John delivers a message that can educate, inspire and motivate audiences around the world.
He regularly gives keynote speeches on the positive effect his environmental art can have on our perceptions.
He delivers these seminars with a talk on environmental art with images of his own work spanning 30 years and elaborates on the transformative possibilities he shows by example in his work.
His target audiences range from participants in seminars and environmental symposium events and at corporate functions, to universities, exhibition openings and embassy events. John also regularly delivers talks at his various exhibitions.
He delivers these seminars for various timeframes, from 30 minutes to one and a half hours, depending on the target audience.
The speaking engagements are delivered with both Power Point and DVD presentations and involve an introduction about himself and some basics about his history as an artist and onto discussion about the importance of art and ecological awareness bringing about positive perceptual shifts. This leads into a PowerPoint presentation, where he projects various powerful art images.
Depending on the length andthe exact nature of the presentation, this can amount to anywhere between 50 to 100 images, followed by a question and answer discussion. During image projections, John focus’s on the visuals of around eight main aspects of this environmental artwork. He encourages audience participation in the form of question and answers in all of his speeches.
John has spoken to groups of people ranging in size from 30 – 3,000.
Dr. John Dahlsen is a renowned contemporary environmental artist and public speaker based in Byron Bay Australia.
John was educated at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne College of Advanced Education.
He exhibits regularly in Australian capital cities, throughout regional Australia, and internationally in Europe and the US, where he shows regularly in New York.
He won Australia’s oldest art award, the prestigious Wynne Prize, at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2000 and was again a finalist in 2003 and 2004. In 2006 he was also a finalist in the Sulman Award at the Art Gallery of NSW.
He was runner up in “The Signature Of Sydney Prize” in 2006 and won a prestigious award for mixed media/new media at the Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2003.
John has lectured at various universities and secondary schools from 1980 – 2017. He has been an invited speaker at architectural and environmental symposiums in Australia and internationally, including at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, which coincided with an exhibition of his work there in 1999.
In 2004, John became the first Australian artist, (he joins such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente and Damien Hirst) to be commissioned by global vodka producer Absolut, to create a major public artwork “Absolut Dahlsen”.
In 2005, he curated as well as participated in an exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, in New York State in the USA; he also took up an artist in residence position in Jefferson City Missouri, USA in September 2005, where he made a public artwork for their sculpture walk.
In November/December 2007 John’s work was exhibited in New York in an exhibition titled “Ecological Integrity / On The Brink”. John gave a keynote speech and exhibited his work in Connecticut USA in March 2008, where he was an invited guest of the North Stonington Education Foundation, to work with students and to deliver a lecture at Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration Mystic Connecticut USA.
He was a cultural ambassador for Australia, when he exhibited his work at the Athens Olympics of Visual Arts Exhibition in 2004 during the Olympics. John is represented by major public and private collections in Australia, Europe, the USA and Japan.
In September 2008 he exhibited at the Jenolan Caves Trust NSW, in the “Treasures of Seeds” Exhibition. Supporting the Global Crop Diversity Trust. In August/September 2009, he exhibited again with the “Treasures of Seeds” Exhibition at the CSIRO in Canberra.
John is represented by major public and private collections across Australia, he is also in many International collections in Europe, USA, China and Japan. He and his art has been written about in all the major newspapers and many magazines in the form of critiques and as articles and pictorials. Radio, television and the internet, frequently interview him about exhibitions and his work as a contemporary environmental artist.
John was awarded in 2009, the Swell Sculpture Exhibition “Environmental Art Award”, Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He went on to win this prize again in September 2010.
In July 2010, he won the Peoples Choice Award in the ArtsCape Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. Byron Bay, NSW Australia.
In September 2010 John’s work featured at the famed “Hanmo Gallery” in Beijing’s 798 contemporary art district in China.
March 2011 saw John being commissioned by the Commonwealth Bank to create a major sculpture for their new 6 star eco friendly HQ, from objects collected from the annual Clean up Australia campaign in Sydney.
John was appointed ” Cultural Ambassador” for Friends of the United Nations, on World Environment Day June 6th 2011.
He was invited in 2012 by the United Nations to write an essay for the Rio+20 conference. Dahlsen’s essay, titled “The Future we want” appears on the UN website for the Rio+20 conference. And can be seen here: http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/dahlsen.shtml
In 2013 John was offered a PhD Candidature at Charles Darwin University N.T. Australia.
2013 Appointed Ambassador for the Nespresso Upcycle Art campaign.
Exhibited in The Art of Sound Caboolture Regional Art Gallery in 2013.
Queensland Museum in Brisbane: Environmental art projections. QLD 2013 – 2014
Exhibited in Customs House Sydney Clean Up Australia’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition 20 Feb – 3 March 2014
He exhibited his work in the 2014 US exhibition “Gyre Project” at Anchorage Museum Alaska Feb-Sept 2014.
This exhibition toured to the David J. Spencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, January–June 2015 and the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, Sept–Nov, 2015.
In 2014 he was awarded the Graduate Scholar Award at the Arts and Humanities Conference Rome Italy.
John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Foundation 2014 for artistic research he undertook in Japan and Holland in 2015.
2015/16 Received an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Charles Darwin University.
2015/16 Awarded the Nancy (Nan) Giese Doctoral Scholarship in the Arts. Charles Darwin University.
2017 Georgetown University USA Art For Ocean Conservation Exhibition: Third Annual Sustainable Ocean Summit. Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) Georgetown Chapter On Earth Day, April 22, 2017.
The following is a selection of Dr. John Dahlsen’s public lectures and appearances:
2017 – Keynote Speech University of Canberra Inaugural Student Garduation Ceremony. UC Southbank QLD March
2017 – Presentation at “Good Neighbours” Sharing our arts, education, environment and culture – Australia/Indonesia 31st March 2017 Elements Byron Bay NSW
2016 – Australian Indonesian Arts Alliance Environmental Art Lecture Grand Palace Klungkung Bali Indonesia 29 July
2016 – Staff/Student invitational lecture series Anhui-Normal University Wuhu China 13th – 17th June
2016 – Let’s Go Global Symposium Keynote Speaker University of Widyagama Malang, East Java – Indonesia
Saturday, May 14
2016 – UNIFI Creative Student Symposium Visiting Lecturer University of Canberra/Tafe QLD Southbank
Campus May 28
2016 – IGCE Symposium – Environmental art: Activism, aesthetics and transformation. School of Education
Charles Darwin University Wed 4th May 2016
2015 – The Power of Research Conference Presentation November 9 – 11 2015 Charles Darwin University.
2015 – The Winston Churchill Foundation National Convention Presentation; October Sydney Australia
2015 – “Food For Thought” Lecture series. Charles Darwin University. March 18 2015
2015 – Kyoto Seika University, visiting lecture on the Churchill Fellowship and Environmental Art. January 2015
2014 – International Conference CEAD The third international Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD)
– Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography University of Waikato Hamilton Aotearoa. New Zealand. November 2014
2014 – Philosophers Riff: “The Aesthetics of Beauty” Happy Yess Darwin Sept 2014
2014 – The Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society. Sapienza University Rome, Italy 25-27 June 2014
2014 – ACAH2014 – The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 3rd to 6th April 2014 Osaka, Japan
2013 – “Food For Thought” Lecture series. Charles Darwin University. October 2nd 2013
2013 – Perspectives on Progress Conference: (UQLD. Nov 27-29, 2013)
2013 – The Association for Qualitative Research (Victoria University Melbourne. 3rd to 5th November 2013)
2013 – Diversity Conference: (CDU. June 26 – 28 2013)
2013 – Balance/Unbalance Conference: (UCQ. 30 May – 1st June 2013)
2011 – Waves of Change Lecture ASREAP Conference Sunshine Coast QLD July 21 2011
2010 – Public Lecture Dalian China
2010 – Public Lecture Shanghai China
2011 – Waves of Change Lecture ASREAP Conference Sunshine Coast QLD July 21
2008 – Public Lecture as guest of the North Stonington Education Foundation:
Mystic Connecticut 17 March 2008
2008 – FEVHA 48 Hrs of Visual arts Guest speaker
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 – 2011 Lectured and appeared at various Australian and International secondary and tertiary institutions as well as giving artist talks in Australian Regional Galleries as an invited artist.
During John’s keynote speeches he often shows a selection of DVD’s
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. This DVD runs for 30 minutes and is sometimes shown in segments.
He has another DVD which is a 6 part presentation of various aspects of his work.
Titled “Renewed” this is also presented if time permits, in small segments.
For further information about fee schedules for lecture appearances please contact the artist directly:
PO Box 897, Byron Bay
NSW 2481, Australia
Mob: +61 (0)411 – 705313