Lucienne Fontannaz-Howard





2010–2014        Masters Degree by Research in Fine Arts, College of Fine                 Arts, UNSW, graduation 2014.

1991-92        Masters Degree in Art Administration, College of Fine                     Arts, UNSW, graduation 1994.

1973-75        Masters Degree in Art Education, Concordia                University, Canada, graduation 1975.

1977, 1974        Teacher’s Certificate:  Education Department, N.S.W.             Minister of Education, Quebec, Canada.

1961-65        Brevet de Maitresse de Dessin (Diploma of Art                 Education). Ecole des Beaux-Arts et d'Arts Appliqués,             Lausanne, Switzerland, graduation 1965.





2010-2014         Masters Degree by research in Fine Arts thesis: Romance and the Erotic - exploited and subverted (historic and current representation of women in the media - collages and painting).


1988-1992         Masters Degree of Art Administration thesis: The Children’s Gift – Tjitji Tjutangku Unkuntja 1933-1993, art from the Pitjantjatjara Lands (Ernabella historic children's drawings and their influence on 1990’s adult art practice of the region).

        1988-1996 Nationwide research into historic collections of Aboriginal child art .


1976         Masters Degree in Art Education thesis:  Picture-book illustration in Quebec.



LANGUAGES         French, English, German

        Greek, Pitjantjatjara (basics)





Artist in Residence exhibition, Galerie am Leewasser, Brunnen, Switzerland, July-August 2016.


Character Plays, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney, December 2014.


Romance and the Erotic, exploited and subverted, COFA Space, UNSW, March 2014.


La légende de Jean du Bouillet, Bex Salt Mine, Switzerland, April-November 2010.


Grand Alps, Alliance française de Sydney, Australia, August-September 2008.


Alpes Vaudoises, nos légendes, Galerie du Jorat, Mézières, Switzerland, April –May 2007.


Peintures, Lucienne Fontannaz, Galerie Cour Saint-Pierre, Genève, Switzerland, May-June 2005.


Rêveries alpines, Galerie Paltenghi, Château d’Oex et Gstaad, Switzerland, February-March 2005.


Montagnes des déserts australiens, Galerie Australia Dream Space, Lutry, Switzerland, February-March 2005.


L’Alpe, jaillissement originel, Galerie Australia Dream Space, Lutry, Switzerland, December-January 2005.


L’Alpe fantasmée, Musée du Chablais, Bex, Switzerland, Mai-September 2004.


Légendes de la Gruyère, Château de Gruyères, Switzerland, September-November 2002.


Le Bateau Ivre, from poem by Arthur Rimbaud, Alliance Française, Sydney, 2000.


Queenslanders, ABC Music Centre, Brisbane, March 1994.


Local Landscapes, Waverley Municipal Library Exhibition Space, 1990.


The Willow Pattern Story, illustrations, Waverley Municipal Library Exhibition Space, Sydney, 1978.   


Les Perles de Pluie, Town of Mont-Royal Library Exhibition Space, Montreal, Canada, 1976.





Evolution, Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, June 2015

Artists Books and Concertinas, Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, May 2015

Transforming, Meijiang International Art Gallery, Tianjin, China, Nov-Dec 2014

Packsaddle, New England Regional Gallery, October 2014

Swiss+Oz Art Expo, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2015

Mémoires, Customs House, Sydney, March 2002.





Winner of the International Artist in Residence Project, Organisation of the Swiss Abroad 100th Anniversary, Galerie am Leewasser, Brunnen, Switzerland, July-August 2016.

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, UNSW Studio, January-February 2011

Ecole d'Art, Noumea, New Caledonia, October 1996, October 1999.

Ernabella School. Pitjantjatjara Lands, SA, November 1993.

Biloela Primary School, QLD, October 1996, Biloela High School, June 1997.





La Légende de Jean du Bouillet, 2010, Editions Publi-Libris, Switzerland.

The Willow Pattern Story 2008, 3 D Precision Publications, Jinan, China.

Le fabuleux récit du Willow Pattern, 2008, Editions Publi-Libris, Switzerland.

Alpes Vaudoises, nos légendes, 2007, Editions Publi-Libris, Switzerland.

The Willow Pattern Story, 1978, Angus and Robertson. Sydney.

Les Perles de Pluie, 1976, Le Tamanoir.

Illustrations for the School Magazine, N.S.W. Department of Education, 1976-1979.


Le Bateau Ivre, from poem by Arthur Rimbaud, ltd ed. Sydney, 1999.

Life in the vertical maze of the earthbound peoples of ZAA, ltd ed. Brisbane, 1998.

Beach Promenade, ltd ed. Brisbane, 1998.

The Drover's Wife, story by Henry Lawson, ltd ed. Brisbane 1998.


Production of live animation for video and television broadcast (involving creative art work, writing, drama and music) with infant, primary, secondary and tertiary students as well as own work.  Broadcast on ABC, Channel 7, Channel 10 and Public Television, filmed by Film Australia, screened at Chauvel Cinema and Art Gallery of NSW.





Milpajunanyi-Pitjantjatjara Sand Stories, presenting traditional sand stories and sand drawings by Pitjantjatjara women, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, COFA Gallery, Sydney, 1999, South Australian tour, 2000.


Art Brut, Australian Coordinator. Major historic works from the Collection de l’Art brut, Lausanne, Switzerland. Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 1999.


Mao Mania, Memorabilia of China's Cultural Revolution. An exhibition of the world most varied collection of Mao Zedong memorabilia, Queensland Museum, August-September 1997.


Then and Now, Pitjantjatjara artists, 1930s-1990s (original title: The Children's Gift,Tjitji Tjutangku Ungkuntja) evaluating the stylistic link between historic Aboriginal children's drawings from Ernabella, SA, Hermannsburg, NTand Carrolup, WA and current art practice of the corresponding regions. Tandanya Exhibition space, Adelaide, SA, 1993.  Initial exhibition financed by the Aboriginal Committee, Australia Council and the SA Ministry for the Arts.  Australian tour from 1996 with the Australian Exhibition Touring Agency and the National Gallery of Australia, Travelling Exhibitions program, with grants from Visions of Australia and ATSIC.


LINGO getting the picture 1995, exploring image evocation through mothertongue and acquired languages and involving Queensland artists and writers.  Financed by Arts Queensland.  Brisbane City Hall Gallery, October-November 1995.  Australian tour from 1996 with grant from Visions of Australia.


Images of a First Language 1993, involving five South Australian artists and three writers from various linguistic backgrounds, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide.  South Australian tour 1994.  Financed by Project grant from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council.


Images of a First Language 1991, involving seven Sydney artists and writers from various linguistic backgrounds.  Waverley Library exhibition space, Sydney. Catalogue with twenty-two entries from contributors.


Participated in curating and administration of French/Australian Artists Exchange project.  Survey exhibitions: Sydney, April 1987 - Paris, January 1989.





David Gulpilil and Maningrida School’s class of 1967-68, Art & Australia, winter 2011.

La Lune or the Moon? Island magazine, summer 2010.

Content of Diplomatic Suitcase revealed to all, Swiss Consulate, 2003.

Child Art, The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, 2000

Pitjantjatjara Sand Stories, exhibition catalogue, 1999.

Sculpture in New Caledonia - Past and Present, Sculpture News, 1999.

Noumea-Japan - Jean Hubert Martin's 3rd Biennale of Contemporary Art, Eyeline, Brisbane, 1999.

Aboriginal Child Art: Influences and Impact, Oxford Companion, Aboriginal Art, 1999.

The House of Riches, the new Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Eyeline, 1998.

Looking for Legitimacy, artists and Cultural institutions in New Caledonia, Eyeline, 1997.

LINGO getting the picture, exhibition catalogue, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1995.

Then and Now, Pitjantjatjara and Aranda Artists, 1930s-1990s, exhibition catalogue, Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency, Melbourne, 1995.

The first Biennale of contemporary art, Noumea, Eyeline, 1995.

Traditional and Primordial Gardens, the work of contemporary New Caledonian artist Rene Boutin, Artlink, Adelaide, 1995.

Breaking Down Barriers, Queensland Community Arts Network News, April 1995.

Traditional and Primordal Gardens, Artlink, March 1995.

Les Idees Bonsai - Ideas Bonsai, Eyeline, March 1995.

Curating The Children's Gift, Community History magazine, Adelaide, 1994.

The Children's Gift - Tjitji Tjutangku Ungkuntja, exhibition catalogue essay, Tandanya, Adelaide, September 1993.

Images of a First Language, introduction to catalogue, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, May 1993.

Images of a First language, introduction to catalogue, Waverley Library press, 1991.

Australian Picture-books Beijing, Chinese illustration magazine, 1988.

Importing the Willow Pattern to China, Beijing, Chinese illustration magazine, 1987.

Les livres d'images quebecois, Documentation et bibliotheques, Quebec, 1976.

Images and Text, Canadian Children's Literature magazine, Ontario, 1976.





Lost and Found, Lingua Franca, ABC Radio National, July 2010.





Discussion Paper and Policy for Cultural Diversity in Queensland, addressing the needs of non-English speaking background artists and communities.  Arts Queensland, July 1994-June 1995, September1997 -March 1998.



LECTURING (Art Schools, Universities)


Guest lecturer in Painting, Watercolour Department, Luxun Academy, Shenyang, China, November 2011.

Lecturer in Visual Arts Education for K-6 teacher trainees, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, 1999.

Lecturer in Visual Arts Education for Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, 1994.

Lecturer in Visual Arts for pre-school teacher trainees, School of Early Childhood,

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 1993.

Lecturer in Visual Arts, Design/Craft and Communication/Media, for pre-school

teacher trainees Sydney College of Advanced Education (Institute of Early Childhood

Studies and Institute of Nursing Studies) Sydney, 1986-89.

Tutor in Mass Media, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1988.





1976-92: Secondary Schools, Sydney, Australia


Senior Visual Arts Teacher, Kambala CEGS.  Rose Bay.        

Art teacher, Cranbrook Prep, Rose Bay.        

Art teacher, Darlington Public School, Chippendale.            

Senior Art teacher-in-charge, St. Clare's College, Waverley.

    Art teacher, St. Clare's College, Waverley.

Art teacher, St. George Girls High School, Kogarah.              

Art teacher, Granville South High School, Guildford.


1967-76: Secondary and Primary Schools, Montreal, Canada


Founder and Director of a private art school, Montreal, recognised by Minister of

Education.  Areas of tuition: painting, drawing, printing, design and craft, ceramics,

sculpture (pre-school to adults).

Art teacher, Strathcona Academy, Montreal, Canada.

Art consultant/advisor for St. Laurent School Board, Montreal (years 1 to 6).

Art teacher, St. Clement and Pierre Laporte schools, St. Laurent School Board, Montreal (years 1 to 12).


1965-67: Art teacher, Lausanne, Switzerland (years 5 to 7)





The Willow Pattern China Story, Woollahra Council, Sydney, May 2015.

The Story of Willow Pattern China, Paddington Library, Sydney, May 2015.

Tale of the Willow Pattern, Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, Museum of Sydney, February 2014.

Romance, the Erotic, the Exploitative and the Universe, Swiss-Australian Cultural Association, Goethe Institute, August 2013.

Vaud Alps - Our Legends, Lutry Library, Switzerland, 2007,Alliance Française, Sydney, 2007, Canberra, 2008.

Tableware as Icon, the Story of the Willow Pattern Plate, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 2008.

Then and Now, Pitjantjatjara Artists, 1930s-1990s, Launceston and Hobart School of Art, Orange Regional Gallery, Araluen Centre-Alice Springs, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Northern Territory University-Darwin, Gladstone Regional Gallery, Ipswich Regional Gallery, Geraldton Regional Gallery, Bunbury Regional Galleries, Flinders University Art Museum-Adelaide, 1995-1997.

The Art of Ernabella Children and Adults, 1930s-1990s, Visual Arts, Animation Techniques, Illustrating Books, Illustration in Quebec: tertiary institutions, Continuing Education programs, Montreal, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Launceston, Hobart.

Conference papers on the research undertaken in relation to the exhibitions Images of a First Language and The Children's Gift, World indigenous People Conference, Wollongong, 1993, Good Beginnings never End, Perth, 1994, The Challenge of Reggio Emilia, Melbourne, 1994.