A is for artist – Megan Spiers
I am… artist. traveller. birdwatcher. teacher
For me, art is life.
I feel a driving need to create, and must do regular homage to art and the imagination – to respond to the visual world in my mind and out there, to bright inspiration or a slow-burning idea. Art is a non-negotiable part of my life.
We know art can inform, enhance, inspire, provoke… It is balm for the soul, food for the spirit. Artists will create no matter where they are, with whatever tools are at hand – pen scribbled on paper napkin, chewed stick dipped in ink, snow-damp sketchbook in freezing winds… and that’s just from my own experience.
Art is like music, and needs an audience. Although not the driving force, it is an amazing compliment when people see my art and feel inspired, refreshed and even healed. That, to me, is the true purpose of art.
I am influenced by the Australian landscape – its vastness, colours, sense of isolation, the big sky…
Growing up in two national parks – Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia and Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory – inspired a great love and appreciation for nature. Travelling the world expanded my cultural and creative horizons, especially the experience of living and working in fascinating places, including London, Oxford, Dundee (Scotland) and Kuwait.
I am an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, accredited member of Flying Arts Alliance Inc and support the conservation of birds through Birdlife Australia.
I have a Bachelor of Design with Honours from the University of South Australia; Master of Teaching (Secondary) with Distinction from the University of Western Sydney; awarded the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence (UWS) in 2012. I have taught in schools, TAFE, universities and English-language colleges in Darwin, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Sydney, and remote Arnhem Land.
After four successful solo exhibitions in Kuwait and Sydney, I am now a PhD candidate and artist based in Canberra.
- 2016 Melbourne – group exhibition “Birds + Us” celebrating Birdlife Australia’s Threatened Bird Network (TBN), Claire Layman Gallery, Melbourne VIC
- 2014 Sydney – inaugural Australasian Bird Fair – featuring “Ahead of the Storm” as promotional art for the event
- 2013 Sydney – fourth solo exhibition “Taking Flight” – Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden NSW
- 2013, 2012, 2011 Sydney – Royal Shows, Sydney Olympic Park NSW
- 2011 Sydney – third solo exhibition “Feather & Ochre” – Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden NSW
- 2011 Sydney – Royal Show, Sydney Olympic Park NSW – “Reading Tolstoy” awarded Highly Commended Miniature Art
- 2010, 2009, 2008 Sydney – Royal Shows, Sydney Olympic Park NSW
- 2009 Sydney – second solo exhibition “Each Bird, Every Song” – Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden NSW
- 2006 Kuwait – international solo exhibition “Impressions of the Middle East” – Salmiya, Kuwait; official opening by His Excellency Dr Ralph King, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait
- Representation in Hunter Valley, NSW – Morpeth Gallery, including group exhibition Environment Day
- Representation in Darwin, NT – Framed Gallery, including group exhibition Starry, Starry Night
- Group exhibitions in festivals, Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, NT