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Dr Julie Brooke

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

Areas of expertise

  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) 190502
  • 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 and an ANU University House Early Career Academic Fellow.  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.

Researcher's projects


Megalo Print Studio + Gallery (2014)

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


Solo and two person exhibitions

Triangulation 3 (with Susan Buret at ANCA Gallery, Canberra, 2016) 

Triangulation 2 (with Susan Buret at Articulate Projectspace, Leichhardt, Sydney, 2015)

Triangulation (with Susan Buret at Gallerysmith, Melbourne, 2015)

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

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

The Principle of Continuity (Acceleratory 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)


Selected group exhibitions

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)

Current student projects

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.

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? 

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

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

Katie Hayne (MPhil Painting)

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.

Andrea McCuaig (PhD Painting):  Abstract painting and embodied motion

Thomas O'Hara (PhD Gold & Silversmithing)

Hannah Quinlivan (PhD Printmedia & Drawing)

Yusuké Takemura (MPhil Glass)


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.

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

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