Dr Anna Lawrenson

BA (Hons) UWS, PhD ANU
Lecturer Museum Studies

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5886

Biographical details

Dr Anna Lawrenson is interested in how the funding, history and administration of public museums and galleries influences their public offer in terms of brand, exhibitions and programs.

Anna's career has spanned critical museology and applied practice having worked in academia and the arts sector over a number of years. She has been a part of USYD’s Museum Studies, and now Museum and Heritage Studies, programs since 2010. Her background is in art history, and she initially taught in this field at the Australian National University, the University of NSW, Charles Darwin University and the University of Western Sydney. Parallel to this she worked in the arts sector in management, curatorial, consultant and research positions. This dual focus has driven her research, which is informed by her experience of the practical issues that museums and galleries face while being underpinned by a strong theoretical foundation.

Research interests

  • Exhibitions and curatorial theory and practice
  • Museum and Gallery funding and administration
  • Cultural property and museums
  • Contemporary representations of Australian colonisation

Teaching and supervision

  • Exhibitions in museums and galleries
  • Museum and gallery administration
  • Ethics, cultural property and museums
  • Collection development and management

Current projects

  • Blockbusters Exhibitions in Australia – collaborative project with Dr Chiara O’Reilly
  • Curating Experience in Multi-sensual Exhibitions
  • Democratisation of the Exhibition Development Process

Recent conference papers:

  • 2011, “Touching Art: Engaging the senses in the experience of Western art in Hong Kong”, Contact: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Victoria University, Wellington
  • 2011 (with Dr Chiara O’Reilly), “The Cult of the Warrior: Visitor Experience at the Art Gallery of New South Wales”, Contact: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Victoria University, Wellington
  • 2011 (with Dr Chiara O’Reilly), “Cross-Cultural Encounters at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: The First Emperor: China’s Entombed Warriors”, Multiculturalism: Perspectives from Australia Canada and China, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • 2010, Invited paper, “An Integrated Approach to Exhibition Development”, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • 2005, “Flesh and Blood: Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Histories”, Department of Art History & Theory Research Seminar Programme, Power Institute Foundation for Art & Visual Culture, University of Sydney
  • 2004, “Monuments versus Memory: Remembering Bungaree”, Colonial Monuments Collective Memory, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Lawrenson, A. (2010). Finding Form: Disrupting Space/Creating Space. Australia: University of Western Sydney.
  • Lawrenson, A., Bourke, A. (2010). Shifting Sands: Botany Bay Today. Australia: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre.

Book Chapters

  • Lawrenson, A. (2006). Crossing Cultures / Crossing Times: Impersonation, Appropriation and Portraiture in Postcolonial Australian Art. In Sylvia Kleinert (Eds.), Crossing Cultures: Art Politics and Identity. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press.

Journals

  • O'Reilly, C., Lawrenson, A. (2014). Revenue, Relevance and Reflecting Community: Blockbusters at the Art Galley of New South Wales. Museum & Society, 12(3), 157-170.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: Scanning Memories - An Exhibition of Memory, Journey and Utopian Dreams. Imprint, 44(1), 26-27.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). The Public Face of an Artist: A Gallery Perspective. NAVA Quarterly, March 2009, 5.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2008). Lines in the Sand: Botany Bay Stories From 1770. Art Monthly Australia, 216, 15-19.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2002). Responding in Perspective: Historical Narratives in the Art of Gordon Bennett and Geoff Parr. Crossings (International Australian Studies Association: Online), 7(3).

Textual Creative Works

  • Lawrenson, A. (2014). The river is life and family..not just water. [It] is a liquid asset in more than economic ways. River to River, (pp. 3 - 6). Emu Plains, Australia: Penrith Regional Gallery.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2010). Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: An Exhibition of Memory, Journey and Utopian Dreams. Scanning Memories, (pp. 1 - 4). Melbourne, Australia: Print Council of Australia.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). Episode Guide. Reality Check: Watching Sylvania Waters, (pp. 86 - 87). Gymea, Australia: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • O'Reilly, C., Lawrenson, A. (2014). New funding for the Australian Museum - but is it sustainable? The Conversation. [More Information]

2014

  • O'Reilly, C., Lawrenson, A. (2014). New funding for the Australian Museum - but is it sustainable? The Conversation. [More Information]
  • O'Reilly, C., Lawrenson, A. (2014). Revenue, Relevance and Reflecting Community: Blockbusters at the Art Galley of New South Wales. Museum & Society, 12(3), 157-170.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2014). The river is life and family..not just water. [It] is a liquid asset in more than economic ways. River to River, (pp. 3 - 6). Emu Plains, Australia: Penrith Regional Gallery.

2010

  • Lawrenson, A. (2010). Finding Form: Disrupting Space/Creating Space. Australia: University of Western Sydney.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2010). Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: An Exhibition of Memory, Journey and Utopian Dreams. Scanning Memories, (pp. 1 - 4). Melbourne, Australia: Print Council of Australia.
  • Lawrenson, A., Bourke, A. (2010). Shifting Sands: Botany Bay Today. Australia: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre.

2009

  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). Episode Guide. Reality Check: Watching Sylvania Waters, (pp. 86 - 87). Gymea, Australia: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: Scanning Memories - An Exhibition of Memory, Journey and Utopian Dreams. Imprint, 44(1), 26-27.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). The Public Face of an Artist: A Gallery Perspective. NAVA Quarterly, March 2009, 5.

2008

  • Lawrenson, A. (2008). Lines in the Sand: Botany Bay Stories From 1770. Art Monthly Australia, 216, 15-19.

2006

  • Lawrenson, A. (2006). Crossing Cultures / Crossing Times: Impersonation, Appropriation and Portraiture in Postcolonial Australian Art. In Sylvia Kleinert (Eds.), Crossing Cultures: Art Politics and Identity. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press.

2002

  • Lawrenson, A. (2002). Responding in Perspective: Historical Narratives in the Art of Gordon Bennett and Geoff Parr. Crossings (International Australian Studies Association: Online), 7(3).

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