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Adam Manning : Associate Artist

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Adam Manning was born on Awabakal Country and has Kamilaroi kinship. He is a musician, artist, producer/ researcher, educator, and the Conservatorium Coordinator at the University of Newcastle, NSW.

Newcastle Conservatorium Coordinator

In this role, Manning has introduced several new cutting-edge music-making programs and recently secured a three-million-dollar funding agreement with the NSW Department of Education, which is the first of its kind for the University of Newcastle.


Manning produced Newcastle's first VR music concert, Newcastle's first 360 live stream performance, facilitated and documented Australia's first music and robotics workshop for school-aged students and produced a series of social collaboration works with prominent Australian artists. He has published research papers with Claremont University, USA, and has presented Indigenous narrative yarning techniques and their transfer to artistic collaboration at Monash University, Melbourne.


In 2010, Manning received an Excellence in Teaching award from Queensland's Nudgee College, and in 2016, was awarded a UON Excellence in Teaching. He has led Nudgee College and Newcastle Conservatorium Percussion Ensembles to victory at the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod and currently lectures into the Bachelor of Music program.


His artworks are located in government Social Service buildings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart, Bendigo. He has commissioned art works and social infrastructure designs through Port Stephens Council. Manning's art combines traditional and modern patterns and has learnt from elders who attend the Guparr Aboriginal Men's Shed.


He is endorsed by a leading US percussion instrument maker: Latin Percussion and has trialled instruments for Roland and released over eight albums through major labels. He has performed and recorded with James Morrison, Kieth Carlock (Sting/John Mayer), Bruce Mathiske, John Paul Young and the All-Stars, Lachy Dooley. Additionally, Manning has over 70,000 views on his YouTube channel, and over 400,000 social media views.

Adam Manning — current to January 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Guparr (didjeridu in chamber ensemble) Commissioned by ABC Composer Commissioning Fund, ABC Classics, ABC Jazz.