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

Telephone +61 2 9351 1076
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

Biographical details

Jane Gavan’s art career began with study in Fine Arts at the University of Sydney and Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. Jane went on to study Gallery and Museum management as well as higher education teaching, and completed her PhD in Design at UTS in 2013. Even in her early career as an artist she produced large installation works in glass, an approach that would become characteristic of the work of many graduates from the glass studio at SCA where Jane is a senior lecturer in Scuplture.

Formally, Gavan’s works display a focus on asymmetrical but repetitive pattern, which is mediated through light and materials that interact with light such as glass, metal and plastics. Jane often includes sustainable approaches in her work such as using recycled materials or low energy production techniques. Gavan’s subjects have often been every day objects and locations, often situated in or with reference to manufacturing communities. These spaces of social interaction are also important as they often generate the materials and offer the processes from which the works are made, or are the location of self-organised residencies.

Research interests

Gavan’s interest has always been in a rigorous investigation of formal elements of her work, and how well these elements can be married up with her conceptual approach. Her work is informed by Practice and Object theories, with particular synergies towards the philosophical approaches of Latour, Schon, Joas and Reckwitz. Gavan mainains an active engagement with the realms of Material Science and Material Culture and the Social History of Technology with a particualar interest in how these disciplines intersect with art and design practice.

Often presenting her works in situ within a gallery or industrial space, the artist seeks to allow the viewer a chance to connect the space with the work, in a way that is understated, yet palpable. RecentlyGavan has exhibitedPaper Chain, 2014 a work that is modernist in its formal qualities, and a departure from the translucent and transparent light play of other works. The work in paper is more akin to the early glass works Gavan Produced in Venice in 2003, some of which were blown in opaque glass with modernist curvilinear silhouettes. An overview of Gavan’s work shows interest in light, sustainable practice and pattern making which often interleaves her work between the categories of design and object making, sculpture and installation.

Teaching and supervision

Jane Gavan is currently the Unit coordinator of the year two Scuplture Program. Jane has 15 years experience in teaching and supervision in visual arts, and since 2009 teaching in Creativity in Business and Oragnisations. Jane has taught as a visiting lecturer in China - Shanghai, Beijing, Huangzhou, in the USA - including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Rochester, New Jersey, and in Europe inHasselt, Belgium.

In recent years, Gavans teaching and supervision has ranged from:

  • Studio Undergraduate programs at Sydney college of the Arts in Sculpture
  • Glass Electives - in Warm and Cast Glass
  • First year studio teaching - interdisciplinary (Photo and Sculpture)
  • Biomymicry in Practice - an interdsicplinary elective
  • Masters coursework teaching and supervision in
  • Master of Business, Global Executive Master of Business, and Master of Fine Arts
  • Honours Supervision in Visual Arts
  • Research Masters supervisionin Visual Arts
  • PhD supervision in Visual Arts

Current projects

Gavan's solo exhibition at Articulate Project SpaceLIGHTFALLwill feature a series of situated light works, using a wide range of media in December 2015.

She is developing an exhbition series forLIGHTFALLwhich includes working with local curators on iterations of this work in Shanghai, China in 2016 and Madrid, Spain in 2017.

Associations

Ausglass Member

Society for the History of Technology

Art of Management

Awards and honours

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

2005 The Butterfly Project

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

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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