Associate Professor Lisa Chandler

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Associate Professor Lisa Chandler


Associate Professor, Art and Design

PhD ANU, MLitt(Vis Arts) NE, DipArt Alexander Mackie CAE, SFHEA

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Professional memberships

  • Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) board member and Humanities in the Regions committee member
  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS)


  • National Library of Australia, Curatorial Research Fellowship (2018).
  • Awarded Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2017).
  • Gallery and Museum Achievement Award, East Coast Encounter, Museums & Galleries Queensland (2015).
  • Vice Chancellor's Medal for Learning & Teaching, USC (2012) 
  • Vice Chancellor's Medal for Engagement, USC (2011) 
  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2010), ALTC 
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council Australia Day Creative Award (2009), Sunshine Coast Regional Council 
  • Visiting Scholars Program, scholarship recipient (2000, 1999), Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra 

Current Research Projects

Project Name 

Project Description 

​Colonial Castaways and Indigenous Hosts 

​This multi-disciplinary project investigates historical, literary and visual texts to examine encounters in which the survival of European castaways was dependent on the sustained assistance of Indigenous Australians.

Sites of Connection 

This curatorial project examines creative practice by artists who have collaborated with environmental scientists to produce work addressing environmental concerns.

Research grants and commissions

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Cultural Vitality: Measuring the Return on Investment of Local Government Funded Arts, Culture and Heritage Programs on the Sunshine Coast Chandler, L. and Walters, T. (USC) and Di Blasi, C. (Sunshine Coast Council) USC and Sunshine Coast Council Collaboration Grant (A$22,130) 2016–2017 To develop a means of identifying the social and cultural value of Council-funded arts, culture and heritage programs. the project also involves designing a cohesive evaluation strategy and measurement tool for the continual improvement of Council-funded offerings in this space. The project seeks to better understand the contribution of Council programs to perceptions of cultural vitality.
East Coast Encounter catalogue Chandler, L. and Waldron, J. Ian Thorpe's Fountain for Youth Foundation (A$15,000) 2014  
East Coast Encounter curatorship Chandler, L. and Waldron, J. Australian Council for the Arts:  Presentations and Promotions Grant (A$47,000) 2013  
East Coast Encounter curatorship Chandler, L. and Waldron, J. Australia Council for the Arts Visions Grant (A$68,000) 2013  
Ecovisualisation as Public Art Baldwin, C., Chandler, L., Guthrie, C., Jones C., Marks, M. and Terton, U. Sunshine Coast Council and USC Collaboration Grant (A$5,000) 2013  
East Coast Encounter Chandler, L. Sunshine Coast Council funding for national curatorship (A$10,000) 2012  
Reading Local Landscapes Dobson T., Martin, L., Chapman, S., Chandler, L., Hand, B., Adams, T. Regional Arts Development Fund grant (A4,735) 2009–present Environmental art project based on land-type research developed by South East Queensland Catchments.
Interpretation of USC Western Desert Art Collection Oelrich, D., Chandler, L., and Shadforth, N. Regional Arts Development Fund grant in conjunction with USC Gallery (A$5,000) 2006  Research and writing interpretive material and an online education kit for USC's collection of Western Desert art.
My Country Chandler, L. Corporate funding grant from Noosa Blue (A$3,000) 2006 Research curatorship of My Country exhibition of indigenous art from the collections of Noosa residents, for the Noosa Long Weekend festival.

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