Public Lectures and Speaking Engagements

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John Dahlsen reguarly gives lectures and talks on his environmental art, in speaking engagements, all over the world.

His target audience ranges from participants in seminars and environmental symposium events and at corporate functions, universities, exhibition openings and embassy events.

He has a vast knowledge and concern about environmental issues, particularly in relation to the power and effectiveness of art transmitting important messages about our environment. His speaking engagements are both engaging and informative and above all inspirational for those who attend.

John delivers these seminars for various timeframes from 20 minutes to 1 – 2 hours at a time, depending on the target audience.

His speaking engagements are delivered with both powerpoint and DVD presentations and involve an introduction about himself and some basics about his history as an artist, leading on to discussion about the importance of art, emphasising environmental and ecological awareness.

This leads into the power point presentation where he projects various images. Depending on the length and nature of the presentation, this can amount to anywhere between 70 - 200 images while he continues the lecture, followed by a question and answer discussion.
In this time of image projections, he focus the visuals on around 8 main aspects of his environmental artwork.

These following links give you an idea of the imagery he projects during the talks:

- and the latest work with the plastic purge works seen here:

Sometimes John encourages audience participation and questions right from the beginning - depending on the group.
He has found that large audiences tend to be initially more intimidated to ask questions, so he tends to lead the discussion when he delivers to these larger groups, then as things become more animated, he encourages more audience participation.

John has spoken to groups of people ranging in size from 30 - 3,000.

He also shows a selection of 3 DVD’s, which have been made about his work.

One is a recent interview and survey of his work, tracing the past 10 years or so and runs for approximately 10 minutes.

Another, which documents the production of his well known Absolut commission, as seen in this link:    
- this DVD runs for 30 minutes and is sometimes shown in segments.

He has another DVD which is a 6 part presentation of aspects of his work.
Titled "Renewed" this is also presented, if time permits and there is the audience demand.

John also reguarly delivers talks at his various solo exhibitions.

The following is a small selection of John Dahlsen's public lectures and appearances:

2015 - The Power of Research Conference Presentation November 9-11Charles Darwin University.
2015 - The Winston Churchill Foundation National Convention Presentation; October Sydney Australia
2015 - Byron Bay Writers Festival - Interview with Jeni Caffin. Saturday 7 August
2015 - 'Food For Thought' Lecture series. Charles Darwin University. March 18
2015 - Kyoto Seika University, visiting lecture on the Churchill Fellowship and Environmental Art. January
2014 - International Conference CEAD The third international Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography University of Waikato Hamilton Aotearoa. New Zealand. 25-28 Nov 
2014 - Philosophers Riff: "The Aesthetics of Beauty" Happy Yess Darwin Sept
2014 - International Conference on Arts in Society June 2014 Rome Italy
2014 - ACAH Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities April 2014 Osaka Japan
2013 - "Food For Thought" Lecture series. Charles Darwin University. October 2
2013 - Perspectives on Progress Conference: (UQLD. Nov 27-29, 2013)
2013 - The Association for Qualitative Research Victoria University Melbourne 3-5 Nov
2013 - Diversity Conference: (Charles Darwin University.. June 26 – 28)
2013 - Balance/Unbalance Conference: (UCQ. 30 May – 1st June 2013)
2011 - Waves of Change Lecture ASREAP Conference Sunshine Coast QLD July 21
2010 - Public Lecture Dalian China
2010 - Public Lecture Shanghai China
2008 - Public Lecture as guest of the North Stonington Education Foundation: Mystic Connecticut 17 March 2008
2006 - Ethos Foundation "Courageous Conversation" Science and Art Catalyst Presenter Aug 31 Binna Burra QLD
2005 - Samuel Dorsky Museum New York Guest Artist/Curator lecture
2005 - Tweed Regional Art Gallery public programmes lectures
2005 - FEVHA 48 Hrs of Visual arts Guest speaker
2004 - FEVHA 48 Hrs of Visual arts Guest speaker
2003 - Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery Invitation Panel. Discussion on John Dahlsen's Found Object Art
2001 - Gold Coast City Art Gallery- Official opening lecture- "Energies "
2001 - Piece Gallery Northern NSW -Official gallery opening lecture
2000 - Manly Art Gallery - Official opening lecture- "Reclaimed Exhibition"
2000 - Architecture 2000 R.A.I.A. Sydney -"Artistically interpreting science"
1999 - Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA "Art and the Environment"
1990 - 2013 Lectured and appeared at various secondary and tertiary institutions as well as giving artist talks in Australian Regional Galleries as an invited artist.

For further information about fee schedules for lecture appearences please contact the artist directly:

John Dahlsen, PO Box 897, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Mob: +61 (0)411 - 705313

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