing workshops will also be held for those wishing to come along and brush up on their drawing skills as well as those who've always wanted to do a drawing class, but never quite got round to it. Come along!



Arrival in Tasmania!

I have arrived at my new home in Tasmania! Now it's just a matter of unpacking all these boxes and setting up my new studio!



I have been offered a scholarship to underake a PhD at the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart.  I will be heading south for the next few years to take up this wonderful opportunity. Details of my research proposal are below.


unknown territory; islands of self and other, personal geographies of place through the hand drawn.


I propose to investigate understandings of location and dislocation through the act of drawing. Referencing physical and imagined geographies the research will consider drawing as a process of navigation and mediation by which to understand place. The way in which the drawn mark defines territory will be explored as an act of both separation and connection; drawing as trace, record and way finding methodology.


The research will consider geographic and symbolic notions of place, looking closely at the island as an ideal territory of dis/association. Islands are defined by both separation and connection in physical terms as well as politically, socially and perceptually. They present a locatable but also ambiguous context. It is the slippery definition of borders and boundaries, of where things begin and end that I would like to explore.


The idea of unknown territories is central to defining and understanding place. ‘Islands of self and other,’ describes the necessary separation between self and environment that occurs through the process of drawing, of making one’s mark on and in the world. Physical islands, both real and imagined share this characteristic. They are defined by connection to, and also separation from, greater contexts and regions. Their sea bound edges link as well as keep them at distance. How these types of territories might be negotiated and described through a drawing based approach is what will form the focus of research.


30.9.13 - 10.10.13 Artist in Residence, Repton School, Dubai UAE

I recently travelled to Dubai courtesy of Repton School to be their inaugural artist in residence as part of their annual Arts Week. I conducted artist talks and drawing workshops with  100+ students from year 4 through to year 13. It was a fantastic week which resulted in me presenting a finished drawing to Headmaster, Mr Jonathon Hughes-D'Aeth and Head of Senior School, Mr David Flint. A big thank you to all the wonderful Repton students and to Mrs Wendy Harris, Head of Visual Arts. What an amazing trip!!



16.9.13 - 20.9.13

Eyre Peninsula Workshops; Port Lincoln Drawing Group, MIFSA, West Coast Youth Services, Port Lincoln High School, Cleve Area School and Cummins Area School.

I recently travelled to the Eyre Peninsula to conduct workshops for local community groups and schools. It was a busy week, and a great deal of fun was had - well worth the epic road trip!



Artist Talk, Adelaide Central School of Art

12:15 - 1pm Lecture Room Level 2

Come and hear me speak about my most recent work in Heartland at the Art Gallery of South Australia and how it relates to my broader practice.



Art Gallery of South Australia Year 12 Visual Arts Careers Forum

I will be speaking about a career in the Visual Arts for Year 12 Secondary Students.


20.6.13 - 8.9.13





















Heartland at the Art Gallery of South Australia

I have an installation featuring in this exhibition at the state gallery. Please see more information on the exhibition here.

Review by Ross Woodrow 

Broadsheet article 

Artist Talk 22.6.13 11am



James Brickworks, City of Charles Sturt with Arketype and Swanbury Penglase

I will be working with Jesse Hanlon and Nicki Duance from Arketype on design for an interpretive fence for the historic James Brickworks in Beverley, SA.



Turner @ the Art Gallery of South Australia - Grand Tour on bicycle along the Torrens!

Come along and accompany me on your deadly treadly for a day of Turner inspired drawing along our very picturesque River Torrens. 

10am - 3pm. Contact the gallery to make a booking, materials supplied.



Drawing Out 2013 RMIT

Off to Melbourne with some of my students from Adelaide Central School of Art to attend the concluding Drawing Out conference at RMIT. The first one in 2010 was just amazing! Very much looking forward to it.



Travaux En Cours, Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda

I'll be working in the gallery 11am - 4pm

Opening Sunday 7 April 4pm



Life Drawing Workshop @ Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda.

10am - 4pm



Barossa Festival Project

Today I began working with community groups in the Barossa Valley, assisting with the production of their floats for the upcoming Vintage Festival. This project will see me working with 5 different community groups from concept through to manufacturing stage.



Tour Down Under - King William Road, Hyde Park.

Another cardboard city! This time constructed with a cycling theme, by approximately 80+ kids who were out with their families to celebrate the Tour Down Under.



Port Lincoln Art Prize

I recently travelled to Port Lincoln to judge the Port Lincoln Art Prize at the Civic Hall. While in Port Lincoln I also conducted a drawing workshop with the local drawing group, organised by Hannelore Arnold. A great day! I look forward to returning again.



New Royal Adelaide Hospital - Commission

For the past few months I have been working on some commissioned drawings for the New Royal Adelaide Hospital which will be used as part of the wayfinding strategy for the hospital. The drawings will be integrated into the design of the building, featured on wall surfaces, glazing, lifts and other interior architectural features.

Please see



"Winds of Change," unveiling and dedication.
City of Salisbury commissioned Public Art work commemorating the Gepps Cross Abattoir & Saleyards.


Unity Park (off Main North Road)


Next to the Pooraka Tennis Club, park in the tennis club carpark or on South Terrace.

RSVP by Friday 12 October to Dawn Colbeck on 84068368.



Recycled Art Workshop

Mt Pleasant Natural Resource Centre


Faye McGoldrick

t. 08 85681907




Mosquito Hill Art Show

All Souls Church Hall

34A Third Avenue

St Peters




Afterschool Kid's Workshops and Adult Life Drawing classes beginning in the Barossa.

Afterschool 4-6pm 

Oct 10, 17, 24 - Monster Dolls

Nov 7, 14 - Still Life Cubist Collage


Life Drawing 7-9pm

Oct 10 - Nov 14.

Barossa Regional Gallery.


Contact: Maz McGann

t. 088563 8415



Port Adelaide Open Day

Children's drawing & painting workshop 9am - 4pm.

At the lighthouse. FREE.



Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

Come along to the school holiday children's workshop. Life size self portraits. Contact Murray Bridge Regional Gallery for more details.


More workshops scheduled for October 21st, 28th, Nov 4th & 18th.


Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

27 Sixth Street

Murray Bridge SA 5253

t. 08 85391420



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