About the Artist

 

Rowan Conroy is a visual artist and senior lecturer in Photography and Media Arts, School of Art & Design, Australian National University. He is the lead researcher at the ANU School of Art & Design Inkjet Research Facility and Digital Imaging Research Facility. Since 2005, Conroy's work has focused on the use of photographic technologies to address the beauty and discord, detailed richness and absence within landscape, in Australia, the Middle East, Greece and China. Conroy is concerned in the way the past can echo into the present through visual traces and artefacts. These sit within the environment as testament to past human desires and motivations. The camera has a disinterested eye and renders these details, weather beautiful or unsightly, within the same frame.

In 2012, Conroy was awarded a PhD from The University of Sydney for his thesis Archaeologies of the Present: Rephotographing the William John Woodhouse Photographic Archive, a rephotography project undertaken in Greece revisiting well known and obscure archaeological sites and urban environments. In 2013, the Australian Centre for Photography exhibited a major retrospective of Conroy's PhD research The Woodhouse Rephotography Project. Conroy has been the recipient of numerous competitive grants and his artworks are regularly shortlisted in nationally significant art prizes. He has exhibited extensively and his works are held in public and private collections in Australia and internationally. Most recently, he has been undertaking the project Weereewa / Bad water focusing on the mysterious and haunted landscape of Lake George in NSW. Using still photography and drone footage, Conroy shows the lakebed as an expansive palimpsest, with many overlayed histories and mythologies written across its surface.


Portrait of the artist, by Craig Tuffin 2015. Tintype.

Portrait of the artist, by Craig Tuffin 2015. Tintype.

Solo Exhibitions

2020               Nicholson Museum, University Sydney (in production)

2019                Paphos UNESCO world heritage exhibition centre, Cyprus (in production)

                Sight Seeing, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Museum (in production, opens 6pm 12 July)

2016                Weereewa / Bad Water, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

2015                From Australia, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

2014            Natura Naturans, Barometer Gallery, Sydney 

2013            The Woodhouse Rephotography Project, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2012             ATHINA, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne 

2011             William J. Woodhouse Rephotography Project,  Barometer Gallery, Sydney 

2008              Puratha: the sad place revisited, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, New South Wales

2007              Puratha: the sad place, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery

2006              Material Culture, Peloton, Sydney

Lebanon: from Baalbek to Beirut Nicholson Museum, Sydney

2005             Melancholy Objects, Newspace Gallery, Sydney

2004             Oil and Plastic, with Lachlan Calvey, Newspace Gallery, Sydney

 

Selected and Curated Group Exhibitions 

2018    William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art (curated by peer review)

Impact 10, International Printmaking Conference, Spain (curated by peer review)

Homage to Seferis, Nicosia Gymnasia and Museum, Cyprus (curated)

1x1, ANU School of Art & Design Gallery

2017    Travellers from Australia, European Capital of Culture, Paphos 2017, Cyprus (curated)

Lime Light, w/ Martyn Jolly, Performance of contemporary lantern slides, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU

Fencelines #1, projection and music performance at Lucence, ANU School of Art & Design Gallery

Making Design Research, ANU School of Art & Design Gallery (curated)

2016    Land Dialogues, HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga (curated by peer review)

The One Project, PhotoAccess, Manuka

2015    Ink Limits: Recent Artists Photobooks, Impact 9 Printmaking Conference, Hangzhou, China

(curated by peer review)

Light Years, PhotoAccess Manuka (curated)

2014            Green, Barometer Gallery, Sydney

                    The Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art 

                    38th Alice Springs Arts Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

2013            C O R,  Barometer Gallery, Sydney

                    1+1, Marrickville Garage, Sydney

2012            William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art

  Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship, Sydney College of the Art

  Josephine Ulrick Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery 

  Back to the Garden, Barometer Gallery, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney

2011             Exposed: Photography and the Classical Nude, The Nicholson Museum, Sydney

  ‘a shadow of its former self’  At the Vanishing Point (ATVP), Head On Photo Festival, Sydney 

2010            The Wall, THEARTSPACE and The Goethe Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

2008  Book for a lifetime, THEARTSPACE and The Goethe Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus  

                   The Fragile Absolute, Delmar Gallery Trinity Grammar, Sydney

Grants, Scholarships & Art Prizes

2018    ANU Major Equipment Committee Grant, Digital Imaging Research Facility

2017    Create NSW Regional Artist Fellowship, Creative Residencies in Archaeology 2018-2020

2016    ANU Research School of Humanity and the Arts (RSHA) Summer Research Grant, Creative Drone Research

2016    ANU RSHA Conference funding, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

2015    ANU RSHA Conference funding, Impact 9 Conference, China

2014           Finalist William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art

                   Finalist 38th Alice Springs Arts Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

2012 Australia Council for the Arts Artstart grant

2010 University of Sydney Grants in Aid, W.J. Woodhouse Rephotography Project

2007-10 University Postgraduate Award (UPA)

2006 Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant for Emerging Artists

 

Collections 

Australia Council for the Arts Permanent Collection

University of Wollongong Permanent Collection

Delmar Gallery Trinity Grammar School

Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney

William Wilkins Memorial Art Collection

Paphos Municipality Council, Cyprus

And numerous private collections