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Adjunct staff

Ours is a collegiate community of artist researchers. Amongst our research staff are retired academics whose links to our predecessor institutions in Ballarat and Gippsland enrich our programs. Adjunct professors and honorary research fellows participate in guest lectures and seminars, contribute to research publications and exhibitions, and/or the supervision of research students.

Our adjunct staff are often important figures in the local arts community, who bring a wealth of experience in the arts, arts management and publishing to their roles.

Dr Lisa Anderson

Adjunct Professor

PhD (Public Art) UOW; Master of Visual Arts (Painting and Installation) City Art Institute, UNSW; Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies, City Art Institute, UNSW; Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art) Kelvin Grove CAE.

Dr Anderson’s research questions environmental issues that impact on the social structures of communities and their mapped or metaphysical borders. She develops projects around ways of understanding the effects of climate change. These include work with folklore, legends and religions that tell stories of coping with weather, forced migration of animals and people and coping with difference. She has undertaken international residency programs and exhibitions in the Arctic, Iceland, Paris, Norway, London and China, and she was the first Artist in Residence at the Australian Museum. These unique opportunities continue an extensive art practice of installation work, video, photography and sculpture. Anderson has an extensive record of exhibitions in Australia and overseas with work included in both private and corporate collections. Her exhibitions include Journeys: Due North, a large installation work that includes work created over a 10-year period of engagement in expedition and science work North of the Arctic Circle. Beneath the Beauty of Architecture, an exhibition at her London Gallery, Bicha, used images created in China, Nunuvut Territory in Canada and the Antarctic while working with the migration stories of survival.

Dr Anderson has created many large scale artworks that challenge notions of occupation of the City, including Writing the City, a three-year program of installation works to shift the use of Sydney to being a city of public space in its pre-Olympic development. Singing up Stones celebrated the people who created and use the Opera House and the Quay for performance and ideas. This included the first image projection onto the Sydney Opera House, a projection onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a ballet of cruise liners with the sound simulcast on the local radio station.

Dr Anderson’s company undertakes consultancies for local government, advice on art collections and reviews and audits of cultural impact. She also undertakes project work in the studios of the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia.

In 2018, Dr Anderson is a featured artist in the inaugural Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA). Her work is installed in Trades Hall, central Ballarat, for the duration of the festival. On Saturday 20 October she will give a presentation on her work, Teddy Bear Extinctions, in the venue at 5.30pm.


Above: Detail, Bears Can Dream of the North, Lisa Anderson, 2018.

Websites: Dr Lisa Anderson website / Lisa Anderson.co website

Dr Loris Button

Adjunct Research Fellow
Dip Art, MFA, Grad Cert TT, PhD

Loris Button completed undergraduate studies in painting and drawing at the Phillip Institute of Technology, and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. Her PhD thesis employed self-portraiture as a means for reflecting on the self, time and ageing in contemporary culture.

Working with prints, paintings and drawings on paper, the artist often makes the paper herself, and currently utilises imagery gathered during travels to other parts of the world as a means to interrogate the nature of our engagement with time, place, culture and memory. Since 1978 she has regularly shown in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally. Her work is represented in public and university collections including; the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Federation University Australia, Hanji Development Institute Korea, Loreto College and RMIT.

A staff member of the Arts Academy in 1987 and 1990 - 2010, Dr Button taught into the undergraduate fine arts program, and supervised postgraduate students. Roles during that time included: Painting Studio Coordinator (2002-2010), Acting Honours Program Coordinator and Acting Research, Higher Degrees and Ethics Coordinator (2009 and 2010). Since 2011 she has continued her involvement with the Arts Academy as an Adjunct Research Fellow.

Gordon Morrison

Adjunct Professor 2009-current
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)

Career: Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat since 2004, Division Head; Exhibitions and Collections at the National Gallery of Victoria 1997 – 2003, Registrar National Gallery of Victoria 1984 – 1996, Assistant Registrar NGV 1983-1982.

Research interests: Byzantine art and history, Australian art related to natural sciences, 19th century topographical art, Australian political and social art including cartoons and social realism, Arnhem land bark painting. Practical interest in early music particularly Chant – Gregorian, Corsican and Georgian.

Rodney Forbes

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Master of Fine Arts, Monash University

Born in Melbourne, Rodney Forbes is a painter who is fascinated by how people tell stories. His practice draws on pop, cartooning and joke narrative structures within contemporary culture. He is interested in the story-telling of cultural crossroads such as Chicago, Liverpool and Melbourne, which engender rich cultures of story-painting, cartooning, humour and music. Comparative studies of travellers’ and locals’ tales are a theme and his work also honours the healing dimension of story-telling and painting. He exhibits at Australian Galleries, Melbourne’s oldest commercial gallery, where he has had 17 solo exhibitions. He is also represented in USA by Glenn Green Galleries in Santa Fe.

Rodney was previously the Director of Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, and Switchback Gallery at Monash University and then Federation University. His work has been the subject of two major curated survey exhibitions and he was the recipient of an Australia Council Arts and Crafts Board New Work Grant.

His work is held in the collection of the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, Regional Galleries and numerous private collections in Australia and internationally.

Rodney Forbes’ most recent solo exhibition project was THE SEA, THE SEA, a solo exhibition of paintings at Australian Galleries, Melbourne, which examined metaphors and stories around the theme of voyages of discovery

View works by Rodney here

Connect with Rodney here

Wind & Sky Productions: Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo

Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo are the creative heart of independent documentary film company, Wind & Sky Productions, a company that specialises in documentary storytelling.

Adjunct Research Fellow, Lucinda Horrocks
Master of Arts (Literary Studies), Bachelor or Arts (Honours), Monash University

Lucinda is producer, writer and co-founder of Wind & Sky Productions.  Her work is distributed online, has toured international festivals, is screened at dedicated screenings and events and is on permanent display at museums and cultural institutions. Recent stories include Many Roads about the Chinese on the goldfields of Victoria; Out of the Closets, Into the Streets, about the 1970s Melbourne Gay Liberation movement; and Exile, a musical multimedia tour celebrating the Irish experience in Australia. She has worked with Federation University as a production contractor on the CeRDI stories series, and has collaborated with staff and students on several projects including the MAGNA (2016) award-winning Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe, about the unacknowledged contribution of Aboriginal Victorians on colonial waterways (with historian Associate Professor Fred Cahir); and Memories of War, a project about the impacts of WWI (with FedUni students and staff in performing arts, education, creative writing and history). Her research interest lies in exploring traditional narrative documentary techniques within the new forms of digital storytelling, and in extending the documentary form through collaboration with other art forms.

Adjunct Research Fellow, Jary Nemo

Jary is director, producer and co-founder of Wind & Sky Productions. He has worked in the media industry for four decades. He started out as a photographer at age 14 and has worked across multiple disciplines throughout an eclectic career, including in lighting and sound for theatre, night clubs and live band venues. In the 1980s his film work included scripting co-ordinator for a start-up film company, animation cameraman for Hanna Barbera and director of animation for a documentary television series. In the 1990s he forged a new career in labour market program provision, designing learning programs and doing hands on, face to face training for disadvantaged Tasmanians. He led the implementation of one of the first national internet-based wide area network ‘Skillsnet’, and designed multimedia training systems for RMIT University. With Wind & Sky Productions, he creates narrative-driven and socially responsible short documentaries and digital stories, such as the Sunny award-winner Savoy Ladies Group. In 2016, he worked in India as Director of Photography on a documentary feature Ocean in a Drop. His work has screened internationally in cinemas, on broadcast television, at institutions, in museums, galleries and at local and international film festivals.

Pitcha Makin Fellas

Adjunct Fellas

The Pitcha Makin Fellas are a deadly artist mob based in Ballarat. They are:

Edward (Uncle Ted) Laxton
Adrian Rigney
Peter-Shane Rotumah
Myles Walsh
And assisted by Peter Widmer

They have taken up residence in the Old Post Office Building on the Camp Street Campus, Ballarat. Look for their windows as you stroll down Lydiard Street North towards Sturt Street. In 2018 and 2019, the Fellas are working with Arts Academy students and the community to share their art and story making.

Read more about the Pitcha Makin Fellas.