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Sue Henderson

Sue Henderson

Co-ordinator of Drawing, Inveresk

Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4421 (phone)

Susan.Henderson@utas.edu.au

Sue Henderson is a visual artist and practice led researcher, coordinating and teaching in the drawing and painting studios of the Tasmanian College of the Arts, Inveresk. Her research includes visual responses to the natural environment including localities such as Cataract Gorge and Rocky Cape using innovative presentation strategies. Site-specific painting installations exploring architecture, site responsiveness and performative potentials for painting environments are research concerns. Formal qualities in paintings are utilized to engage broadly with community through the use of non traditional locations- theatre foyers, garage, public laneway, chapel in Cambridge as well as gallery venues.

By modelling professional practice with a public profile as a recognised expert in the field, she aims to exemplify good research and teaching practice. Sue strives to enhance the student experience through intellectual, professional social and community opportunities.

Her collaborative research practices with Penny Mason and David Marsden (Art3) and performance lecturer  Dr Helen Trenos (uTas) increase efficiencies and extend knowledge.

http://suehendersonart.virb.com/

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDConstructing vertical visions: Cataract gorge – a visual exploration of space, place and perceptionUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2010
BCA (Hons) University of TasmaniaAustralia2007
BSpThy (Hons) University of QueenslandAustralia1988

Biography

Sue was recipient of a University medal in 2006, graduated with a PhD in Visual Arts in 2010 and currently teaches in the drawing and painting studios at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston. Her PhD Constructing Vertical visions: Cataract Gorge- a visual exploration of space, place and perception explored the perceptions of a rock climber on paintings of a locality. Recently Sue received an Arts Tasmania wilderness residency where she spent 4 weeks researching the Rocky Cape area through painting. Sue works with various media on paper ranging from large-scale ink paintings to ephemeral site-specific works. Her work references intimate encounters in natural environments.

Recent solo shows include Papering topographies, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston 2014; Papering the landscape: re-visioning Cataract Gorge, New Gallery, Newnham, University of Tasmania 2013, Vertical realities: Formation, Triptych, 2014, site specific painting installation for Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge University U.K. and  Plato's cave at the Earl, Tasmanian International Arts festival, 2015.

Her collaborative research practices with Penny Mason and David Marsden (Art3) include 2013,Paper planes, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, 29 May – 30 June;2012 Swerve, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart City Council, Hobart, 30th August – 7thOctober; 2011 Space antics, 10 days on the Island, Burnie regional Gallery, 19 March – 8 May.

Collaboration with Theatre lecturer  Dr Helen Trenos (UTAS)  in design for The Country theatre production, Annex Theatre, Launceston and Backspace, Hobart.

Research Themes

Sue's research relates to UTAS research themes Creativity, Culture and Society and the Environment. Her arts practice visual responds to the natural environment (including localities such as Cataract Gorge and Rocky Cape) through creative research and text based research outcomes. Research through exhibition engages audiences and participation in cultural practices and she contributes to the body of knowledge through the development of original artwork in two major solo shows per year, by invitation or peer review.

Her site-specific painting installations explore architecture, deign, site responsiveness and performative potentials for painting environments. Through using innovative presentation strategies, she aims to extend the possibilities for painting practice and methods to engage with themes of the natural environment.My collaborative research practices with Penny Mason and David Marsden (Art3) and performance lecturer  Dr Helen Trenos (UTAS) increase efficiencies and extend knowledge addressing themes of creativity, culture and knowledge through sustainable research practices.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • AAANZ member
  • Sawtooth member

Committee associations

  • Next stage Committee
  • Artist in residence Committee, TCotA, Inveresk
  • Regional Art Tasmania Disability Arts advisory Panel

Other

  • AAANZ member
  • Sawtooth member
  • NTEU member
  • Next stage Committee
  • Regional Art Tasmania Disability Arts advisory Panel
  • Artist in residence Committee, TCotA, Inveresk

Teaching

Drawing ideas 1 and 2, Drawing: approaches to abstraction Drawing the body: media and methods, Drawing from the environment, Painting: Ideas in Images, What are the limits of painting? Painting: media and methods.

Teaching expertise

Post graduate supervision at all levels in a variety of 2 and 3 D visual art practice led research projects.

Drawing ideas 1 and 2, Drawing: approaches to abstraction Drawing the body: media and methods, Drawing from the environment, Painting: Ideas in Images, What are the limits of painting? Painting: media and methods.

Teaching responsibility

Sue is responsible for coordinating or teaching into all painting and drawing units for the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at TCotA, Inveresk. These include Drawing Ideas 1 and 2, Drawing the body, Drawing: approaches to Abstraction, Drawing from the Environment, Painting: Ideas in Images, Painting: media and method, and  what are the limits of Painting? She coordinates the printmaking studio and co-lead the third year core unit Studio A and Studio B, where students develop skills and realize creative studio based  project or across studios, media and methods.She has supervised a range of honours projects.

Research Invitations

  • Henderson, SJ, Plato's cave at the Earl, Tasmanian International Arts Festival, Launceton , 2015, [Curated Exhibition]
  • Henderson, SJ, Across the line, New Gallery 1 and 2, University of Tasmania, Newnham (2014) [Curated Exhibition]
  • Henderson, SJ, Geocritical:don't just agitate- decorate, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston (2014) [Published Creative Work] 
  • Henderson, SJ, Papering Topographies, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]
  • Henderson, SJ, Vertical Realities: Formation, Triptych, Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge,U.K. 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work
  • Henderson, SJ, Papering the Landscape: re-visioning Cataract Gorge, New Gallery, Newnham, Launceston., New Gallery, Newnham, Launceston., 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work
  • Henderson, SJ, Wallpapered topographies, Outward Gallery, Outward gallery, 155 Brisbane Street, Launceston, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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Expertise

  • Visual artist, 
  • Practice led research in the themes of Environment, creativity and culture. 
  • Individual original visual exploration through artwork and research by exhibition and collaborative projects.

Sue's research relates to the UTAS research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society and the Environment.  Her arts practice visual responds to the natural environment (including localities such as Cataract Gorge and Rocky Cape) through creative research and text based research outcomes. Research through exhibition engages audiences and participation in cultural practices and I contribute to the body of knowledge through the development of original artwork in two major solo shows per year, by invitation or peer review.

Her site-specific painting installations explore architecture, design, site responsiveness and performative potentials for painting environments. Through using innovative presentation strategies, she aims to extend the possibilities for painting practice and methods to engage with themes of the natural environment.

Awards

  • Arts and the environment research grant 2014
  • Arts Tasmania wilderness residency grant 2015

Collaboration

Collaboration with Simone Kotva, PhD candidate in Theology, Faculty of Divinity Cambridge University U.K led to Vertical realties, a series of interdisciplinary events exploring the poetics of verticality held at Robinson College, Cambridge University curated by Simone Kotva (Cambridge University) with new works by Paul Williamson and Thomas Hewitt Jones (music), Robin Kirkpatrick (poetry and sermon) and Sue Henderson (visual art). Other academic contributors of readings and presentations are listed in the program notes attached. Though verticality has thus been the subject of numerous isolated enquiries, wide ranging dialogue is only a recent phenomenon; and it was the ambition of this project to extend the awareness of inter-disciplinary resources to be had from an investigation of verticality as a shared aesthetic.

My exhibition Formation, Triptych presented thirteen large-scale ink paintings made as a site specific installation for the Robinson College chapel from 14–22 January. Artworks explored visual ideas of verticality influenced by the perceptions of a rock climber experiencing vertical cliff formations with the physicality of paintings interacting with the architecture of the chapel.

My collaborative research practices with Penny Mason and David Marsden (Art3) include: 

  • Exhibitions by art3 (major collaborations by Sue Henderson, Penny Mason and David Marsden)
  • 2013 Paper planes, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, 29 May – 30 June
  • 2012 Swerve, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart City Council, Hobart, 30th August – 7thOctober
  • 2011 Space antics, 10 days on the Island, Burnie regional Gallery, 19 March – 8 May

Collaboration with theatre lecturer  Dr Helen Trenos (UTas)  include 2014, The Country, (directed By Dr Helen Trenos,)  Design for the foyer and stage design, Annexe Theatre, Launceston, Backspace theatre, Hobart.

Current projects

4 painters respond to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Collection, through research in the science and histories collection and visual responses through painting.

Rocky Cape, project from Arts Tasmania wilderness Residency

Co-authoring paper on her paintings and performativity with Dr Helen Trenos.

Research Fields

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Art Theory and Criticism (190199)

Research Impact

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)

Publications

Total publications

42

Major Creative Work

(16 outputs)
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2015Henderson SJ, 'Artist and the Collection: Re-Imagined', Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Wellington Street, Launceston, Spring, 2015 (2015) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Stage design ' The Country, Martin Crimp'', Next stage, Annexe theatre, Launceston and Backspace theatre, Hobart, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Papering Topographies', Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Vertical Realities: Formation, Triptych', Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Geocritical:don't just agitate- decorate', Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Across the line', New Gallery 1 and 2, University of Tasmania, Newnham (2014) [Curated Exhibition]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Papering the Landscape: re-visioning Cataract Gorge', New Gallery, Newnham, Launceston., New Gallery, Newnham, Launceston., 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Wallpapered topographies', Outward Gallery, Outward gallery, 155 Brisbane Street, Launceston, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Henderson SJ, Mason PL, Marsden D, 'Paper Planes', Sawtooth ARI Gallery, Sawtooth ARI, 160 Cimitiere Street, Launceston (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Mason PL, Marsden D, Henderson SJ, 'Swerve', Hobart City Council, Carnegie Gallery, 16 Argyle Street, Hobart, pp. 1 (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Mason PL; Marsden D

2011Henderson SJ, 'Lichenography: imagining landscapes from the river's edge, part of InTEERS Exhibition', Ten Days on the Island 2011, George Town Memorial Hall (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Henderson SJ, Marsden D, Mason PL, ''Space Antics' Exhibition', Ten Days on the Island, Burnie Regional Art Gallery (2011) [Other Exhibition]

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2008Henderson SJ, 'Cataract Gorge: Vertical Visions', Basin Cafe Cataract Gorge (2008) [Other Exhibition]

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2008Henderson SJ, ''Hills' Edge' Exhibition', Burnie Regional Art Gallery (2008) [Curated Exhibition]

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2007Henderson SJ, 'Vertical Views and Precarious Positions', s.p.a.c.e Gallery, Scotch Oakburn College (2007) [Other Exhibition]

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2007Henderson SJ, 'Making a Mark', Academy Gallery (2007) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Creative Work

(18 outputs)
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2015Henderson SJ, 'Looking for the heart, 2015', Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceton, Tasmania, pp. 1 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Henderson SJ, 'Lichen 1, Lichen 2', Junction Arts Festival, Junction arts festival, Launceston, pp. 2 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Henderson SJ, Mason P, Marsden D, 'Bring us your doors', Sawtooth ARI Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2015Henderson SJ, 'Cataract Gorge Lichen Repeat', Long Gallery, Hobart, Hobart, pp. 1 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Column', Academy Gallery, Inveresk 6 Feb- 14th March, 2014, Academy Gallery, Inveresk, pp. 1 (2014) [Representation of Original Art]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Lichen half drop repeats and window installation', The Mill Gallery, Launceton, 4th -27th December, The Mill Gallery, Launceton, pp. 4 canvases plus painting installation (2014) [Representation of Original Art]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Landscaping wallpaper', Poimena Gallery, launceston, in Homestay, curated by Malcom Bywaters, pp. installation (2014) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Re-framing', streets alive urban arts trail 28 /8- 7/9, 2013, Hobart, pp. large scale installation (2013) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Vertical realities/ Vertikala verkligheter', Festival O/Modernt, Cambridge, pp. 3 (2013) [Catalogue]

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2013Kotva S, Henderson SJ, 'Vertical realities / vertikala verkligheter', www.festivalo/modernt.com, Cambridge, pp. 3 (2013) [Representation of Original Art]

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2010Henderson SJ, ''Rising Damp', Sosueme Exhibition', Arts Alive, Launceston, pp. 1 (2010) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Henderson SJ, ''Bottom of Gabriel Butress: Cataract Gorge', Brink, the Poimena Art Award 2009 Exhibition', Poimena Art Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Henderson SJ, ''Rising Damp' and 'The spaces in between' Exhibition', The Basin Cafe, Cataract Gorge, Launceston, pp. 6 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2008Henderson SJ, ''Fatman Chimney', Connections Art Exhibition', Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston, pp. 1 (2008) [Representation of Original Art]

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2008Henderson SJ, ''Rock on Escape Route: Cataract Gorge', 2008 Tasmanian Art Award Exhibition', Eskleigh Foundation Inc., Perth, Tasmania, pp. 1 (2008) [Representation of Original Art]

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2008Henderson SJ, ''Apron slab', Get Staffed! Exhibition', The Powerhouse Gallery, Launceston, pp. 1 (2008) [Representation of Original Art]

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2007Henderson SJ, 'Crunch', Academy Gallery Inveresk, Launceston, pp. 3 (2007) [Representation of Original Art]

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2007Henderson SJ, 'Moods of the Cataract Gorge', Eskleigh, Perth, Launceston, pp. 3 (2007) [Representation of Original Art]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Henderson SJ, ''Constructing vertical visions: Cataract Gorge - a visual exploration of space, place and perception', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania' (2010) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Henderson SJ, 'Ways to shape familiar ground', The Examiner, Fairfax Regional Media, Tasmania, p. 51. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Henderson SJ, 'Artist's panoramas find new life on theatre stage', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, July 12, p. 34. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Henderson caves into earthy lure of Gorge', The Examiner, The Examiner Newspaper, Tasmania, p. 1. (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Henderson caves into earthy lure of Gorge', The Examiner, Fairfax Regional Media, Tasmania, 9th March (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Ways to shape familiar ground', The Examiner, Fairfax Regional Media, Tasmania, 24th August, p. 51. (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Henderson SJ, 'Weeding keeps her head in the clouds', The Examiner, Fairfax Regional Medai, Tasmania (2013) [Media Interview]

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2012Henderson SJ, 'Rock climber has novel outlook on art', The Examiner, Launceston, June 20, 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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  • Arts and the environment research grant 2014
  • Arts Tasmania wilderness residency grant 2015

Research Supervision

Sue has supervised and assessed a variety of practice led research projects in the visual arts including at honours, Masters by coursework, Masters of Fine Art and PhD level. Topics are wide ranging and utilize studio based methods and mediums such as paint, textiles, three dimensional construction, installation, printing processes with a diversity of conceptual frameworks and research questions.

Current

4

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersTranslating Virtual Architectures into Ceramic Form: Experiments in clay slip2011
MastersBotanical Imperialism: the Cultivated Landscape as Carpet2012
MastersParaedolia: Artistic Reality or Cognitive Madness?2013
PhDThe Universal Family Portrait: Art as a Catalyst for Reflection of the Immigrants Experience2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersWhat is Within the Moment of Hesitation?
Candidate: Bron Fionnachd-Fein
2015