Faculty of Arts

Noel Frankham

Noel Frankham

Professor Noel Frankham

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts
Academic Integrity Adviser

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts – Photog.) TCAE

Contact Details

Contact Campus Hobart CBD Campuses
Building Humanities Building
Room Reference 577
Telephone +61 3 6226 1820
Fax +61 3 6226 7842
Email Noel.Frankham@utas.edu.au
  • Chair, Business Development Committee, Faculty of Arts
  • Chair, Academic Study Leave Review Committee, Faculty of Arts
  • Chair, Adjunct and Clinical Titles Review Committee, Faculty of Arts

Career Summary

Noel Frankham was appointed as Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts in August 2012. He was Professor of Art and Head of School, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania from February 2002 until August 2012.  Previously he was Professor and Head of School with the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia (June 1999 to January 2002). This followed four and a half years as Director of Object – Australian Centre for Craft and Design. Prior to Object, Frankham was the Director of the Australia Council's Visual Arts/Craft Board (1989 to 1994), which followed two and a half years as a project officer and then a program manager. Frankham was Extension Services Officer with the Queensland Art Gallery's Education Section prior to joining the Australia Council. Frankham completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts – Photog.) TCAE, in 1981.

Teaching Responsibilities

Noel Frankham supervises honours, coursework and research postgraduate students and teaches and coordinates the undergraduate unit, FST217/317 Professional Practices (Business Skills).

Academic and Creative Arts Service

  • Deputy Dean Faculty of Arts, 2012-2015, Acting Deputy Dean, 2011 Member University of Tasmania Faculty of Arts, Faculty Management Team, 2002 – current
  • Board Member, Ten Days on the Island, 2012-2014
  • Council Member, Tasmanian Art Teachers Association, 2009-2014
  • Director and Chair, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts 2012-2013, committee member since 2002 - 2013
  • Member, Cultural Policy Advisory Committee, Tasmanian Government, 2013
  • Member Academic Senate, University of Tasmania, 2002 -2013
  • Reference Group Member, Museums Accreditation Program, Arts Tasmania 2011 – 2013
  • Member Centre for the Arts capital works Project Users Group, 2009 – 2013
  • Reference Group membership Domain Precinct redevelopment project, 2012 
  • Member advisory committee for Open to Talent, UTAS Strategic Plan, 2011 - 2012
  • Chair Faculty of Arts Structure Review Project Team and member Project Steering Committee, 2011 - 2012
  • Chair/project leader, DASA-funded Integrated Tasmanian Creative Arts Education (Pathways) project, 2008 – 2012
  • University of Tasmania Heads of School Reference Group, 2008 - 2012
  • Member University of Tasmania Cultural Activities Committee, 2002 – 2012
  • Tasmanian School of Art management and operational committees, 2002 - 2012
  • Chair Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools 2008 - 2011, Executive Committee member, 2000 - 2012
  • Office for Learning and Teaching, Create.Ed – member leadership group, ALTC-funded project led by RMIT, 2009 - 2013
  • Member Creative Industries Innovation Centre Steering Committee (UTS), 2008 - 2012
  • Member University of Tasmania Internationalisation Committee, 2010 - 2011
  • Member steering committee ALTC Learning Outcomes Standards project 2010 – 2011
  • UNSW (Cofa) course review committee, 2010
  • Co-convenor ACUADS 2010 annual conference (and 2003 and 2000)
  • Member project team Studio Teaching Project, ALTC-funded project (UNSW), 2008 - 2010
  • Member and Acting Chair Tasmanian Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee 2006 - 2010
  • Member, Hobart City Council Public Art Advisory Committee 2005 – 2010
  • Design Island, Advisory Committee member, Arts Tasmania, 2007 - 2009
  • Chair, Asialink Visual Arts Committee, 2007- 09 (committee member 2004 - 2007)
  • Member, Hobart City Council Arts Advisory Committee 2002 – 2010
  • University of Tasmania, Culture and Communications Staffing Development Working Party – 2009
  • Adjunct Professor of Art, University of South Australia, 2002 - 2009
  • Senior Vice President and Chair, Claudio Alcorso Foundation, 2002 - 2009 


Noel Frankham's research interests include curatorial practice, especially site-specific exhibitions relating to historically and environmentally significant places; arts policy and funding; visual arts infrastructure (especially organisational change and development); public art and design; craft and design development; and cultural export. He has undertaken a number of significant research and review projects for local, state and federal governments, and arts organisations.

  • Member, Steering Committee C-Domain Research Group, 2013 - 2014
  • Member executive committee, Colonialism and its Aftermath research centre, 2013 – 2014
  • Member, Arts and Environment Research Group leadership team 2010 - current
  • Member "Imaging Nature 2" symposium organising committee, 2012
  • ERA Research Experts Committee member, Humanities and Creative Arts, 2012
  • Faculty of Arts Interim Research Committee – 2009

Recent Publications

  • Frankham, N. & Frost, R. The Booths of Oak Lodge, non-refereed conference paper, presented at ACUADS national conference, September 2010
  • Frankham, N. & Knehans, D. (2009) The visual and performing arts as a postdoctoral workplace.  Chapter 9 in C. Denholm & T. Evans (Eds.) Beyond doctorates downunder: maximizing the impact of your Australian or New Zealand doctorate.  ACER: Melbourne.
  • de la Harpe, B, Peterson, F, Frankham, N, Zehner, R, Neale, D, Musgrave, E & McDermott, R 2009, 'Assessment focus in studio: what is most prominent in Architecture, Art and Design?', International Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 37-51.
  • Frankham, N. 2007, Revelation: installation art and its capacity to interpret and elaborate places of historical significance, ACUADS Publishing, online
  • Frankham, N. 2007, 'Port Arthur Project: Re-interpreting Port Arthur Historic Site through contemporary visual art', ACUADS Research 07/08, 26 - 28 September 2007, College of Fine Arts, UNSW Sydney, pp. 6 – 7, [Refereed conference]
  • Frankham, N. Ed. 2005, Claiming Ground; twenty-five years of Tasmania's Art for Public Buildings Scheme, Quintus, Hobart, pp. 112
  • Frankham, N. 2004, 'Henry Jones Art Hotel', Artlink, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 96

Curated Exhibitions

  • Frankham, N., Lehman, K., Lester, E. (Curators), 2013, Domain: a contested landscape, Exhibition, Ten Days on the Island. Artists: Lisa Anderson, Lucy Bleach, Joy Barber, Patricia Brassington, Lindsay Broughton, Steven Carson, Linda Erceg, Ruth Frost, Megan Keating, Milan Milojevic, Brigita Ozolins, Geoff Parr, Troy Ruffels, Marie Sierra, David Stephenson, Lucia Usmiani, John Vella, Martin Walch and Paul Zika. Domain House, Queens Domain, Hobart – 13–28 March 2013
  • Bywaters, M. & Frankham N. (Co-curators), 2011, River Effects: the waterways of Tasmania, Exhibition, Ten Days on the Island, Artists: Raymond Arnold, Julie Gough, Leigh Hobba, Donald Lawrence, Geoff Parr, Kevin Perkins, Megan Perkins, Troy Ruffels, Marie Sierra, David Stephenson, Travis Tiddy, Martin Walch and Catherine Woo. Academy Gallery, Launceston March – 8 April, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, 22 April – 20 May
  • Frankham, N. Curator, Trust, Exhibition Ten Days on the Island, Clarendon (Evandale); Lucy Bleach, Julie Gough, Michael McWilliams, John Vella; Home Hill (Devonport); Mary Scott; Runnymede (New Town/Hobart); Pat Brassington; Oak Lodge (Richmond); Ruth Frost; Penghana (Queenstown); Martin Walch – 16 March – 19 April 2009
  • Frankham, N & Clark, J. Co-Curators, Exhibition 16 March – 15 April 2007, Port Arthur Project: Re-interpreting Port Arthur Historic Site through contemporary visual art, Ten Days on the Island, University of Tasmania & Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. Christl Berg, Lucy Bleach, Tracey Cockburn, Nicole Ellis, Anne Ferran, Linda Fredheim, Ruth Frost, Lola Greeno and Vicki West, Fiona Hall, Leigh Hobba, Colin Langridge, Fiona Lee, Karen Lunn and Milan Milojevic, Anne MacDonald, Anne Mestitz, James Newitt, Brigita Ozolins, Justy Phillips, Helena Psotova, Alyssa Simone, Lucia Usmiani, Matt Warren and Elizabeth Woods. 

Click here to link to the UTAS Web Access Research portal (WARP) which lists Noel's funded projects, graduate research supervision and publication information.

Research Project/s