Artist, Film Maker, Educator
Screen, Visual Arts
Sean O’Keeffe is a practicing artist, filmmaker, teacher and writer. He works in a variety of mediums ranging from video, painting drawing and site specific sculpture.
Sean’s art practice engages with ideas about sense of place, cultural and community identity and collaboration. Recently this has extended to ideas about media representation of these ideas in popular culture such as film and television.
As a filmmaker Sean has worked extensively with young people teaching and producing a number of award winning films. Most recently this has included the ATOM award winning films “Bullets to Buttons” and “The Gift” . He is a cofounder of Frogmouth Films which has produced a number of documentaries including The Flying Padre, The Drummer and most recently the award winning film Knitting Nannas.
Sean has work in the collections of a number of public institutions including the Grafton Regional Art Gallery, The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, The Australian Centre for The Moving Image, and in private collections both in Australia and overseas.
As a writer Sean has written education support documents for a number of publications including Kaldor Projects: MOVE Video art in Schools. He often presents educational material at conferences and workshops for teachers.
In 2010 Sean co-wrote an art textbook, Making Art Connections, it was successfully published by McGraw Hill Publications and more recently Cengage Publishing.
In 2011 Sean was awarded a NSW Premier Teachers Research Scholarship, which enabled him travel to 7 countries in order to work with education providers in some of the worlds great art galleries. These have included The Whitney Museum, MOMA and Eyebeam in New York, The Centre for Possible Studies/Serpentine Galleries in London, The Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Castella De Rivoli in Rivoli Italy.
Since 2012 Sean has been part of an ongoing annual residency in Palo Alto California.