I  was born in Odense, Denmark and migrated in 1957 to Australia. Educated at Strathfield Girls High, my further education qualifications where obtained at Meadowbank Technical Collage and a Diploma in Art from Newcastle Collage of Advance Education.
At age 16 I pursued my decision to become a professional artist. Over the years I have lived in Taree, Burwood, Marsfield, Glebe, Kings Cross, Balmain,, Pampoolah -Taree then 22 years  in Carrington, Newcastle. A formidable dockside industrial suburb where my identity and art practices matured.By 1998 I needed a change, that life was over and I could see that trying to hang on to my past was unhealthy and I needed a blast of nature. A move to the top of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales has changed my artistic directions, I've spent a lot more time on my own paintings and now I live a very creative life in my quirky,colorful, controversial mural painted house in Blackheath. This year I'm taking some time out to work with my Blackheath community, a mural for the local school, art classes for adults and children, mentoring younger artists and learning some life skills.

1973   Taree Municipal Council, "School Portrait".
1977   Maitland City Gallery. "Bill and Nancy."
1978   Maitland City Gallery. "Under the Awning."
  Newcastle Trades Hall Council. "Coal Soap" banner.
1979   Workings' Women's' Centre, Mayfield, Newcastle (two paintings).
  Brian Sutters "B.H.P Sunset"
1981   Library of the University of NSW, "Carrington Beach".
  Art Bank ~ Australian government, "Boy with Pigeon".
1983   Newcastle Regional Gallery 1 print commissioned
  The gallery society." B.H.P Behind Huge Profits"
1985   Frank Bakarak. (Agent; Macquarie Galleries)
1987   Family Law Court, Newcastle. "Peace within yourself."
  University of Newcastle." Spiritual Peace" -  "International Peace".
  Wetland's Bicentennial centre, "Environmental Banner". Shortland, Newcastle.
1990   Glenys Frances, "waiting"
1992   Newcastle Trades Hall council Collection, Designs for artworks for new building.
1993   Newcastle Christchurch Cathedral; Earthquake Memorial
2007   15 various painting prints watercolours. S. Archer
2008   6 paintings Steven Archer auctioneer                       

1980   Judge Peter Dent; Two portraits
1983   Artwork for Carrington Residents Action Committee.
1985   "Spark's Fly ~ Freewheels T.I.E. Production, Newcastle. Poster.
1986   "Side Show Alley" ~ Four banners for window display and three murals inside.
  A collaborative project with Kris Smith and Beverley Fox to transform a pin ball parlour into   a Side-show Alley. Hunter St Newcastle West.
  An original print edition for the Peggy Hill Peace Prize
  The Newcastle Peace Forum. An Annual Award, one local and one international.
  Recipients have included; David Lange ~ former P.M. of New Zealand
1990   Newcastle Morning Herald, front cover design "5.5  a year later". A special supplement on
  the first Anniversary of the earthquake. This painting was purchased by Newcastle City
  Council for a memorial.
1992   Poster, "Getting Together".  Amalgamation of unions.
1993   Collaborative design, artwork and fabrication of a fully operating carousel with Kris Smith
  for David Hankins.Operates at Highgate Shopping Centre.
1995   Designs and fabrication of signs and artwork for "All Pride" sign company. This involved
  over a year of work.
  Fifteen 2m x 1m images spray painted on perspex.
  Poster for " Building Better Cities" Environmental Art Project. Carrington. For Newcastle
  City Council.
1996   Sculpture, AllPride signs. "Map of the World"
  Two original artworks for poster. Allpride signs.
  Original artworks for E.M. Signs.
  Painting for Gosford Bowling Club. Dorte Parker
1998   "The Phantom" 14th Phantom: Ending slavery of the Eastern Dark. Acrylic and oil on
  canvas 2060x1400     Poster published by 99.94 Editions
  King Features Syndicate,Inc. The Hearst Corporation
1999   "Hidden Valley"  T. Murphy. Oil.
2000   "Billie" T.Murphy. Oil.
1970   "Gold Coast City Art Prize"    Garden Court, , South Port
1974   "Taree Municipal Council Art Awards."
  "Camberwell Art Exhibition', Victoria.
1979   Selection of : Graduate students; "Diploma in Art",
  Newcastle College of Advance Education Foyer & Bllaxland Gallery", Sydney.
1979   "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop" Seaview Gallery, Newcastle.
  "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop" Prints, Demonstrations,Films,Live Music
  "Mary Gilmore Room", Newcastle Workers Club.
1980   "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop".
  Possum Brush Gallery, Taree.
  "Civic Playhouse" Foyer, Hunter st. Newcastle.
  "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop"Union St. Hall. Newcastle.
  "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop" Maitland city Art Gallery.
  "Figurative Artists of the Hunter Region"  Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
1981   Newcastle's Christchurch Cathedral
  War memorial Design Competition.
  "Project 34": "Artists of the Hunter Region" Art gallery of NSW, Sydney.
  Paintings, "Behind Huge Profits.B.H.P." 
  "The banners March goes on" (197.3 x  290.0)
  "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop" Lake Macquarie Community Art  Gallery.
  Tynte  Gallery,  North Adelaide S.A
1982    "A women's Work Is" A Social Documentary
  Artwork, Birgitte Hansen.
  Photography, Allen Chawner & Jane Brisley.
  Co-ordinated by Laural Quillen & Jane Brisley.
  A Workers Cultural Action Committee project
  Newcastle Trades Hall Council.
1983   "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop" Exhibition.
  Newcastle's Workers Club.
1984   "Hunter Valley Printmakers"
  Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
1984-5 "Trade Union Regalia",
  Hyde Park Barracks. Sydney.
  Curator, Ann Stephens.
1985   "Industrial Images; Conflicts of View Points."
  Muswellbrook Art Gallery.
1985-6 Exhibition of Art and Working Life.
  Western Australian State Art Gallery.
1986   "Trace 86" International Print Exhibition
  11th Biennale O'estample,
  30 Rue Cabonis, Paris, France
  "Trace 86". Exhibited in Canada and Lake Macquarie Art Gallery.
  Ten Paintings. (10 Newcastle Artists; each with 10 artworks
  Holdsworth Contemporary Gallery. Sydney.
1992   "Banners of the World"
  "The Contemporary Art of Banner Making".
  Mclellon Galleries, 270 Souchiehall St., Glasgow, Scotland.   
1991-2 "Paradis Perdu","Ou L'utopie... Sans Illusion,
  Prix (contraste) De L' Estampe Originale,
  Publisher  Atelier contraste, 17 Fribourg.
  This was an invitation only commission of one print Artist from all over the world, based
  on the theme paradise lost. A book of these prints was subsequently published in
  Switzerland and the prints exhibited in conjunction with this book was launched at the
  following venues......
  "Aury~Sur Matron"
  "Yuerdon ~ Les Bains"
  "Sion" and "Lugons"
  Museum of Art and History at Fribourg, Switzerland.
1993   Tunac Art Committee, The University of Newcastle, A group exhibition of selected artists
  associated with the university.
1995   Lake Macquarie City  Art Gallery.
  "Glimpses of everyday life" Two paintings.
  "The Girls."  "Camouflaged Fears Towards the Millennium".
  Maitland City Gallery. "Portrait and Figurative Exhibition".
1996   Maitland City Gallery. Past winners of the Maitland City Art Gallery, Tertiary Students
  Prize, to celebrate the Twentieth anniversary of this prize.
1999   Ribbons of Steel. "Moving Murals". Four paintings covering the history of B.H.P in
  Newcastle in theTool room, B.H.P, Newcastle
  "Newcastle comes to Canberra"
  Parliament House Canberra
2002-3 "The Art Shed" Blackheath 2 group shows
  "I-Lash" Katoomba.
  "Art at the factory" with Regine Shubert
2004   “Land out of time” Penrith Regional Gallery. The Blue Mountains Landscape then and now.
         curator. Carolynne Skinner
2008   Salon Des Refuses S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney 
         Real Saloon Des Refuse, Tap Gallery. Darlinghurst

1980-1  Civic Playhouse; Hunter Valley Theatre Company  "Mural Stairwell".4m x 6m.
1982-3  "Newcastle Out Of Workers Cottage Mural".  Fort Scratchly, Newcastle East.
1984    "Muswellbrook Art Gallery and Town Hall Mural". (Two story building)
1985    "Year of Youth" mural, commissioned by Newcastle Community Arts Centre:
   At Dairy Farmers' Wall, Hunter St, Newcastle West. 35m x 2.4m.
1987    "Shadow Mural", Newcastle Out of Workers', Wood St.
1988    "Levens Harvest", Western wall at Paterson Dairy Supplies, 56 Alexandra Rd,
   A Community Arts Project.
   "Early Trading at the Skin Shed". 24.7x 3.4 on cliplock, Cnr. High and Hope St.
   Sheffield, town of murals, Tasmania.
1989    Design for external mural for Newcastle Workers Club(This was not fabricated because
   the building was destroyed by the 1989 earthquake.)
   "Coal 11". Two murals for Newcastle Regional  Museum, Hunter St. Newcastle.
   "Coal Tunnel", "long  Wall Mining".   
1990    "The Time Tunnel", Newcastle Beach Mural.
   Newcastle City Councils' first Town Art Project.
   A "Football Mural" for the foyer of  Newcastle West Leagues Club.
1992    "Kings and Queens Wharf Mural". 2m x 3m.
   Opposite Pacific Park Newcastle East.
   A Newcastle Town Art project.
1992-3  "Newcastle Workers' Club".New building.
   I was successful with a grant from the Australia Councils' Art in Public Places.
   This enabled me to create a collaborative team of artworkers consisting of Kathy
   Grushka, Textile Artist and John Clif, ceramicist. We worked with the architect, Interior
   designer and club board.  Four separate art works were fabricated.
   "Teaching Newcastle how to swim" painted mural artist Birgitte Hansen.
   "Eight Hours" A 34o ceramic tile mural, artist,  Birgitte Hansen and John Clif.
   "The Beacon" artist Kathy Grushka. A Neon and textile Installation.
   Large major ceramic Pots, artist John Cliff.
   "Newcastle Trades Hall Council". New Building:
   A collaborative design project with Matthew Harding.This proposal included murals,
   furniture, woodcarvings,Logos and sculptures. This was not fabricated due to lack Of
1995    "Ace of Clubs" Wallsend R.S.L Club. Two murals Commemorating "Australia
   Remembers" 50 years.  3m x 4m each.
   "Indoor Bowls". A 20.m x 2.5 m mural at Merrylands Bowling Club. Sydney.
1995-6  "Camel Racing".Re-designing  and restoring a side show alley machine. This included a
   8m x 1.5m, mural.
   Highgate Shopping centre, Melbourne.
1996    "Carrington Community Mural" thanking the Carrington Community for being my
   neighbours for over twenty years. I04 Young St, Carrington.
   "Belmont  !6 footer" Club. 12m x 8m plus ceiling creating an under water environment.
   "Seven Seas" a mural inside the Seven Seas Hotel Carrington. Based on the wharfs,
   harbour and Workers of Newcastle.
1999    "Moving Murals"  Four murals commissioned by B.H.P Steel, Newcastle as part of
   Ribbons of  Steel. Four steel frames were fabricated by the workers in the steelworks
   for these.
2000    Internal mural at Eldon Guest House, Katoomba working with people with mental
   "Helter Shelter" a bus shelter at Glenbrook painted for the Blaxland neighbourhood
   centre and as part of "Living in Harmony".
2001    "Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"
   This has been part of a major project for me of Renovating my house and studio. I have
   renovated Four houses during the past 8 years.
2002    "Mountain Boulders" A Major Mural for Blue Mountains City Council. Katoomba St
   Katoomba.  Based on a painting by Rainis Zusters.
2006    “Reverence” A community mural at Waratah St, Katoomba. Designer and supervising                    artist.
2007    “Eight Hours” A major 8m x 8m triptych mural at the renovated Sydney Trades Hall for                  unions N.S.W
2008    “Misty Bluegum Forest” Blackheath Public School

1969   "The Nancy Kilgour Memorial Award "for the best Intermediate Art Student, NSW
  Most promising student, Perth.
  "Bankstown Student Award" 1st Landscape,
  2nd portrait and highly commended in design.
1973   Section A: Painting in Oils; Taree  Municipal Council Art Awards.
  Tamworth Arts and Craft Award: Highly comm.
1974   Dubbo Arts Society: Highly commended.
1975   Taree Municipal Council Art Awards;
  1st prize local section.
  Encouragement Award: "Toohey's Paint a Pub"
1976   Joint Winner: Maitland City Art Gallery Tertiary Students Art Award.
1977   Joint Winner: Maitland City Art Gallery Tertiary Students Art Award.
1979   George's Prize: Represented NSW (no award)
1980   Maitland Art Prize: Highly Commended Local Section.
1985   Port Stephen's Cultural Centre Art Prize:
  Commended: Print.
1987   B.H.P Awards for the Pursuit of Excellence
  Entry Officially Accepted: No Award
  Sponsored by B. Fox and K. Smith.
1990   Newcastle Show Art Award
  Joint Winner: Traditional Painting
  Highly commended: Drawing
1992   Newcastle Show Art Award: Highly Commended.
1993   Maitland City's Art Prize; Highly Commended:
1998   Newcastle Show Art Award; Highly Commended:Sculpture.
2008   Selected to hang painting” Turning Japanese
  At Salon Des Refuse. S.H.Ervin Gallery. Sydney

1973   "Old Bakery" Cundletown, Taree. Director, John Bassetti.
1974     as above
1975      as above
1978   "Decoration and Australiana Calendar Series"
  Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
  "The kids are knowing so they put on good Performance's before life traps them."
  Holdsworthy Galleries, Woollahra, Sydney. NSW.
  St Thomas Church Hall, Carrington.
1982   "Carrington is a place of many broken hearts".
  Holdsworth Galleries, Woollahra, Sydney. NSW.
  "Carrington Residents Action Group" presents an environmental exhibition of painting &
  Birgitte Hansen and Allen Chawner.
  St Thomas Church Hall, Carrington, Newcastle.
1984   "Trade Union Banner Project".
  Newcastle Regional Museum.
1986   "My Own Studio" No 1. Carrington.
1988-9 "Trade Union Banner Project".
  Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
1991   "My Own Studio" No 2, Carrington.
1994   "Back to Back" Ceramic Gallery,
  Bull St. Cooks Hill, Newcastle.
  Ceramic Tiles.
1994-5 "Gibson St. Gallery."
2003   "Gallery Lane" Leura. "wrestling"

I have always been involved with training and developing collaborative teams.
This has involved hands on experience during the fabrication of the projects.

1976      Purfleet. Taree. Worked with Kevin Gilbert setting a training and craft workshop for the
     local kooris'.
1977-8    "Newcastle Printmakers Workshop". Ran classes in etching and was workshop
1978-83   "Newcastle out~of~ Workers": Art, Mural and Etching Classes.
1983      "School of Art and Design": Newcastle Technical College.
1984      "Newcastle Community Arts Centre".
1985-87   Hamilton Technical College ~ P.E.P ~" Young Women and Work".
1987      "Newcastle Out Of Workers'": Mural Project.
     I have employed and been responsible for paid trainees on many of my mural projects.
2002-3    Adults and childrens classes at my "Shed"
2008       Adult and childrens art classes .At the cottage
             Blackheath Public School

1980    My first banner. Commissioned by Brent Macgregor, for Freewheels Theatre in Education,
   as a backdropbased on the Stockton mining diaster of 1896. The  original featured four cut
   out heads for the actors to speak, with flip up portraits of four prominent power brokers of
   the 1980's.
   These portraits were stolen at a doctor and nurses ball - the rest of the banner was found
   outside the operating theatre of Wallsend Hospital. This was acceptable to Newcastle
   Trades Hall and was framed and hung in the foyer of the Trades Hall.
1983    "Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union Of Australia", Newcastle Sub Branch, NSW.
   (Fully paid for by this union)
1983-4  "Workers Cultural Action Committee", a sub committee of Newcastle Trades Hall,
   Applied to the Australia council for grants to complete the "Plumbers and Gasfitters
   Employees' Union of  Australia.  Newcastle sub Branch.
   "Newcastle Teachers Federation "Newcastle.
   "Amalgamated Metal/ Foundry and Shipwrights Union", Newcastle.
   "Unemployed Peoples Banner". Newcastle.  Double sided. 2m x 3m.
1985    "Newcastle Trades Hall Centennial Banner".  Double sided. 2.8 x 1.8 m.
1986    "Fireman and Deckhands Union". NSW Branch Double sided. 2.5 x 1.8 Newcastle.
    "Public Service Association".  Double sided 1.67 x 2.8m
1987     "Building Trades Group's" Banner. (2.8m x 1.5m.)Newcastle
           "Builders' Labourers Federation" Hobert, Tasmania Double sided          
1988    "Waterside Workers Federation". Double Sided. 1.8m x 2.m.
   Artist in resident program for Trades Hall Council. Supervised a full time trainee.
   "Federated Engine Drivers and Fireman's Association".
   Mining division,Muswellbrook, Hunter Valley, Double Sided. 3m X 2m.
1989    "Meatworkers' Union". Banner. (Double sided.) Newcastle.
1989-90 "N.S.W Teachers' Federation".Mixed media  Doubled sided. Fabric, knitting,
   embroidery,patchwork,hand coloured photographs on canvas, and hand painting.
   3m x 4m. Trainee co-workers on this project.
   Suzie Crook (Knitting) and Nola Taylor (textile)
   Fabricated on site at the federations Sydney's' office.
1990    In 1989 an earthquake in Newcastle destroyed the Newcastle Workers Club and Trades
   Hall with a substantial loss of life. The May day specific issue banners and floats were
   also destroyed.Volunteers rebuilt the frames and I painted fifteen new "Issue" banners
   for May Day
1991    "Printing and Kindred Industries Union". Double Sided. 2m x 2.5m. Sydney.
   This was fully funded by this union.

   The success of these banners have been acknowledged all over Australia, Britain and
   Canada and reproduced in publications. The highlights included  an exhibition in
   Scotland celebrating banners of the world.
   In Australia the reward was to have one of my banners (Building Trades Group)
   reproduced in the highly respected publication -
   "Australian Painting 1788~1990" by Bernard Smith with Terry Smith.
   Oxford University Press, 1990.  (Pages 484,485.)
Artist, Birgitte Hansen - Artgitte Studio, Blackheath, Blue Mountains NSW Australia.  Blue Mountains Artists. Birgitte Hansen Art - hand painted tiles - ceramic tile murals, architectural & interior design art, acrylic, oil, mixed media artworks, sculpture, banners, paintings, murals & design. Blue Mountains Artists, NSW Australia.
My mother, Meta  D Hansen is a formidable 91 years old. I have One son, Simon Chawner and Two granddaughters, Celine and Chloe Chawner. I have 3 older sisters, Lis, Jyette, Dorte and a deceased brother, Per. My father was Axel Hansen. I have 4 nieces. As a migrant family to this country we have all had to remake ourselves at personal costs but in the end they are all precious to me. We are a family.
I love to use my Skills to relate and portray multi-layered visual stories. My range of mediums and practice's with examples of my work are displayed throughout this site. Murals are my speciality. Figurative work, genre, landscape, natural and industrial. Large scale paintings. Trade Union banners. Enduring environmental art-design - Conceptualized and site specific community based art work - Paintings - Portraits, public, family, business and community stories.Collaborative team work. Being a  supervising artist on Public art projects.Hand painted ceramic tile murals.I am able to work to the design brief and budget constraints when working with clients,communities,architects and interior designers.I have renovated 4 houses incorporating various paint techniques,ceramic tiles,door features,color co-ordination, murals outdoors,ceilings,walls. Mural consultancies, working with communities vie the Internet,helping with design,mural elements and fabrication techniques while the client works with their own artists to produce the mural on site is a new service. Adult+children's art classes are now on.

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