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Associate Professor Lyndall Adams

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6769
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML18.118  

Lyndall is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications (CREAtec) in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • RES5115 - Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches (Practice-led Research Stream)


Associate Professor Lyndall Adams is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Arts & Humanities. She is Director of CREAtec which provides a nexus for interdisciplinary research excellence and includes ECU Galleries. Lyndall supervises Higher Degree by Research candidates across the material and performing arts.

Lyndall is a contemporary visual artist. Her arts-practice articulates the feminist body; the lived body that is determined and specific though paradoxically in a state of flux, constantly defined and redefined by changing practices and discourses. She draws influence from corporeal and new materialist feminist thinking. Lyndall has participated in solo, collaborative and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. She has published scholarly work on: the role of ethical arts practice, public art, collaboration and interdisciplinarity.

Lyndall is the Treasurer of the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS), the peak body representing Australian universities in the visual arts, craft, and design sector.

Professional associations

  • Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS), (Treasurer)

Awards and recognition


  • 2019 - Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards, Research Supervision, ECU
  • 2013 - Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Awards, Service to Students, ECU

Research areas and interests

  • Practice-led research
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Contemporary Visual Arts
  • Visual literacy


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Cross University, 2008.
  • Master of Arts, Southern Cross University, 2000.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class Honours), Southern Cross University, 1998.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Southern Cross University, 1997.


Recent Research Grants

  • Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive Interchange Project,  Department of Finance,  Building Management and Works Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $42,283.
  • Havana Cuban node—inConversation2: Investigating the creative benefits and challenges of collaboration across disciplines and art-forms ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $5,400.
  • Public Art-Mitchell Freeway Extension: Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue,  CPB Contractors Ltd,  Grant,  2016,  $32,364.
  • In Conversation: Investigating the creative benefits and challenges of collaboration across disciplines and art-forms,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $23,224.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Newman, R., Adams, L., (2019), The question, the material and the ethos of creative research. The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education, 110-120, London, England, Routledge.

Conference Publications

  • Adams, L., See, H., Bell, F., (2019), Public Arts: The academy engaging with Main Roads WA, industry and community. 2019 ACUADS CONFERENCE: Engagement, 1–20, online, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools.
  • Smith, A., Adams, L., (2019), Empowering the next generation of actors through the creation of student-centred self-devised dramatic work. 015 – AusAct: The Australian Actor Training Conference 2018, 15(Sep 1–2 2018), 119–131, online, Fusion Journal.
  • Adams, L., Newman, R., (2017), Capturing creative research in the academy. Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation, 40(27-30 June 2017), 1 - 11.
  • Adams, L., Barstow, C., Uhlmann, P., (2017), What is ERA really measuring?. ACUADS 2016: Adaptation, 12p., ACUADS.
  • Adams, L., Newman, R., (2016), Collisions, Co-opting and Collaboration: Reflections on the workings of an interdisciplinary collaborative project—in Conversation. ACUADS conference 2015: art and design education in the global 24/7, 13p., online only, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Adams, L., (2020), what led you here?. Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive Interchange Project Public Artwork, Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive Interchange, Main Roads Western Australia.
  • Yekanians, S., Adams, L., (2018), The Special Team Elite., Austin Macauley Publishers, Austin Macauley Publishers.
  • Adams, L., Girak, S., (2017), Public Art–Mitchell Freeway Extension: Burns Beach Rd to Hester Ave., Mitchell Freeway Extension: Burns Beach Rd to Hester Ave, Main Roads WA and CPB Contractors.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Directing through dialogue: A theatre director's exploration of leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creatively pursuing persona: Finding identity through directing
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Beyond the wall. An opera for children in 2 acts. -and- toward a more engaging operatic genre for children. an exegesis.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Imperceptible realities (an exhibition) -and- digitalisation: Re-imaging the real beyond notions of the original and the copy in contemporary printmaking (an exegesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cries from within: The struggles & triumphs of creating a singaporean voice in musical theatre.
  • Master of Communications by Research,  The Australian football league and the closet
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The shifting voice: Investigating accent and dialect training for West Australian actors.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Phantoms, an original jazz trio studio recording -and- dispelling phantoms: An Australian bassist exploring assumptions of jazz practice, an exegesis
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Meeting place. An exhibition - and - locating the country: An Australian bricoleur's inquiry. an exegesis
  • Master of Arts by Research,  The material forms of memory: A creative arts praxis examining family archive materiality and the performance of memory through installation art
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The composer as bricoleur: Notions of contemporary opera in the genesis of a short film
  • Master of Arts by Research,  Defence d'afficher. An exhibition. -and- from snap-shot photography to digital printmaking via the concept of the flaneur. an exegesis.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Tracing the ancestral roots and the flow of pedagogical practices in the development of ballet teaching from 1950 to 2016 in Perth, Western Australia.
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Investigations in learning and teaching through metacognition and critical and creative thiniking practices in secondary drama education
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Actor training and emotions - finding a balance.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Night music (composittions, performance and improvisations) -and- developing a chromatic-intervallic approach to jazz improvisation through reflexive practice. An exegesis

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creative river journeys: Using reflective practice to investigate creative practice-led research
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creative reuse: How rescued materials transformed my a/r/tographic practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Material murmurings.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Queering photography: An ethnographic exploration of rupaul's drag race, the social media landscape, and queer time in the Perth drag scene
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  New Australian plants and animals. An exhibition. - and - physiology, phenomenology and photography: Picturing the indeterminate within an Australian art practice. an exegesis.
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