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John Vella

John Vella

Director, Art Program

Room G59, Centre for the Arts, Sculpture, Ground Level, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4352 (phone)

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John.Vella@utas.edu.au

John Vella has developed a number of independent and collaborative art research projects across diverse national and international contexts that include the: Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart; Stockholm Independent Art Fair; Glasgow International Arts Festival, UK; MCA Sydney; Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Melbourne; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart. In addition to having been awarded five major public art commissions, Vella has received highly competitive grants from the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania. John Vella has guest lectured at a number of Australian and European tertiary institutions and he was recently appointed as the Head of Discipline (Art) at the Tasmanian College of the Arts.  His work is represented in private and public collections.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
MFA Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of TasmaniaAustralia2000
BFA (Hons) Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of TasmaniaAustralia1996
DipFA National Art School, SydneyAustralia1993

Languages (other than English)

John has a very basic understanding of Italian and Maltese.

Biography

John Vella was born and raised in Sydney and moved to Hobart, Tasmania in 1996. After completing two years of an architecture degree at UTS in 1987-88, John travelled for 12 months overseas, worked as a waiter, labourer, photographer (for the band Midnight Oil), telemarketer, truck loader, phone book factory hand, exhibitions officer, and gallery attendant; completed a DipFA with Distinction (National Art School Sydney) and a BFA (Hons) first class and an MFA (Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS, Hobart).

Vella's works have been included in 12 solo and over 45 group exhibitions in local and national contexts (since 1993) and reviewed nationally and internationally. His work is represented in a number of collections in Australia including ArtBank, University of NSW and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Vella has been awarded 5 major competitive commissions through the Art for Public Building Scheme and received significant, competitive grants from Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council.

John has taught across a broad range of national and international contexts. Following periods teaching drawing and painting at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, John was appointed as an Associate lecturer in Sculpture in 2005 where he is now the Head of Discipline (Art).

Research Themes

John commits acts of physical and conceptual frottage on communities, objects and systems; 'rubbings' that recycle the act and artefact of lived experience. Mediating status, value and 'damage by design' Vella develops diverse testimonies to the epic and incidental aspects of our personal and material histories.

John's research practice is diverse and has evolved through a number of phases that include abstract painting – challenging subject/object relations, industry collaborations – employing pragmatic methodologies to poetic ends and site specific engagement mediated and motivated through expanding notions of public. Vella's interests and engagement are broad and explore frangibility and permanency, Site Specificity in particular relation to the faking of belonging and public art infected by a culture of civic branding.

John's research has been driven by a commitment to 'creativity, culture and society' framed by a wariness of the instrumental and commercial dimensions of contemporary art practice. Vella's current research consists of ongoing investigations into the talismanic mediated through the bureaucratic; projects that seek to regenerate abstract visual languages as socially engaged and transformative catalysts of lived experience.

Memberships

Committee associations

  • 125 Southern Subcommittee
  • Midlands Art / Science - research group
  • Midlands Restoration Funding project
  • Triabunna – Live Site Catalyst research group
  • Heavy Metals - research group
  • Tasmanian College of the Arts, Executive

Administrative expertise

John has extensive experience developing, managing and delivering community, teaching and research projects across diverse contexts. (e.g. Government agencies, MONA, Dark Mofo). In his role as the Head of Discipline (Art), John plays a key role in 'day to day' school - staff, student, curriculum, site - management in addition to collaboratively driving TCOTA's vision and mission.

Teaching

Abstraction – aesthetic / pragmatic, Sculpture / Installation, Public Art, Socially engaged practice and collaboration.

Teaching expertise

John has taught regularly across diverse tertiary contexts that include drawing, painting and sculpture/installation. John also has significant experience developing and delivering community engaged programs. Increasingly John is liaising with key stakeholders such as the State Government, Arts Tasmania and MONA with a view to addressing key social and educational challenges.

John has been recognised locally and nationally for his teaching expertise:

  • 2011 Awarded ALTC / OLT Citation for Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (UTAS)
  • 2010 Awarded UTAS Teaching Development Grant
  • 2008 Awarded Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning in the category of Teaching Excellence (UTAS)

Teaching responsibility

Lecturing in Painting and Drawing at the Tasmanian College of the Arts of Art (TCOTA) from 1998-2000, John Vella was subsequently employed as an Associate Lecturer in Sculpture (2005), and in 2009 was appointed as the Head of Sculpture. Since 1999 John has also guest lectured at Australian and international tertiary institutions. John's current teaching includes:

  • Academic Coordination of outreach programs – Object Design, Machines
  • Co teaching Breadth unit – Develop Your Creative and Entrepreneurial Potential (DYCEP)
  • Delivering key lectures on success and risk to third year undergraduates
  • Regularly delivering papers and presentations  
  • Undertaking supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD candidates

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Expertise

  • Abstraction – aesthetic / pragmatic
  • Sculpture / Installation
  • Public Art
  • Socially engaged practice and collaboration

Awards

John has been awarded various grants and commissions:

Commissions (selected)

  • 2007/8   S C A P E, Hydro Consulting, Cambridge, Hobart (international collaboration)
  • 2007       Lifelines / Graduate Gallery, Royal Hobart Hospital                       
  • 2005       Silicone Valley, Rose Bay High School, Hobart
  • 2004       Coles Old World, Coles Sandy Bay, Hobart

Current projects

Group exhibitions:

  • 2016        Ex Haust, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, curated by Erin Sickler
  • 2015       Mdina Contemporary Art Biennale, Mdina, Malta, curated by Guiseppe Schembri

The Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCOTA) plays a key role in collaborative and creative responses to environmental and community based challenges:

LIVE SITE CATALYST – Institute for Social Change flagship project. Creative response to community and post industrial landscape. Develops partnerships and collaborations with community and locally, nationally and internationally eminent art, science researchers. LIVE SITE CATALYST will encourage and support Triabunna community capacity within the context of social transformation.

  • Partners: Monash University, Spring Bay Mill, Spring Bay Museum, UTAS – TCOTA, School of Architecture & Design, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

MIDLANDS RESTORATION PROJECT – Creating a series of 'art' land bridges for diverse flora and fauna species in response to environmental degradation.

  • Partners: MONA, Monash University, Greening Australia, Northern Midlands Council, UTAS – TCOTA, IMAS, Research Data Discovery Service.

DERWENT HEAVY METALS PROJECT

In 2013 MONA launched the Derwent River Heavy Metals Project, an ongoing art-science collaboration developing long term remediation strategies to improve the Derwent river's health, positively affecting community ownership and engagement with the river.

  • Partners: MONA, Monash University, Hobart City Council, Derwent Estuary Program, CSIRO, UTAS – TCotA, IMAS, Centre for the Environment (CforE), Creative Exchange Institute (CxI), School of Architecture & Design (UTAS).

Fields of Research

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Social Change (160805)
  • Lens-based Practice (190503)
  • Art History (190102)
  • Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)
  • The Media (950204)

Publications

John has developed a number of independent and collaborative art projects across diverse national and international contexts that include: the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Australia; the Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Sweden; Glasgow International Arts Festival, Glasgow, UK; MCA Sydney; The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Melbourne; the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart. In addition to having been awarded five major public art commissions, Vella has received a number of highly competitive grants from the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania. John Vella has guest lectured at a number of Australian and European tertiary institutions and he was recently appointed as the Director of Program (Art) at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCOTA), UTAS.  His work is represented in private and public collections

Conference papers (select)

  • 2015: Dilemmas of the Diaspora, presented at Convention for Maltese Living Abroad, Malta
  • 2012: Wilderness… The Second's Coming, presented at ASLEC conference, Monash, Melbourne
  • 2009: Remote control: Frangibility and the art of blood letting the permanent, One Day: International Symposium, New Zealand
  • 2007: Site Specificity… Faking Of Belonging, presented at ACUADS Conference, Sydney
  • 2006: Beauty as the beast: creativity, the exotic and the dark side of desirability, ACUADS Conference, Melbourne
  • 2006: Trailertrashed:.. interrogating place, presented at Senses of Place, Conference, Hobart
  • 2005: Monumentalities: public art and the culture of civic branding, ACUADS Conference, Perth

Total publications

123

Highlighted publications

(6 outputs)
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2010Major Creative WorkVella JM, 'HANGBANG (nightshift*)', Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST), CAST Gallery, North Hobart (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Other Creative WorkVella JM, 'Hobart Portrait Group: Life Drawing Session (version II)', Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2008Other Creative WorkVella JM, 'Scape', Arts@Work/ Hydro Tasmania Consulting, Hobart, pp. 1 (2008) [Acquisition]

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2008Other Creative WorkVella JM, 'Scape', Arts@Work/ Hydro Tasmania Consulting, Hobart, pp. 1 (2008) [Acquisition]

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2006Major Creative WorkVella JM, 'Fume', Devonport Regional Gallery (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Major Creative WorkVella JM, 'Silicone Valley', Arts Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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Chapter in Book

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2017Bleach L, Fountain W, Vella J, 'The Whether project: transformative Extra Tertiary' platforms in Tasmania', Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain, Common Ground Publishing, United States (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Vella JM, 'Freetransform', Virtually Natural, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Penny Malone (ed), Hobart, pp. 2 - 3. ISBN 0947335633 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

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2012Vella JM, 'Wilderness...the Second's coming', 4th ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference, August 31 to September 2, 2012, Melbourne, pp. 1-2. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2009Vella JM, 'Remote Control: frangiblity and the art of blood letting the permanent', One Day Sculpture, 26-28 March 2009, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 14. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Vella JM, 'Site Specificity, the local and the faking of belonging', Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Annual Conference, Sydney (2007) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2006Vella JM, 'Beauty as the beast: creativity, the exotic and the dark side of desirability', Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools 2006 Conference: Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, 27-29 Sept 2006, Melbourne, Victoria EJ ISBN 9780975836019 (2006) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2006Vella JM, 'Trailertrashed: Detritus inspired strategies for interrogating place', Senses of Place, Hobart (2006) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Vella JM, 'Monumentalities', ACUADS 2005 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Conference, 28th September, Perth, pp. electronic. ISBN 0-9758360-0-5 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

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2014Vella JM, 'Palimpsest', Mildura Biennale, Mildura, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Vella JM, 'a house is not a home,', Tasmania Today, Academy Gallery, Launceston, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Vella JM, Bleach L, 'CRYMEARIVER, Heavy Metals Project', Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Vella JM, 'Praxis, Proxy', Witness, Linden gallery, Melbourne, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Vella JM, 'Public Art', Supermarket Artfair Project, Stockholm, Sweden, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Vella JM, Bleach L, 'MeanMachines', Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), 1 (2013) [Other Exhibition]

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2013Vella JM, 'Vella Vehicle Accumulations (VVA), Vella- Piss Takes (VPT): Shuttle international mobile desert performance', Stanford University, Palo Alto , USA, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Vella JM, Bleach L, 'Dirty Big Whole', Constance A.R.I., Hobart, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Vella JM, ''thendofanalogue' in the Last days of Analogue', Stephen Hurrel, Mark Lyken - UK initiated exhibition online, United Kingdom, 1 (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Vella JM, 'SkypeSpace', Art Lending Library, Mitchell Library Glasgow International Arts Festival, Glasgow, 1 (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Vella JM, Bleach L, 'SceneMachines', Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), 1 (2012) [Other Exhibition]

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2010Vella JM, 'Because I'm Lucky', Conical Inc. Gallery, Conical Inc Gallery, Melbourne, 1, pp. 3 works (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Vella JM, 'Online (fishing)', Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, pp. 28 (2010) [Curated Exhibition]

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2010Vella JM, 'HANGBANG (nightshift*)', Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST), CAST Gallery, North Hobart (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Vella JM, 'ScreenMachines', Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), 1 (2010) [Other Exhibition]

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2009Vella J, 'Trust: poleposition', Ten Days on the Island, Clarendon, Evandale, Tasmania (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Vella JM, 'TERROIR Portrait', National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, pp. 1 work (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Vella JM, 'Onalog', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 5 works, 7 artists (2009) [Curated Exhibition]

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2009Vella JM, 'Stigma Research Lab (SRL)', Moonah Arts Centre/Contemporary Arts Spaces Tasman, Moonah, TAS, pp. 2 works (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Vella JM, 'Birds in Space', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 work (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Vella JM, 'Hobart Portrait Group: Life drawing session (version 2) in I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2, pp. 1 work (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Vella JM, 'GreenMachines', Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), Tasmanian Museam and Art Gallery (TMAG), 1 (2009) [Other Exhibition]

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2008Holmes JH, Vella JM, 'Onaroll', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, pp. 32 (2008) [Curated Exhibition]

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2007Vella JM, 'Lifelines/Graduate Gallery', Royal Hobart Hospital - Neonatal and Pediatric Int, Hobart, pp. 2 (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Vella JM, 'Skidmarks', Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Vella JM, 'Freestyle', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Vella JM, 'Ricky Swallows (sometimes it's as if we all have Parkinson's disease)', Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, pp. 1 (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Vella JM, 'Fume', Devonport Regional Gallery (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Vella JM, 'Marks Made', Canberra Contemporary Arts Space (CCAS), Canberra, pp. 1 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Vella JM, 'Bath (Yet to be Acquired)', Criterion Gallery, Hobart (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Vella JM, 'Inklein', Criterion Gallery, Criterion Gallery (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Vella JM, 'Silicone Valley', Arts Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Vella JM, 'Nocturnal', Kelly's Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, pp. 1 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Vella JM, 'Acidophilus', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart (2005) [Curated Exhibition]

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2004Vella JM, 'Coles Old World', Arts Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1 (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2004Vella JM, '2004 Apartment, series of 6 solos', xxxx, Melbourne, 1 (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Vella JM, 'Blow', Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Victoria (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Vella JM, 'Placemats: a series of fundamental floors', Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Vella JM, 'The House of Silverfish', Woolmers Estate, Longford, pp. 1 (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Vella JM, ''To Catch Akif: prototypes for trapping refugees on the run' in Haven', Long Gallery, Hobart, pp. 3 (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2002Vella JM, 'Product Lines', Academy Gallery, Launceston (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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2002Vella JM, 'Pattern as Subject', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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2002Vella JM, 'Munch Boxes 1, Munch Boxes 2, Munch Boxes 3', Arts Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 3 (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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2001Vella JM, 'TerraTowel', Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney (2001) [Curated Exhibition]

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1999Vella JM, 'Untitled Vella', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 36pp,11 b/w ill 12 colour illustrations (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Vella JM, 'Untitled - Vella', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 4pp (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Vella JM, 'Upbeat and Lively', Dick Bett Art Gallery, Hobart, pp. 2 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1997Vella JM, 'Object Poverty', Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney, pp. 1 (1997) [Other Exhibition]

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1997Vella JM, '12th Survey Exhibition', Access Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sydney, pp. 1 (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(29 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Vella J, 'Red wine and coffee on canvas over cigarettes and medication in Navagating the Landscape', Academy Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2016) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Vella J, '2 Works- SPEEDKING (199-2015)', Heritage Malta, Vallette, pp. 1 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Vella J, Bleach L, 'Assistant Curators of Sowatkins', Plimsol Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Vella J, Bleach L, 'Curation of Ogoh Ogoh', Dark Mofo, Hobart, pp. 1 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Vella JM, Bleach L, 'Mean Machines', Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, pp. 36 (2013) [Catalogue]

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2012Vella J, 'SELF PORTRAIT Intervention at Sydney Biennale', Sydney, pp. 1 (2012) [Representation of Original Art]

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2012Vella JM, Bleach L, 'SceneMachines', Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, pp. 36 (2012) [Catalogue]

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2010Vella JM, 'polepositioned', Artbank, Sydney, pp. 1 (2010) [Acquisition]

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2010Vella JM, 'Fit (7___)', Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, pp. 1 (2010) [Minor Creative Work]

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2010Vella JM, 'Blind', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 (2010) [Representation of Original Art]

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2010Vella JM, 'ScreenMachines', Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, pp. 33 (2010) [Catalogue]

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2009Vella JM, 'Hobart Portrait Group: Life Drawing Session (version II)', Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Vella JM, 'Poleposition', Clarendon House, Evandale, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Vella JM, 'Fit - 7_ _ _; Status Free Vehicle', Moonah Arts Centre/CAST, Hobart, pp. 2 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Vella JM, 'Spatial Origami', Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Vella JM, 'The New Black', Criterion Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Vella JM, 'Blind', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 (2009) [Acquisition]

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2009Vella JM, 'Green Machines', Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, pp. 70 pages, 16 works (2009) [Catalogue]

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2009Vella JM, 'Permissiontosit', Criterion Gallery Hobart, Launceston, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2008Vella JM, 'Scape', Arts@Work/ Hydro Tasmania Consulting, Hobart, pp. 1 (2008) [Acquisition]

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2008Vella JM, 'Scape', Arts@Work/ Hydro Tasmania Consulting, Hobart, pp. 1 (2008) [Acquisition]

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2006Vella JM, 'Skidmarks', Conical Inc., Melbourne, pp. 1 (2006) [Representation of Original Art]

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2006Vella JM, 'Placemats: a series of fundamental floors (version II)', Academy Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2006) [Representation of Original Art]

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2005Vella JM, 'Letitia Street Studios', Plimsoll Gallery/CAST, Hobart, pp. 50 (2005) [Representation of Original Art]

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2005Vella JM, 'Silicone Valley', Arts Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (2005) [Acquisition]

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2005Vella JM, 'Acidophilus', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, pp. 6 (2005) [Catalogue]

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2004Vella JM, ''Hobart Portrait Group Life Drawing Session 9.30am-10.30am EST 27.02.04 Regatta Pavilion, Hobart Tasmania' in Free Time', CAST Gallery, Hobart, pp. 3 (2004) [Representation of Original Art]

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2003Vella JM, 'GE 40 Watt', Academy Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2003) [Representation of Original Art]

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2002Vella JM, 'Family Ties (Wetspot)', Moores Building, Fremantle WA, pp. 1 (2002) [Representation of Original Art]

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Thesis

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2000Vella JM, 'A Re-presentation of Object Phenomena through the Medium of Painting' (2000) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

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2017Bleach L, Vella JM, 'Live Site catalyst', Island Magazine, Hobart, 147 (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2016Bleach L, Vella JM, Wise CJE, 'Night Garden - Live Site catalyst', DDCA + NTRO Publication, The Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, Hobart, 4 (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Bleach L, Wise CJE, Vella JM, 'Midlands Restoration Project', Community Engagement Grant $8000, Hobart (2015) [Award]

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2015Bleach L, Wise CJE, Vella JM, 'Live Site Catalyst', Institute for the Study of Social Change Grant $50 000, Hobart (2015) [Award]

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2014Vella JM, 'Scape', The Sydney Morning Herald, John McDonald, Australia (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2014Vella JM, 'Commissions in Brief', Sculpture, Elizabeth Lynch, United States, 27, 7, p. 27. (2014) [Magazine Article]

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2014Vella JM, 'Around The Galleries', The Age September 25th, Dan Rule, Australia, p. 20. (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2012Vella JM, 'Palimpest #8', Art Monthly, Merryn Gates, Australia, p. 25. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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2011Vella JM, 'Monkey Business, HANGBANG (nightshift)', un Magazine, Kit Wise, Australia, 5, 1, pp. 70-72. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Vella JM, 'I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing', Art & Australia, Craig Judd, Australia, 47, 1 (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2010Vella JM, 'SRL: Stigma Research Laboratory', Artlink, Andrew Harper, Australia, 29, 3 (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2009Vella JM, 'Scape', Landscape Architecture Australia, Judith Abell, Australia, pp. 36-38. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Vella JM, 'Ten Days on the Island', Art Monthly, Daniel Thomas, Australia, June, pp. 22-25. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Vella JM, 'The sound many hands clapping', Artlink, Stephanie Radock, Australia, 29, 2, pp. 11-13. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Vella JM, 'Art Notes', Art Monthly, Rebecca Tudor, Australia, September, p. 60. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Vella JM, 'John Vella permissiontosit', Gallery Guide, Phillip Watkins, Australia (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009Jacobs KA, Vella JM, 'Interview for ABC Radio (Hobart) The role of art in addressing social stigma', ABC Radio, Hobart, 1 (2009) [Media Interview]

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2008Vella JM, 'Lifelines and Graduate Gallery', Artichoke, Judith Abell, Australia, 23, pp. 89-92. (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2007Vella JM, 'John Vella', Studio: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity (2007) [Award]

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2007Vella JM, 'New Deities', ArtArtlink, Briony Downes, Australia, 27, 3 (2007) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Too Cool 4 School, Silicone Valley,', Black + White, Nick Dent, Australia, 83, March 06, p. 123. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Commissions', Sculpture, Laura Dillion, United States, 25, 8, pp. 18-19. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Fume', Artlink, Jane Deeth, Australia, 26, 4, p. 117. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Subpoena, Art around the galleries', The Age Novemeber 11, Megan Backhouse, Australia (2006) [Newspaper Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Subpoena, Visual Arts, Preview', The Age November 5th, Penny Webb, Australia (2006) [Newspaper Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Beyond the Big City', Art Gallery Guide, Andrew McKenzie, Australia, pp. 14-15. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Control-Shift', State of the Arts, Adam Haddow, Australia, p. 81. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Art Attacks', Good Weekend: Sydney Morning Herald, John McDonald, Australia (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Silicone Wonder', Urbis, Melind Williams, Australia, 33, pp. 54-55. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2006Vella JM, 'Silicone Valley', Artichoke, Judith Abell, Australia, 14, pp. 111-113. (2006) [Magazine Article]

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2005Vella JM, 'Apartmnet', Broadsheet, Andrew gaynor, Australia, 33, 4, pp. 44-45. (2005) [Magazine Article]

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2005Vella JM, 'Silcone Valley', Architectural Review, Phillip Watkins, Australia, September, pp. 26-28. (2005) [Magazine Article]

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2005Vella JM, 'Art Notes', Art Monthly, Peter Timms, Australia, April (2005) [Magazine Article]

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2005Vella JM, 'Free Time', Photofile, Stephen Rainbird, Australia, Summer, 05, p. 77. (2005) [Magazine Article]

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2003Vella JM, 'New Work Grant (established), Australia Council' (2003) [Award]

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2002Vella JM, 'Arts industry grant, Arts Tasmania' (2002) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

2011: Research Enhancement Grants Scheme, University of Tasmania

2011: Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning / VC's Award Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (UTAS) 

2009: Teaching Development Grant (UTAS) / UTAS Community Engagement Grant (SRL / HACRU) 

2003: New Work Grant (established), Australia Council

2002: Arts/ Events Grant, Arts Tasmania / Arts Industry Grant, Arts Tasmania

2000: New Work Grant (emerging), Australia Council / Artsbridge Grant, Arts Tasmania

Funding Summary

Number of grants

14

Total funding

$283,200

Projects

BRAINSTORM (2016)$40,000
Description
BRAINSTORM will facilitate the design, development and delivery of a suite of new works through diverse media and modes of collaboration. BRAINSTORM will generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings through a series of new major, creative works. These works will engage broad territories of violence, friction and sensation whilst being sensitively attuned to site and massive audience engagement.
Funding
Museum of Old and New Art ($40,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Vella JM
Year
2016
Midlands Restoration Art Project (2016)$24,500
Description
This proposal seeks funds to create, transport and install a series of proof of concept site responsive 'habitat' artworks.
Funding
Ian Potter Foundation ($24,500)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wise CJE; Vella JM; Bleach L; Davies L; Davies PE
Year
2016
Uncertain Disaster: Identifying and Understanding the Opportunities provided by 'Unpredictable Impact' as Catalysts for the Recognition of Place, Experience and Identity (2012)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bleach L; Vella JM
Year
2012
SCAPE - Public Artwork for Hydro Consulting (2008)$107,700
Funding
Hydro Consulting ($107,700)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Vella JM
Year
2008
Royal Hobart Hospital Public Art Project (2007)$16,000
Funding
Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment ($16,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Vella JM
Year
2007
Acidophilus: Live Culture Colonised at the TMAG (2005)$10,000
Funding
Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and 10 Days on the Island ($10,000)
Scheme
Exhibition
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John ; Edwards Michael; Hansen David
Year
2005
Silicone Valley - Rose Bay High School (2005)$19,000
Funding
Arts@work ($19,000)
Scheme
Public artwork
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2005
Freeway - Coles Sandy Bay (2004)$10,000
Funding
Arts@work ($10,000)
Scheme
Public artwork
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2004
To research and develop a new body of 'photoboxes' for exhibition (2003)$18,000
Funding
Australia Council ($18,000)
Scheme
New Work Grant
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2003
PlaceMats: a series of fundamental floors (2003)$8,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($8,000)
Scheme
Arts/Events Grant
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2003
Product Lines (2002)$4,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($4,000)
Scheme
Arts Industry grant
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2002
Munch Boxes - Clarence Dental Clinic (2002)$7,000
Funding
Arts@work ($7,000)
Scheme
Public artwork
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2002
Representing the Object Phenomenon (2000)$4,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($4,000)
Scheme
Artists Development Grant
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2000
To research and develop a new body of object based paintings (2000)$10,000
Funding
Australia Council ($10,000)
Scheme
New Work Grant (emerging)
Administered By
N/A
Research Team
Vella John
Year
2000

Research Supervision

Current

1

Completed

9

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersVital Ground: A sculptural investigation of the perceptions of Rock Island Bend on the Franklin River, Tasmania2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDConstructed Situations: Socialising a Sculptural Practice
Candidate: Jack Timothy Robins
2015
PhDThe Ever Present Eye; a studio exploration of the moment and the everyday lived experience
Candidate: Greer Honeywill
2015
MastersA Sculptural Problem: The Measurement of Being
Candidate: Anthony Minton Johnson
2013
MastersLive Recording: Temporal Plasticity and the Indeterminate Present in Time-based Practice
Candidate: Darren Peter Cook
2013
PhDThe Collaborative Curator; a Methodological Enquiry into Negotiated Mediation and Audience Participation
Candidate: Paula Adriana Goncalves Silva
2013
PhDCollaborating with Nature: Reinterpreting Human Ecology
Candidate: Dean Anthony Chatwin
2013
MastersEnergy, Air and Climate Change: A New Sculptural Language
Candidate: Michael Neil Singe
2011
MastersPotency of the Invisible: An Exploration into Urban Symbiotics Through Installation Practice
Candidate: Denise Ava Robinson
2010
MastersThe Raw, the Rotted and the Interruption of Cooking: A Visual Investigation
Candidate: Andrew Robert Rewald
2009