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Fran Callen, Gig in Surry Hills, 2011, pen, colour pencil and watercolour on paper, 350 x 280mm.

Fran Callen

Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Teaching

Drawing from life is Fran Callen’s inspiration. Her energetic works capture people, moments, human behavior, social interaction and relationships. Callen is an artist who immerses herself in the performance of life, in the thick of the action, aiming to capture fleeting moments, the energy and absurdities of daily existence. Working in pencil, oils and watercolours - the everyday spills onto her works, incorporating whatever might be around her at the time such as beer or tea.

Her ‘Tabletop’ drawings began as an exploration of new-motherhood, domesticity and the struggle to find the ultimate art/mother balance. Initially records of domestic rituals, they also venture to other places. Objects are drawn as they pass across the surface in daily moments. Wine, sap, plants and salt, for example, become mark-making mediums. Drawings evolve into a palimpsest of moments, a record of time passing. The narrative of the artworks’ own history is revealed within its layers.



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CV Highlights

Solo Exhibitions

2017, The Collections Project, with Flinders University Art Museum/Guildhouse
2017, Fran Callen, Christopher Carapetis and Glenn Kestell, BMG Gallery
2016, Jam, onsite live-art & collaborative tabletop drawings from SALA residency, Adelaide Central Market
2012, Her Nature to Decide, Little Fish Gallery, Sydney
2010, Social Intercourse, AP Bond Gallery with Ian Abdulla's Murray River Me
2009, Love Vomited, with Suzannah Jones, Wheatsheaf Hotel, SALA Festival
2007, Zoo, Fox Creek Winery, Adelaide
2007, Mapping Us, Caos Café, SALA Festival, Adelaide
2006, Polyptich Jam, Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
2005, Icons, Dorritt Black Building, SA School of Art, Adelaide
2004, Frenetic, The Bank Space , Underdale Campus, University of SA
2003, Riff Raff, Exeter Hotel, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions

2017, Side by Side 2, Prospect Gallery, SA
2015, Mad For, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, co-ordinated by Eleanor Zecchin
2015, Wish You Were Here, Postcard exhibition, Central School of Art
2014, SALA Festival Open Studio with Anne Newmarch
2014, ArtParty, Exhibition/Live Art, 4 'Pop Up' Galleries, Sydney
2013, Red Thread, invited artist, Lincoln College, Adelaide
2013, Loreto College Spring Art Exhibition, invited Artist
2012, Move, Light Square Gallery with Megan O’Rourke, Marie Littlewood, Yusuf Hayat
2012, Helpmann Acacemy Maestros & Apprentices Silent Auction
2011, Alpha Gallery, Alpha House, Newtown, Sydney
2011, Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2011, Bird, Red Poles, SALA Festival, Adelaide
2010, Dog, Red Poles, SALA Festival, Adelaide
2010, Melbourne Artsfair Postcards, Feltspace, Adelaide
2009, Wishlist, Craftsouth Members, Central School of Art
2009, The Art of Chai, ARI Art Space, North Adelaide
2009, Selected Artists with Eleanor Zecchin, Gallery 139
2009, Skulls in art, selected artists, Gallery 139
2008, Fundraiser exhibition, Seedling Art Space
2008, Traces, Kerry Packer Gallery, SASA Staff Exhibition
2008, Dogs and Cars, Artroom 5, Henley Beach, Adelaide
2008, Under the Banyan Tree, Light Square Gallery, SALA
2008, SALA on Sale, Rundle Street Markets, SALA
2008, Selected Artists with Driller Jet Armstrong, Gallery 139
2008, The Meaning of Life, Helpmann Academy Graduates, Eye to Eye Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
2007, International Elephant, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi
2007, Tales of the Decongested, Exhibition/Booklaunch, Foyles Bookshop Gallery, London
2006, Vitamin, Online Exhibition, Curated by Shaw Hendry
2006, Meet & Greet, Downtown Artspace, Adelaide
2005, University of South Australia Graduates Exhibition, City West Campus


2016, Limber Up/Guildhouse Mentorship with Christopher Orchard
2009, Advanced Diploma Professional Writing, ACArts, TAFE SA
2008, Critics Masterclass, Adelaide Festival of the Arts
2008, TAA Training & Assessment, TAFE SA
2006, Visual Arts BA Honours, Painting & Drawing, SASA University of South Australia
1999, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art/Eng), University of South Australia
1998, Bachelor of Visual Arts, SASA University of South Australia


2017, Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize
2017, Finalist, Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Gallery
2016, Winner, Food & Wine Art Prize
2016, Shortlisted, Watershed Art Prize
2016, 3rd Prize, Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize
2011, Shortlisted, Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize for portrait of Chrissy Amphlett
2006, Nominated for Mawson Lakes School/Helping Hand Aged Care mural project, SA Art Educators Awards
2005, Peoples Choice Award ‘Comrades in Arts’ 20x20 Portrait Exhibition
2005, Shortlisted, Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre Gallery
2004, Shortlisted, Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre Gallery
2001, Mount Barker Council Community Arts Award, Past Present Future of Mount Barker Mural


2016, Artist in Residence, Adelaide Central Market, SALA Festival
2013, Artist in Residence, mural artist, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
2013, Carclew Artists in Schools Residency, Trinity College
2008, Carclew Artist in Schools Residency, The Grove Education Centre, Woodville
2007, Helpmann Academy Cultural Exchange, Sanskriti Kentra, New Delhi
2005, Carclew Artists in Schools Residency, Mawson Lakes School Murals
2003, Ruth Tuck Scholarship, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy

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Image: : Fran Callen, Dappled things (detail), 2017, graphite, biro, colour pencil, watercolour, synthetic polymer paint, gesso, gold leaf, olive stain, beetroot stain, pomegranate stain, tea, wine and eucalyptus sap on watercolour canvas, 130 x 112 cm

Fran Callen | Table-top Lunch

Join us to share lunch with Fran Callen, celebrating the new body of work Fran created as a result of The Collections Project with Flinders University Art Museum.

Small people are very welcome.

BYO lunch or pick up a sandwich/coffee at the cafe adjacent

Time & Date
12.30pm 27 Oct 2017 - 2.00pm 27 Oct 2017
We recommend parking in Carpark 1, located off Ring Road and walking a short distance to the Student Hub. Short-term parking costs $2/hour and day parking is $5, coin operated machines.

The Studio | Flinders University
Ground Floor, Professional Services Building
Located behind Grind & Press Cafe
Bedford Park 5042
South Australia Australia


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Fran Callen | The Collections Project

Fran Callen's work typically explores human behavior and interaction, more recently focusing on motherhood and domesticity. Increasingly her interest in native plants and their place in our lives winds its way amongst the marks of daily life.

Fran will be researching the Flinders University Art Museum’s Botanical art collection, and Lesueur’s scientific works of the early 19th century, alongside its collection of work by her uncle, Brian Callen (Flinders University Visual Arts Studio Manager 1979-1994). She also intends to develop her current tabletop process – where what lands on a surface over a period of time is recorded in layers of mark making – in new ways.

The Collections Project is an initiative of Guildhouse.

New Work

Time & Date
9.00am 31 Aug 2017 - 5.00pm 03 Nov 2017
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (closed 18-22nd September & 23 October 2017)

The Studio (at the rear of Grind & Press Cafe)
The Mall, Ground Floor, Professional Services Building
Flinders University
Bedford Park 5042
South Australia Australia


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Image: Fran Callen, Tabletop 2, 2016

Fran Callen | Finalist National Still Life Award

19 Oct 2017

Congratulations to Fran Callen who is a finalist in the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD. The finalists were selected from over 600 entries – the highest number of entries to the Gallery’s still life award in its ten year history. Artists from all states and the ACT, and at all stages of their careers, are represented among the finalists. The exhibition will be on show from 24 November 2017 – 18 January 2018. The official opening will be Saturday 25 November 2017. People’s Choice voting begins on Thursday 23 November 2017.

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Meet Your Maker | Fran Callen

01 Aug 2017

Featured in the August 2017 edition of The Adelaide Review. Read the full article on the link below.

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