/ Making Sense of the World Through Art: Symposium



10.15am – 6pm (AWST)

10.15am – 6pm (AWST)

Edith Cowan University and online

Building 10 Room 131 (Lecture Theatre), 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050

Edith Cowan University and online

Building 10 Room 131 (Lecture Theatre), 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley WA 6050



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Convenors: Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA and A/Professor Lyndall Adams

This symposium runs alongside the Edith Cowan University Gallery25 exhibition, DARK SIDE curated by Ted Snell and featuring artists Tarryn Gill, Carla Adams, Nicola Kaye & Stephen Terry + Lyndall Adams + Marcella Polain, Paul Uhlmann, Roderick Sprigg, Mary Moore, Sharyn Egan, Anna Nazzari, Stormie Mills, D’Arcy Coad and Tyrown Waigana.

The Making Sense of the World Through Art symposium is part of a national exploration of mental health and wellbeing. ECU Galleries have partnered with the National Art School in Sydney to present Frame of mind: Mental health and the Arts. Artists and experts from WA and NSW will participate in this innovative public program to explore the mental health challenges faced by artists, and how artists engage with mental health themes within their work.


11.15–11.45am (AWST)

Professor Ted Snell (ECU)

Professor Ted SNELL, AM CitWA, is Honorary Professor, School of Arts & Humanities, Edith Cowan University. Over the past four decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda as Chair of; the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council; Artbank; the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee; University Art Museums Australia and as a board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. He is currently Chair of Regional Arts WA and a board member for ANAT and the Fremantle Biennale. He is a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and was Perth art reviewer for The Australian for three decades. He is a regular contributor to local and national journals and magazines.


Panel 1
12–1pm (AWST)

Dr Anna Nazzari  (Curtin University)

Anna Nazzari is a Perth-based artist and writer. She completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (Art), which analysed the absurd fate of gender ambiguous narratives. She currently works as a Lecturer at Curtin University’s School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, via the OUA Art Studies program.

Her art practice often examines the human othering of animals through sci-fi, horror and supernatural themes. Her artwork is multi-faceted and can include sculpture, video, drawing and photography. In recent collaborations with Erin Coates, Nazzari examined the Oceanic Gothic through a reimagining of Western Australia’s coastal waters and the marine flora and fauna which inhabit them. She has exhibited both locally and interstate, most recently at Monster Theatres as part of the Adelaide Biennial and, her collaborative and non-collaborative screen-based works have been shown at International film festivals.


Dr Paul Uhlmann (ECU)

Paul Uhlmann is a Fremantle based artist whose work strives to question and translate philosophies of impermanence. He is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He works experimentally across the mediums of painting, printmaking, drawing and artists’ books. Paul studied art in Australia and Europe on two year-long scholarships – DAAD in Germany (1986-87) and Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in Holland (1994-95). In 2012 he was awarded a practice-led research PhD at RMIT. He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1983 and his work is held in many prominent collections.

His work is represented by Art Collective WA.


Carla Adams (independent)

Carla Adams was born in Perth (1984) and graduated with first class honours from Curtin University in 2014. Her work incorporates sculpture, textiles, craft practices, painting, drawing, research and book-making to navigate the complexities of relationships from an embodied, female perspective. She has exhibited extensively in Western Australia, including The Art Gallery of WA.


D’Arcy Coad (ECU)

D’Arcy Coad was born in Bunbury, Western Australia in 1997. He studies at Edith Cowan University, completing a  Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Contemporary Fashion and Textiles), in 2018 and Honours in 2020. In that year he showed at the Spectrum Project Space, in ‘Tussle , the Graduate Fashion Showcase’, and the previous year at Spectrum in ‘Looking Back’ and in 2017 the ‘Meniscus – Graduate Fashion Showcase’ at the Spectrum gallery. He was included in Urban Couture, in Joondalup, Western Australia in 2019 and was a participant in Eco Fashion Week Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia in 2017 & 2018.

2–2.30pm (AWST)

Associate Professor Joanne Dickson (ECU)



Panel 2
2.45–3.45pm (AWST)

Mary Moore (independent)

Mary Moore has been an exhibiting artist since her first solo exhibition, ‘The Red Dingo Show’, at the Undercroft Gallery, University of Western Australia in 1974. In the same year she won the TVW Channel 7 Young Artists Award. After leaving art school she was accepted into the Printmaking Department at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 she was awarded the inaugural Sir James Cruthers Fellowship and in 1989 a Creative Development Fellowship from ArtsWA to prepare another solo exhibition, ‘Self-Portrait’, at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery in 1991. Since 1995 she has undertaken Public Art commissions and has been commissioned to paint numerous portraits, including Elizabeth Jolley, Fiona Stanley and Sir Charles and Richard Court for the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. In 2001 she won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize after being highly commended in 1986 and 1990.  Over the past three decades she has undertaken many private and public portrait commissions while maintaining her studio practice.


Tyrown Waigana (independent)

Tyrown Waigana  is a Wandandi Noongar (Aboriginal) and Ait Koedhal (Torres Strait Islander) multidisciplinary artist. His practice includes painting, illustration, sculpture, animation and graphic design. His paintings and sculpture are about expressing myself freely. These works explore fantasy and surreal concepts. The animations and illustrations begin to delve into his desire to tell a story. His animations are short clips that look at observational, satirical, puns and surreal humour.


Associate Professor Lyndall Adams (ECU)

Lyndall Adams is a contemporary artist and a senior research fellow in the School of Arts and Humanities and Director of the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Lyndall is an arts practice-led researcher drawing influences from the interface between post-structuralist and new materialist feminist thinking. Her arts-practice articulates the feminist body; the lived body that is determined and specific though paradoxically in a state of flux, defined and redefined by changing practices and discourses. Her current research projects encompass collaboration, and interdisciplinarity.


Stormie Mills (independent)

Stormie Mills is best known for his whimsical, thought provoking characters created from a restricted colour palette of black, white, grey and silver. Having successfully segued from the streets to the gallery walls Mills work continues to explore the human condition over his thirty year career. His distinctive characters have captured the imagination of international audiences building a strong following for his work which has seen him participate in global commissions, international street art projects, exhibitions and site specific festival installations. Most recently he was invited to Italy by the prestigious Florence Biennale to participate in an exhibition and paint one of the first ever city sanctioned murals in Florence. His work draw on a deep sense of isolation and yet each character seems to carry a message of hope. These opposing elements in Stormie’s practice imbue his characters with a palpable presence and humanity capturing the tenderness of the human condition.