Dr Julie Brooke

PhD, BVA (Hons), MSc, BSc
Research Fellow, School of Art & Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 6125 1173

Areas of expertise

  • Art Theory And Criticism 1901
  • Other Studies In Creative Arts And Writing 1999

Research interests

  • Practice-led research in painting
  • Geometric abstraction
  • Latin American concrete art
  • Interdisciplinary research in the fields of visual art, biological science, and mathematics
  • Visualisation of thought (logic diagrams and scientific modelling)
  • Classical memory training systems (the memory palace)


Julie Brooke is a Research Fellow at the School of Art & Design.  An exhibiting painter and former biomedical scientist, she focuses on interdisciplinary practice in visual art, biological science and mathematics.  She completed a practice-led visual arts PhD in 2013 for which she was awarded an ANU J. G. Crawford Award, and was a Vice-Chancellor’s Artist in Residence in the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics in 2014.

http://www.juliebrooke.net / @julie_brooke

Researcher's projects


Selected solo exhibitions

A Skewed Hypotenuse (May Space, Sydney, 2018)

Outside In (CCAS Manuka, Canberra, 2017)

Minimal Surfaces (ANCA Gallery, Dickson, Canberra, 2015)

Minimal Surfaces (Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney, 2015)

The Principle of Continuity (Accelerator Gallery: Culture at Work, Pyrmont, Sydney, 2014)

Let us Calculate (Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney, 2014)

Lines of Thought (EverythingNothingProjects, Canberra, 2013)

Thinking Spaces (PhD graduation exhibition, ANU School of Art, 2013)


Collaborative projects

with Susan Buret

In a Spin (West End Art Space, Melbourne, 2018)

Spin-Off (ANU Foyer Space, Canberra, 2018)

Triangulation 5 (Articulate Projectspace, Sydney, 2017)

Triangulation 4 (Factory 49, Sydney, 2016)

Triangulation 3 (ANCA Gallery, Canberra, 2016)

Triangulation 2 (Articulate Projectspace, Sydney, 2015)

Triangulation (Gallerysmith, Melbourne, 2015)


with Geoff Farquhar-Still

Sculpture commissioned for the ANU Research School of Chemistry's 50th Anniversary, Translation (2017)

Commemorative plaque for the ANU Centre for Advanced Microscopy (2015)


Selected group exhibitions

GCS Art Award (Grace Cossington-Smith Gallery, Sydney, 2018)

Imag(in)ing (Ewart Gallery, Sydney, 2018)

Seeing Science (Grace Cossington-Smith Gallery, Sydney, 2017)

Off Grid (curated by Al Munro, May Space, Sydney, 2017)

OP ART (Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, 2016)

Art Science Exhibition, Self-Organised Complexity of Shape: A Symposium (ANU, 2016)

Mathematical Art Exhibition (Joint Mathematics Meeting, Washington, USA, 2016) 

Pulse: Reflections on the Body (Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Mark Bayly, 2014-15)

Annual Group Exhibition (Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney)

Word of Mouth (Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Mark Bayly, 2012)

The Green Room (M16 Artspace, Canberra, 2012)

Timescape (M16 Artspace, Canberra, 2011)

This Way Up (M16 Artspace, Canberra, 2012)

Partly Cloudy (ANU School of Art, 2009)

Graduating Students Exhibition (ANU School of Art, 2008)

Graduating Students Exhibition (ANU School of Art, 2007)

Phoenix Prize Exhibition (ANU School of Art, 2007)

Fremantle Print Award (Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, 2007)

Prospect Portrait Exhibition (Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, 2007)



Megalo Print Studio + Gallery (2014)

ANU College Artist in Residence, ANU Department of Applied Mathematics (2014)

Current student projects

Elisa Crossing (PhD Painting): Being there: "embodied looking" explored through the dynamic interplay of representational painting, architectual interiors and the viewer.

Katie Hayne (MPhil Painting): Painting ethnographies: A creative practice-led study into the lived experience of public and transient housing communities

Emma Langridge (PhD Painting): Exploring the motivations and implications of establishing rules or strictures for the generation of abstract paintings; toil, labour and hardship in practice; and the role of error.

Thomas O'Hara (PhD Jewellery & Object): How an art practice can incorporate scientific theories of aesthetics in the production of work.

Dierdre Pearce (PhD Sculpture and Spatial Practice): Active absences: exploring drawing-based analogies of the cognisphere

Hannah Quinlivan (PhD Printmedia & Drawing)

Alexandra Kennedy (PhD Painting): Expanded spaces of flatness

Shanti Shea-Ann (PhD Painting): Reading/Painting: A Practice-led Inquiry into Textuality in Painting

Past student projects

Sally Blake (PhD Textiles): Visualising potential space: articulating the connections between self and nature through textile and drawing practice.

Susan Buret (MPhil Painting): An exploration of painted pattern and illusion in extended pictorial space.

David Costello (PhD Painting): How can realist still life painting serve as a vehicle for exploring contemporary issues in painting and visual and material culture? 

Michael Edwards (PhD Painting): The influence of economic conditions on the evolution of still life painting.

Bryan Spier (PhD Painting): The implications of narrative in abstract art.

Tiffany Cole (PhD Painting): Exploring the culture of collecting by bringing together the illusionism of the still life tradition and trompe l'oeil effects within the contemporary field of installation.

Philip Page (PhD Painting): Conveying the form and content of European cities in painting

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