Creative Macau

Center for Creative Industries

Visual Arts

Carol Archer


forthcoming: 1. Near and Far and Mostly Macao: Carol Archer and Christopher Kelen, University of Macau Library Gallery

2008 2. 23rd Asia International Art Exhibition, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou University Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou 

2008 3. Pre-Exhibition of 23rd Asia International Art Exhibition (Macao Representatives), Albergue Gallery, Former Old Ladies House, Macao

2008 4. Reciprocal Interference: A Collaborative Art Project, Podspace, Newcastle, Australia,

(exhibition of two-person collaborative works with Sue Rawlinson, Even Mak, Sue Taylor, Mary Grehan and Johanna Trainor)

2007 5.Knot, Touch, Trace Nó, Tacto, Traço 結、觸、跡 , Creative Macau, Macao Cultural Centre,Macao

2006 6. Work of Macao Hands, University Gallery, University of Macau Library, University of Macau, Macao (solo exhibition)

2006 7. Footstep: an installation by Carol Archer and Even Mak /步足;足印 混合媒體裝置展覽 :區勵志及麥綺雲, University Gallery, University of Macau Library, University of Macau, Macao, (http//

2006 8. Creative Macau Members’ Exhibition, CCI, Macao Cultural Centre, Macao

2005 9. Notworks, online mixed media exhibition, Macau Art Net, Artist of the Month, May 2005 (

2004 10. Being there, National Art School, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia

2003 11. Artmart, Para/site Artspace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

2002 12. Social Club, Para/site Artspace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

2001 13. Sleep to Dream/ Shui Yi Meng, collaborative image/text installation with Christopher Kelen, Montblanc and Nokia Galleries, Fringe Club, Hong Kong (solo exhibition)

2001 14. Blue is Blue (Cityfestival 2001 featured visual artists programme), Hong Kong City Hall Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong

2000 15. Tai Mo Shan/ Big Hat Mountain, collaborative image and text installation with Christopher Kelen, Montblanc Gallery, Fringe Club, Central, Hong Kong

2000 16. Wanchai, Citypoetry (a City Festival 2000 project) collaborative computer photographic/poetry installation with
Christopher Kelen at Senses, 41 Staunton St, Hong Kong

1998 17. Skin to Work, Maling Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Casula, N.S.W., Australia (solo exhibition)

1998 18. Scrape, John Paynter Gallery, Hunter St., Newcastle, N.S.W. Australia (three–person exhibition)

1998 19. Staff Exhibition, Hunter St. Institute of T.A.F.E., Newcastle, Australia

1997 20. Skinworks, Space YZ, U.W.S. Nepean, Kingswood, N.S.W., Australia (solo exhibition)

1997 21. Nothing so Deep, Vacant Shopfront Art Project, Newcastle, Australia (solo exhibition)

1997 22. Windows, A.N.C.A. Gallery, Dickson, A.C.T., Australia

1997 23. 9” x 12”: National Touring Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Sydney, Tennant Creek, Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart and internet, Australia

1997 24. Images of the Heart II, Hunter St. Institute of Tertiary and Further Education, Newcastle, Australia

1996 25. Between Skins, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, N.S.W., Australia (solo exhibition)


26/7/2008 Review of Reciprocal Interference Collaborative Art Project, Jill Stowell, Newcastle Herald, Australia

23/4/2007 “Adverte a artista australiana Carol Archer: Macau será ‘promessa vazia’ se não investir no ensino artístico”, Laura Bastos, Jornal Tribuna de Macau, Macao

23/4/2007 “O Hoje Recomenda: Nó, tacto, traço, Exposição de Carol Archer”, Hoje Macau, Macao

23/4/2007 “Nó, tacto, traço: Pintura”, Ponto Final, Macao

15/3-15/4 “Knot, Touch, Trace 結、觸、跡 Nó, Tacto, Traço”, Macau Closer, CTY

23/4/2007 “Nó, tacto, traço: Pintura”, Ponto Final, Macao

13/3/2007 “O toque humano na aparente insignificância”, Hugo Pinto, Ponto Final, Macao

10/11/2006 “Work of Macau Hands: Watercolours by Carol Archer”, Sara Farr, The Macau Post, Macao

15/6/2001 “Best of the Week,” Kevin Kwong, South China Morning Post24/7 Magazine, Hong Kong

14/6/2001 “Sleep to Dream: Carol Archer/ Christopher Kelen,” Joyce Siu, BC Magazine, Hong Kong


2009 Artist-in-residence, Bundanon Trust, Bundanon, Australia (30 June –19 July),

2004 “Imaginal places: opening out the atlas” conference and website funded by Arts and Humanities Research Board (U.K.).

2003 Recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council project grant for the New Territoriespublication

2001 Recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council project grant for the Sleep to Dreaminstallation and publication

Artworks are included in private collections in Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Macao, Canada and Australia.


2001-2006 Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature Department, University of Hong Kong. Thesis title: Frames, Flows, Feminist Aesthetics: paintings by Judy Watson, Cai Jin and Marlene Dumas.

1994-1998 Master of Arts (Honours), University of Western Sydney (Nepean), Australia, (leave of absence taken in 1996), degree conferred in October, 1998.
Thesis title: Skin to Work: shifting materialities, ambiguous boundaries.
Exhibition title: Skin to Work.

1992 Graduate Certificate in T.E.F.L., G.L.S. Gaigo Gakuin, Kyoto, Japan.

1987-1989 Associate Diploma in Painting, Canberra School of Art, Australia (now part of Australian National University), Diploma conferred in May 1990.

1985 Teacher’s Certificate, N.S.W. Dept. of Education, Australia. Certificate awarded in April, 1985.

1981 Graduate Diploma of Education (Art), Sydney Teachers College (now University of Sydney), Australia, diploma conferred in May, 1982.

1978-1980 Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney (Australia). Conferred May, 1981.
Subjects in Degree:
Fine Arts I, II, III.
General Philosophy I, II, III.
English I, Australian Literature II, Political Economy I.

Other studies:

1991 -1992 Japanese woodblock printing and ink painting, and shiatsu training, in Kyoto.


mid 2007-Assistant Professor, Visual Studies Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

2006- mid 2007 Visiting Scholar, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2006 Drawing Instructor, Student Services Centre, Integrated Learning Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

2003-mid 2007 English Language Instructor and Lecturer in Art Appreciation, University of Macau, Macao

2001-2005 Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature Dept., University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1999- 00 Visual Arts Tutor, R.M.I.T. University/Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

1998- 01 Native English-speaking Teacher, Lingnan Dr. C.W.K. Memorial Secondary School, Kwai Chung, N.T., Hong Kong

1997- 98 Lecturer in Visual Communication and Art Appreciation, Hunter St. Institute of T.A.F.E., Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia

1995- 97 Lecturer in Art History and Theory, Department of Fine Art, University of Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia

1993- 95 Arts and Media teacher, Tuncurry Institute of Tertiary and Further Education (T.A.F.E.), N.S.W., Australia
Art teacher, St. Ives High School, N.S.W. Dept. of Education, N.S.W., Australia
Teacher of Painting and Drawing, Bulahdelah, Hunter Community College, N.S.W., Australia

1991- 93 Director of Curriculum and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Global Language Salon, Kyoto, Japan

1991 Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Art, Kyoto Nishi Senior High School, Kyoto, Japan

1990 Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language, Language Resources, Phillips University, Osaka, Japan

1987- 90 Art teacher, A.C.T. Schools Authority and N.S.W. Dept of Education, Australia

Art therapy workshop facilitator, Community Youth Support Scheme, Braddon, A.C.T., Australia

1984- 86 Art teacher, Lithgow High School, N.S.W. Dept of Education, N.S.W., Australia


2006 1. “Screen, Figure, Ground: The Ambivalent Political Aesthetics of Judy Watson’s internal landscape and the guardians”, Association for the Study of Australian Literature, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

2006 2. “Shifting Spaces in Macao”, 6th Wenshan Conference on English and American Literature, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

2005 3. “The ambivalent paintings of Judy Watson: an Aboriginal Feminist Aesthetic,” English Department, Peking University, PRC

2005 4. “Paintings and Paintings: aesthetics, dominative and otherwise,” Comparative Literature Departmental Seminar Series, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2004 5. “Cartographies, Selves,” Imaginal regions: opening out the atlas symposium, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland 6. “Cartographies, Selves: Maps and Paintings,”
Wednesday Colloquium Series, English Department, University of Macau, Macao

2003 7. “Dreamings and paintings: Emily Kngwarreye and Judy Watson”, Scottish Word and Image Group conference, University of Aberdeen and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland

2003 8. “Over the border, the everyday lapse: dreams and the creative process” (with Christopher Kelen), Scottish Word and Image Group conference, University of Aberdeen and Gray’s School of Art (Robert Gordon University), Aberdeen, Scotland

2003 9. “Frames and Flows in Paintings by Judy Watson”, Comparative Literature Department Seminars, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2003 10. “Dreamings and paintings: Judy Watson and Emily Kngwarreye,” English Department Seminar Series, University of Macau, Macao

2002 11. “Gender, Genre and Liberation in Chicken Run,” Beast Fable Society, 9th International Congress, Malta

2002 12. “Carol Archer and Christopher Kelen: Chicken Run,” English Department Seminar Series, University of Macau, Macao

1997 13. “Miraculous Wounds: Rome, 1996”, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia

1997 14. “Painting and Skin Ego”, Australian National Art Therapy Association Conference, Dickson, A.C.T., Australia

1996 15. “Cossington Smith, Hester, Olsen and Borgelt: Gender and Identity in Representations of the Private, Intimate and Domestic”, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, N.S.W., Australia

1996 16. “Metaskins”, University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy

1995 17. “Paula Rego: Domination and Rebellion”, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, N .S.W., Australia


2007 1.”Spaces in Transition: Photographs by Adam Lampton”, Macau Closer, September

2007 2. “Edictus Ridiculum: Konstantin Bessmertny”, Macau Closer, July/August

2007 3. “Denis Murrell’s Homework“, Macau Closer, July/August

2007 4. “Contemplative Offerings: the Art of Belinda Fox”, Macau Closer, June

2007 5. “Serious about Art Education?”, Macau Closer, April

2007 6. “Something Rotten in Macao’s New Cityscape”, (Portuguese translation by Patricia Lemos), Ponto Final, Friday 27/7/07

2007 7. “Macao: an art historical discipline waiting to happen?” In James Elkins (ed), Is Art History Global? New York: Routledge, 2006.

2007 8. “Gifts and Transgressions: Marlene Dumas Underground” in Crossings, No 8, 2006.

2006 9. “The Ambivalent Paintings of Judy Watson: an Aboriginal Feminist Aesthetic”. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Vol. 7, no. 2, 2006.

2005 10. “Cartographies, Selves.” Imaginal Regions collaborative project. Website:

2004 11. “Over the Border, the Everyday Lapse” (with Christopher Kelen), Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 5, No 1,

2001 12. Sleep to Dream (with Christopher Kelen), Loudest Place on Earth, Hong Kong

2000 13. Tai Mo Shan (with Christopher Kelen), Loudest Place on Earth, Hong Kong


2008- Member of Asian Australian Studies Research Network

2007-present Member of Information and Library Services Panel, Member of Management Board of Internationalisation

2006 Adjudicator, “Green Colours of Life Recycled Art Competition”, Shing Kung Hui Welfare Council, Teens’ Recycled Art Program, Macao

2006-present Principal researcher and initiator of the “Reciprocal Interference” collaborative art project. Ongoing online documentation at:

2005- Regular contributor on Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and China art news to the magazine Art Monthly Australia (ArtNotes Asia section)

2005- Member Macau Art Net

2005- Member of Creative Macau

2005- Member of Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

2003- Member of an international collaborative visual arts and writing research project titled Imaginal Places: opening out the atlas. Symposium paper and works may be found on the project website:

1999-2002 Member of Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2001- Member of Para/site, Hong Kong

1998- Member of Viscopy, Australia

1987- Member of the National Association of Visual Artists, Australia



2nd April, 2007

KNOT, TOUCH, TRACE is an exhibition of mixed media works by Carol Archer, an Australian artist who has lived in Macao for the past six years. The exhibition includes paintings of apparently insignificant details of the Macao cityscape: knots that hold together bamboo scaffolding, market stall displays, broken window shutters. Not quite inanimate, these knots record […]