Curriculum Vitae


Rowan Conroy is a professional visual artist and lecturers in Photography and Media Arts at the School of Art, Australian National University.  He holds a PhD and first class Honours from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Conroy's PhD was awarded in 2012 for his thesis and major exhibition Archaeologies of the Present: Rephotographing the William John Woodhouse Photographic Archive. This research was the subject of a major exhibition in August-November 2013, at the Australian Centre for Photography. This body of work will be published as a hand printed and bound limited edition photobook the second half of 2015. 

Conroy's work focuses on the use of large format photography to document ancient and modern, rural and urban architecture and detritus as a means to reflect upon the archaeology of the present. He combines the use of traditional large format view cameras with the latest digital technology to produce photographic prints of great detail and clarity. Conroy has combined his interest in archaeology and the visual arts through archaeological illustration and photography, which has been made possible through ten years of involvement on excavations in Greece and Cyprus, and research journeys in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

Conroy continues to work closely with the University of Sydney’s Nicholson museum and the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens (AAIA). A melding between the disciplines of photography and archaeology is clearly reflected in his extensive series the poetics of detritus (2005-6) and archaeologies of the present (2007- ongoing). Conroy has been the recipient of a numerous grants and has been short listed in a number of nationally significant arts prizes. His works are held in public and private collections across Australia and internationally.


Solo Exhibitions

2014            Natura Naturans, Barometer Gallery, Sydney 

2013            The Woodhouse Rephotography Project, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2012            ATHINA Chapter House Lane, Melbourne 

2011            William J. Woodhouse Rephotography Project  Barometer Gallery, Sydney 

2008             Puratha: the sad place revisited Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, New South Wales

2007             Puratha: the sad place Sydney College of the Arts Gallery

2006             Material Culture Peloton, Sydney

2006             Lebanon: from Baalbek to Beirut Nicholson Museum, Sydney

2005             Melancholy Objects Newspace Gallery, Sydney

2004             Oil and Plastic with Lachlan Calvey, Newspace Gallery, Sydney


Selected Group Exhibitions 

2015              Light Years, Photoaccess, Canberra 

2014              Green, Barometer Gallery, Sydney

                     The Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art 

                     38th Alice Springs Arts Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

2013             C O R  Barometer Gallery, Sydney

                     1+1 Marrickville Garage, Sydney

2012             William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art

  Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship,Sydney College of the Arts

  Josephine Ulrick Win Schubert Photography Award Gold Coast City Gallery. 

  Back to the Garden Barometer Gallery, Head On photo festival, Sydney

2011             Exposed: Photography and the Classical Nude, The Nicholson Museum, Sydney

  ‘a shadow of its former self’  At the Vanishing Point (ATVP), Head On photo festival, Sydney 

2010             The Wall, THEARTSPACE and The Goethe Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

2008  Book for a lifetime, THEARTSPACE and The Goethe Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus  

                    The Fragile Absolute, Delmar Gallery Trinity Grammar, Sydney

Grants & Scholarships

2012 Australia Council for the Arts 'Artstart' grant

2010 University of Sydney Grants in Aid for W.J. Woodhouse Rephotography Project

2007-2010 University Postgraduate Award (UPA)

2006 Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant for Emerging Artists.



Australia Council for the Arts Permanent Collection

University of Wollongong Permanent Collection

Delmar Gallery Trinity Grammar School

Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney

William Wilkins Memorial Art Collection

Paphos Municipality Council, Cyprus.

And numerous private collections