BA(Hons) MVA Monash, GradCertEdStud (Higher Education) Sydney
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching
Andrew Lavery was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria. He has been a practising artist for 12 years and has exhibited widely in Australia abroad. Lavery has evolved as a conceptual multi-disciplinary artist with specific interests sculpture, installation and the handmade object in hybrid practice.
Lavery has been the recipient of two Australia Council grants that have taken him to Venice, Italy to research ‘massiccio’ glass techniques and New York, USA to research hybrid uses of glass at the Corning Museum’s Rakow Research Library.
Andrew’s work is recognised in major publications such as Australian Glass Today. His work is included public and private collections, including Art Bank, The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery and Coca Cola Amatil.
Alongside his artistic practice, Lavery regularly collaborates with and creates work for major Australian artists including, Hany Armanious, Janet Laurence and Marion Borgelt.
Lavery maintained a long-standing interest in exploring social issues through his art practice, in particular notions of commodity and the relationship of banality and suburban desire. His recent works are a form of archaeological barometer, implying layers of occupation by different social groups and their connection to the cultural and interpersonal fabric of urban life.
Lavery’s PHD research investigates the socio-critical role contemporary art plays in urban transformation in Australian post-industrial areas and working class suburbs. It maps the tenuous relationship between art, commodity culture and capitalism and theorises the agency of contemporary art in relation to the conflicts brought about by gentrification.
Lavery leads SCA’s Research Hotspot titled, The Handmade Object. The research group investigates and engages with making in the context of contemporary innovation, the current rapid amplification of craft-based fabrication, non-industrial-scale and handmade processes in the production and distribution of contemporary art.
Ten Squared: Ten artists, Ten decades, 100 years of glass, Canberra Glassworks, 2013
Emerald City, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, 2009
RBS emerging Artist Award, 2009
Pilot Light, Canberra Glass Works, Canberra, 2008
Another Day, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, 2007
City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2007
A Glimpse from Australia, Chappell Gallery, New York, 2006
M Generation, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne, 2006
Mindmaps, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2005
25 Years of Monash Glass, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2005
Less is More, More is a Bore, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, 2002
'World Glass', Object Magazine, 2006
Runming Li, MFA
Ernerst Salerno, MFA, 'Corporeal Mortality in Occupied Space and the Continuum of the Mind in Perpetuity.'
Kayo Yokoyama, MFA
Awards & Grants
2008 NAVA (National Association of Visual Artists) Marketing Grant
2007 Australia Council for the Arts: New Work Grant
2003 Australia Council for the Arts: Skills and Development Grant
2002 Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship, USA, Advanced Venetian-style glassblowing with Andrea Zilio
Member of the Pilchuck International Advisory Council
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