Mr Allan Giddy
Lecturer

Mr Allan Giddy

1992     BA UNSW COFA

1993-4  Post graduate studies with Prof Jill Scott at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (D)

1994-5  Post graduate studies with Prof Roy Ascot at CiiA (Now Uni of Wales) (GB), funded by NSW Traveling Art Scholarship

2001     MFA  UNSW COFA      'Intersection' - an investigation into light, matter and time

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Director, Environmental Research Initiative for Art, School of Art
I have been described as a pioneer in, and one of Australia’s foremost proponents of, sustainable energy systems, electronic interconnectivity and interactivity embedded in the physical art object. I have worked with alternative energy systems in his sculpture and installation art for over twenty years.

My work has been shown at the Tate Modern UK, in Heidelberg and Rotterdam Town Halls, and numerous other venues internationally from Canada, Ireland and Finland to Greece and Bulgaria. I have completed two significant public commissions in Sydney, Weather Cranes (2006) at Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park and Earth v Sky (2012) in Bicentennial Park, Glebe. I have also completed several temporary public installations, including in Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland; Chatham, Kent, UK; and Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2016 I completed a major tri-national installation, Sonic Wells for Gallipoli, which sonically linked Canakkale, Turkey, Wellington, NZ and Sydney, Australia. In 2019-20 I have been touring public sound installations to Perth/Sydney/South Coast NSW/Rotorua NZ/Taranaki NZ with more planed for 21.

My interest in solar power began in 1994 with a work titled Hours Remaining in the Life of Allan Giddy, reviewed in Leonardo Magazine Vol 2/98, MIT Press. This interest led me to curate two exhibitions at UNSW's Solar Research Centre (SOLARCH) in 1999 and 2002, and to win the 'Green Power Prize' at Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney in 2002 with his work Minor Attractor. The inclusion of solar power and energy efficiency is still a key driver in my practice to this day.

I have also curated Desert Equinox, Australia's first solar art exhibition, in Broken Hill (2012); La Lune: Energy Producing Art on Sydney's Northern Beaches (2014)runner-up for two Australian Event Awards that year; and NOX Night Sculpture, Randwick (2015 and 2017), for which all works were created by my students at UNSW A&D. I have also co-curated two significant exhibitions in and around the Armory Gallery in Sydney's Olympic Park: Buffer Zone (2011) and WARA Playground Perspective (2016)the largest exhibition event mounted by Sydney Olympic Park Authority. The most recent NOX event in 2021 attracted a Covid compliant 10200 people over 3 nights.

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  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Giddy A, 2019, Bungli 'flow', Rotorua 'flow', Dharawal/Rotorua/Noongar 'flow', Shoalhaven River Festival, Rotorua Lakefront, 26 October 2019 - , medium: Sound transmission and solar energy, at: https://en.iyil2019.org/events/bungli-flow/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Giddy A, 2018, Flow (Parihaka Flow to Cookaroo Flow), Flow (Parihaka Flow to Cookaroo Flow tests and funding), Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Parihaka PA (NZ), 01 February 2018 - 31 December 2019, medium: Recorded sound in Water, at: https://en.iyil2019.org/events/cookaroo-flow/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Giddy AM, 2018, Absence and Presence, Part 1, Mining Pyrite, Armory Gallery Sydney Olympic Park, 17 May 2018 - 20 August 2017, medium: Multi Media
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Giddy AM, 2017, Curtain Tax, Surry Hills Festival Double Take program, Surry Hills, 23 September 2017 - 15 October 2017, medium: Video Projection
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2016
    Giddy AM, 2016, Sonic Wells for Gallipoli, Sonic Wells for Gallipoli, Canikkale Turkey, Wellington New Zealand and Auburn Sydney simultaneously, Published: 23 April 2016, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.facebook.com/sonicwellsforgallipoli/
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2016
    Giddy AM, 2016, Untitled morse responses from children, WAR, Sydney Olympic Park Armory, Editor(s): Vickers N, Speakers, digitaly converted speach., Published: 14 May 2016, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1234969/WARcatalogueonline.pdf
    Curatorial Outputs | 2016
    Giddy AM, 2016, WAR A Playground Perspective, exhibited at: Sydney Olympic Park Armory Gallerys, 14 May 2016 - 14 August 2016, WAR A Playground Perspective, http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1234969/WARcatalogueonline.pdf
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Giddy AM, 2015, Clock recontextualised, Future Nature, Austrailian Design Centre, 28 August 2015 - 16 October 2015, medium: Aluminium, 12v light, wood, designed furniture, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/past-exhibitions-and-events/future-nature/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Giddy AM, 2015, Just Before the New Dawn, In Motion, 07 November 2015 - 22 November 2014, medium: Sprung steel, Glass mounted Tarantula
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2015
    Giddy AM, 2015, NOX, NOX, Ranwick Eco Park, Muti Media, Published: 10 September 2015, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0rV89_WJ4
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2015
    Giddy AM; Blunt A; Tito J, 2015, England Expects ... Aotearoa, Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand, New Plymouth (NZ) foreshore boardwalk, Editor(s): Clother I, Published: 31 January 2015, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.intercreate.org/england-expects/
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2014
    Giddy AM, 2014, La Lune (Energy Producing Art), La Lune Energy Producing art, Long Reef Nature Reserve, Editor(s): Giddy AM, Multimedia, Published: 10 May 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://ros.unsw.edu.au/objectedit.html?cid=1&ot=68&ds=false&dpt=La%20Lune%20(Energy%20Producing%20Art)
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2014
    Giddy AM, 2014, The Gate, In Motion, Air Space Gallery, Editor(s): Clark S, 2 screen video and sound, Published: 07 November 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://airspaceprojects.com/exhibitions/past-exhibitions-2/past-exhibitions/7-november-in-motion/
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2014
    Giddy AM; Blunt A, 2014, England Expects ..., Tone Festival - A Meeting of Sound and Light), River Medway foreshore, Editor(s): Bacon JL, Milti media installation, Published: 09 June 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/events/tonefestivalpage.html
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2013
    Giddy AM, 2013, Night Swimmer, Clyde meets Elbe, Published: 09 August 2013, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.allangiddy.org/
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2013
    Giddy AM, 2013, Sailors Yarns, Published: 09 August 2013, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.allangiddy.org/
    Curatorial Outputs | 2012
    Giddy AM, 2012, Desert Equinox, exhibited at: Broken Hill City; New South Wales (West), Desert Equinox
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2012
    Giddy AM, 2012, Earth v Sky, City of Sydney Commission, Centenary Park; Glebe, Sydney, Published: 2012, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2012
    Giddy AM, 2012, Home, Included in Desert Equinox, The Grove; Broken Hill City, Published: 2012, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Curatorial Outputs | 2011
    Giddy AM, 2011, Buffer Zone, exhibited at: Armory Gallery; Homebush, Sydney, 07 May 2011 - 31 July 2011, Buffer Zone, http://vervecommunications.com.au/2011/05/step-inside-the-buffer-zone
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2011
    Giddy AM, 2011, Scetch for Transformation, Reverb, University of Hue campus; Hue Vietnam, Published: 2011, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2011
    Giddy AM, 2011, The Pont Aven Leaves, The Pont Aven Leaves, Sirius Art Centre; Cobh Cork Ireland, Published: 2011, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2011
    Giddy AM; Djonov AP, 2011, Shedding (inside out), Buffer Zone, Armory Gallery; Homebush Sydney, Published: 2011, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://alal9702.staging-apache.netregistry.net/shedding-inside-out/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, 3 video Works
    Creative Written Works | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Landscapes: Artist`s Moving Image from Australia and the UK, Figuring Landscapes, Ball S; Bonnell P; Chua EJ; Darby H; Elwes C; Frankland S; Hirsch E; Hoffie P; Segal M; Zuvela D, (eds.), Tate Modern
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Blake Prize
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Cork Harbour Project - Beyond the Myths
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Figuring Landscapes, Figuring Landscapes
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Foreign Exchange Exhibition
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Invitation to the Football, Mao to Now
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2008
    Giddy AM, 2008, Sonic Wells
    Creative Written Works | 2007
    Giddy AM, 2007, Five x Five catalogue, Five x Five
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2007
    Giddy AM, 2007, Commission - `Weather Cranes`
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2007
    Giddy AM, 2007, Cork Harbour Project (Artists Laboratory)
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2007
    Giddy AM, 2007, Platforma Vid07, 01 January 2007
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2007
    Giddy AM, 2007, Retrospective Video Art
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2006
    Giddy AM, 2006, Wollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Wollahra Small Sculpture Prize
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 1999
    Giddy AM, 1999, Mixed exhibition
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 1999
    Giddy AM, 1999, SOLARCH
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 1999
    Giddy AM, 1999, Terra nullius healing 1999 I
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 1999
    Giddy AM, 1999, UNSW Expo
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 1998
    Giddy AM, 1998, Group exhibition

1994NSW Traveling Art Scholarship (Now the Helen Lempriere)

1995 NSW Dyson Bequest

2002 Sculpture by the Sea Green Power prize

2013 Runner up Australian event awards Best New Event / Best Achievement in Sustainability (with Warringah Council for La Lune Energy Producing Art)

2015 Highly commended NSW Events Awards (with Randwick Council for NOX night art)

I currently lead ERIA (the Environmental Research Initiative for Art), UNSW A&D, specialising in the use of electrically motivated technologies and off grid power in public artwork. I have lead a team which has acquitted a major Australian Research Council linkage grant (2009-2013), secured by ERIA to advance the field.

Presently I am working on transportable solar and wind powered media systems to place sound in remote waterways in numerous sties in Australia and New Zealand. Funded by grants secured from Creative New Zealand, Create New South Wales and The Australian Council for the Arts.

My work and research involve a great deal of interdisciplinary collaboration. I work closely with colleagues in UNSW’s Key Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Chemical Engineering Department, as well as with companies and municipal bodies such as BP Solar, Pepperl + Fuchs, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, City of Sydney, Randwick City Council, Warringah Council and the Broken Hill Art Exchange . This cross pollination is vital to my practice. 

I am the international research fellow (new energy systems) at Intercreate Aotearoa (NZ)

I have acted as an advisor for Waverly council Arts committee

Profiled UNSW solar research in 2 solar powered public art exhibitions (2000/2002)

Founded the Desert Equinox (solar art in the desert) ongoing events in Broken Hill

Conceived and directed La Lune - Energy Producing Art on the North Shore of Sydney

Founded the NOX Night Art ongoing bi-annual exhibitions by UNSW students in Randwick city's Eco Park

I am a Founding advisor on Eden Unearthed ongoing sculpture exhibitions

I continue to advise Randwick Council/Eden Unearthed/Broken Hill Art Exchange and events organisers nationally