Dr Shelley Hannigan



Senior Lecturer, Education (Arts Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 2015
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2011
Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning), Deakin University, 2009
Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Aust. Business Dvlpmnt Centre, 2007
Master of Education, La Trobe University, 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1990


Career highlights

1989: Completed BFA painting and film

1990: First solo exhibition: Rita Webster gallery, Auckland

1991: Second solo exhibition: Bowen street Gallery, Wellington

1997-2001: Multiple successful solo and group exhibitons in Melbourne

2000: Invited to show my art at the Florence Bienalle

2005: Gained Masters degree in Education (creative arts therapies)

2008: Commenced my current ongoing position wtih Deakin University

2011: Received a Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching, Deakin University2010: Accepted into University of Queensland (Faculty of Humanities and Arts, School of Music) to do full time-Phd with scholarship.

2012: Awarded International Travel Grant to present at HERDSA conference, Manchester, UK

Research interests

Place, Identity, artistic practice, art education, community-based art:
Methodologies: Arts Practice Based research, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, self-study, autoethnography, A/R/tography.


National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA)
Arts Education Victoria
Arts Education Australia

Teaching interests

Visual art education, visual-based media education, arts based pedagogies.
Campus chair (Warrnambool)

Knowledge areas

Visual arts, Art Education, Visual art education and media education, Place philosophy, Identity theory, persona studies, creative art therapy, phase space, artistic practice, arts practice based research, narrative analysis, narrative inquiry, autoethnography, artist's autobiographies


2012: Place Ontology and Art: Presented at the British Education Research Association (BERA), Manchester, UK 2012: Researching Place in Artistic Practice and Thinking: Presented at the Qualitative Research Conference, Charles Darwin University, Darwin. 2010: Narrative Inquiry and Visual Metaphor. Presented at NIMES conference, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane. 2010: Artistic Practice, Art therapy and Art Education: Creating and Interpreting Visual Metaphor. Presented at The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) South East Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 2009: Regenerating Communities, RMIT University An overview of the project: Story Vessels. In this presentation I explained my role as sculptor, community artist and Project Facilitator on the Connecting Identities project based in the City of Greater Geelong as part of the nationwide Generations Project. 2009: The Arts in Times of Crisis, RAV Symposium, Geelong. An overview of the project: Story Vessels and facilitation of a panel of three of the other artists involved.

Professional activities

(2009) Mouth To Mountain Cultural Event and Relay Connecting Identities. Team leader for the visual artists invovled in three cultural events at Barwon Heads, City of Geelong and The You Yangs.
(2008/09) Story Vessel facilitator Connecting Identities
Geelongs project as part of the nationwide project Generations funded by Australia Council for the Arts. I facilitated a group of 9 artists in community consultations . I then documented and curated the exhibitions of these and other art works.

(2008 & 2009) Artist in residence at Bundanon
To engage in a collaborative art project with four other artists within the context of Bundanon. Patricia Pollett, Jan Baker-Finch, Belinda Webster & Leeanne Crisp.

(2008) Story Vessel Sculptor Connecting Identities
Selected as the artist to represent Deakin Ward region of Geelong in the Connecting Identities/Generations project. Provided with a budget to produce a sculpture following a series of community consultations.

(2005-07) Teacher, Brougham Art School of Art and Photography:
Courses I taught for the Diploma of Visual Arts 12857VIC:
- Context & Culture - Explores art and culture in historical and social context. I researched and design the course to make it relevant to students of the Geelong region. I developed strong relations in the community and steered students toward community arts projects.
- Art and Business (CUVCORO7A) I taught students about exhibiting and applying for grants, business and financial management and promotion relevant to this region.
- Colour and Design in Photoimaging (CUVDESO4A)

(2005) Artist and facilitator for community project In my backyard please
A project aimed at making art accessible to others in the suburbs. It involved sculptors making sculpture and filming the process at a used car yard in suburban Geelong.

(2004) President of Arthouse Collective Inc.
Assisted in promoting art and cultural events in the region.

(2003- 04) Artist and group representative in community arts project; The Artists in the Gardens,
Participated in the design and creation of a collaborative, site specific sculpture (12 artists). Sought community sponsorship and designed, constructed and built The Wind in The Billows - a large-scale sculpture. This was exhibited along with 13 other sculptures in the Geelong Botanical Gardens for two years.
I also helped to organised the public opening and delivered the speech on behalf of the artists.

Media appearances

New Zealand Herald

Wellington Dominion

Radio National, New Zealand


2012: Awarded International Travel Grant, University of Queensland
2011: Received a Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching, Deakin University
2010: Bundanon Trust, NSW Artist in Residence/collaborative arts project: Dance to the Music of Time
2009: Bundanon Trust, NSW Artist in Residence/collaborative arts project: The Poussin Project
2008: City of Greater Geelong & Regional Arts Council Victoria Connecting Identities sculpture project
2004: Community arts grant: City of Greater Geelong Sculpture/community interaction project
2003: Regional Arts Council of Victoria (Community Arts Projects) Artists In The Gardens
2002: Samuel Marsden College, NZ Artist in Residence
1989: New Zealand Regional Arts Council Grant Co-directed documentary on Maori Nationalism2004: Bundanon Trust, NSW Artist in Residence/researching Boyds legacy/museum


2013: final year of PhD.
PhD topic: Researching the phenomenon of Place and Identity in artistic thought and practice using methodologies of narrative inquiry and auto-ethnography.


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Art educators' professional learning: reflecting together to consider ontologies of quality in our praxis

M Selkrig, S Wright, S Hannigan, G Burke, J Grenfell

(2020), pp. 1-15, Teaching in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

"Drawing out" understandings through arts-based inquiry in teacher education

S Hannigan, J Raphael

(2020), Qualitative Research Journal, C1

journal article

Expanding the Languages of Science and How They Are Learnt

R Tytler, V Prain, S Hannigan

(2020), Research in Science Education, C1

journal article

Interdisciplinary unsettlings of place and space: An introduction to the conversation

Sarah Pinto, Shelley Hannigan, Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Emma Charlton

(2019), pp. 1-15, Interdisciplinary Unsettlings of Place and Space: Conversations, investigations and research, Singapore, B1

book chapter

From the parlour to the forum: how dress-art unsettles place and space

Shelley Hannigan

(2019), pp. 45-66, Interdisciplinary unsettlings of place and space: conversations, investigations and research, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Drawing on creative arts therapy approaches to enhance inclusive school cultures and student wellbeing

Shelley Hannigan, C Grima-Farrell, N Wardman

(2019), Vol. 29, pp. 756-733, Issues in educational research, Perth, W.A., C1

journal article

Interdisciplinary unsettlings of place and space: Conversations, investigations and research

S Pinto, S Hannigan, B Walker-Gibbs, E Charlton

(2019), pp. 1-307, Interdisciplinary Unsettlings of Place and Space: Conversations, Investigations and Research, A7

edited book

Patterning in childhoodnature

Shelley Hannigan, Anna Kilderry, Lihua Xu

(2018), pp. 1-23, Research handbook on childhoodnature: assemblages of childhood and nature research, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Tearing it down: using problematisation to encourage artistic-creativity

S Hannigan, Katherine Barrand

(2018), pp. 259-278, Creativity policy, partnerships and practice in education, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

A theoretical and practice-informed reflection on the value of failure in art

S Hannigan

(2018), Vol. 30, pp. 171-179, Thinking skills and creativity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Process and Pattern

S Hannigan

(2017), Sagra Gallery, Malvern, Victoria, J1


Collaborative reflective experience and practice in education explored through self-study and arts-based research

S Hannigan, J Raphael, P White, L Bragg, J Cripps Clark

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 84-110, Creative approaches to research, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Crossing over

S Hannigan

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., J1



Vincenzo Piuri, Amir Aghdam, Saeid Nahavandi

(2013), Vol. 7, pp. 2-3, IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL, J1-1


Turning community stories into community art

S Hannigan

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 135-150, International Journal of Education Through Art, C1

journal article

A/r/tography and Place Ontology


(2012), Vol. 38, pp. 85-85, Visual Arts Research, C1

journal article

Phillip doggett-williams : no climate for change

S Hannigan

(2012), Red Hill, Victoria, J2


Black Caviar

S Hannigan

(2012), [Melbourne, Vic.], J2



M Singh, J Reid, D Mayer, N Santoro

(2011), Vol. 39, pp. 277-279, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, J1-1


Deakin story vessel

S Hannigan

(2009), Geelong, Vic., J2


Story vessels

S Hannigan

(2009), Geelong, Vic., J2-1


Shelley Hannigan

S Hannigan

(2006), Newtown, Vic., J1-1


Wind in the billows

S Hannigan

(2005), Geelong, Vic., J1-1


Home : recent paintings by Shelley Hannigan

S Hannigan

(2002), Carlton, Vic., J1-1


Paintings 2002

S Hannigan

(2002), Wellington, N.Z., J1-1


Shelley Hannigan paintings

S Hannigan

(2000), Geelong, Vic., J1-1


Paintings and drawings

S Hannigan

(1992), Wellington, N.Z., J1-1



S Hannigan

(1991), Auckland, N.Z., J1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


No completed student supervisions to report