Artists in residence

The Faculty of Education and Social Work's Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program engages the expertise of a renowned and practising artist with the faculty's staff, students and alumni and friends, as well as faculty partners and stakeholders, the University generally, and the wider community.

Each artist in residence is appointed from existing contacts and professional associates, including alumni and faculty honoraries. Each one excels in their chosen field, for example writing, painting, screenwriting, script writing, illustration or theatre production, and all are experienced communicators.

The AiR program attracts attention from media and creative industries, locally as well as nationally. In previous years, it has held events in partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The program allows the faculty to foster a relationships with specialist artisans, providing a ‘space’ for creativity that engages the learning objectives of the faculty in an innovative way. It also showcases the work of the faculty's Arts and Creative Education Research Network and highlights the enormous potential in the work and partnerships of the research network.


2016 Semester Two Artist in Residence: Jeannie Baker

Jeannie BakerJeannie Baker is an artist, filmmaker, and author of a number of children's picture books, including Where the Forest meets the Sea and. most recently, Circle. Baker was born in Croydon, England and attended art college at Brighton Polytechnic before emigrating to Australia in 1975. Baker is known for her use of mixed media to create detailed and elaborate collages, she has developed a very individual style that is distinctly recognisable. These collages are considered works of art in themselves; a series of her collages created for each of her books have formed travelling exhibitions.

Baker's work focuses on a diverse range of issues including family, society, sustainability, the environment, car-free urban spaces, Australian outback and wildlife. Her most recent picture book, Circle, was published by Walker Books to great acclaim in 2016 and its illustrations form the basis of a touring exhibition, commencing its run at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

  • Picture books: Polar (1975), Grandfather (1977), Grandmother (1978), Millicent (1980), One Hungry Spider (1882), Home in the Sky (1984), Where the Forest Meets the Sea (1988), Window (1991), The Story of Rosy Dock (1995), The Hidden Forest (2000), Belonging (2004), Mirror (2010), Circle (2016)
  • Animated films: Where the Forest Meets the Sea (1988), The Story of Rosy Dock (1995).

Schedule of AiR events featuring Jeannie Baker

Date and timeDetailsVenue

Thursday
September 8
5–7.30pm

In Conversation with Professor Robyn Ewing

5–6.30pm: In Conversation
6.30–7.30pm: Reception

In Conversation: LT 351

Reception: Staff Common Room

Education Building A35

Thursday
September 15
4–5.30pm

Workshop: "A walk – the thinking process in creating a picture book"

Room 612
Education Building A35

Thursday
October 6
4–5.30pm

Workshop: "Collage as a Medium – Methods and potential materials"

Room 612
Education Building A35

Thursday
October 20
4–5.30pm

Workshop: "Presentation of Ideas, Discussion and Reflection"

Room 604
Education Building A35


2013 Artist in Residence: Andrew Upton




2012 Artists in Residence: Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle


  • Artist in residence

       Into the landscape: a conversation

    9 August 2012

    Artists in Residence Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle explore landscape as a gateway to the imagination as they discuss their work with Professor Robyn Ewing.

  • Artist in residence

       Book launch: Five times dizzy 30th Anniversary

    14 November 2012

    The Faculty of Education and Social Work is delighted to invite you to a celebration of the 30th anniversary of our Artist-in-Residence Nadia Wheatley’s groundbreaking book, Five Times Dizzy and the launch of the new edition that includes the sequel, Dancing in the Anzac Deli.



2011 Artist in Residence: Libby Gleeson AM


  • Artist in residence

       Libby Gleeson's writing workshop

    13 September 2011

    Follow artist in residence, Libby Gleeson AM through a creative writing workshop for students, staff, alumni and friends. It can also be used as a guide to begin your own writing practice.