Artist Colin Rosewell

About Colin Rosewell

Colin Rosewell was born in Bristol, England, where he underwent elementary, primary, and secondary education. Upon leaving secondary school with outstanding accreditations in art in 1978 he was granted a place at The University of Bristol, but due to government cut-backs the art course was cancelled.

Forced by these circumstances, he sought regular employment, finding work as a factory labourer (1978-79), a sales estimator (1980-83), a production control assistant (1983-85), a window and door fabricator (1985-86), and a court reporter (1989-90). After making several trips to the USA, The Caribbean, and Europe during the 1980s, he migrated to Australia (Sydney, NSW) in 1991.

After a brief period of employment as a kitchen attendant in 1993, he enrolled in Sydney College of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) in 1994 to pursue a career path as a chef, and gaining employment in various establishments both in Sydney and on the Central Coast.

After successfully gaining a Trade Certificate (Certificate III) in Commercial Cookery in 1998, he enrolled in the Fine Art program at The University of Newcastle (Central Coast Campus) to continue his passion for art, successfully gaining a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) in 2002, a BFA Honours (first class) in 2003, and eventually a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art (PhD) in 2010.

Since 2003 he has worked as a technical officer, lecturer in new media (digital imaging), painting and drawing, at The University of Newcastle (Central Coast Campus), and currently provides teaching services in the fine arts at The Hunter Institute of TAFE Newcastle. He also provides tutoring and teaching services for Indigenous students enrolled at Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria), and at the University of Newcastle (ITAS), and also the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre, Kariong, NSW.

Prior to completing his Doctoral studies at The University of Newcastle in 2010, Colin Rosewell has also been involved in various collaborative undergraduate projects, most notably student projects developed in association with Dr. Jocelyn McKinnon (PhD). Where in performance works such as The Story of Rosaleen Norton:  The Witch of Kings Cross (2003), Listening: Indigenous Stories from the Central Coast (2004) he combined elements of stage and set design, sound and lighting, painting and drawing, digital imaging and photography, and video art.

He has also collaborated with Dr Sean Lowry (PhD) (ex founder/member of the Australian rock band DEF FX) on his 'Lapdancer' video projects (visit, and fellow PhD graduate artist Gillian Gates on 'Shameela' (

He has given seminar presentations at the Australian National University in Canberra, and also The University of Newcastle. He frequently gives talks at Avondale College on the Central Coast, where he also provides varying support and mentoring to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In 2012 Colin Rosewell set up rosewellARTS. A sole business venture that provides both commercial and academic services to the creative industries and fine arts. He is also a weekly radio presenter on Smart Arts , ABC Central Coast, 92.5 FM.

Colin Rosewell lives and works on Australia's Central Coast, NSW.

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