Lisa Anderson

My artwork engages the environment telling stories of othered resilience.

Lisa Anderson

Artist, Curator and Public Speaker

About Me

Lisa Anderson’s projects and international residencies explore our connection to the stewardship of the planet through histories and stories found in folklore and superstition as a way of using cultural understanding to explain our immediate environment. Installations use multi-media including video/sculpture/installation to explore, document and engage the landscape and the built environment in dramatically changing environments pushed by geopolitics of weather and mass migration.

Dr Anderson has lectured at a number of Australian and International institutions including Head of the Southern Sydney Art School and recently completed research as Adjunct Professor, Federation University and awarded the Innovation Fellow, Architecture at UTS; The Creative Fellow, University of Wollongong, Visiting Fellow at Tianjin University China and the Inaugural Fellow and Artist at the Australian Museum. Festivals projects include Singing up Stones, the first projection on the Sydney Opera House; Writing the City in the Brisbane Festival of Big Ideas and Sydney Writers Festival; Tiga Tiga for Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania, and Venice Bienale Fringe Festival.
Anderson has undertaken over ten years of research, cultural and scientific, in polar and other remote regions as well as residencies in cities including Beijing, Paris, London and New York culminating in international exhibitions and projections.

Dr Anderson also worked in community radio over several years beginning in the mid-1970s with ZZZ in Qld, as well as the popular interview show on EastsideFM DocLisa’s What Were You Thinking: taking back thinking as a positive. Dr Anderson has undertaken motivational speaking in areas of concern to women artists as both a practitioner and curator as well as women in education and as a breast cancer survivor the connections between art and health.


2013/19 Honorary Professor at the Art Academy, Faculty of Education and Humanities. Federation University. Research on Folklore and Climate Change.
2008/10 Innovation Fellow at the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Technology, Sydney. Research on Arctic topography.
2008/9 Honorary Fellow, Creative Arts, University of Wollongong. Research of Identity and Environment.
1991/6 Doctor of Creative Art, University of Wollongong.
Memory: Salvage and Invention. A visual and textual interpretation of public record and personal memory in Public Art.
1998/94 Inaugural Fellow and Artist at the Australian Museum.
1985/6 Master of Art (Visual), City Art Institute, Sydney. (UNSW)
1982 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies (Painting), City Art Institute, Sydney.
1977/9 Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art) Kelvin Grove CAE, Brisbane.

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