Associate Professor Rohan Nicol is Associate Head at the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania. His areas of interest include Art, Craft and Design with particular interest in the role of creative practice and research as an instrument of social and cultural change.
Since 2009, Dr Nicol has secured $294,000 of research and project funding from the Australia Council, Australian Universities and private enterprise and organisations to conduct research and undertake consultancies. His awards include the prestigious Bombay Sapphire Design Award. He regularly exhibits at peak venues in Australia and internationally. His work is held in regional, state, and national collections, including the Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.
Associate Professor Rohan Nicol joined the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania in 2021. He is Associate Head of School and convenor of the honours program. He is an academic leader with more than 15 years’ experience in the tertiary sector. His prior roles included work as an executive member of the leadership group at the Australian National University (ANU), School of Art and Design (SO&AD) where he served as Deputy Head of School, Head of discipline and led the schools Engagement and Impact portfolio.
Rohan is focussed on providing outstanding educational experiences through purposeful and engaging teaching and supervision. His work has been recognised through receipt of the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for studio teaching (2013) and the Deans Award to Research supervision (2020).
Rohan is an experienced artist with an international profile achieved through a hybrid practice spanning contemporary art, craft, design, and curatorship. His research primarily focusses on the links between domestic living models (the home) and the impact of globalisation and change (consumption, materials use, distribution models). He has published in leading global journals on design ethics and led global teams in collaborative research projects that focus on changing harmful domestic consumption habits. These projects present new living, manufacturing and production models that are scalable and offer the prospects for the repair of our planet. Other projects focus on various forms of arts-led innovation (regional and local manufacturing), through collaborative projects that have realised and documented positive impacts on culture, community, and economies.
- PhD, Charles Sturt University (CSU), AUS, 2009. Thesis: Crafting Designs on Wealth: A viable model of studio-based craft and design practice
- Ba Honours (1st Class Hons), Australian National University (ANU), 2003.
- Grad Dip Education, Australian Catholic University (ACU), 2001
- Ba Arts (Visual), Australian National University, 1996.
Executive Leadership/ Associate Head of school
Rohan Nicol has over 20 years teaching experience. In a variety of educational settings. He has taught in Secondary Schools in TAFE and Tertiary sector in areas including Art, Design and Technology. Experience in Tertiary sector includes:
Head of discipline
Unit and course design
Facilitator higher degree research training
Group of eight Australian universities (GO8) curriculum benchmarking
FSX401 Creative Arts and Media Research Methods
FSX403 Thesis A
FSX404 Thesis B
FSX402 Advanced Practice A
FSX403 Advanced Practice B
- Craft ACT board, 2016-2020
- National Contemporary Jewellery award and collection consultant and judge, 2016-2022
- Design Canberra Program Committee 2016-17
- Chair - Value Chains, The value and impact of Craft 2020.
- Deans Research Supervision Award (ANU), 2021
- Acquisition, National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, 2016
- Acquisition, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, 2011
- Writing up award (CSU), 2010
- Bombay Sapphire Design Award, 2009
- Acquisition, Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney, 2006
Fields of Research
- Crafts (360601)
- Pedagogy (160302)
- 2021 Crafted futures: New teaching, learning and research for craft in the Australian tertiary academy
- 2018 Book Chapter; Elizabeth Kelly and life’s big questions, Elizabeth Kelly: Colour in fine form. SFA Press Publication 2018, 1st edition ISBN; 978-0-9923936-4-9
- 2016 The Anatomy of Sustainable Innovation within Studio Craft and Design. Sustainable innovation 2016; ‘circular economy innovation and design’. (D/B Peer-reviewed) http://cfsd.org.uk/site-pdfs/si16/Abstracts/Business Models - 12.15.pdf
- 2016 Embracing innovation volume 6. Exhibition essay for the exhibition Embracing innovation staged by Craft ACT Craft and Design Centre. (invited writer) https://craftact.org.au/blogs/past-exhibitions/embracing-innovation-volume-6
- 2016 Breaking the disciplinary mold: the new pedagogy of un-disciplined practice for approaching wicked problems in a real world. R. Nicol, N. Rubenis inted2016 proceedings, pp. 7242-7250. (D/B Peer-reviewed) https://library.iated.org/view/NICOL2016BRE
- 2015 Crafting connected knowledge; Collaborative and problem-based pedagogy for the studio craft school. ACUADS 2015 (D/B Peer-reviewed) http://acuads.com.au/conference/article/1616/
- 2015 Domestic Renewal: Resetting the table and repairing the domestic (Bloomsbury Journal UK) (D/B Peer-reviewed) http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/204191214X13944457108712
Creative Works/ Research through Practice
- 2020 The Gudgenby Mission, Online exhibition
- 2019 The Gudgenby Mission, Craft ACT Craft and design Centre
- 2016 - 2019 Object Therapy, ADC touring nationally
- 2015 Multiples and Production, Design Canberra exhibition Program
- 2015 Crafting connections – Beijing & Canberra, sister cities cultural capitals Dashilar Houtong, Beijing Design week
- 2014 ANCA retrospective – Canberra Museum and Gallery
- 2013 Domestic Renewal 3 - (curator) in collaboration - the JamFactory, Adelaide
- 2013 Domestic Renewal 2 - (curator) Craft Victoria, Melbourne
- 2013 Intensity of Purpose - (curated) Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
- 2012 Domestic Renewal 1 - (curator) Craft ACT, Touring nationally
- 2012 Prototyped - (curated) Jamfactory Craft & Design Centre, Adelaide
- 2012 Designed 2 - (curated) ANU
- 2011 Elements: metal - (curated), Craft ACT, Canberra
- 2010 Crafting Designs: New directions for sustainability - (solo) Museum of the Riverina
Conference Publication(1 outputs)
|2021||Rubenis N, Nicol R, 'Crafted Futures: new teaching, learning and research for craft in the Australian tertiary academy', Proceedings of the 'Futuring Craft' IOTA21 International Conference, 17 -18 September 2021, Perth, Australia, pp. 179-191. ISBN 9780645218213 (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]|
Co-authors: Rubenis N
- 2020JMGA Conference funding through ANU CASS & RSHA combined $15,000
- 2018Wright Hall Crest – Consultancy funding $100,000
- 2016RSHA Summer research grant, $3,000
- 2016RSHA Staff Conference, Symposia and Workshop
- 2016 supplementary funding, $2,500
- 2016ANU MEC grant for the acquisition of an object Pro Strata systems 3D printer $75,504
- 2016ANU early career researchers travel grant $3000
- 2015ANU Vice Chancellors Teaching Enhancement Grant (TEG) $9,600
- 2013ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences 2013 Award for tutoring $3000
- 2013ANU NIF early career researchers grant $3000
- 2012Australia Council, New Work Grant $20,000
- 2010Writing Up Award - $5,000. Charles Sturt University PhD research publication support program
- 2009Winner of 2009 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award - $30,000
- 2009‘Connections Grant’, The Australia Council for the Arts - $30,000.
Thomas O'Hara (Associate external ANU)
Project title; The impact and limits of generative systems for producing aesthetically resolved objects.
Blanche Tilden (Associate external ANU)
Project title; Prospecting for value: revaluing material artefacts and obsolete objects through jewellery.
Tracy Pateman (Associate external ANU)
Project title; Objects that distil the experience of home.
Jeremy Lepisto (Associate external ANU)
Project title; The effect of shipping containers on the agency of people/places/objects.
Bic Tieu (Associate external ANU)
Project title; New liminal objects of transnational identity.
Chloe Powell (Associate external ANU)
Project title; Advocacy and advancement for innovation in the Australian Arts Sector.
Dr Francis Kenna, 2020
Project title; The phenomenology of atmospheric perception in architectural space.
Dr Bifei Cao, completed in 2017
Project title; Building contemporary personal narrative through interpretation of traditional Chinese visual culture.
Dr Khadeeja Abdulraheem Althagafi, completed 2018
Project Title; The art of Saudi traditional jewellery: rejuvenation for a contemporary world.
Dr Niklavs Rubenis, completed 2018
Project title; The ethics of making: design for reuse and repair. Developing an alternative strategy for studio-based craft and design in a world full of stuff.
|PhD||Jewellery as Specimen: Considering intersections between nature, museums and jewellery practices as a method to produce new objects that intercede human-animal relationships, with a focus on Tasmanian invertebrates||2021|
|PhD||Alternate vision: redesigning waste to increase social, cultural and aesthetic values||2022|