Pāʻutu ʻo Vavaʻu Lahi ADRIANA LEAR
Adriana Lear is a contemporary music and visual artist, music composer, classical flautist, performer and producer, and aspiring academic working on unceded Dharawal country. Adriana was bestowed the oratory title Pāʻutu ʻo Vavaʻu Lahi by Hūfanga Professor ʻŌkusitino Māhina, a chief of Ma’ofanga for her work in developing the Indigenous Tongan (and Moana) based Tā-Vā (Time-Space) Philosophy of Art.
Adriana’s practice centres on Indigeniety, biculturalism and belonging. Across video, photography and sound installation, Adriana processes intergenerational trauma and contemplates cross-cultural queer female experience. Her works inherently desire a connection to heritage, an interrogation of theory, and an understanding of self through decolonial practices.
Adriana is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Arts under the esteemed co-supervision of Hūfanga Professor ʻŌkusitino Māhina, Maui-Tā-Vā-He-Akó Professor Tēvita Ka’ili, Dr Terumi Narushima, and Dr Su Ballard. Adriana is a 2019 Fisher's Ghost Art Award finalist (upcoming). In 2018, Adriana exhibited in Wayfinders, co-curated by the Australian Museum, Blacktown Arts Centre, and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) where she was also a Studios Switch 2016 Artist in Residence.
Adriana’s music works have featured on BBC America’s Orphan Black, and Canadian TV series Dark Matter. She has produced public programs such as Identify youth music, culture and identity workshop for CPAC, and coordinated events such as Truth for the Youth with Foreigndub and Weave Youth Services.
Adriana works closely with fellow artist, Xavier Harvey.
Adriana Lear, Bleeding Earth 2015
b. Wollongong, New South Wales
Selected Education & Training
2019 Currently enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts), University of Wollongong
2018 Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours (class I), University of Wollongong
Thesis: ‘A Study of Traditional Tongan Music using the Tā-Vā (Time-Space) Theory of Art’
Creative: ‘1:2:1 Dualism and the Politics of Belonging’ – an installation of three audio-visual works incorporating recorded live and electronic music score, video, mixed-media, and photography.
2015 Logic Pro X II (short course), Australian Institute of Music
2014 Logic Pro X I (short course), Australian Institute of Music
2006 Screen Acting Essentials (short course), National Institute of Dramatic Art
2005-07 Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Technology Sydney
2002 AMEB Grade 8 Music Practical (Flute) Examination (A+)
2002 AMEB Grade 6 Music Theory Examination
Selected Exhibitions & Residencies
2018 One of thirteen artists featured in Wayfinders exhibition as part of Oceania Rising, co-curated by the Australian Museum, Blacktown Arts Centre, and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to facilitate artistic reflection on the impacts of Climate Change in the Oceania region.
2016 One of six artists selected for Studios Switch, a nine-week tenure for research and artistic creation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
2015 Self-directed screening of my music and video work, Bleeding Earth 2018 at 107 Projects, featuring curated program of performances, speakers, exhibition, and arts and cultural engagement activities.
Selected Roles & Achievements
2019 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, (finalist) Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW (upcoming)
2019-current Music Tutor, CACS301 Professional Practice, University of Wollongong
2019 'Towards a tāvāist philosophical critique of Tongan music', conference paper, Sounds of the Pacific, Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania, The University of Auckland, delivered 13 February 2019.
2018 Research Assistant, Mapping the Islands, Global Challenges, University of Wollongong
2016 Composer/producer, lyricist, vocalist/MC, and flautist for Heatwave by Serpents of the She, featured music placement on Emmy Award-winning Canadian TV series Orphan Black, BBC America & Space (Canada)
2016 Composer/producer, lyricist, vocalist/MC, and flautist for Control by Serpents of the She, featured music placement on Orphan Black, BBC America & Space (Canada)
2016 Composer/producer, lyricist, vocalist/MC, and flautist for Heatwave by Serpents of the She, featured music placement on Dark Matter, Syfy NBC
2016 Composer/producer, lyricist, vocalist/MC, and flautist for Haze by Serpents of the She, 7-track extended play record (EP), published by 66 Music
2016 Music Composer/Producer for If lyrics about Women were about Men by Buzzfeed
2016 Program Manager for Identify youth music, culture and identity workshop at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
2016 Performance Poet w/ Woman Writes Movement, Network of Women Students Australia conference, University of Technology Sydney
2015 Vocalist for The Bad Bitch Choir, TedX Youth, Sydney Opera House and Claire Bowditch & Adalita Srsen Winter Secrets concert, The Factory Theatre
2015 Performance Poet, Musician & Vocalist for Woman Writes Movement and Bati Graves, Fiji Day and Western Sydney Homeless Connect
2014 Lead Actress for Summertime Sadness music video by Urban Noize, Firestorm music video by Kobra Kai Live, and Escape short film by SAE Institute
2003-04 Principal Flautist for Sydney Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
2001-03 Principal Flautist for Australian Winds Orchestra
2000 First Flautist for Australian Winds Orchestra European tour
Selected COMMUNITY Arts & Cultural Work
2018 Independent Assistant Editor, refugee interviews, The Guardian
2016-17 Digital Marketing Officer (contract), 66 Music
2013-17 Ticketing Officer, Reggae Carnival
2013-16 Marketing Communications Coordinator (contract), Kinsky Roots Band
2014 Marketing Communications Coordinator (contract), Sparky’s Reggae Bar
2014 Assistant Journalist, Krill Magazine
2014 Event Promoter, Shapeshifter @ Sydney Manning Bar
2013-14 Marketing Communications Coordinator (contract), Kobra Kai Live
2013 Event Coordinator w/ Foreigndub and Weave Youth Services, Truth for the Youth community arts event
2013 Writer and Co-producer, Succulent community arts project
2013 Assistant Event Producer, Avant Gard Nights
2012-13 PR & Marketing Communications Coordinator (contract), Full Throttle Entertainment
2008-09 Event Coordinator, Rockin’ the Random community arts events