About Warwick Keen
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.
Artist/Designer/Teacher Warwick Keen
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
1997 – 2021: 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 – 2017: Appointed to the Shoalhaven Arts Board
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.
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.
- Mosman Art Gallery, SYDNEY
- Australian Institute for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
- 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
- ONE TAFE NSW – Northern
RECENT COMMISSIONS and PROJECTS
2020: 1 of 4 artists selected to exhibit in “Online, On Country Contemporary Aboriginal Art NAIDOC Week Showcase” – held in the Dixson Library at The University of New England, Armidale. 11th November – 30 January 2021.
2020: Commissioned to design 40m (w) X 4m (h) mural for the Bomaderry Indoor Sporting Complex. Mural successfully installed in December 2020.
2020: Commissioned to curate “the TERRA within” Aboriginal Artist Exhibition held from 9th October – 5th December 2020. The exhibition consisted of over 30 Aboriginal Artist responses to the past 250 years of colonisation.
2020: Successful artist/designer selected for UAP/ NRMA Sydney Harbour Fast Ferries Centennial Project. Project stalled due to COVID-19.
2019: January – Commissioned to create Indigenous design ‘WRAP’ for the Fulton Hogan Group (Engineers / Builders) – Employees Education & Training Centre.- ALBION PARK RAIL BYPASS.
2019: JULY – SEPT – B -Line Bus Project for Transport NSW, contracted to Gill MInervini Creative. Creating and developing 3 designs for North Shore Bus Infrastructure cabinets.
2019: OCTOBER – Community Artist in Residency at ‘NANIMA’ Aboriginal Community at Wellington NSW – Carved Tree Project.
2018: JUNE – JULY Completed commission for ROADS & MARITIME SERVICES NSW to design and install 7 large murals as an Anti Grafitti initiative along Memorial Drive in Woonona, WOLLONGONG.
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) – Installed in November2017.
2017: 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 created to celebrate 40 years operation of the Wollongong Art Gallery – Mural Installed in February 2018.