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Harrison See (2022), I Send You Swans... (after encounters with Mah and Lau) [detail], oil on canvas, 152.5cm x 91.5cm. Photograph: Patricia Amorim

Harrison See (b. 1990) is an arts researcher, contemporary painter and PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) at Edith Cowan University (ECU). During his PhD See pursued his interest in allegorical landscapes as a means to explore cultural divergence and plurality. Prior to Far-Away Island, he has undertaken six solo shows, six artist residencies and seven collaborative exhibitions, in Perth and Asia. See completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts at ECU in 2015 after receiving the ‘Louise Macfie Painting Prize’. In 2016 he was awarded a New Colombo Plan (NPC) scholarship that funded his honours research in Shanghai, China. After being awarded first class honours for this research, See extended his NPC funding and returned to China in 2017 for a three-month artist’s residency in Xiamen. In 2019 See was awarded a ‘Research Training Program Scholarship’ and returned to ECU to undertake his practice-led PhD research into dialogic cross-cultural collaboration. During See’s PhD research, he has published and/or co-published four conference papers, as well as acted as a facilitator for the interdisciplinary group TINAS (This Is Not A Seminar: Creative research dialogues), a SAH representative for the Vice Chancellor’s Student Advisory Forum and a HDR representative on the ECU Galleries committee. See has also been the co-recipient of; two SAH ‘Research Culture Grants’; a Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) ‘Arts U-15k’ grant; a Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) ‘Yagan Square Digital Tower Screen Initiative’ grant. See has also worked as a research assistant for SAH and the School of Education. Currently, he is a research assistant with the ECU node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) ‘Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child’, as well as a SAH tutor for ‘Storytelling and Meaning’.

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Education

2022      PhD (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA – [PhD examined]
2017      Bachelor of Arts Honours (First Class), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA

2016      Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA

2011      Bachelor of Arts (Design), Majoring in Industrial Design, Curtin University, WA

Awards & Grants

2021     Arts U-15k, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) – $15,000

2021     Arts U-15k, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) – $4,000 (co-recipient)

2020      Ellenbrook Overall Prize, Ellenbrook-Swan Art Award – $1000

2020     Yagan Square Digital Tower Screen Initiative (co-recipient), Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority – $1,000 (co-recipient)

2020      Research Culture Grant (co-recipient), School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University – $400 (co-recipient)

2019      Research Culture Grant (co-recipient), School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University – $400 (co-recipient)

2018      Research Training Program Scholarship, Federal Government of Australia – $85,000

2015      The Louise Macfie Painting Prize, Edith Cowan University – $2,000
2015      New Colombo Plan Scholarship, Federal Government of Australia – $35,000
2015      New Colombo Plan Student Mobility Grant, Edith Cowan University – $1,200

2010      Design Award for Excellence, Curtin University

Solo Exhibitions

2022      Far-Away Island, Spectrum Project Space (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA

2019      Hollow Flight, Spectrum Project Space (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA

2018      Weightless, Kent Street Gallery, Victoria Park, WA

2018      Urban Tree, The Lobby, Swanbourne, WA

2018      Physical Mindfulness of Painting, Mundaring Arts Centre (Gallery 2), Mundaring, WA

2017      Tower of Modern | 当潮之塔, Chinese European Art Centre | 中国欧洲艺术中心, Xiamen, China

2016      The Nature of Wanting, Studio 281, Maylands, WA

Curation

2023       HERENOW23: In-Between-ness, Fringe World Festival, Spectrum Project Space (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA [upcoming]

Artist Residencies

2021      Perth College, Mount Lawley, WA – 1 week(s)

2020      Fringe World Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA – 4 week(s)

2018      Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, Victoria Park, WA – 10 week(s)

2018      Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA – 6 week(s)

2017      Chinese European Art Centre | 中国欧洲艺术中心, Xiamen, China – 3 month(s)

Collaborative Exhibitions

2022       Divergent Terrain, Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA

2021       A Place We Call Home, Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA

2021      Polyphony: CERAH Exchange Showcase, Fringe World Festival, Gallery 25, Mount Lawley, WA

2020       Intermission, Yagan Square, Perth, WA

2020      Nexus: A Group Show, Perth Fringe Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA

2018       Paradise’s Parasite III | 寄生者 III, Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2017       Passage Self Strange, Turner Galleries (Engine Room 2), Northbridge, WA

2017       Paradise’s Parasite II | 寄生者II, The Sino-British College | 英皇茶室, Shanghai, China

2017       Paradise’s Parasite | 寄生者, Hujiang Gallery | 沪江画廊, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021       City of Joondalup IAP (Invitation Art Prize), Whitford City, Joondalup

2021      Nexus: A Group Show, Gallery 25 (ECU Galleries), Mount Lawley, WA

2021      Industrial Mythos, INTOO Studios, Northbridge, WA

2021      ION II (In Our Nature), Lost Eden Creative ARI, Dwellingup, WA

2021      The Mandorla Art Award, Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA

2020       Tenth International Exhibition of Traditional Fine Arts | 第十届国际传统艺术邀请展,  Shanghai Art Collection Museum | 上海艺术收藏博物馆

2020       Tied Up With String, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA

2019       Nexus: A Group Show, Gallery 25, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2018       Sculptures on the Scarp, Darlington Arts Festival, Darlington, WA

2017       Stations of the Cross, Wesley Church, Perth, WA / Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA

2017       Extended Focus, Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2017       34th Annual Sculpture Survey Exhibition, Gomboc Gallery & Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA

2016       Third Space Project, Hujiang Gallery | 沪江画廊, Shanghai, China

2015       Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference, China Academy of Art | 中国美术学院, Hangzhou, China
2015       32nd Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA             

2014       31st Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA

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Publications

See, H. (2022). Encounters Across Dialogic Cross-cultural Collaborative Painting [Doctoral exegesis, Edith Cowan University]. Embargoed 2027

Stevenson, K., Jayakumar, E., See, H., Ryu, Y., & Das, S. (2022). Children’s Perspectives of Digital Citizenship in India, Korea and Australia: Report of Findings from Children’s Digital Citizenship and Safety Roundtables. ECU/Centre for the Digital Child.

Stevenson, K., Jayakumar, E., Le-Viet, T., Ryu, Y., & See, H. (2022). Contexts for Children’s Digital Citizenship in India, Korea and Australia: A Literature Review. ECU/Centre for the Digital Child.

See. H. (2022). Sustained Connection through Material Dialogue: International collaborative painting during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACUADS/DDCA 2021: Conference New Networks. https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/sustained-connection-through-material-dialogue-international-collaborative-painting-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

See. H. (2021). Dialogic Painting and Mythology: Cross-cultural collaboration amidst COVID restrictions. ACUADS 2020: Crisis and Resilience. https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/dialogic-painting-and-mythology-cross-cultural-collaboration-amidst-covid-restrictions/

Mason, G. & See. H. (2021). Creativity in Crises: Adapting a community of practice through a landscape of COVID-based disturbances. ACUADS 2020: Crisis and Resilience. https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/creativity-in-crises-adapting-a-community-of-practice-through-a-landscape-of-covid-based-disturbances/

Adams, L., See, H. Bell, F. (2020). Public Arts: the academy engaging with Main Roads WA, industry and community. ACUADS 2019: Engagement. https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/public-arts-the-academy-engaging-with-main-roads-wa-industry-and-community/

See, H. (2017). A Cosmopolitan Landscape: Development of a body of paintings that explore and expand upon the shared tropes of figuration in the work of Giovanni Bellini and Shen Zhou. [Honours exegesis, Edith Cowan University]. Research Online: Institutional Repository. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1490