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The Australian National University

Ms Alison Alder

Head of Workshop, Printmedia and Drawing
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) 190502
  • Art Theory 190103

Research interests


Art and social policy

Political and social graphics



Alison Alder is a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice. She has worked within community groups, research institutions and Indigenous organisations.

Alder’s work has been exhibited in several key Australian exhibitions including, amongst others, Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Roads Cross: Contemporary Directions in Australian Art at the Flinders University Art Museum and Gallery (Adelaide & touring) and Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention at Cross Arts Project (Sydney & touring).

Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most State galleries, numerous regional galleries and the Australian War Memorial, amongst others, as well as private collections including the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the Kerry Stokes Collection. Internationally her work is held in the collections of the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics in the USA, the National Normal Taiwan University collection and the Yilan Museum of Art collection in Taiwan, amongst others.

Alder is currently Head of the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art.


Researcher's projects

Fellow: Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy

Picturing Politics: Symposium and related events, ANU School of Art

The News Network: Research collaboration between artists based in New Zealand, the ACT and Victoria.

The Uniform Project: Art Monthly project with Megan Hinton and Dan Edwards

Future Feminist Archive: A Contemporary Art and Feminism research project




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Updated:  17 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers