Amanda
Lawson
Chief Investigator and Education and Engagement Leader
Australia

University of Wollongong

Amanda Lawson has extensive experience in the arts in Australia, including directorship of the Crafts Council of NSW and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. She has also worked at the Australian Council for the Arts, NSW State and Regional Development, AusIndustry and as an independent arts consultant specialising the visual arts and crafts.  Amanda joined the University of Wollongong in 2004 as the inaugural Head of the School of Art & Design; she was appointed Dean of Creative Arts in 2008 and was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts from 2013 to 2017.  She is also Director of the UOW Art Collection and was Chair of Arts NSW Visual Arts/Craft Committee from 2004 – 2007, a Trustee of the Australian Museum from 2009 to 2012 and a member of the Australian Research Council’s Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012.  Amanda has research interests in curatorship, arts development and strategy and audience development and has held several ARC Linkage Project grants with cultural sector partners.  She is part of CABAH’s Education and Engagement team of researchers, with a particular focus on engaging museum audiences in the 130,000 history of Australia that the Centre will uncover over the next seven years.