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Academic Staff

Professor Helen Ennis FAHA

Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory

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Professor Helen Ennis FAHA specialises in Australian photographic history and is concerned with finding new ways of thinking, curating and writing about photographs. She specialises in Australian photographic history and is concerned with finding new ways of thinking, curating and writing about photographs. As an independent curator and writer she works closely with national cultural institutions. Major research projects include In a New Light: Photography and Australia 1850s-2000 (2003-04), Margaret Michaelis: Love, Loss and Photography (2005...

Dr Andrew Montana

Honours Convenor (Art History)

Research interests are: Australian and international art; nineteenth-century visual culture; theatre arts; theories of ornament and design; exhibitions and interpretation.

Anne Brennan

Undergraduate Convenor

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Anne Brennan is an artist and writer. She is the ANU School of Art Undergraduate Convenor. Anne’s research interests focus on history, memory and commemoration; she is especially interested in the way in which these are configured in public artifacts and institutions such as the museum and the memorial.

Dr. Chaitanya Sambrani

Senior Lecturer

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Chaitanya Sambrani is an art historian and curator with special interests in modern and contemporary art in Asia. He has a first class MA (Fine) in Art Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, and a Ph.D. in Art History and Curatorship from the Australian National University. His work has been featured in major publications, exhibitions and conferences in Australia, India, China, Korea, Singapore, and the USA. His recent curatorial projects include To Let the World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art (...

Dr Charlotte Galloway


Charlotte lectures in Asian art history and Curatorial Studies. She has worked at the National Gallery of Australia as a curator and registrar, and completed her PhD in the early Buddhist art of Bagan at ANU. Her specialist research interest is the Buddhist art of Myanmar, with a focus on Buddhist text image relationships and visual narratives. Charlotte is on study leave in Semester 1 2014 and will be researching in Burma at the Hmawsa Museum in collaboration with staff from the Archaeological Field School at Pyay.

Dr David Hansen

Associate Professor

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David Hansen has spent more than 30 years as an art museum director, collection and exhibition curator and writer on Australian art. His art historical specializations include early 19th century painting and drawing (notably the work of John Glover and settler images of Aborigines), mid-20th century modernism, contemporary criticism and regional artists and galleries. Broader interests include demotic portraiture in Britain, the art of empire, contemporary sculpture and spatial practices, art and environment and museum practice.

Gordon Bull

Senior Lecturer

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Gordon Bull is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU, School of Art. He has taught at the ANU School of Art since 1991: he was Head of the Art Theory Workshop from 1996 to 2006, and Head of the School from 2006 to 2103. He received his Master of Arts from the University of Sydney in 1991. Before joining the ANU he tutored at the University of Sydney, and from 1988-1990 was a Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia. His publications have been in the field of...

Dr Robert Wellington


Robert Wellington is an art historian with a special interest in the role of material culture in history making and cross-cultural exchange. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Sydney, Robert has ten years experience in various roles in the contemporary arts sector. His research interests include: French art, 1500-1900; theories of history; the history of collecting; antiquarianism; material culture; print culture; images of war; mapping; and transcultural aesthetics.

Dr. Sarah Scott


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Sarah Scott is a lecturer in art history and theory. In 2012 she received the Rydon fellowship at Kings College, London to work on her research concerning Australian exhibitions of Australian art for export. From 2009 to 2012 she convened and taught in the Museums and Collections program at ANU.  Prior to her appointment at ANU, Sarah was a Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University (Darwin) for three years. She has also taught at Swinburne School of Design (Melbourne), the University of Melbourne...

Sessional Staff

Alex Burchmore


Alex Burchmore is a PhD candidate in Chinese art history. His research focuses on the use of porcelain by Chinese contemporary artists as part of a longer history of global ceramics export and exchange between China and the world, though he is also interested more broadly in issues of travel and translation across cultures, and in both contemporary and historical Chinese art. Prior to commencing his PhD studies, Alex graduated from the University of Adelaide with a double Master of Arts in Art History and Curatorial & Museum Studies in...

Ella Morrison


Ella Morrison is a PhD candidate in Art History researching the artist book practice of Petr Herel. Her interests include experiential analysis, the visual interpretation of text, the book as art object, and the intersection of art history and creative writing.

Kate Murphy

Sessional Lecturer

Kate M Murphy is an artist working across installation, performance, photography and video, exhibiting under the name of Ellis Hutch. Since 2004 she has worked as a sessional lecturer in the Core Studies, Sculpture and Art Theory Workshops at the ANU School of Art. She currently teaches the Professional Practices course, drawing on her own art practice and extensive experience working for organisations such as the National Gallery of Australia, Craft ACT, Art Monthly Australia and the Canberra Institute of TAFE.

Research Fellows

Dr Caroline Turner

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

Research interests are: Contemporary Asian and Pacific Art (especially Japan and Indonesia); Museums and museology; Art and Human Rights; Cultural Diplomacy.

Dr Michelle Antoinette


Modern and contemporary Asian art history especially of Southeast Asia; cross-cultures and cosmopolitanisms in contemporary art, including Asian-Australian visual art; curatorship, museum and gallery studies, including exhibitions and collecting.


Dr Hwei-Fen Cheah

Dr Hwei-Fen Cheah studies the embroideries of island Southeast Asia and craft history in Malaysia.  She is currently working on a catalogue of Peranakan Chinese needlework.

Emeritus Fellows

Emeritus Professor Anthea Callen

Anthea Callen is also Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture at the University of Nottingham, and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Health, University of Warwick. She was formerly Professor of Art (Practice-led Research) in the School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.. She trained as a painter and printmaker and maintains her practice alongside research and publishing in art history and visual culture. Her research specialisms are the history of artists' materials and techniques, representations of the body...

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