Associate Professor Lisa Chandler - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor Lisa Chandler

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

  • Associate Professor, Art and Design
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Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Lisa Chandler


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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.

Key recent research

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Research areas

  • Art and design
  • Environmental art
  • Indigenous Australian art
  • Curatorship and museum practices
  • Visual communication
  • Visual culture

Teaching areas

  • Art and Design
  • Visual Culture

Associate Professor Lisa Chandler’s specialist areas of knowledge include: contemporary art, environmental art, Indigenous Australian art, curatorship, and visual culture.

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Creative sparks to fly at USC Colloquium
19 November 2018

Some of Australia’s leading creative minds will gather at USC this week for a lively forum on why creativity and the humanities matter in a rapidly-changing world.

Undiscovered #4, by Michael Cook. This image is available courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Project.
Sixty Minutes reporter to lead forum on art of reconciliation at USC
9 February 2017

Highly regarded Australian television reporter Jeff McMullen will lead a panel discussion about a stunning national exhibition called East Coast Encounter at the USC Gallery at 2pm on Saturday 25 February.