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Centre of Art History and Art Theory staff

Head of Workshop

Professor Helen Ennis

Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory

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...

Associate Professor

Dr David Hansen

Associate Professor

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.

Academic Staff

Dr Andrew Montana

Honours Convenor, Centre for Art History and Art Theory

Andrew Montant's research interests are Australian and international art, nineteenth-century visual culture, theatre arts, theories of ornament and design, exhibitions and interpretation.

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Chaitanya Sambrani

Senior Lecturer

Chaitanya Sambrani (MA Baroda, PhD ANU) is an art historian and curator whose research interests lie in modern and contemporary art in Asia. He is particularly interested in relationships between art and nationhood, between tradition and contemporaneity and between art and urbanity. He has taught courses on modern and contemporary art in Asia at the ANU since 2001. His curatorial projects include Place.Time.Play: Contemporary Art from the West Heavens to the Middle Kingdom and Edge of Desire: Recent art in India.


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.

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


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...

Dr Christina Clarke


Christina Clarke specialises in metal material culture from prehistory to the present with a focus on metallurgical processes and their practice as a source for interpreting cultures and societies. She received a PhD from the ANU School of Art & Design in 2012 for research on Minoan metal vessels.  Her research interests also include material-cultural methodologies, craft theory, digital humanities (Linked Open Data, mapping), design ethics, tacit knowledge in craft practice, craft-skills transfer and archaeometallurgy.

Dr Tony Curran


Dr Tony Curran is a Canberra based artist researching painting, drawing, video, and coding in order to test the relationship between the programmatic forms of art and illusions of the spontaneous. Curran graduated with a PhD in Fine Art from Charles Sturt University in 2015 and has exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne in solo and group exhibitions. He teaches in the Painting and Foundation Studies Workshops in addition to the Centre for Art History and Theory at the ANU School of Art and Design. Dr Curran was a visiting artist at the ANU in...

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 Foundation Studies, Sculpture and Art Theory Workshops at the ANU School of Art & Design. 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.

Shanti Shea An


Shanti Shea An is an artist whose practice is centred around painting, drawing and mixed media work. Her main research interests include the history of Western painting, material culture, notions of interiority and intimacy within art, and the intersection between abstraction and figuration in the reading of images. After graduating with first class Honours in 2016, she is now completing a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies at the ANU School of Art and Design.

Adjunct lecturers

Dr Caroline Turner

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

Carloine's research interests are contemporary Asian and Pacific Art (especially Japan and Indonesia); museums and museology; art and human rights; cultural diplomacy.

Emeritus Fellows

Anne Brennan

Emeritus Fellow

Anne Brennan is an artist and writer and was formerly Senior Lecturer at ANU School of Art & Design. Her 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.

Emeritus Professor Anthea Callen

Emeritus Professor

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 & Design, 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 specialisations are the history of artists' materials and techniques,...

Gordon Bull

Emeritus Fellow

Gordon Bull was formerly Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU School of Art & Design and Head of School from 2006 to 2013. 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. 

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