Dr Daniel Connell

Dr Daniel Connell

Daniel Connell

Lecturer, Painting and Drawing


Dr Daniel Connell studied part-time at Adelaide Central School of Art from 1997 to 2009 and has taught short courses in portraiture with us since 2014.

Dr Daniel Connell trained at Adelaide Central School of Art from 1997 to 2009 and has taught with us since 2014. His PhD research investigated portraiture as a socially engaged practice. The majority of Daniel’s work manifests as projects with recent migrants. He has worked extensivley with SAPNAM, now one of Australia’s largest free and voluntary employment support services for new migrants which he and a small team began in 2017. 

Daniel has been a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait PrizeWaterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Fleurieu Art PrizeProspect Portrait Prize and was a winner in the RSASA Portrait Prize 2019. He has undertaken multiple commissioned projects for South Australian Living Artists Festival, the OzAsia Festival and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre which presented his TedX talk in Ubud 2018. He was invited to exhibit in the second Kochi Muziris Biennale of Contemporary Art (KMB), India and was invited to complete a residency with the KMB Foundation. Daniel was highly commended in the Australian Arts in Asia Awards. 

Daniel regularly visits India and was chosen as lead for the SA Government India engagement cultural program in 2017. He has created public art projects in the UK, US and Canada and was chosen to present his research at the School of South Asian Studies at Stanford University for the conference on Sikh and Punjabi studies. He holds degrees in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies and a Diploma of Education. 

Daniel has been on the board of Nexus Arts, the Racial Discrimination Ombud’s anti racism Roundtable, and advisory a roundtable for cultural diversity in the Women’s and Children’s Health network. Daniel is on the MARRnet (Migration Asylum Refugee Research network) and is part of the 2020 Australia Council arts leadership program. 

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