Dr Jane Gavan

BVA (SCA) BFA (Sydney) GradDipGalleryMgmt (UNSW) GradCertEdStud (Higher Education) (Sydney) PhD Design UTS
Senior Lecturer, Sculpture

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Jane completed her PhD in Design at University of Technology, Sydney in 2013, a project which aimed to show how creative practitioners, such as designers and artists can raise rates of innovation in industry. Jane has held roles as Associate Dean learning and teaching of Sydney College of the Arts from 2007-2012, Foundation coordinator from 2003-2006 and Head of department from 2002-2006.

Through out her career and increasingly since her doctoral studies Jane’s work has had an outward focus, engaging with industry and the corporate world locally and internationally.

Jane has worked as an academic with teaching and research focused on design, business and visual art for 18 years. Prior to her doctoral study, Jane completed post graduate study in Gallery and Museum Management at the University of New South Wales and Higher Education at the University of Sydney.

Jane Gavan’s early career began with a Fine Art major at the University of Sydney and a Visual Arts major at Sydney College of the Arts. Prior to her academic career Jane ran her own art and design studio, undertaking commissions and production work as well as sculpture and installation projects. Jane also holds a Diploma in Retail Management from Monash University, she spent several years working in the corporate arena in Retail Management in the Object design and Photography sectors.

Jane’s earlier administrative service focused on curriculum strategy, planning and development, motivation and quality in learning experiences and international recruitment. Her recent interests in the academia include, interdisciplinary learning, especially in creativity and innovation and sustainable practice, including work related learning.

Research interests

Jane’s research operates on parallel trajectories, one outward looking and community focused, the other individual and studio practice based. The outward trajectory focuses on understanding the interrelationship between designers and artists and their engagement with industry and manufacturing and other work communities. Jane explores this realm by embedding herself and others within these communities.

Jane’s current project funded in 2016 by the University of Sydney South East Asia Research centre focuses on developing capacity for participants to undertake a series of artist-in-residence placements, within a range of manufacturing communities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The aim is to test the framework she has developed that allows for pathways through the challenges in these arrangements. Designers and artists from the project will produce design and art work that will form a survey exhibition in HCMC in late 2016.

This situated community focused practice enables Jane to explore her studio based enquiry, often resulting in hand made one off design or art works or installations, that develop new or deeper understandings of materials and processes in contexts that include design, art, and product innovation.

Recent exhibited works include Material Pleasure Dome, 2016, an investigation into light and material juxtaposition andPaper Chain, 2014, a work that is a departure from the translucent and transparent light play of other works, yet maintains a focus on sustainable approaches to creative practice. These two works echo the early glass works Gavan Produced in Venice in 2003 during an Australia Council for the Arts project, where she collaborated in a Murano glass studio to produce blown glass into beaded and wire woven forms.

Her work is informed by Practice, Material and Object theories, with particular synergies around the often pragmatic philosophical approaches of Latour, Schon, Joas and Reckwitz. Gavan maintains an active engagement with the realms of Material Science and Material Culture and the Social History of Technology with a particular interest in how these disciplines intersect with design and art practice.

Teaching and supervision

Jane has had 18 years of experience in leadership, teaching and supervision in visual arts. Since 2009, Jane has developed and delivered creativity courses in business and organisations, including University of Sydney School of Business, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Commonwealth Bank.

Jane has taught as a visiting lecturer in China, in Shanghai, Beijing, in the USA - including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Rochester, New Jersey, and in Europe in Hasselt, Belgium and morerecently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

In recent years, Gavan’s teaching and supervision has ranged from:

Undergraduate:

Introduction to Creativity - an interdisciplinary elective (with its planned partner unit – Understanding Innovation approved for delivery and yet to be taught).
First year studio teaching and program leadership – including team taught large interdisciplinary classes (Photo and Sculpture).
Biomymicry in Practice - an interdisciplinary elective.
Studio Undergraduate programs in Sculpture.
Glass Electives - in Lighting design, Warm and Cast Glass and sustainable glass practice.

Post graduate:

Honours Supervision in Visual Arts.
Research Masters supervision in Visual Arts and Design.
PhD supervision and examination in Visual Arts and Design.
Masters coursework teaching and supervision in Master of Business
(Visual communications at work).
Global Executive Master of Business (Leadership, Narrative and Sense making).
Master of Fine Arts and Doctoral program in Investment in the Art and Entertainment Industry in Australia - Tsinghua University through USYD Business School.

Professional learning:

2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Bank workshops on Creativity at Work, Commonwealth Bank, Wired for Wonder, a Creativity, Innovation and Technology event.
2015 Short course Senior work leaders program pilot at MONA, Tasmania, leading one of four days, for the University of Sydney Business school.
2014 Creative Leadership Development workshop for Chinese State Asset Managers for the Vice Chancellors International Leadership program, Office of Global Engagement, University of Sydney.

Current projects

South East Asian Research Centre interdisciplinary Cluster Grant in Arts and Humanities with Business in 2016 –Factories as studios: building increased capacity for creativity and innovation in Vietnamese manufacturing through an artist-in-residence program with Universities in Architecture, Design and Decorative Art in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Associations

Ausglass Member
Society for the History of Technology
Art of Management

Awards and honours

2016 South East Asia Study Centre Research Grant, University of Sydney
2010 Special study leave SCA Factory as Studio
2007 Research development grant for residency in Germany at Schott Glass Flitterwochen
2005 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2004 SCA Residency at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, Fluorescent pink research
2003 Sesquicentenary Grant, USyd History of Technology project, Fluorescent pink research
2001 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

Selected grants

2015

  • Factories as Studios - Building Increased Capacity for Creativity and Innovation in Vietnamese Manufacturing Through an Artist in Residence Program.; Gavan J; University of Sydney/Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Cluster Research.

2005

  • New Work Grant; Gavan J; Visual Arts and Crafts Board of Australia/Research Grant.

2004

  • An interdisciplinary test case:developing a material science and material culture history of the colourant fluorescent pink; Gavan J; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
  • Glass and Jewellery and Object design; Gavan J; University of Sydney/Equipment Grant.

2002

  • Overseas Travel Grant , Glass Art Society Conference in Amsterdam; Gavan J; University of Sydney/Travel Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Conferences

  • Gavan, J. (2014). Extending the comfort zone - The artist exemplar in practice within management education – reflections on student feedback that suggest artists may facilitate wider creative comfort zones for students. The 7th Art of Management and Organization Conference 2014, London: The Art of Management & Organization.
  • Gavan, J. (2012). Where Do You Draw the Line? An Approach to an Artist-Led Case Study of the Critical Aspects of Artist Residence with Organisations. Creativity and Critique: The Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference, York: York Management School, University of York.

Visual Art

  • Gavan, J. (2014). Paper Chain. In: Paper Chain. Articulate project space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2013). In altum fidem, 2013. In: Articulate Turns Three. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2013). Light Louvre Grip 2013. In: MULTI_GRIP. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2013). Light Louvre Grip B&W, 2013. In: blackandwhite. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2012). Aire. In: Creativity and Critique: The Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference. University of York, Centre for the Study of Working Lives and The York Management School. University of York, York, United Kingdom.
  • Gavan, J. (2012). Shanghai Mille Fiore. In: Glass Artists' Gallery 30 Year Celebration Exhibition 30/30. Glass Artists' Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2011). 1. Fluorescent pink object collection and samples from the Day-Glo Factory 2. Digital wall-mounted prints of the Radiant Color Inc. residency, fluorescent objects and BBB project data. 3. Participatory work, scale versions of bollards, fluorescent vinyls and journal where visitors record drawn and written ideas and suggestions. In: FACTORY as STUDIO: A participatory object design project. University of Technology Sydney. DAB LAB research gallery, UTS, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2010). Flouro Grasses. In: Radiant Color. Radiant Color Inc, Houthalen, Belgium.
  • Gavan, J., Hermans, V., Academie voor Schone Kunsten, S. (2010). Light work. In: Radiant Color Inc. | Light work. Radiant Color Inc. Radiant Color Inc, Houthalen, Belgium.
  • Gavan, J. (2009). Holian. In: Untouchable. Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2008). 1. red/pink vessel 2. tangerine/pink tower 3. babylonia'. In: Shaping Perspectives. Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2006). Blue Vessel. In: Blue. Glass Artists Gallery, 70 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2006). Pink Stairwell. In: Pink Stairwell. Haymarket, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2006). Title?. In: Cross Media. University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2005). Pink Factory light project. In: Pink Factory Light Project. Bushells Coffee Factory, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2004). All the Pink Books. In: All the Pink Books. Kinokunya, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2004). Blown Beaded Vessels Series. In: New South Wales Group Makers Artisans in the Gardens. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2004). Grace Notes and Pink Vessel. In: Reflections. Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2003). Landscape Document. In: Palimpsest Science and Art Symposium. Mildura Arts. Mildura Palimpsest, Mildura, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Gavan, J. (2011). Factory as Studio: Developing a practice-based framework for artists and designers who choose to work within industrial communities. Factory as Studio Blog, 2011, Sydney, Australia: self-published.

Design or Architectural Works

  • Gavan, J. (2010). Wall Work. Radiant Color Inc., Houthalen, Belgium: Radiant Color Inc. corporate installation.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Gavan, J. (2008). Fluoro Pink, Television, Sydney, Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

2014

  • Gavan, J. (2014). Extending the comfort zone - The artist exemplar in practice within management education – reflections on student feedback that suggest artists may facilitate wider creative comfort zones for students. The 7th Art of Management and Organization Conference 2014, London: The Art of Management & Organization.
  • Gavan, J. (2014). Paper Chain. In: Paper Chain. Articulate project space, Sydney, Australia.

2013

  • Gavan, J. (2013). In altum fidem, 2013. In: Articulate Turns Three. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2013). Light Louvre Grip 2013. In: MULTI_GRIP. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2013). Light Louvre Grip B&W, 2013. In: blackandwhite. Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia.

2012

  • Gavan, J. (2012). Aire. In: Creativity and Critique: The Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference. University of York, Centre for the Study of Working Lives and The York Management School. University of York, York, United Kingdom.
  • Gavan, J. (2012). Shanghai Mille Fiore. In: Glass Artists' Gallery 30 Year Celebration Exhibition 30/30. Glass Artists' Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2012). Where Do You Draw the Line? An Approach to an Artist-Led Case Study of the Critical Aspects of Artist Residence with Organisations. Creativity and Critique: The Sixth Art of Management and Organisation Conference, York: York Management School, University of York.

2011

  • Gavan, J. (2011). 1. Fluorescent pink object collection and samples from the Day-Glo Factory 2. Digital wall-mounted prints of the Radiant Color Inc. residency, fluorescent objects and BBB project data. 3. Participatory work, scale versions of bollards, fluorescent vinyls and journal where visitors record drawn and written ideas and suggestions. In: FACTORY as STUDIO: A participatory object design project. University of Technology Sydney. DAB LAB research gallery, UTS, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2011). Factory as Studio: Developing a practice-based framework for artists and designers who choose to work within industrial communities. Factory as Studio Blog, 2011, Sydney, Australia: self-published.

2010

  • Gavan, J. (2010). Flouro Grasses. In: Radiant Color. Radiant Color Inc, Houthalen, Belgium.
  • Gavan, J., Hermans, V., Academie voor Schone Kunsten, S. (2010). Light work. In: Radiant Color Inc. | Light work. Radiant Color Inc. Radiant Color Inc, Houthalen, Belgium.
  • Gavan, J. (2010). Wall Work. Radiant Color Inc., Houthalen, Belgium: Radiant Color Inc. corporate installation.

2009

  • Gavan, J. (2009). Holian. In: Untouchable. Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia.

2008

  • Gavan, J. (2008). Fluoro Pink, Television, Sydney, Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
  • Gavan, J. (2008). 1. red/pink vessel 2. tangerine/pink tower 3. babylonia'. In: Shaping Perspectives. Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space, Sydney, Australia.

2006

  • Gavan, J. (2006). Blue Vessel. In: Blue. Glass Artists Gallery, 70 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2006). Pink Stairwell. In: Pink Stairwell. Haymarket, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2006). Title?. In: Cross Media. University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia.

2005

  • Gavan, J. (2005). Pink Factory light project. In: Pink Factory Light Project. Bushells Coffee Factory, Sydney, Australia.

2004

  • Gavan, J. (2004). All the Pink Books. In: All the Pink Books. Kinokunya, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2004). Blown Beaded Vessels Series. In: New South Wales Group Makers Artisans in the Gardens. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gavan, J. (2004). Grace Notes and Pink Vessel. In: Reflections. Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia.

2003

  • Gavan, J. (2003). Landscape Document. In: Palimpsest Science and Art Symposium. Mildura Arts. Mildura Palimpsest, Mildura, Australia.

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