PROF Barb Bolt

PROF Barb Bolt


  • Art Theory and Criticism (Performativity, Research Ethics, New Materialism)
  • Art as Research (practice-led research)
  • Painting (urban landscapes, colourfield, digital, neon)



  • Professor Barbara Bolt holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of W.A., a Bachelor of Visual Art from Edith Cowan University, a Masters of Art (Visual Art) from Curtin University and Edith Cowan University and a Ph.D from Murdoch University. Barbara is currently Associate Dean Research at the VCA and MCM. Barbara Bolt was employed in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2003. She transferred to the Faculty of VCA and MCM in 2008. Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne, she held academic positions at the University of Sunshine Coast, The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Fine Art at The University of WA and was Head of Art and Design at Kalgoorlie College in regional Western Australia. Her outstanding contribution to teaching, research in practice-led research and research-led pedagogy, was recognized by a University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts Teaching Award in 2005. She is a practising artist and art theorist. Her publications include two monographs Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (I.B. Tauris, 2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and four co-edited publications, Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research (I.B. Tauris, 2014), Carnal Knowledge: Towards a “New Materialism” through the Arts (I.B. Tauris, 2013), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (I.B. Tauris, 2007) and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (CSP, 2007). She maintains a strong dialogue between practice and theory in her work. Publications such as ‘Elegy to an Oz Republic: First Steps in a Ceremony of Invocation towards Reconciliation’ (2015), ‘After Motherwell, after Manet and after Goya: the performative power of imaging and the intensely present’ (2015), ‘Whose Joy?: Giotto, Yves Klein and neon blue’ (2011), ‘Unimaginable happenings: materia   



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Education and training

  • PhD, Murdoch University 2002
  • MA, Curtin University of Technology 1995
  • BA, Edith Cowan University 1991
  • BSW, The University of Western Australia 1979



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