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Steven Carson

Graduate Research Coordinator / Lecturer in Art
School of Creative Arts and Media

Room 1.40Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4300 (phone)

Dr Steven Carson is currently Graduate Research Coordinator (Art) and Lecturer in Art, School of Creative Arts and Media.  Steven’s art practice incorporates image-based works, sculptural objects and mixed media installations, and he has also presented exhibitions using ceramics and photography.  His current multi-disciplinary work explores materiality and process within the conceptual context of the everyday, specifically examining visualisations of tension and instability arising from daily life.


Steven recently completed a studio residency at Cite International des Arts in Paris, exploring the iconography of dissent and protest through archival research into the 1960s Paris Student Protests, and informed by the Gilets Jaunes / Yellow Vest movement.  

He has exhibited professionally since 1987, has won the Whyalla Art Prize (2007), The Moorilla Estate Prize, City of Hobart Art Prize (1999) and was awarded an Artist in Residence position at Sanskriti Kendra New Delhi India (2005) supported by Helpmann Academy and The Australia-India Foundation.  

Artworks by Steven Carson are held in the collections of Artbank, State Library of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, regional galleries throughout Queensland and private collections within Australia, United Kingdom and USA.

Prior to his current position at University of Tasmania, he was employed as Studio Head – Sculpture and Installation (2000-14) at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia.  Steven has lectured in Australian Art Schools since 1998, and recently worked in the role of Lecturer in Art and Design at Hunan University of Technology in China (2018).

Steven served as Member for the Art for Public Places Committee for Arts South Australia (2004-09), and as Panel Member for the New Exhibitions Fund, Arts South Australia (2011).  He was a panel member of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia(SABSA) Visual Arts Subject Advisory Committee (2004– 06).

He holds a Master of Visual Arts from Queensland College of Art (1997) and a PhD from University of Tasmania (2016).

Career summary


DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD The ordinary everyday: exploiting sensations of uncertainty and instability in abstract sculpture and installation artworks. University of Tasmania Australia 2016
Master of Visual Arts Outsiders inside: An Investigation of the implications of collecting Outsider art and the appropriation of Outsider art by professional artists. Griffith University Australia 1997
Graduate Diploma of Arts   Griffith University Australia 1991
Diploma of Creative Arts   Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education Australia 1986

Administrative expertise

  • HDR Program Coordination.
  • Honours Program Coordination.
  • Studio/Worksite Coordination.
  • Foundation Studies Program Coordination.
  • Learning and Teaching Coordination.
  • Development and delivery of art programs for adults with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Loss.
  • Design, development and presentation of Public Art projects.


Contemporary Art, Visual Art, Fine Art, Sculpture, Installation, Ceramics, Pottery, Glass, Textiles, Ephemeral Art, Inter-disciplinary Art, Multi-disciplinary Art, Mixed-media, Outsider Art.

Teaching expertise

  • Visual Arts Studio Practice.
  • Critical Practice.
  • Sculpture and Installation.
  • Ceramics.
  • Honours Supervision (since 2000).
  • HDR Supervision (since 2003).

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Research Themes

Steven’s research is aligned with the University of Tasmania research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.  His research has focussed on how ordinary and mundane materials can be used to visualise concepts of tension and trauma through the use of intense, experimental fabrication processes.


  • Tasmanian Research Scholarship (PhD).
  • Marie Edwards Travel Scholarship.

Fields of Research

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)

Research Objectives

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


Total publications


Major Creative Work

(4 outputs)
2016Carson S, 'Soapbox #12', City of Hobart, Mathers Place, Bathurst Street and Criterion Lane, Hobart (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2000Carson S, 'Memento - an improvised installation by Steven Carson', CAST Gallery, Hobart, pp. 2 (2000) [Other Exhibition]

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1999Carson S, '13,ooo; 26,ooo; 39,ooo', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 18 pp with 5 colour illustrations (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Carson S, 'Pottery Wheel Drawings/Plate Paintings', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 8 pp; 12 col. illus (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(3 outputs)
2015Carson S, 'Colour Me', Adelaide City Council, Town Hall Gallery, Adelaide, pp. 6 (2015) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Carson S, 'Casting and Weeding Diptych and Tight Wound 1 and 2', Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld, pp. 3 (2013) [Representation of Original Art]

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2013Carson S, 'Casting and Weeding Diptych (Loose Weave 3 and Pinking)', Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Queensland, pp. 1 (2013) [Acquisition]

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(1 outputs)
2016Carson S, 'The ordinary everyday: exploiting sensations of uncertainty and instability to underpin an aesthetic language in abstract sculpture and installation artworks, informed by direct experiences of the daily life' (2016) [PhD]

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Research Supervision

Dr Steven Carson has an excellent track record of HDR Supervision with successful completions for candidates in Master of Fine Art and PhD programs.  He has supervised candidates in a variety of visual arts studio disciplines including Sculpture, Installation, Performance Art, Glass, Jewellery, Photography and Ceramics.  He is interested in working with new candidates in inter-disciplinary, practice-led research projects, and research that explores materiality and process, arts and health, art for public places and community-engaged creative projects.






PhDThe Universal Family Portrait: Art as a Catalyst for Reflection of the Immigrants Experience2018
PhDThe Identity of Objects: A visual ontology of things2019
MastersTowards Poetic Visual Communication: Negotiating a Balance between Historical Practice and Contemporary Methodologies2019


MastersAffect and the Anthropocene: The art artefact and ecological grief
Candidate: Catherine Faye Phillips
MastersThe Golden Years: Reimaging postmenopausal womanhood
Candidate: Janine Helen Miller