DR Susan Lowish

DR Susan Lowish


  • Aboriginal Art
  • Australian Art Historiography
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Digital Archives
  • Indigenous New Media
  • Rock Art



  • Susan Lowish is Lecturer in Australian Art History in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches Australian art history contemporary Aboriginal art and new media art. Over the years she has worked closely with the Ar a Irititja Project – one of the largest, longest running, and most successful community archival and digitisation projects in Australia. Susan’s other research projects include: “Aboriginal young people in regional Victoria and Digital Storytelling: Supporting digital literacy through a local community approach” (awarded a grant by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network), which included the development of a storytelling app with Aboriginal young people;  and “Aboriginal Art on Display: the History and Theory of Exhibitions” (Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme). She has published widely on Indigenous Collections, digital image archives for Australian art history, and rock art.   


Member of

  • International Australian Studies Association (InASA). Member 2016 -
  • Australian Archaeological Association (AAA). Member 2015 -
  • Association of Art Historians (UK). Member 2014 -
  • Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA). Member 2012 -
  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). Victorian Representative (2009-2012) 2007 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2005
  • MA, Monash University 1998
  • BFA (Hons), University of Tasmania 1993
  • BAVA, University of Tasmania 1992

Awards and honors

  • Visiting Fellowship, ANU, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Current Principal Supervisions:


    John Kean, The art of Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula
    Harriet Parsons, co- with Prof. Chris Healy - Collaborative Art Practices on Captain Cook’s Endeavour Voyage
    Jenny Beatriz Quijano Martínez, Spanish Influence in Australian painting: 1870 to 1950
    Debbie Robinson, Primitive Impulses: Clifton Pugh, Aboriginalism and Environmentalism


    Cathleen Rosier – the Samuel Ewing Collection at the University of Melbourne

    Recent Completions

    Dr Kira Randolph (Graduated 2015) - Australian Aboriginal Art in the United States of America: 1941-1960 (PhD)
    Dr Sarah Wall, co- with Dr Christopher Marshall, (Graduated 2015) - Curating Change: exhibiting Aboriginal art overseas 1988-2013 (PhD)