Dr Anna Lawrenson

BA (Hons) UWS, PhD ANU
Lecturer Museum Studies

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5886

Biographical details

Dr Anna Lawrenson joined Museum Studies in March 2010 to Co-ordinate the program in Hong Kong. Prior to this she worked in curatorial, research and management roles within commercial and public galleries. She has also taught at a number of tertiary institutions including the Australian National University, the University of NSW, Charles Darwin University and the University of Western Sydney.

Research interests

  • Exhibitions and curatorial theory and practice
  • 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

Selected publications & creative works

Download citations: PDF RTF Endnote

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

  • 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).

Original Creative Work

  • Lawrenson, A. (2009). Episode Guide. Reality Check: Watching Sylvania Waters, (pp. 86 - 87). Gymea, Australia: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.
  • Lawrenson, A. (2008). [Catalogue Essay] Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: Scanning Memories - An Exhibition of Memory, Journey and Utopian Dreams. Melbourne, Australia: Print Council of Australia.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Lawrenson, A. (2010). Finding Form: Disrupting Space/Creating Space. The UWS Art Gallery, Werrington North, Australia: University of Western Sydney.

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]

2010

  • Lawrenson, A. (2010). Finding Form: Disrupting Space/Creating Space. The UWS Art Gallery, Werrington North, Australia: University of Western Sydney.
  • 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.

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). [Catalogue Essay] Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: Scanning Memories - An Exhibition of Memory, Journey and Utopian Dreams. Melbourne, Australia: Print Council of Australia.
  • 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).

For support on your academic profile contact .