I have been a practicing Art for over 40 years and I have taught Fine Arts, Visual Arts & Aboriginal Cultural Arts at TAFE NSW for over 20 years. I create mainstream and indigenous imagery and I also like to experiment with a wide range of mediums to express my “stories”. I have worked with a wide variety of media including drawing, painting, wood carving, photography and digital manipulation. 

During 2015 I also created the basis for the soundtrack that featured in the “Bungaree’s Farm” Exhibition held at Middle Head Sydney, in conjunction with Mosman Art Gallery. 

Over the years I have been involved in the creation of a multitude of community based art projects and I see my role as an Arts Consultant being pivotal in my future career. 

About

Curriculum Vitae

Artist / Teacher – Warwick Keen

WOK – 6/5/58

 FEBRUARY – 2018

 

EDUCATION:

 2003: Bachelor of Education; Adult Education & Training

         University of New England – Armidale NSW

2000: Graduate Certificate in Action Learning

         University of Western Sydney – Richmond NSW

1986: Associate Diploma in Creative Arts

            Mitchell College of Advanced Education – Bathurst NSW

 

EMPLOYMENT:

 1997 – 2018: Employed by TAFE NSW as a Fine Arts; Visual Arts & Aboriginal Cultural Arts Teacher and Course Co-ordinator. Tamworth Campus (New England Institute) & Nowra Campus (Illawarra Institute)

1998 – 1999: Aboriginal Art Teacher at Tamworth Correctional Centre

1995 – 1996: Aboriginal Art Teacher employed by the Verner Mackay Group, Brisbane – Presenting and promoting Aboriginal Art Programs in remote Aboriginal Communities throughout NSW and Southern QLD.

1999 – 2004: Indigenous Representative – Arts North West – Regional Arts Organisation.

2015: Appointed to The Shoalhaven Arts Board

 

AWARDS:

1999: National NAIDOC Art Award – “RESPECT”.

2012 & 2010: Highly Commended – NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Award

Selected as a Finalist every year since inception – Commended many times.

2013: COFA Artist Residency Award – Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Award.

2015: Highly Commended – Wollongong City Art Gallery – Lord Mayor’s & Blue Scope Steel Aboriginal Art Award.

 

GRANTS:

 1984: Australia Council for the Arts – $5000 – Create new work for Exhibition

2011: Australia Council for the Arts – $20,000 – Create new work for Exhibition

 2015: Arts NSW – Regional Arts Fund – $3000 – Promote and present new work to tour regional NSW.

 

COMMISSIONS:

 2006:

Commissioned to paint “Coming Together” foyer ceiling mural by The University of Newcastle & NSW Department of Rural Health at Tamworth Base Hospital.

 2017:

 FEB: Commissioned to design and install large artwork/painting by The Shellharbour City Council – SHELLHARBOUR CITY HUB – Customer Service Wall. (5 metres X 4 metres)

NOV: Commissioned by Wollongong City Council & Wollongong Art Gallery to create original design for large Mural to be painted on Northern side of building (approx. 220 square metres). Mural to celebrate 40 years operation of the Wollongong Art Gallery.

 

COLLECTIONS:

:Mosman Art Gallery, SYDNEY

 Australian Institute for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies – AIATSIS Canberra.

 Wollongong City Art Gallery

 University of Wollongong

 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

 Tamworth Regional Art Gallery

 Campbelltown Arts Centre

 Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place

 University of New England UNE, Armidale

 QANTAS Club, Tamworth

 TAFE NSW – New England

Grand Pacific Health – Nowra

2017:

Employed by the Illawarra Institute of TAFE NSW (Nowra campus) as a Teacher of Fine Arts/ Visual Arts and Course Co-ordinator for Aboriginal Cultural Arts. 

FEB: Commissioned to design and install large artwork/painting by The Shellharbour City Council – SHELLHARBOUR CITY HUB – Customer Service Wall. (5 metres X 4 metres) 

NOV: Commissioned by Wollongong City Council & Wollongong Art Gallery to create original design for large Mural to be painted on Northern side of building (approx. 220 square metres). Mural to celebrate 40 years of the Wollongong Art Gallery.

2016:

Employed by the Illawarra Institute of TAFE NSW (Nowra campus) as a Teacher of Fine Arts/ Visual Arts and Course Co-ordinator for Aboriginal Cultural Arts.

JAN: “Back to Burra Bee Dee” – Digitally manipulated Solo Photographic exhibition held at Gunnedah Creative Arts Centre.

MAR – MAY: “Back to Burra Bee Dee” – Digitally manipulated Solo Photographic exhibition held at Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place.MAR – MAY: “FRACCING” Environmental Vandalism – Painting Exhibition held in conjunction with “Back to Burra Bee Dee” exhibition.

MAY – JULY: “Back to Burra Bee Dee” – Digitally manipulated Solo Photographic exhibition held at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

JULY: Entered into NSW Art Gallery Annual “ARCHIBALD PRIZE” Portrait of Mr Djon Mundine (OAM)

JULY: “IDENTITY” Art workshops held at Tamworth Regional Gallery

JULY – AUG: “Back to Burra Bee Dee” – Digitally manipulated Solo Photographic exhibition held at Tamworth Regional Art Gallery.

OCT – DEC: “Back to Burra Bee Dee” – Digitally manipulated Solo Photographic exhibition held at Orange Regional Art Gallery.

 

 

 

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