Recent Projects

Issues and Ideas for Arts Management in a Cross-cultural Context
Creation and delivery of semester course for MA students at RMIT University, Melbourne, August-October, 2016.

  • Week 1-2: Cultural belief: what beliefs underpin different cultures and how these might impact on arts management practice.
  • Weeks 3-4: Cultural space and cultural time: how different ideas of creating space and time within a society might impact on arts management practice, with special reference to first, visual arts, and second, performing arts.
  • Weeks 5-6: Cultural intelligence and cultural organisation: a review of current business practices around ‘cultural intelligence’ and arts organisations across cultures, and how this might impact on arts management practice.
  • Weeks 7-8: Values and practice in arts management.
  • Weeks 9-11: individual cross-cultural project development and delivery.

A Journey Through Asian Art (Writer and Presenter)
Documentary Film Series, Snodger Media (

A documentary about art in Asia over the last 100 years, in ten episodes. Broadcast on ABC TV 10 October – 12 December, 2014. (First 5 episodes broadcast July-August 2014). Rebroadcast October-December, 2015. Available through ABC i-view, DVD through Snodger Media, and the Asia Education Foundation website:

from Episode 3

from Episode 3

The ten episodes are each 10 minutes in length, and focus on different ideas that introduce Asian art to general audiences. These include different ideas about space in East Asia, about the supernatural or magic in Indonesia, about political art in China, about popular art, about gesture or action in Japan and Korea, about issues of gender in Confucian Asia, about the impact of Latin America especially in the Philippines, about post-colonial responses in art in Southeast Asia, and so on. A leading artist is interviewed in each, including Lee U-fan, Cai Guo-qiang, Lucia Hartini, Brenda Fajardo, Choi Jeong-hwa, Nune Alvarado, Shen Jaiwei, Ann Newmarch and Amanda Heng.  Leading curators at Queensland Art Gallery, Singapore Art Museum and Seoul Museum of Art are also interviewed. Filming was undertaken at the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, the Leeum Art Museum Seoul, the Seoul Museum of Art, the Singapore Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, and the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as in studio and on the streets of Shanghai, Seoul, Kamakura, Tokyo, Singapore, Manila, Yogyakarta, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.

This Asian Century”, Artlink, Vol 33, no.1, March 2013 (Guest Editor)

Special Topics in Cultural Management; Cross-cultural Exchange and Collaboration
Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong 4-25 June 2012 (Adjunct Associate Professor)

A 12 session course for post-graduate arts managers from Hong Kong and China. The focus was on principles and practice of cross-cultural arts exchange and collaboration, particularly for international visual and performing arts projects between Asian and Western cultures. Special topics included residencies and individual exchanges, project and program collaborations, single-venue and touring exhibitions and international arts workshops and conferences.
Teacher is an expert and has related experience in the field” Student Assessment of Course

Asian Arts Management” Arts Victoria. A workshop for those working in the arts in Victoria interested in working in Asia, May 2012 (Workshop leader)

National Association for the Visual Arts “Connect” online course for artists, 2012 (guest lecturer). A video presentation followed by online discussion with students.

Six German Artists in the South Seas
Exhibition in preparation, based on the work of Eugene Von Guerard, Willem Blandowski, Ludwig Becker, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Walter Spies in the ‘South Seas’: Australia, New Guinea, Palau and Bali from the mid nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. Initial workshop with Australian experts held at Melbourne
Museum, February 2012, with the support of the Goethe Institute.

Reinterpreting Modernism: the Revolutionary Century

Art in Asia 1900 to the Present

A four-day intensive lecture series by Alison Carroll

First 2011 Visiting Scholar

Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane,

April 2011

The huge surge of international interest in contemporary Asian art raises an important question: where did it come from.

Critics and curators describe a ‘tsunami of contemporary art’ in our region; this short course unravels and discusses the recent journeys that have led to this tide of creativity.


Asia:NZ Consultancy 2010

A consultancy was undertaken in February 2010 on the invitation of Asia:NZ, the New Zealand Government’s Asia agency, first, to measure the effectiveness and value of Asia:NZ’s grants and the awareness of the opportunities Asia:NZ’s cultural program provides to the general arts sector, and second, to look forward contributing to the development of future strategy, ensuring that the resources in place are being effectively used to achieve Asia:NZ’s main objectives. [Link to word document]

Ways of Seeing

A two-hour workshop on the importance of different cultural understandings. [link to pdf]

The workshop has been undertaken by various education and leadership groups, including:

  • Asia Education Foundation Victorian Leadership Group, August 2003
  • Asia Education Foundation Annual Conference, Melbourne, September 2003
  • Imagine, Inspiration, Innovation, Australian College of Educators National Conference, Hobart, 14 April, 2008
  • 12th International Conference on Thinking, Melbourne, 6 July 2005
  • Asialink Leaders Program, Melbourne& Sydney, annually 2003 – 2012

Art and Cultural Management in Asia

Master of Arts and Cultural Management/Master of Arts Curatorship,

Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2011

Course Leader:  Alison Carroll

A study of the Asian cultural sector today, focusing on visual arts, museums and the performing arts. It is aimed at current and future arts managers, curator and practitioners engaged in working between Australia and Asian countries. The course introduces issues of ‘difference’ in Asia, between the regions of Asia and issues relating to arts institutions in Asia. There is a focus on the different social, political and cultural backgrounds of North Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia – and how this affects practice in each place and ramifications for engagement with cross-border colleagues – as well as on arts institutional histories and missions, and, further, their legal, financial and communication realities.  The approach to the material is topic based, with general sessions being followed by more specialized sessions focusing on the visual arts and the performing arts.