Board Member - Shelley Hannigan

Shelley Hannigan | Academic/Art Educator – Deakin University

Shelley Hannigan is a full-time academic/art educator at Deakin University, Geelong, her time is divided between art education and her own practice as a visual artist. There is much overlap in this work as she teaches, design new unit material, presents her research in national and international conferences, exhibits and publishes her work in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Shelley completed her first degree in 1989, in painting. This was followed by regular studio practice and exhibitions for approximately twenty years. During this time, she also worked in the film industry, community art and engaged in a number of artist residences. Shelley increasingly worked in textiles, mixed media and installation over the subsequent years, which is her current focus.

Shelley’s teaching career started in community colleges then, as she loved it so much, she became a qualified secondary art teacher and taught photography, textiles and painting. She also gained my Masters in Creative Arts Therapy and worked in hospitals for three years. Fifteen years ago, she began her academic career at which included undertaking a PHD and developing research in art education, creativity, STEAM and arts practice.

Shelley’s research and practice over the years confirms that art is fundamental to the development and wellbeing of young people. As an artist herself, she knows the joy and meaning that creating and exhibiting art can provide. Shelley is driven to share this with others and does this as an art educator and by sharing her research in this area. Contributing to Art Education Victoria will enable her to work with the Board and relevant committees to support other arts educators to support and advocate for arts education.

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