A L I S O N   C A R R O L L



Born 1948, England, arr. Australia 1950

Schooling:  St Leonard’s College, Melbourne & Melbourne Girls Grammar School,

Matriculation, 1965, with Commonwealth University Scholarship



C U R R I C U L U M   V I T A E


  1. Academic


BA (Hons), Fine Arts, University of Melbourne, 1973, with First Class Honours

Awarded Dwight Prize for Fine Arts (Final Examination) and Commonwealth Post Graduate Research Award


MA, Fine Arts, University of Melbourne, 1975, with First Class Honours


PhD, Art History, University of Melbourne, 2017.


1974 & 1976: Tutor in Fine Arts, University of Melbourne

1990 – occasional Lecturer at University of Melbourne, in Art History, Arts Management, and Curatorial Studies

2011: Lecturer in charge: Art and Cultural Management in Asia, University of Melbourne

2011: Guest lecturer: Asian art in the 20th Century, Intensive course, Griffith University

2012: Adjunct Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Arts Management course

2016: Lecturer in charge: Art and Cultural Management in Asia, RMIT University


2012- Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne


Examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate students of art school and university fine arts degrees; further occasional lectures (see Lectures & speeches)


Member, South Australian College of Advanced Education Board 1985-86 (with special responsibility for the South Australian School of Arts); Member, Victorian College of the Arts Course Advisory Committee for Arts Management 1997-99; Member, University of South Australia Arts and Cultural Management Program Advisory Group 2002 -2010


  1. Museum Experience


*       Art Gallery of South Australia – Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs 1977-87, member of Staff/Board Committees, Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director at times, in charge of largest collection area of the Gallery, founding chair of publications committee, editor of Gallery Bulletin, producer of numerous exhibitions, initiated international exhibitions including Edvard Munch, Death and Desire, 1986, and first major exhibition to focus on Australia in an Asian context (East and West 1985).


*          Museums Australia role:  worked on committee, Secretary AMAA 1988-89 as writer of advisory material (Independent Curators: A Guide for the Employment of Independent Curators), on conference committee 1989, Chair, Freelance Curators

Workshop 1989, speaker at conferences, and writer for Museum National.  


*          Independent Curators booklet used in various training programs at tertiary institutions internationally. Translated into Chinese for use in Taiwan.


*          Training Programs


Manager of three Training Programs for museum staff from ASEAN countries: 

–           National Art Gallery, Malaysia, organising five Australians (from Queensland Art Gallery, Powerhouse, MAGNT) to lead the program

–            Singapore Art Museum, organising staff from the National Gallery of Australia to lead program

–             Deakin University and touring:  organising for staff from Deakin University and Queensland Art Gallery lead 19 museum professionals touring Australia for a two week intensive workshop.


These programs were all either self supporting or raised revenue, with the major part of funds from ASEAN Council for Culture and Information’s own resources.


Asialink partnerships:   The publication Every 23 days; 20 years touring Asia (2010) lists over 40 Australian museums and art galleries with which Asialink had worked, as well as venues in Bangladesh (2), Brunei (1),  China (9), India (17), Indonesia (8), Japan (18), Korea (14), Laos (1), Malaysia (10), Nepal (3), Pakistan (5), Philippines (12), Singapore (9), Sri Lanka (4), Taiwan (8), Thailand (14) and Vietnam (12).


List of Asialink exhibitions created in partnership with Australian and international galleries and museum (alphabetical by title) 1990-2010:


Abundant Australia: highlights of the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Canberra, 2009-10

Alternative Realities, University of Melbourne Museum of Art, Hong Kong University of Technology, Tamsui Art Centre, Taiwan, Beijing University Gallery, 1995-96

Affinities, Tin Sheds, University of Sydney, Walker Hill Art Gallery, Seoul, 1997-98

Akira Isogawa, National Gallery of Victoria, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, New Delhi, Mumbai, 2005-7

Art & Land, Noosa Regional Gallery, Chiang Mai University Gallery, Silpakorn University Gallery, Khon Kaen University Gallery, Vientiane, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Davao Cultural Centre,  2000

Aurora, RMIT Gallery, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea and 7 venues, 1996-98

Australia, Familiar and Strange, Queensland Art Gallery, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea, 1996

Australia Gold, RMIT Gallery, Singapore Design Centre, 9 venues throughout Asia, 1993-94

Between Site & Space, Artspace Sydney, Tokyo Wonder Site, 2008

Body and Soul, National Gallery of Australia, 9 venues in Thailand and India, 1995-97

Callum Morton, Tomorrowland, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Chandigarh, 2005

Brooke Andrew: Eye to Eye Monash University Gallery, Ateneo Museum Manila, Singapore, Bangkok 2008-9

Changing Places, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Penang Museum, 1995

Circling the Square, Contemporary metalwork by Gray Street Workshop, Bangkok, Chiangmai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Seri Begawan, 2001-2

Destiny Deacon: walk & don’t look blak, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2006

Dinosaur Designs, Object Sydney, Bangkok, Taipei, Singapore, 2004-5

Diorama of the City Artspace, Sydney, Tokyo Wonder Site, 2008-9

Dorothy Napangardi; Dancing Up Country, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Hanoi & Kuala Lumpur, 2003-4

Enjoin, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, GSIS Gallery, Manila, 1998

Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, 2009-10

Fire & Life, Monash University Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, Art Gallery of NSW, Perth Contemporary Art Space, Canberra School of Art Gallery, MS University Gallery, Baroda, 1996-97

Flow/Arus, Art Gallery of NSW, National Art Gallery of Malaysia 2000

Foundations of Gold, RMIT Gallery/City of Melbourne, Melbourne, Singapore, Manila, Seoul, Osaka & Mumbai, 2002-2002

From an Island South, Devonport Regional Gallery, 6 venues in Asia and Australia 2006-8

Giao Luu/Confluence, Centre for Contemporary Craft, Australian Embassy, Hanoi 1997

Gloss, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Nadiff, Tokyo, 2002

I thought I knew but I was wrong; new video art from Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul, 2004-5

Internal Travel, National Arts College Gallery, Lahore, 1999

Kawing, Cebu, Baguio, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Manila, 24 Hour Art, Darwin, 2001-02

Light Black, Jam Factory Craft & Design, Tokyo & Kyoto 2003

Living Together is Easy, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Tower Mito, 2003

Location, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Thailand, National Museum of Indonesia, National Gallery of Malaysia, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, 1993-94

Louisa Bufardeci Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2008-9

Neil Taylor, Posco Gallery, Seoul, 1996

Open Letter, Gallery 4A, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Gallery of Thailand, National Gallery of Malaysia, 2005-6

Other Stories, National Gallery of Bangladesh, Gallery 706, Colombo, Kathmandu, Hanoi, Karachi, Lahore, 1997

Patricia Piccinini: We are family, Hara Museum Tokyo, 2004

Patterning, Canberra School of Art Gallery, National Gallery of Indonesia, National Arts College Gallery, Lahore, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Yogyakarta, Ubud, Bandung, Jakarta 1997-98

People in a Landscape, Australian Print Workshop, Manila, Tainan, Singapore, Colombo, Khon Kaen, Bangkok, Chiang Mai 2000-2

Peter Callas, Anti-Terrain, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Mumbai, Seoul, 2002-3

Photographica Australis, Australian Centre for Photography Bangkok, Singapore, Dhaka, Taipei, 2004

Rapport, Monash University Gallery, Singapore Art Museum, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1996-7

Re:search Sendai Mediatheque, Japan 2007

Run Artist Run, Westspace Melbourne, 3 venues in South East Asia 2007

Sacred Ground Beating Heart, art of Jenny Watson, John Curtin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh  City, Colombo, Manila, 2004

Saisampan; Soul Ties, Chiang Mai University Gallery, Thailand 2002

A Secret History of Blue and White, Jam Factory Craft and Design, 10 venues, touring Asia and Australia, 2006-10

Sekali Lagi, Hijjas Foundation, National Art Gallery, Malaysia, 1999

Sense, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Whan-Ki Museum, Seoul, 1997

Shifting Ground, Mike Parr, University of Western Australia, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, 1995

Shimai Toshi, Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Fujieda, 2004

6 x 6, Queensland Art Gallery, Silpakorn Univeristy Gallery, Khon Kaen University, Chiang Mai University Gallery, 1992-93

Slowness of Speed, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Artsonje Museum/Centre, Korea, 1998-9

Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art,Melbourne Museum, Shanghai Library, Matsunoyama, Kushiro Museum of Art, Art Front Tokyo, 2003

Streetworks, Canberra Contemporary Art Centre, 6 venues in South East Asia 2007-8

Supernatural Artificial, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Tokyo Museum of Photography, National Gallery of Thailand, Hanoi, Singapore, Dhaka, 2005-6

Symbol and Narrative, Thailand, India and Nepal, 1995

Ta Teut Amarasi – Awakening, Darwin, Kupang, Melbourne, 2008

Time out of joint, Footscray Community Art Centre, Hanoi School of Art Gallery, 2003

Trace Elements, Performance Space Sydney, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, 2008

Tracey Moffatt, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Art Sonje, Seoul, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 1999-2001

Transcultural Painting, University of Melbourne Museum of Art, Taiwan Museum of Art, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, two venues in China, 1999

A Transit through Paradise, Gallery 706 Colombo, Queensland Art Gallery, 1999

Under my skin, Asialink, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, 2008-9

Unhomely, National Gallery of Victoria, Artsonje, Korea, 1998

Unwrapped; Australian fashion and textile design Bendigo Art Gallery, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, 2003-5

Vibration, Art Gallery of Western Australia, three venues in Vietnam, Korea and China, 1995-96

Vietnam, Hanoi School of Art Gallery, Ho Chi Minh Museum of Art, 1992-93

Viewmasters Remix, Westspace Melbourne, Osaka, 2007

Voices of the Earth, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea, 1996

White Hot: Contemporary Australian Glass, Bangkok, Hanoi, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, 2009-10

The world in painting, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 9 venues in Asia and Australia 2007-9


  1. Personally Curated Exhibitions


  1. Art Gallery of South Australia

Cornelis Bega Etchings, 1977

Master Prints and Drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of SA, 1978

Indian Miniatures, 17-19th centuries, 1978

Goya’s Caprichos and Proverbios, 1978

Books and Postcards, 1978

French Prints 1650-1950, 1978

Walker Evans, 1979

Australian Drawings from the Collection, 1979

Drawn and Quartered, Australian Contemporary paperworks, 1980

Australian Watercolours, 1980

Georges Rouault, Miserere et Guerre, 1980

Australian Contemporary Photography, 1980

Graven Images in the Promised Land, A History of Printmaking in South Australia 1836-1981, 1981

John C Goodchild, 1898-1981, 1981

The Story of the Passion, 1981

Real Visions; The life and work of FA Joyner, 1863-1945, 1981

British and Australian Relief Prints 1910-1950, 1983

A Portrait of Elizabeth, 1983

Sunlight and Pencil, Drawings and Studies by Hans Heysen, 1983

International Photography; 100 images from the National Gallery of Victoria, 1983

The Centre, 1984

European Graphics 1870-1930, 1984

Some nineteenth century portrait drawings by Australian artists, 1985

Some Italian drawings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, 1985

Curator’s Workshop: Margaret Preston, 1985

East and West, the meeting of Asian and Western art, 1985

Eugene von Guerard’s South Australia, 1986

Edvard Munch, Death and Desire, 1986


  1. Other
  • Moral Censorship and the Visual Arts in Australia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 1989
  • Irony, Humour and Dissent, Contemporary Australian Drawing, Manly Art Gallery and touring, 1989
  • Out of Asia, Heide Park & Art Gallery and touring, 1990
  • Art from Australia, Eight Contemporary Views, AETA, 1990-91, touring to National Gallery of Thailand, National Gallery of Malaysia, National Gallery of Singapore, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Gedung Seni Rupa Jakarta.
  • Philippines and Vietnam, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, 1993
  • Beyond the Material World, Adelaide Installations, Adelaide Festival, 1994
  • Korea and Taiwan, with David Williams, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery 1996
  • South Asia (India and Sri Lanka, with Michael Brand, Suhanya Raffel and Gulammohammed Sheik) with special responsibility for Pakistan; Crossing Borders section, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery 1999
  • Fire & Life, co-curator with Victoria Lynn, Julie Ewington, and Chaitanya Sambrani, Australia and India, 1996-97
  • Australia, co-curated with Michael Snelling, Melissa Chiu, Commonwealth of Art, National Art Gallery, Malaysia, 1998
  • Other Stories, Asialink, touring exhibition to South Asia, 1997-98

(including being Australia’s representation in the Dhaka Biennale, with Hossein Valamanesh winning the Gold Medal)

  • Internal Travel, with Hossein Valamanesh, Lahore, 1999
  • Foundations of Gold, co-curator, RMIT Gallery, 2001- touring to Japan, Korea, India, Singapore and the Philippines


  1. Committee and Board Membership
  • South Australian Department for the Arts:

Art for Public Places Committee 1985-86

Working Party, Central Arts Advisory Board, 1986

  • SA Visual Arts Committee 1985-86
  • Museums Australia:

Board member & Secretary, Art Museums Association of Australia 1988-89

  • Australia Council:

Grants for Individuals (representing museum workers), 1981

Visual Arts Craft Board (included museum professionals applications to Professional Development opportunities) 1982-85

Convenor: Exhibition, Curatorial & Conservation & Publications grant panels.

VACB International Committee 1987

  • Arts Victoria:

Chair, Arts Development Fund Committee, 1990, 1991

(for all visual arts organisations in Victoria)

International Program, Assessor (cross art form), 2000

  • City of Melbourne:

Cultural Development Advisory Board 1998-9

Cultural Development Assessment Panel 1998

Public Art & Acquisitions Committee 1998-9

International Grants Committee 1999

  • Queensland Art Gallery:

National Advisory Committee, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, 1991-9

  • Victorian College of the Arts:

Course Advisory Committee for Arts Management, 1997-9

  • Ian Potter Museum of Art:

Arts 21/Deacon, Graham & James Art Award Advisory Committee 1996-8

  • RMIT Gallery:

Exhibition Advisory Committee 1999-2000,

  • University of South Australia:

Arts and Cultural Program Advisory Committee 2002-10

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

Australia-Indonesia Institute, Board Member 2002–8

  • Australian National Commission for UNESCO Cultural Network 2006-7
  • Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board 2003–7
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games

Cultural Program Consultation Group 2005-6

  • RMIT Art Committee 2010-2012
  • International Editor, Artlink 2010-


  1. International representation
  • MA (University of Melbourne) undertaken in Italy (in Venice and Milan) 1975-6, with Commonwealth Government Research Award
  • Courier for international exhibitions e.g. for AGDC to USSR, 1979
  • Australia Council Travel Grant to South East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines), 1988,1990
  • Art from Australia, curator, Thailand 1990, Philippines, 1991
  • Asialink Research Program to Taiwan, Korea and Japan, 1992
  • Queensland Art Gallery research, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, 1992
  • Consultant to Australia Korea Foundation to assess future visual arts program  between Australia and Korea, 1993
  • Consultant to Australia China Council (and guest of Chinese Department of Culture) reporting on exhibition venues in China for Australian use, 1995
  • Queensland Art Gallery research, Korea, Taiwan, 1995
  • Leader, Tour of Japan of Australian Visual Arts Managers, sponsored by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1995
  • Curator, Fire & Life, Delhi, 1996
  • Guest, Guadalajara Arts Conference, Mexico, 1996
  • Guest, Korean Mecenat Conference, Seoul, 1996
  • Representative, Australia, Bangladesh Biennale, 1997
  • Queensland Art Gallery research, India, Pakistan, 1998
  • Curator, Other Stories, Sri Lanka, 1998
  • Curator, Patterning, Indonesia, 1999
  • Guest, Kwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea, 2000, 2004
  • Guest, Tokyo Art Fair conference, 2001
  • Consultant, Australia Japan Art Exhibitions Initiative, Japan, 1999, 2002-4, 2005-8
  • Arts representative with Australia Indonesia Institute Board, Jakarta, Medan, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Bandung 2002-7
  • Guest, Performing Arts Market Seoul, 2007
  • Researcher, “The Other Within” with ANU and National Museum of Australia, undertaking Australian Research Council project, India, Philippines, 2002-4
  • Research on exhibitions of Chinese 20th century art, Beijing, and Philippines 19th century art, Manila, 2007
  • Co-Chair Australia Japan Visual Arts Seminar, Tokyo 2006 and Sydney 2008
  • Guest, Asian Art Museum Directors Conference, Seoul, 2009
  • Consultant, Asia New Zealand Foundation, The future of A:NZ Foundation Arts Program, Wellington and Auckland, 2010
  • Guest, ASEF Conference, Ha Long City, 2010
  • Chair, Utopia node leaders meeting, Singapore, 2010
  • International Editor, Artlink magazine, 2010 –


  1. Lectures, Conference Papers and Speeches


Numerous papers and speeches from 1977-95 at Art Gallery of South Australia, Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Monash University, Sydney College of the Arts, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Asialink functions (including in front of Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Minister for the Arts), Museum of Victoria, RMIT, National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Artists Week (Adelaide Festival) etc.



Other papers & speeches:

“Cultural Futures” APT, Queensland Art Gallery, September, 1996

“Neighbours” ACCA, September 1996

“Asia” Guadalajara, Mexico, September, 1997

“Looking at the Republic” Monash University, September, 1997

“Limits of Modernity” Bangladesh Biennale, Dhaka, October, 1997

“The Place of the Arts” Australia Centre, November 1997

“Cartoons and caricature” Geelong Art Gallery, January, 1998

“Perceptions Leadership program” Asia Education Foundation, May 1998

“Bilkool” Next Wave, May 1998

“Issues in Asia” VCA (Arts Management), August 1998

“Groundworks”  RMIT, November 1998

“Art of Sight/Art of Mind” NAVA, November 1998

“Concurrence of elements” Footscray Community Arts Centre, February 1999

“Australia/Asia and current issues” VCA, March 1999

“Contractual Obligations” NETS Victoria, March, 1999

“New Directions” Asialink Open Conference, June, 1999

“Cultural Exchange” ARX, Perth, July 1999

“Cultural Exchange between Australia and Asian Countries” Dunlop Asia Leadership Program, July 1999

“Perfect Day” Bendigo Art Gallery, August 1999

“Asian issues” NETS (Brisbane) September 1999

“New models, new art, new century” APT, Queensland Art Gallery, September 1999

“AWAS” ACCA, November 1999

“Design Culture and Australian Culture” RMIT Design Forum, May, 2000

“Touring Exhibitions:  Issues in Asia”, Museum Studies, University of Melbourne, May, 2000

“Face to Face” Monash University Gallery, June 2000

“10%for Asia” Asian Studies Associations of Australia, Annual Conference, Melbourne, July, 2000

“Beyond the Biennale 2″ Forum, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, September, 2000

‘”The hardest and the best” Artistic Exchange In Asia’ The 2nd Asian Gallery Meeting; Talking about Contemporary Art In Asia: from Various Perspectives, Saison Art Program, NICAF, Tokyo, March 2001.

“Shifting Centres” RMIT, Melbourne, June 2001

“Foundations of Gold” RMIT Gallery, August 2001

“Curatorial Lab” 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, August 2001

“Making the world his own: Clifford Frith” Gallery 101, Melbourne, September 2001

“Five great moments in Asian art” Turning Points, 8th Studies of Asia Conference, Victoria, September 2001

“Beyond the Centre; the role of touring agencies” Museums and Curatorship, University of Melbourne, May, 2002

“Twentieth Century Asian Art” TAASA Symposium, Melbourne, June 2002

“Context: Asia and the arts” The Australia-Asia New Leaders Program, Melbourne & Sydney, August 2002

“The disappearing curator” Dramaturgies II, University of Melbourne, February 2003

“The last 100 years of Asian art: a reflection on dynamic change in our region”

One of three public lectures delivered at the University of Melbourne to celebrate 150 years, 1853-2003, University of Melbourne, May 2003

“Ways of Seeing” Asialink Leadership Forums, Melbourne & Sydney, August 2003;

“Ways of Seeing” Asia Education Foundation Victorian Leadership Group, August 2003

“Ways of Seeing AEF Annual Conference, Melbourne, September 2003

“Contemporary Asian Art” Fine Arts Curatorial Course, University of Melbourne, August 2003

“Modern Asian Art” Education Faculty, University of Melbourne, September 2003

“Korean Metalwork” Monash University, February 2004

“Transformations in South and South East Asian Museums” Humanities Research Centre, ANU, February 2004

“Curatorial work in Asia” University of Melbourne Curatorial Studies, April, 2004

“Opportunities in Asia” VCA, April, 2004

Chair, “The south at large” South 1 Conference, July 2004

“Ways of Seeing” Asialink Leadership Fora, Melbourne and Sydney, August 2004

“Ways of Seeing” 12th International Conference on Thinking, Melbourne, 6 July 2005

“Goodwill and Curiosity” Cross cultural exchange, Arc Biennial, Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane, 29 October 2005.

“Regional State”, Media States Forum, Australian Network for Art & Technology, Adelaide, 14 March 2006.

“Interactions, projects and opportunities with Asia for Visual Arts/Craft personnel of Australian museums and galleries” Museums Australia Annual Conference, Brisbane, 15 May 2006.

“A vision of a future for Australia and Japan in the visual arts”, Australian Embassy, Tokyo, 20 July, 2006

“Curating and touring exhibitions of contemporary Australian Art in Asia: Asialink’s experience” University Art Museum, University of Queensland, 19 October 2006

“Curators and artists working in Asia: crash landings, reality checks, takeoffs” with Pat Hoffie, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, 20 October 2006

“Australian arts internationally” Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell are You? Symposium, Research Institute for Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Sydney, 8 December 2006

Key note speech, Graduation Ceremony, Griffith University, Brisbane, 15 December, 2006

“The Global Region: Contemporary art in traditional environments?” InterACTIVE arts summit, Noosa, Queensland, 28 April 2007.

“Legal issues working with the arts in Asia”, Arts Management, School of Creative Arts, University of Melbourne, 22 May 2007

Key note speech, Faculty of Arts Dean’s Awards, University of Melbourne, 28 May, 2007

“Australia to Asia: making the cultural connections” OzAsia Symposium; the big ideas, Adelaide Festival Centre, 22 September 2007

“Models for successful cross-cultural collaborative programs” Mobility and Collaboration; Euro-Asia Express Performing Arts Management Meeting, IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), Seoul, 13 October 2007

“Needing to know; knowledge, education and the arts” The Challenge for Education and Enculturation Processes, International Seminar on Contemporary Performing Arts, Art Summit Indonesia, Jakarta, 1 November 2007

“Ways of Seeing” Imagine, Inspiration, Innovation, Australian College of Educators National Conference, Hobart, 14 April, 2008

Contemporary Chinese Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, 18 May 2008

“Creative Australia: treasure trove of Asian art” Leading 21st Century Schools National Forum, Asia Education Foundation, Adelaide, 19 May 2008

“Education: the foundations for cultural dialogue and engagement” OzAsia, Adelaide Festival Centre, 20 September 2008

“Exhibitions in Asia: issues” Gallery 4A, Sydney, 28 September 2008

“Martyrs to a cause” War Art in Asia and the Representation of War Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archaeology, University of Sydney, 28 August 2009

“’You could never have told me what it would be like’; Staff and exchange between art museums and galleries in the Asia Pacific region” Asian Art Museum Directors Forum, Seoul, 21 October 2009

“Ways of Seeing” Asialink Leaders Program, Melbourne, 19 March 2010; Sydney 26 March 2010

“Chinese Art today” Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, 20 March 2010

“When I hear the words paper cranes, I reach for delete”… The Australian Story and the Development of Australian Curriculum for the Arts, Asia Education Foundation National Summit, Leading Asia Literacy, Sydney, 23 March, 2010

“The Revolutionary Century” Art Gallery of NSW, 22 March 2011

“Ways of Seeing” Asialink Leadership Program, Melbourne & Sydney, March 2011

“Art and change in the Asia Pacific: mid century war and dislocation as a paradigm for the future” American Association of Asian Studies, Honolulu, 1 April, 2011

“The Revolutionary Century” National Gallery of Victoria, 18 May, 2011

“German Artists in the South Seas” Museum of Victoria, 20 February 2012

“The Revolutionary Century” National Gallery of Victoria, 6 March 2012

“Ways of Seeing” Transnational course, Victorian College of the Arts, 14 March, 2012

“Ways of Seeing” Asialink Leadership Program, 16 & 23 March, Melbourne & Sydney, 2012

“Asian Arts Management” Arts Victoria, 22 & 25 May 2012

“Asian Arts Management” intensive 39 hour course for post-graduate students, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 4-23 June 2012

“Preparing Australians for the Asian Century” Panel Discussion, chaired by Douglas Gautier, with the Hon Penny Wong, Carrillo Gantner, Hieu Van Le, Sid Myer, Martyn Eames, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, 26 September, 2012

International Women’s Day Address, Old Grammarians Society, Lyceum Club, 7 March 2013

“Ways of Seeing” Melbourne Forum, 7 March 2013

“Ways of Seeing” Key Note, InSEA World Congress, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 8 July 2014.

“Links between Australian and Chinese Art”, lecture tour of Beijing, Hohhot, Suzhou and Shanghai, 11-16 September, 2014.

“The Political and the Personal: Australia’s Experience in Visual Arts Exchange in Southeast Asia through the 1990s”,Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 24 May, 2015.

“Contemporary Indian Art”, RMIT, September, 2016.

“Hokusai and the West”, National Gallery of Victoria, 22 July, 2017.


  1. Publications


  1. Editor


Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Guest Editor:  ARTAsiaPacific, vol.1, 1991-92

Associate Editor: Special Asia Editions, Artlink, 1992-93; vol.20, #2, 2000


All Art Gallery of SA Prints, Drawings & Photographs publications and all Asialink Arts Publications:  50 plus exhibition catalogues; newsletter, pamphlets etc.


All Asialink Arts publications: 70 plus exhibition catalogues; annual Newsletter; special publications on residencies (45,000 days in Asia; Jalan-Jalan; Swimming with the Tide; Sun Gazing, Sun Walking) etc.


Guest Editor: “This Asian Century” Artlink, vol.33, no.1, March 2013


  1. Personal Publications


“Mantegna and the Mantegnesque in the Art Gallery of South Australia” Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia, vol.35, 1977, pp.44-52

“Heysen the Draughtsman” Hans Heysen Retrospective, Adelaide, 1977, pp.73-101

Master Prints and Drawings from the Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1978

“The Print Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia” Imprint, 1, 1978

“A Study of Sir Edward Burne-Jones for the Story of Phyllis and Demaphoon” Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia, vol.36, 1978, pp.44-48

“Old Master Prints, Some Lines of Distinction” Australasian Antique Collector, 20th edition, 1980, pp.66-72

“Drawing and the Century of Genius” Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Century of Genius, Master Drawings from the British Museum, Adelaide 1980,

Introduction Drawing: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Century of Genius, Adelaide 1980

Drawn and Quartered, Australian Contemporary Paperworks, Adelaide, 1980

Australian Contemporary Photography from the Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1980

“On the Credibility of Carlo Ridolfi’s ‘Lives of the Venetian Painters'” Australian Journal of Art, vol.2, 1980, pp.147-48

“A Newly Discovered Drawing by Giambattista Tiepolo in Adelaide” Master Drawings, vol.18, no.2, 1980, pp.147-48

“Art and the press” Artlink, vol.1, no.2, 1981, p.3

John C Goodchild 1898-l980, Adelaide 1981

Graven Images in the Promised Land: A History of Printmaking in South Australia, Adelaide, 1981

Real Visions; the Life and Work of FA Joyner, South Australian Photographer 1863-1945, Adelaide 1981

“A Cinderella Collection: Prints and Drawings (and Photographs) in South Australia” Art and Australia, vol.19, no.1, 1981, pp.75-82

Introduction Australian Screenprints 1982-83, Melbourne, 1982

“Photography in South Australia: the Recent Experience” Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia, 1983

The Centre: Works on Paper by Contemporary Australian Artists, Adelaide, 1984

The State’s Collections: Some Italian drawings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Adelaide 1985

The State’s Collections:  Some nineteenth century portrait drawings by Australian artists, Adelaide 1985

East and West; The meeting of Asian and European Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1985, 64 pp.

“Eugene von Guerard, the Draughtsman and his Views of South Australia” Eugene von Guerard’s South Australia, Adelaide 1986, pp.1-13

Barbara Hanrahan, Printmaker Adelaide, 1986

“Links and Bridges” Promoting Cultural Relations in Asia – Ways and Means Occasional Papers, Asian Studies Association of Australia, 1988

“Artists on Art Museums” AMAA News, no.9, January 1989, pp.26-27

“Museums and Galleries: a practical legal guide” Review, Artlink, vol.9, no.3, Spring 1989, p.57

Irony, Humour and Dissent, Recent Australian Drawings, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 1989

Moral Censorship and the Visual Arts in Australia, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 1989

“A study of Genius: Master Drawings and Watercolours from the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle” Review, Art and Australia, Autumn, 1989, vol.26, no.3, p.400

“Freelance Curators Workshop” AMAA News, no.13, December 1989

Out of Asia, Heide Park and Art Gallery, 1990, 32 pp

Art from Australia; Eight Contemporary Views, AETA, 1990, 72 pp.

 “Directory 1988; the Devil’s Advocate and Dorothy Dix” Review, Art and Australia, Autumn, 1990, vol.27, no.3, pp.400-401

“Drawing Conclusions” Review Art and Australia, Winter 1990, vol.27, no.4, pp.563-64

“Hot Art” AMAA News, no.18, November/December 1990, pp.4-6

“Where to the Orient?” New Space, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 1991

Independent Curators; A guide for the Employment of Independent Curators, Art Museums Association of Australia, 1991, 28 pp.

“Making Asian art accessible to Westerners; Review of Modern Art in Thailand; Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Apinan Poshyananda, 1992″ Artlink, vol.13, nos 3 & 4, p.44

“Parallels: Nationalism in Filipino, Indonesian and Australian art”, ARTAsiaPacific, vol.1, no.1, March 1993, pp.38-44

“6 x 6 and a workshop” Art Monthly, May 1993, no.59, pp.30-31

“Australian Art in Korea” Art Monthly, August 1993, no.62, p.35

“Beyond the Material World” Adelaide Installations, Adelaide Festival of Arts, 1994,  vols 1 & 11, pp.6-45 and pp.10-21.

“Baggage” Fire and Life, Asialink, 1996, vol.I, pp.12-14; “For the Pleasure” Fire and Life, vol.II, pp. 22-23

“The Hermit’s New World” Second Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, 1996, np

“Networks” Second Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, 1996, np

“Cultural Futures: What will “Cultural Exchange” in Asia be in 2020?” Present Encounters, Papers from the Conference of the Second Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, 1996, pp.41-43

“Art, Art Museums, Asia and us” Museum National, August, 1997, pp.8-10

“Glue and Yeast; Asian Perceptions and the year 2000” Artlink, September, 1997, vol.17, no.3, pp.46-47

“Ocean Traffic’ craft and other exchanges” Neighbours; South East Asia and the Indian Ocean Rim, Craft West, 1997, pp.16-17

Other Stories; Five Australian Artists, Asialink, 1997, 20 pp

“The Asian Crisis – or is it?” Object, 2 – 98, pp.38-40

“Some Recent Australia-Asia exchange exhibitions models” Asia-Europe, A Newsletter for Cultural Partnerships, Visiting Arts, London, vol.1

“Australia” Commonwealth of Art, traditions, imagination & independent nations, National Art Gallery, Malaysia, 1998, pp.17-19

“Home Thoughts from Abroad; the Melbourne Biennial of Art and other recent international shows” Art Monthly, July 1998, pp.21-22

“Postcard from Pakistan” ARTAsiaPacific, no.21, January, 1999, pp.36-37

“Australians in Asia” Artlink, vol.18. no.4, pp.28-30; pp.45.

“Ancient Cultures – New Worlds.  Really?” Museum National, February 1999, p.22

“Thinking Globally” Art of Sight; Art of Mind, NAVA Newsletter, March 1999, pp.14-15.

“A Fractured Whole; Pakistan, South Asia and the Triennial” Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, 1999, p.113

“A Personal Journey; interview with Hossein Valamanesh” Internal Travel, Asialink, 1999, pp.10-12

“Myths and Histories: A Vietnamese Story” Artlink, vol.20, #2, June, 2000, pp.16-17

“New Models/New Art/New Century” pp.162-64; “Asia Pacific Art: Beyond the Future” Reportage, pp.134-135 Beyond the Future, Conference Papers, Third APT, Queensland Art Gallery, 2000

“A Floating World; Prospects for the future of Asian Art” ARTAsiaPacific, Issue 28, (2000) pp.28-29

“Australian Artists in Vietnam; the Asialink Experience” My Thuat, (Vietnamese art magazine, Hanoi), no.28, 8-2000, pp 19-22

Opinion “Asian influence takes effect in the longer term” The Age, 20 November 2000

“What is the Artist’s Role Today” Tokyobook 2, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2001, p.59

“Light Black” Object, no.39, 2002, pp.53-55

“Starry Night” Artlink, vol.22, #4, 2002, pp.32-35

“Fairness of expression or sleights of hand” Gloss, Art and Exhibition Project, issue 3, Mockumentary, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2003, pp.12-13

“A take-on life – the art of Pat Hoffie” Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights eds. Caroline Turner and Nancy Sever, ANU, 2003, pp. 28-32.

“Near and far: an Australian response” Links, Platforms, Networks, Contemporary Asian Art Forum, Hong Kong, 2004, pp.32-34

Independent Curators; A Guide for the Employment of Independent Curators,[translation in Chinese] Five Senses Arts Management Inc, Taiwan, 2004.

“Mappings; Gulammohammed Sheikh” International Tapestry Yearbook, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, 2004, pp.42-43.

 “Choppy Waters: Arts Infrastructure and Networks in Asia”Art and Social Change: Contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific ed. Caroline Turner, Pandanus Press, Canberra, 2005, pp.542-53.

“Letter from Indonesia” Art Monthly Australia #183, September 2005, pp.3-5.

“Istanbul is wonderful”, with Caroline Williams, Artlink, vol.26, #1, 2006, pp.18-19.

“The Asian experience” Artworkers Alliance Newsletter, Autumn 2006, n.p

“More Equal” Fully Exploited Labour; Pat Hoffie, Exhibition brochure, University of Queensland Art Museum, October, 2006

“ Australian Government funding for our art overseas” Art Monthly, December 2006-February 2007, pp.46-49.

“Asialink and overseas cultural policy” Australian Arts; Where the bloody hell are you? University of Sydney Press & Research Institute for Humanities and Social Research, University of Sydney, 2007, pp. 57-62.

 “Masters and pupils; the rise of the modern art school in Asia; some key issues on their establishment, their curricula and their place in their communities” Educating in the Arts; The Asian Experience: Twenty-four essays, ed. Lindy Joubert, UNEVOC, Springer, Dordrecht, 2008, pp.31-45.

“More Equal” Fully Exploited Labour; Pat Hoffie ed. Sally Butler, University of Queensland Art Museum, 2008, pp.109-11.

“East and West? A different story: the impact of Mexico on 20th century Asian art” Art Monthly Australia, September, 2008, pp.11-16.

“Curatorial Asia; a twenty year perspective” Artlink, vol.28, no.4, 2008, pp.36-39

“Indonesian journey” gang re:Publik; indonesia-australia creative adventures, Gang Festival, Sydney, 2008, pp.63-67

Sun Walking; Australia-Japan Visual Arts Partnerships Program 2005-9, Asialink, 2009

“Ignorance is not bliss; Art and its place in Australia-Asia relations” The Asialink Essays, no.10, December 2009

“When I hear the words paper cranes, I reach for delete”… The Australian Story and the Development of Australian Curriculum for the Arts, Asia Education Foundation

Every 23 days; 20 years touring Asia (with Sarah Bond and Claire Watson), Asialink, 2010 (94 pp)

The Revolutionary Century; Art in Asia 1900-2000, Macmillan Australia, 2010 (208 pp).

“Circles of connection, or blowing in the wind” Griffith Review edition 30; the Annual Fiction Edition:, October 2010.

“Air to life: 20 years in the Australian-Asian arts atmosphere” Art Monthly, November 2010, #235, pp 5-7

“Liverpool Biennial 2010; Touched” Artlink vol.30, #4, 2010, pp.61-3

“Seeking a dialogue with Africa” Artlink, vol 31, #1,2011, p.72

“Gauguin and the idea of an Asian paradise” Asian Art News, Hong Kong, March-April, 2011, pp.62-67

“Bridging the Gap: Art in Asia 1900-2000” Asian Currents, May 2011, pp.18-20

“Paradoxical Neglect” Australian Book Review, July-August 2011

“People, action and working together: Asialink engaging with Indonesia” Art Monthly Australia, # 244, October 2011 pp.8-11

“Reflections of the soul – Chinese contemporary ink wash painting” Artlink, vol.31, #4, 2011, p.89

“Australian art internationally needs a home base” NAVA Quarterly, Arts Policy, December 2011, p.11

“Australian Art Abroad, doing it b-e-t-t-e-r” Artlink, vol.32, #1, (March 2012), pp.80-81

(with Carrillo Gantner) “Finding a place on the Asian stage” Platform Paper no.31, (64pp) Currency House, Sydney, April, 2012; part reissued through The Conversation

“ ‘In my new robe, this morning – someone else’ Some thoughts on the cultural underpinnings of critical discourse in Asia” Art Monthly Australia #250 June 2012, pp.62-65

“Camouflage; Visual Art and Design in Disguise” Artlink, vol.32, #3, September, 2012, p. 84

“Beyond the material world; abstraction in Asia” Artlink, vol.33, #1, March 2013, pp.72-75