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Prof. Carol Archer
Assistant Professor
Department of Visual Studies
Lingnan University


since 2007: Assistant Professor, Visual Studies Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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Academic & Professional Qualifications

2001-2006 Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature Department, University of Hong Kong.

1994-1998 Master of Arts (Honours), University of Western Sydney (Nepean), Australia.

1987-1989 Associate Diploma in Painting, Canberra School of Art, Australia (now part of Australian National University).

1985 Teacher’s Certificate, N.S.W. Dept. of Education, Australia. Certificate awarded in April, 1985.

1981 Graduate Diploma of Education (Art), Sydney Teachers College (now University of Sydney), Australia.

1978-1980 Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney (Australia). Conferred May, 1981.

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Areas of Interest

Collaborative painting and drawing; contemporary art; practice-led research; art and community; contemporary and modern art; politics and aesthetics; sociology of the art world; visual arts pedagogy; Hong Kong, Macao, Chinese and Australian art.

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Working Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2007).

English Language Instructor and Lecturer in Art Appreciation, University of Macau, Macao (2003-2007).

Drawing Instructor, Student Services Centre, Integrated Learning Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2006).

Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature Dept., University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2001-2005).

Visual Arts Tutor, R.M.I.T. University/ Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong (1999-2000).

Native English-speaking Teacher, Lingnan Dr. C.W.K. Memorial Secondary School, Kwai Chung, N.T., Hong Kong (1998-2001).

Lecturer in Visual Communication and Art Appreciation, Hunter St. Institute of T.A.F.E., Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia (1997-1998).

Lecturer in Art History and Theory, Department of Fine Art and Theory, University of Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia (1995-1997).

Arts and Media teacher, Tuncurry Institute of Tertiary and Further Education (T.A.F.E.), Art teacher, St. Ives High School, N.S.W. Dept. of Education, Teacher of Painting and Drawing, Bulahdelah, Hunter Community College, N.S.W., Australia (1993-1995).

Director of Curriculum and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Global Language Salon, Kyoto, Japan (1991-1993).

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Art, Kyoto Nishi Senior High School, Kyoto, Japan (1991).

Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language, Language Resources, Phillips University, Osaka, Japan (1990).

Art teacher, A.C.T. Schools Authority and N.S.W. Dept of Education, Art Therapy workshop facilitator, Community Youth Support Scheme, Braddon, A.C.T, Australia (1987- 1990).

Art teacher, Lithgow High School, N.S.W. Dept of Education, N.S.W., Australia (1984-1986).

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Guest Lectures and Conference Papers

2014 “Translating Macao: Perspectives from Solo and Collaborative Contemporary Visual Art”, Literary Translation and Cultural Connections: Brazil, Europe and China, The Casa Guilherme de Almeida and University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

2014 “Locating Contemporary Macao: Solo and Collaborative Drawing, Painting, Photography and Installation Art” (Keynote Presentation), Behind the Facade: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Macao (Postgraduate Conference), Faculty of Arts and Humanities & Faculty of Social Science, University of Macau, Macao.

2014 “Cards between Friends”, Artist Talk, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden.

2014 “Collaborative Drawing Pedagogy”, invited talk and workshop for Malmö Hogskola (Malmö University), Wanas Castle, Sweden.

2013 'Postcards from Hong Kong', Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Futures, The Asian Conference on Asian Studies/ The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, Osaka, Japan

2012 "Fair Play: Contemporary Collaborative Painting"; International Conference in Research Creativity: Praxis, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

2012 "Collaboration in Contemporary Painting and Drawing -a Practitioner/Theorist's Approach"; Panel Chair for session entitled "Contemporary Painting and Drawing Collaboration", Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference: Together<> Apart, Sydney University, Australia.

2011 “Contemporary collaborative painting and ‘narratives of process’”, Sixth International Conference on the Arts in Society, The Arts in Society, Berlin, Germany.

2011 “Contemporary Collaborative Painting and Drawing”(Invited lecture), Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong.

2010 “Novelty and hybridity in recent Macao art”, ACS Crossroads 2010 in Hong Kong, Association for Cultural Studies, Hong Kong.

2009 “Collaborative Painting: Gifts and Transgressions” (Invited lecture), MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative, Malmö högskola/ Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.

2009 “Reciprocal Interference: Theorising a Collaborative Art Project” Sydney Symposium on Collective Creativity, Goethe Institute, University of NSW, Sydney.

2009 “Contemporary Representations of Macao: Taking Off the City", First Interdisciplinary Conference on Macau Studies: Intercultural Exchanges between East and West”, University of Macau, Macao.

2006 “Screen, Figure, Ground: The Ambivalent Political Aesthetics of Judy Watson’s internal landscape and the guardians”, Association for the Study of Australian Literature, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

2006 “Shifting Spaces in Macao”, 6th Wenshan Conference on English and American Literature, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

2005 “The ambivalent paintings of Judy Watson: an Aboriginal Feminist Aesthetic,” English Department, Peking University, PRC.

2005 “Paintings and Paintings: aesthetics, dominative and otherwise,” Comparative Literature Departmental Seminar Series, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

2004 “Cartographies, Selves,” Imaginal regions: opening out the atlas symposium, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. “Cartographies, Selves: Maps and Paintings,” Colloquium Series, English Department, University of Macau.

2003 “Dreamings and paintings: Emily Kngwarreye and Judy Watson”, Scottish Word and Image Group conference, University of Aberdeen and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland.

2003 “Over the border, the everyday lapse: dreams and the creative process” (with Christopher Kelen), Scottish Word and Image Group conference, University of Aberdeen and Gray’s School of Art (Robert Gordon University), Aberdeen, Scotland.

2003 “Frames and Flows in Paintings by Judy Watson”, Comparative Literature Department Seminars, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

2003 “Dreamings and paintings: Judy Watson and Emily Kngwarreye,” English Department Seminar Series, University of Macau, Macao.

2002 “Gender, Genre and Liberation in Chicken Run,” Beast Fable Society, 9th International Congress, Malta.

2002 “Carol Archer and Christopher Kelen: Chicken Run,” English Department Seminar Series, University of Macau, Macao.

1997 “Miraculous Wounds: Rome, 1996”, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia.

1997 “Painting and Skin Ego”, Australian National Art Therapy Association Conference, Dickson, A.C.T., Australia.

1996 “Cossington Smith, Hester, Olsen and Borgelt: Gender and Identity in Representations of the Private, Intimate and Domestic”, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, N.S.W., Australia.

1996 “Metaskins”, University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy.

1995 “Paula Rego: Domination and Rebellion”, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, N .S.W., Australia.

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Forthcoming Carol Archer, “Practice into Pedagogy into Practice” International Journal of Art and Design Education, National Society for Education in Art & Design, John Wiley and Sons.

2014 Carol Archer, Postcards between Friends: collaborative drawing and creativity pedagogy; 友愛明信片: 協同繪畫與創意教學法 [exh. cat.], Lingnan University.

2013 Carol Archer and Kelen Christopher (Kit) (eds) Between: Collaborative Haiku and Picture Postcards, ASM, Macao

2013 Carol Archer and Kelen Christopher (Kit), Dialogic Pedagogy in Creative Practice: a conversation in examples", Pedagogy, Society and Culture, Taylor and Francis

2013 Carol Archer, "Fair Play: Contemporary Collaborative Painting', Proceedings of the International Conference in Research Creativity: Praxis, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

2013 Carol Archer, “Contemporary Representations of Macao: Taking Off the City”. In K.K Wong and G. Wei (eds), Macao – Cultural Interaction and Literary Representations. New York: Routledge.

2012 Carol Archer, "Womanly Blooms: Cai Jin's 'Beauty Banana Plant' Paintings." In n. paradoxa: international feminist art journal, London: KT Press, Vol. 30, July. 48-58.

2010 Paisley Livingston and Carol Archer “Artistic collaboration and the completion of works of art” British Journal of Aesthetics, Oxford: Oxford Journals, Vol. 50, Issue 4, 439 – 455.

2010 Carol Archer and Christopher Kelen, “Macao Monuments – in Art, in Poetry and in your Face” Space and Culture, Sage Journals, 14:3.

2008 Carol Archer, Work of Macao Hands (art catalogue), Macao: Universidade de Macau.

2007 Carol Archer, “Macao: an art historical discipline waiting to happen?” In James Elkins (ed), Is Art History Global? New York: Routledge, 2006.

2007 Carol Archer, “Gifts and Transgressions: Marlene Dumas Underground” in Crossings: a counter-disciplinary journal. Special issue on the ‘Work’ of Art, No 8, 2006.

2006 Carol Archer, “The Ambivalent Paintings of Judy Watson: an Aboriginal Feminist Aesthetic”. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Vol. 7, no. 2, 2006.

2001 Carol Archer, Sleep to Dream (collaborative art/prose book with Christopher Kelen), Loudest Place on Earth, Hong Kong (supported by a Hong Kong Arts Development Council grant).

2000 Carol Archer, Tai Mo Shan (collaborative art/poetry book with Christopher Kelen), Loudest Place on Earth, Hong Kong (supported by a Hong Kong Arts Development Council grant).

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Selected Exhibitions

2015: Postcards between Friends. K11 Showcases (G/F-2/F), Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong, http://hk.k11.com/en/Today-in-K11/News-Event.aspx#/Art-Events-Postcards-between-Friends

2014: Postcards between Friends: collaborative drawing and creativity pedagogy 友愛明信片 : 協同繪畫與創意教學法, Lingnan University Fong Sum Wood Library, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Postcards between Friends [pdf catalogue] available at: http://works.bepress.com/carcher/14 Postcards between Friends : http://podcast.ln.edu.hk/vodcast/visual-studies/postcards-between-friends-long-version Strange Places (video of artist-participants discussing the collaborative process]: http://podcast.ln.edu.hk/sites/default/files/vodcast/VIS354_full%20version_0.mp4

2014: Cards between Friends, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden.

2014: Anno Equitum, Venetian Casino and Coloane, Macao.

2013 Nov: "Nature: 2 Collaborative 'Exquisite Corpse' Drawings by Carol Archer and Anna Glynn, Visual Studies Department, in Anna Glynn's exhibition 'Wonderment', culmination of Glynn's residency at Lingnan University.

2013: 'Time with the Sky' drawings featured in 'Flora and Fauna: Upstairs Gallery at the Homestead', Bundanon Foundation, Bundanon. N.S.W., Australia.

2011: placemarks (a group exhibition which included “Macao-Elsewhere”— a collaborative postcard project by Carol Archer, Leah Bullen, Cécilia Cheong, Anna Couani, Loene Furler, Carol Jenkins, Kit Kelen, Sean O’Connell, Sue Rawlinson, Virginia Shepherd and Sou Vai Keng). http://www.carolarcher.com Lingnan University Fong Sum Wood Library, Hong Kong (group exhibition).

2010: Time with the Sky/與天度日 : an art/poetry collaboration with Christopher Kelen. Artist Commune, Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong (solo exhibition).

2010: Out of Thin Air: collaborative and solo works/憑空而來—個人及合作畫展, Lingnan University, Hong Kong and Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou (solo exhibition).

2009: Near and Far and Mostly Macao: Carol Archer and Christopher Kelen, University of Macau Library Gallery (two person exhibition).

2008: 23rd Asia International Art Exhibition, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou University Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou and Pre-Exhibition of 23rd Asia International Art Exhibition (Macao Representatives), Albergue Gallery, Former Old Ladies House, Macao (group exhibition).

2008 Reciprocal Interference: A Collaborative Art Project, Podspace, Newcastle, Australia, http://www.carolarcher.com (exhibition of two-person collaborative works with Sue Rawlinson, Even Mak, Sue Taylor, Mary Grehan and Johanna Trainor).

2007 Knot, Touch, Trace Nó, Tacto, Traço 結、觸、跡 , Creative Macau, Macao Cultural Centre, Macao (solo exhibition).

2006 Work of Macao Hands, University Gallery, University of Macau Library, University of Macau, Macao. (solo exhibition).

2001 Sleep to Dream/ Shui Yi Meng, collaborative image/text installation with Christopher Kelen, Montblanc and Nokia Galleries, Hong Kong.

2001 Blue is Blue (City Featured Visual Artists Programme), Hong Kong City Hall Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong (group exhibition).

2000 Tai Mo Shan/ Big Hat Mountain, collaborative image and text installation with Christopher Kelen, Montblanc Gallery, Hong Kong.

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Grants / Aquisitions / Residencies

2013-14 'Postcards between friends: collaborative drawing and creativity pedagogy' (completed). Funded by Teaching Development Grant: HKD$114028

2014 Residency at Messen Kunstnarhuset, Ålvik, Norway.

2013 Acquisition of Work of Macao Hands painting and Work of Hong Kong Hands painting, Hong Kong Trade Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

2011-14 Modes of Contemporary Collaborative Painting and Drawing (completed). Funded by Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

2011 Acquisition of Time with the Sky #9 Bundanon Trust, Australia.

2010 Out of Thin Air: Works at Lingnan (completed). Funded by Research and Postgraduate Studies Panel in Arts. Funded by Academic Programme Research Grant, Lingnan University.

2010 Recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council project grant for the Time with the Sky 與天度日 exhibition and publication.

2009 Artist-in-residence, Bundanon Trust, Bundanon, Australia (30 June –19 July).

2008-2009 Contemporary Art Collaboration in Hong Kong and Macao (completed). Funded by Research and Postgraduate Studies Panel in Arts, Academic Programme Research Grant, Lingnan University.

2003 Recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council project grant for the New Territories publication.

2001 Recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council project grant for the Sleep to Dream installation and publication.

2000 Recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council project grant for the Tai Mo Shan installation and publication.

1998 Four artworks from Skin to Work exhibition acquired by Artbank, an Australian library of contemporary arts.

Artworks are included in private collections in Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Macao, Canada, Denmark, France and Australia.

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Associations / Communities / Service

2010- member Artist Commune, Hong Kong

2008- Member of Asian Australian Studies Research Network

2006 Adjudicator, “Green Colours of Life Recycled Art Competition”, Shing Kung Hui Welfare Council, Teens’ Recycled Art Program, Macao

2005-2010 Regular contributor on Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and China art news to the magazine Art Monthly Australia (ArtNotes Asia section)

2007-10 Regular contributor to Macau Closer (articles in contemporary art).

2005- Member Macau Art Net

2005- Member of Creative Macau

2005- Member of Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

1999-2002 Member of Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2001-2005 Member of Para/site, Hong Kong

1998- Member of Viscopy, Australia 1987- Member of the National Association of Visual Artists, Australia


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Further details and images of work available at http://www.carolarcher.com

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