Therese Sweeney

Therese Sweeney

PHA NSW Accreditation




Currently operating a media studio on the south coast of NSW engaging residents in storytelling through layers of multi media. Writing a number of publications on work in south west Sydney to launch in mid-late 2016. Also a book on the New York restaurant, Kings ross. Therese holds copyright to all material.


Online archives:

Desc: 1994-2014-20 years multi media layers & historical research on fringe communities in south west Sydney. Extensive documentary & portraiture photography; sound recordings as oral histories and aural soundscapes; short documentaries & video installations; video clips.

University of Technology, Sydney is hosting this archive through their open learning source library.

Desc: 2008-2012-Initiative the capture stories on pioneering market gardeners from south east europe through digital media engagement  before it is lost and to establish enduring archive. To be hosted through UTS in due course.

The above projects entirely initiated by Therese Sweeney.

Area of Expertise

Skilled oral historian, writer, photographer & video documentary producer & director, researcher. 20 years experience in multi media project work, engaging large populations in historical processes. Initiator of complex project work and private commissions. 30 years experience in research & analysis. Excellent communication & human resource skills engaging residents, communities, public figures, politicians and company executives to produce industry histories, regional works & individual stories through exhibitions, publications and online archives .


Publications/Past Work



Major Exhibitions & Project History

2015-2016: Commission to produce family history publication on the Perich family (largest dairy in southern hemisphere).

1994-2014-‘On the Fringes, South West Sydney, multi media archive hosted by UTS library as an open learning source.

2014-Oral histories from Camden Park Estate-The Community Story: a publication (written & edited). Extensive sound, photography project interviewing 50 worker’s archived at national standards.

2014-Creative Moments : Shoalhaven Arts Centre. Group show. Video projections and photography.

2008-2014-Pioneers of the Fringe: launched multi-media online archive. Preparation, curatorial & online production content on forty migrant market gardeners for

2013- Autumn Show, Group exhibition, Harrington Street gallery (Co-Op), Chippendale. Painting.

2013-Oral history mentor-Lightening Ridge Consultant. Developed & presented training to community.

2012: Pioneers of the Fringe South West Sydney -20 min. documentary on migrant market gardener’s. Screened to the local community at Austral Bowling club.

2012: Photography mentor: UTS Social leaders group, Shopfront.

2011-2014-Belgenny Farm Oral history project, Consultant oral historian. Extensive sound recordings , photography & digital archiving.

2011: Made on the Kitchen Table, Casula Powerhouse-Photography.  Photography mentor , course delivery & curatorial vision. Trained16 indigenous women from south west Sydney & set up a not-for-profit for them.

2011-‘Eat’ History week-OHAA (NSW)website exhibition-sound bites.

2010: Our Migrant farmers, Group show. Casula Powerhouse, 2 x 3min video installations, artist. Liverpool Bicentenary.

2010: Tomato Stories, Solo exhibition in theatre, Casula Powerhouse, Forum interviewing a panel of six migrant farming women & 7min film, ‘Tomato Stories’ screened. Video artist and panel host.

2010-Memory Bank launch, Casula Powerhouse. Official launch of organisation by Noeline Brown, Ambassador for Ageing. Attended by local, State and federal MP’s and the community.

2008-2013-Pioneers of the Fringe-Extensive oral history & photography campaign with pioneering residents in Leppington, Austral and the pioneers of the six public housing estates tagged, ‘Green Valley’.

2008: Intimate Moments, Solo exhibition. Video projections Liverpool CBD, 4 x 4min video installations, Video artist.

2007: Conversations at the Diner-Solo exhibition. Sound (oral histories), text & photography project on the New York Restaurant. Exhibited across 3 sites in Kings Cross, including City of Sydney libraries.

2007: Riotous Suburbs: Cross Art projects, Group show, Kings Cross. Photography in the community of Macquarie Fields.

2007: Love & Music-8min documentary, ageing dramatic soprano from ‘the Diner’. Screened at Chauvel and 2 film festivals.

2007-‘New Angles@ Macfields’, Glenfield Library. Residents group show, photography. Photography mentor and curator to residents on the estate for six month period with partner WorkVentures.

2007: Greetings from Macquarie Fields postcard series, Residents photography. Curator of slideshow, Campbelltown City Arts Centre.

2007: Photographic mentor: to residents from Airds Estate. Residents exhibition at local community service.

2005-06: Bringelly City on the Edge: Solo exhibition. Narellan Library, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Liverpool Library. Solo show. Photography and Video on contemporary market gardens.

2006-Tunnel Vision, Greed & Stupidity: Cross Art projects; Group show. Video installation x 2.

2006: Light, Stills, Emotion: Educational Card series-Photographic mentor to young women-Liverpool Women’s Health Centre.

2005: Photographer, “Simon packs coriander ‘, selected for Sydney Life. Large scale canvas exhibition in Hyde Park, City of Sydney.

2005-Kids Own Creation, Liverpool library.  Solo exhibition. Photography, large panels.

2004: Women shoot West, Liverpool Hospital. Residents photography. Photography mentor and curator to residents from Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre, Ashcroft.

2004-Reframing the Valley, 10 year retrospective, solo exhibition Leichhardt library, photography. Curator Liz Muller.

2001-After the Bell & New Girl, A series of documentary video’s, mentored 12 young women at Miller. Course developer, facilitator and Producer .Project ran for 3 months and achieved awards at Local & State festivals & nomination for National award (ATOM).  Fellowship awarded from Shopfront UTS & NSW Dept. for Women.

1997-Fibro, Perspecta 97, Casula Powerhouse, group show.  22 Photography panels.

1997-South West Series, Photography Curator State Library of NSW, selected & purchased a block of photography to archive as prints. Photography and printing.

1996-1999 Leichhardt series, Photography Curator, State Library of NSW, selected & purchased a block of photography to archive as prints. Photography and printing.

1994-Legal Walls, Casula Powerhouse. Documentary photographer for project. Slideshow and booklet.


1994-2014-Photography study, South West Sydney project. Photographer.