Allan Giddy

Director of The Environmental Research Initiative for Art (ERIA UNSWA&D)
Lecturer

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 2020-21.

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 Allan's 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.

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Creative Works (non-textual)
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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/
2019
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/
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
2018
Giddy AM, 2017, Curtain Tax, Surry Hills Festival Double Take program, Surry Hills, 23 September 2017 - 15 October 2017, medium: Video Projection
2017
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/
2015
Giddy AM, 2015, Just Before the New Dawn, In Motion, 07 November 2015 - 22 November 2014, medium: Sprung steel, Glass mounted Tarantula
2015
Giddy AM, 2008, 3 video Works
2008
Giddy AM, 2008, Figuring Landscapes, Figuring Landscapes
2008
Giddy AM, 2008, Sonic Wells
2008
Giddy AM, 2008, Cork Harbour Project - Beyond the Myths
2008
Giddy AM, 2008, Invitation to the Football, Mao to Now
2008
Giddy AM, 2008, Foreign Exchange Exhibition
2008
Giddy AM, 2008, Blake Prize
2008
Giddy AM, 2007, Commission - `Weather Cranes`
2007
Giddy AM, 2007, Platforma Vid07, 01 January 2007
2007
Giddy AM, 2007, Cork Harbour Project (Artists Laboratory)
2007
Giddy AM, 2007, Retrospective Video Art
2007
Giddy AM, 2006, Wollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Wollahra Small Sculpture Prize
2006
Giddy AM, 1999, SOLARCH
1999
Giddy AM, 1999, Mixed exhibition
1999
Giddy AM, 1999, UNSW Expo
1999
Giddy AM, 1999, Terra nullius healing 1999 I
1999
Giddy AM, 1998, Group exhibition
1998
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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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/
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
2016
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/
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
2015
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/
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)
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
2014
Giddy AM, 2013, Night Swimmer, Clyde meets Elbe, Published: 09 August 2013, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.allangiddy.org/
2013
Giddy AM, 2013, Sailors Yarns, Published: 09 August 2013, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://www.allangiddy.org/
2013
Giddy AM, 2012, Earth v Sky, City of Sydney Commission, Centenary Park; Glebe, Sydney, Published: 2012, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2012
Giddy AM, 2012, Home, Included in Desert Equinox, The Grove; Broken Hill City, Published: 2012, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2012
Giddy AM, 2011, The Pont Aven Leaves, The Pont Aven Leaves, Sirius Art Centre; Cobh Cork Ireland, Published: 2011, 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/
2011
Giddy AM, 2011, Scetch for Transformation, Reverb, University of Hue campus; Hue Vietnam, Published: 2011, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2011
Curatorial Outputs
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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
2016
Giddy AM, 2012, Desert Equinox, exhibited at: Broken Hill City; New South Wales (West), Desert Equinox
2012
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
2011
Creative Written Works
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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
2008
Giddy AM, 2007, Five x Five catalogue, Five x Five
2007

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)

Sculpture, public art, energy systems in art, solar art.

My goal is to expand the artistic possibilities for novel and innovative use of technologies and energy systems on public sites.