Kenneth Lyons

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Kenneth Lyons


Teaching areas

  • Creative Industries
  • Creative Project Development
  • Communication

Research areas

  • music, sound and popular culture
  • contemporary performance
  • community radio
  • visual arts
  • design
  • memory
  • archival methods and obsolescence


Kenneth Lyons joined the School of Communication and Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast Caboolture campus in 2018 after eighteen years with the QUT Creative Industries Faculty. During this employment with QUT, he coordinated a number of courses, developed curriculum for and taught into a range of Foundation, Design, Advertising, IT and Project Management related programmes.

Kenneth also taught at QUT International College for four years and at the QUT Caboolture campus from 2006 to 2017 where he was the Academic Coordinator of the Creative Industries program. In this role he lead an expansion of its first year program and developed a range of engagement initiatives on/off campus in collaboration with various professional, community and industry partners within the Moreton Bay region and with staff, student peers and other disciplines on campus.

Kenneth is enthusiastic about bringing current creative industries practices, authentic learning and experiential approaches to the classroom and to the student experience. This is enabled by managing a long-term collaborative arts practice alongside his academic commitments. Over the years he has worked professionally in jewellery, video, graphic, costume, set and sound design with his work exhibited nationally and internationally. His most recent collaboration with performance maker and producer Leah Shelton, Terror Australis, toured Australia and the UK (2015-2018) and has been recognised by numerous industry awards and nominations.

From 2014 to mid-2017, Kenneth was also co-producer of a weekly three hour arts and contemporary global cultures program, Curved Radio for community radio station, 2SER in Sydney. He is currently in the Research and Development phase for a new performance work, funded by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with Leah Shelton and UK-based performance artist, Ursula Martinez with a proposed debut for the end of 2018.


  • QUT Creative Industries Faculty Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution by Sessional Staff (2006)
  • QUT Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award for Contribution to the work of the University (2009)
  • QUT Creative Industries Faculty Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Academic Management (2011)
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