Professor Emeritus Helen Ennis

Former Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Lens Based Practice 190503
  • Art Criticism 190101
  • Art Theory 190103
  • Art History 190102

Research interests

Photography, histories of photography, art history, visual arts, biography, death studies, museology and curatorship.


Helen was Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the School of Art and Design from 2014-18 and was appointed the Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History in 2014. She was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, 1985-92, before joining the Art Theory Workshop at ANU School of Art in 1995. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities.


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