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Senior Lecturer, Head, Time Based Art, School of Media Arts, UNSW

John Gillies is an artist who works primarily with time-based forms such as moving image, performance, video installation and music. The survey exhibition John Gillies: Videowork 1982 - 2001 curated by Blair French, toured Australia 2004-2006. His work has also been shown at the Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Museo Reina Sophia, National Museum of Korea, Tramway (Glasgow), ACMI (Melbourne), MCA (Sydney), GOMA (Bris)) and in the London, Sydney and Melbourne film festivals, as well as broadcasts on ABC and SBS television. He is a former recipient of a Creative Fellowship from the Australia Council, an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant and was a long term board member of the Performance Space, Sydney.

His video work is held in public collections including the Fukuyama Museum of Art, Japan; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and the National Gallery of Australia.

The exploration of sound and image relationships, and collaboration with performers has been central to his work. Those collaborators have included The Sydney Front, Clare Grant and Tess de Quincey.

As a musician he has recorded and played with diverse range of musicians and composers including Jon Rose, Great White Noise, Kev Carmody, Chris Abrahams, Sheriff Lindo, Radical Son and composed scores for performance works by De Quincey & Co and Open City.

He has also curated of a number of video art programs in Australia, Spain and Brazil.

John is co-ordinator of the Time Based Art major of the BFA, BFA/BA and MArt. He is also course convener for Video Art, Advanced Video Art and Performance. At COFA he has convened and taught courses in Introductory Studies, Time Based Art, Performance, Sound Studio, Sound/Performance/Installation, Video Art, History of Video Art and History of Post WWII Cinema. He has also taught for the University of Sydney; University of Newcastle; University of Technology, Sydney; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and been a mentor and facilitator for a number of laboratory workshops including Time_Place_Space 2005 and Tele Visions 2013.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Head, Time Based Art School of Media Arts, University of New South Wales