Brief Biography

Diana Wood Conroy:  Artist, writer. Born Sydney

Now living in Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Diana Wood Conroy (BA (Hons) Archaeology University of Sydney, Doctor of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong 1996) became a tapestry weaver in the 1970s, and has research interests in archaeology and anthropology. Her involvement with Aboriginal communities began in 1974 when she was co-ordinator of Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory. Since 1996 she has worked at the Paphos Theatre Excavations in Cyprus (University of Sydney) in the area of painted plaster and textiles. She is a member of the Council for the Australian Institute of Archaeology in Athens. Her exhibition work explores relationships between classical, Aboriginal and personal worlds in tapestry and drawing, and is held in national and international collections. An archaeological approach informs her critical writing on textiles and tapestry.  She is Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts, Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts, University of Wollongong.

Exhibition Curriculum Vitae 2015

86 Rixons Pass Rd, Woonona NSW 2517, Australia.,  tel 0242 840211, mob. 0404779923



2015                               Island, Red Point Gallery Port Kembla with Liz Jeneid

2014                               Kiwi Watercolour Prize Wollongong City Gallery

                                     International Women’s Day Exhibition Project Space, Wollongong

2013                                    Inter-Sensorial Threads, University of Wollongong Galleries.

2013                                Down South: Tapestry in Australia curated by Sara Lindsay for the      American Tapestry Alliance,

                                      Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria. New acquisitions


2012                               Vitrine in Aphrodite’s Island Nicholson Museum, Sydney, with Penny Harris, Nikki Heywood, Lawrence Wallen.

2012                               Kiwi Watercolour Prize, Wollongong City Gallery. (Highly Commended)       

2011 and 2013                 Wollongong Women Artists (100 years of International Women’s Day 2011) Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong.

2011                               Who has the Amphora Handle? Senior Artists Research Forum response to Cyprus. Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery

2010                               Breathing Space with Liz Jeneid: Wollongong City Gallery

2009                               Shapes of Longing: Artists returning to the Mediterranean. With Liz Jeneid, Maggie Henton, Kathy Orton, Lucia Parrella, Penelope Lee. Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2008                                Searching for Asphodels: Artists in the Mediterranean. Exhibition of artists     books and watercolours with Maggie Henton, Liz Jenied, Penelope Lee and Kathryn Orton. Art Gallery of NSW Library, March – May 2008.

2007                                Erratic Art, curated by Jelle van den Berg. Long Gallery, University of Wollongong

A Grammar of Fragments Staff Show, Long Gallery, University of Wollongong (nine 4-colour etchings printed by Duck prints, Port Kembla)

2006                               Sonic Architectures: Mapping the ancient theatre in image and sound

                                        with Brogan Bunt, Diane Epoff and Stephen Ingham

  Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery, University of Wollongong

2003                               Textile Narratives, aspects of contemporary Australian tapestry Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania

                                      Lake Mungo revisited Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney

2001                               The Painted Wall: passages in archaeology Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery, (Solo exhibition)

2000                               Lake Mungo Re-visited. Goulburn Regional Gallery, touring 3 states

1999                               Drawn in Form, Brisbane City Gallery

1997                               Sarajevo Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, touring Regional Galleries. (Art Monthly 1997)

1996                               Below the Surface. Goulburn Regional Gallery, toured 5 states 1996-98

1994                               Texts from the edge: tapestry and  identity in Australia, Jam Factory SA, toured 4 states, 1994-1996

1993                               Unwritten Country, Long Gallery, University of Wollongong

1992                               Archaeologies: Images, Vestiges and Shadows, Wollongong City Gallery

1991                               The Book and Print Show, Long Gallery, University of Wollongong, Goulburn, Penrith and Brisbane.

1990                               The Lie of the Land, State Library of NSW, March

                                      The Staff Show, Long Gallery, University of Wollongong

1989                               Designed and Made, Crafts Council of NSW Gallery, Sydney 

1988                               Inaugural Bicentennial Exhibition First Look Taree Regional Gallery

                                      Grafton Regional Gallery

                                      Classics  at the Crafts Council of NSW Gallery, Sydney

1987                               North Coast Artists Lake Russell Gallery, Coffs Harbour

1987                               Beaver Galleries, Canberra

1986-87                           The Australian Craft Show, Sydney Showground

1986                               Craft Expo, Centrepoint, Sydney

                                      The Rug Wollongong Uniersity, Sturt Workshops, and Goulbourn Regional Gallery

1985                               Crafts Council of NSW Gallery, Environmental Concerns

1980-83                           Textile Artists Group at the University of NSW and Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

1979                               Crafts Council of NSW Biennale




2007                               Under the Patio. School of Art and Design artists from University of   Wollongong. Studio Arts Gallery,

Capilano College, British Columbia, Canada

2004                               Unfolding Territories four tapestries (21cm x 29cm) Moufflon Bookshop Nicosia, Cyprus, with the book launch of The fabric of the ancient theatre: excavation journals from Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. Launched in Nicosia,

April 2004 by Professor Richard Green University of Sydney and Professor Nora Liassis, Cyprus College

1998                               Origins and Perspectives: Australian Textile Art, Lodz, Poland (Curator, Glenda King, Craft Australia)

1995                               Archaeologies: Structures of time, with Sharon Marcus, USA, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland,

                                      Oregon, Fire Station Gallery, Sydney.

1995                               Crossing Borders: Australian textiles touring USA in 1996-1997, Sue Rowley (curator)

                                      (Australia Council grant)

1994                               The Art of the Object Australian survey to South American countries, Craft Australia

  1968                             Centro d'Incontro degli Stranieri in the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (ten     paintings, each one metre square)



1995                               Archaeologies: Structures of time, with Sharon Marcus, USA, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland,

Oregon, Fire Station Gallery, Sydney, and Long Gallery University of Wollongong.

1993                               Unwritten Country , Long Gallery, University of Wollongong, N.S.W.

1992                               Archaeologies: Images, Vestiges and Shadows at Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong N.S.W.

1985                               Old Bakery Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.

1981, 1982, 1983              Beaver Galleries, Canberra

1975                               Hogarth Galleries, Sydney  (Australia Council grant)



2014                               Ararat Regional Gallery Victoria

2011                               Australian Institute of Archaeology in Athens, Athens, Greece.

2010- 1990                      University of Wollongong Collection

2007                               Flinders University Collection, Adelaide

2000                               Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania.

1988                               Macquarie Resort Hotel, Sydney   commissioned by Crafts Council of NSW.Ciba Geigy, Sydney.

Tapestry ‘Rainforest’ 2m x 2.5

1987                               Flinders University, Faculty of Medicine; Portuguese  Embassy, Canberra; John James Hospital, Canberra

1985                             Purchase of a rug from Sydney University to present to Waseda University, Japan

Revival Life Centre Chapel, Penshurst, Sydney 

1984                             Sly and Russell, Solicitors, Sydney

1983 and 1981                Noel Bell and Ridley Smith, Architects, Sydney

1981 and 1976                National Capital Development Commission, Canberra

1976                             St. Andrew's House, Sydney Square

Aldo Moratelli, Architects, North Sydney

1974                             University of Sydney Union

1973                             NSW State Planning Authority, 75 cm x  240 cm

Macquarie University, Sydney,1973, 300 cm x 300 cm

Many private commissions and purchases



2011                               Who has the Amphora Handle? Senior Artists Research Forum response to Cyprus. Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery

2006                                    Sonic Architectures: mapping the ancient theatre in image and sound. Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery, September. With Brogan Bunt, Diane Epoff, and Stephen Ingham.                                        

2003-2004                       Fabrics of change: trading identities. Funded by the Australia Council and the Australian Research Council. With Emma Rutherford. Faculty of Creative Arts Gallery, April 2004, Flinders University City Art Gallery, Adelaide June – August 2004.

2002                               Unfolding Territories. Exhibition curated to accompany international conference Fabric(ations) of the Postcolonial

2000, 1994                      Curatorial adviser, Goulburn Regional Gallery Lake Mungo Re-visited, and Discerning Textiles

1998-1996                       Curator Images, vestiges and shadows and Out of Oblivion: Paphos Theatre Excavations, University of Wollongong, University of Sydney 1996, 1998, and University of Canberra, February 1999.

1997                               Selection committee: Craft Australia Lodz Textile Triennale Poland.

1996                               Curator, Prints from Yirrkala Project artspace, Wollongong

1994                               Selection committee, curator. Jam Factory South Australia, Texts from the Edge: Tapestry and identity in Australia

1993                                               Curatorial adviser. Identities: Art from Australia. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan




2011                               Belinda von Mengerson: ‘Review of Breathing Space: Liz Jeneid Stephen   Ingham and Diana Wood Conroy’.

Textile Journal of Cloth and Culture, Berg, London. Vol 9.2 248–54.


2004                               Amy Gogarty ‘Jane Kidd’s Handwork Series: disciplinarity and the Reparative Impulse’. Textile: the journal of cloth and culture,    vol. 2 issue 2, 118-134. Cyprus National Radio, April. British Forces Radio Cyprus.


2000                               Victoria Mitchell (ed) Janis Jefferies: writings and artworks since 1980

                                      Norwich School of Art and Design, UK. 78-80.

1999                               Joan Kerr and Jo Holder (editors) Past, Present. Craftsman House, Sydney 1999.

                                      ‘Drawn in Form’ Review. Craft Arts International, no.46, 1999. 101-102.

1998                               Glenda King, Origins and Perspectives: Australian textiles, Craft Australia 1998.

1997                               Barbara Lyssarides ‘Keeping a diary as the earth reveals its secrets’ Cyprus Weekly, October 2 1997.

Evelyn Juers ‘Where were you when the war was on? Where are you now?’ Review of ‘Sarajevo’, Art Monthly July 1997, with DWC’s work.

                                      Joan Kerr, catalogue essay for Sarajevo, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 1997.

1996                               Tapestries, Masks and Journeys’, book, Gerry Turcotte (ed), Centre for Research into Textuality and Criticism, University ofWollongong 1996.

(Cover and illustrations)

                                      Evelyn Juers ‘Hiding Places: Review of Below the Surface’, Art Monthly Australia, September 1996, 19-21 

                                      Nikki Barraclough ‘Raising Aphrodite’, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald 28 September 1996, 33-38.

Late Night Live, Radio interview with Phillip Adams 26 September 1996.

1995                             Cover, detail of ‘Mothers’, Sydney Review, September 1995.Janis Jefferies ‘The  Past is a Foreign Country’ International Tapestry Journal,

Summer 1995 (printed USA) 51-53. Reprinted, translated into Spanish by Paula    Larkin, ‘El Pasado es

un pais extranjero’, Artefacto  (Reviste de Arte, Seville, Spain), 7, November 1995, 32-33.

                                      Mary Lane ‘Archaeologies:structures of time, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon’, Surface Design Journal, (published Oakland,

California, USA) vol.20 no.1, 30-31, reprinted Textile Fibre Forum, (Australia) vol.14, no.44, Summer, 1995, 56-57.

                                      ABC Radio Arts Today with David Marr on ‘Archaeologies’, 27 August 1995.

                                      Beatrijs Sterk ‘Preview’ Textileforum  (Hannover, Germany) vol. 2 1995 8-9.

                                      Evelyn Juers ‘Stick your aesthetic where it hurts’ Art Monthly Australia , May 1995, 11-12.

                                      Sue Rowley ‘Diana Wood Conroy’ in Crossing Borders: Contemporary Australian Textile Art, Chippendale Printing, Sydney, 1995, 36-37.

 Also cover of Crossing Borders,  and poster.

1994                               Anne Brennan, ‘Life histories’, Texts from the Edge; Tapestry and Identity in Australia, catalogue essay, Jam Factory, Adelaide, 1994-1995, 18.

                                      Jan Irvine, ‘Observations of the Land’, The Art of the Object, travelling exhibition to Uruguay, Brazil,Crafts Australia, Sydney, 1994,  10-12.

1993                               Evelyn Juers, ‘Landweaving’, Object,  Spring 1993,  42-43.

                                      Cover of Periphery, June 1993.

                                      Grace Cochrane,The Crafts Movement:, University of NSW, Sydney, 1993.

1992                               Beth Hatton, Archaeologies: Images, Vestiges and Shadows, Textile FibreForum,no.35, 1992, 47

                                      Sharon Marcus, Report from Poland, Fiberarts, (U.S.A.)December 1992

                                      Sue Rowley  Archaeology as a Metaphor, Object, Spring 1992, 35

1991                               Liz Jeneid The Book'  Craft Arts, November, 1991

1988                               The Gentle Arts: A History of Women's Decorative Arts in Australia, Jennifer Isaacs, Weldons, Sydney,

1987                               Dyes for Fibres and Fabrics edited by Janet de Boer, University of Queensland Press

                                      Handmade Australia, May 1987, Fibreforum, 1987.

1986                               House and Garden, May,1986, Vogue Living, October 1986, Craft Arts, no.7,  1986

1984                               Selected Australian Crafts: a Directory, Crafts Council of Australia.

1981                               Works of Art in Canberra, National Capital Development Commission, Canberra.