Dr Anna Lawrenson is interested in how the funding, history and administration of public museums and galleries influences their public offer in terms of brand, exhibitions and programs.
Anna's career has spanned critical museology and applied practice having worked in academia and the arts sector over a number of years. She has been a part of USYD’s Museum Studies, and now Museum and Heritage Studies, programs since 2010. Her background is in art history, and she initially taught in this field at the Australian National University, the University of NSW, Charles Darwin University and the University of Western Sydney. Parallel to this she worked in the arts sector in management, curatorial, consultant and research positions. This dual focus has driven her research, which is informed by her experience of the practical issues that museums and galleries face while being underpinned by a strong theoretical foundation.
- Exhibitions and curatorial theory and practice
- Museum and Gallery funding and administration
- Cultural property and museums
- Contemporary representations of Australian colonisation
- Exhibitions in museums and galleries
- Museum and gallery administration
- Ethics, cultural property and museums
- Collection development and management
- Blockbusters Exhibitions in Australia – collaborative project with Dr Chiara O’Reilly
- Curating Experience in Multi-sensual Exhibitions
- Democratisation of the Exhibition Development Process
(Routledge (Taylor and Francis), 2019)
Recent conference papers:
- 2011, “Touching Art: Engaging the senses in the experience of Western art in Hong Kong”, Contact: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Victoria University, Wellington
- 2011 (with Dr Chiara O’Reilly), “The Cult of the Warrior: Visitor Experience at the Art Gallery of New South Wales”, Contact: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Victoria University, Wellington
- 2011 (with Dr Chiara O’Reilly), “Cross-Cultural Encounters at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: The First Emperor: China’s Entombed Warriors”, Multiculturalism: Perspectives from Australia Canada and China, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
- 2010, Invited paper, “An Integrated Approach to Exhibition Development”, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
- 2005, “Flesh and Blood: Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Histories”, Department of Art History & Theory Research Seminar Programme, Power Institute Foundation for Art & Visual Culture, University of Sydney
- 2004, “Monuments versus Memory: Remembering Bungaree”, Colonial Monuments Collective Memory, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University
In the media
- Rise of the must-see exhibition. Interview with ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor, 2019
- When money, art, and ethics collide. Radio interview on ABC Radio National: 'The Art Show'
- Anna Lawrenson and Chiara O'Reilly on blockbuster exhibitions. Radio interview on 2ser107.3: 'Glamcity'