Dr Charlotte Galloway

Senior Lecturer Asian Art History and Curatorial Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 (0)412627579, +61 2 61255107

Areas of expertise

  • Curatorial And Related Studies 2102
  • Heritage And Cultural Conservation 210202
  • Art History 190102
  • Museum Studies 210204
  • Asian History 210302
  • History And Archaeology Not Elsewhere Classified 219999

Research interests

Asian art history, particularly the Buddhist art of Myanmar (Burma), Curatorial and Museum Studies, Cultural heritage management (Asia)


Dr Galloway completed her PhD at ANU in the Buddhist imagery of the early Bagan period, Myanmar. After a career at the National Gallery of Australia she returned to ANU to lecture in Curatorial Studies, and Asian art history. Dr Galloway initiated and convenes the undergraduate minor in Asian art history, established ANU's first Asian art in-country course and is a frequent visitor to Myanmar. She is working on musem collection projects at Sri Ksetra, Myanmar's first UNESCO listed site, and Bagan, lectures to students from the Field School of Archaeology and Department of Archaeology University of Yangon, and is a UNESCO Expert assisting with the nomination dossier for Bagan's world heritage listing. Dr Galloway has broad ranging engagement with Myanmar and is the current Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre.

Dr Galloway is a member of a number of professional organisations including ICOM and Museums Australia, the Association of Asian Studies, Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies, and the Asian Studies Association of Australia. She holds a number positions including:
Director, ANU Myanmar Research Centre
Member Humanities and Creative Arts Editorial Board, ANU Press
Co-Chair Humanities and Social Sciences Delegated Ethics Review Committee
Member Advisory Board Bloomsbury Academic book series Contextualizing Art Markets
Publication committee TAASA Review, Journal of The Asian Arts Society of Australia 

In 2012 Dr Galloway received the College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, was nominated for the Collaborator of the Year award in 2012 and 2013, and was a candidate for the Vice Chancellor's award for teaching excellence. http://cedam.anu.edu.au/promoting-excellence/awards/vc/recognising-excellence. Dr Galloway is the Higher Degree Research (HDR) Convenor for the School of Art & Design, and convenes the following courses:
ARTH2056/ARTH6056 Art and Architecture of Southeast Asia: Tradition and Transformation
ARTH2059/ARTH6059 Art and Architecture of Asia: Continuity and Change
ARTH2104/ARTH6104 Asian Art In-country
ARTH2044/ARTH6044 Art and its Context: Materials, Techniques, Display
ARTH3001 Art History and Curatorship Internship




Researcher's projects

2018 - Art historical analysis of mural paintings at Bagan, for Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation

2018 - book chapters relating to Myanmar arts and heritage

2017 - 18 UNESCO International Expert contributing to world heritage nomination dossier for  Bagan, Myanmar

2016 - 18 Museum development, Bagan Museum, Myanmar

2015 - 18 Development of the the Department of Archaeology Museum, University of Yangon, Myanmar and Staff training in Museology and Research Writing - funded through ANU grant from GPfD DFAT.

Recent Past:
2013-16 Collection documentation and research Sri Ksetra Museum, Pyay, Myanmar  https://archive.org/details/InventorySriKsetraMuseum1.0

2013, Australia-India Council (DFAT) grant through AusHeritage to further engagement with the J.C.Bose Trust, Kolkata to assist with planning of the J.C. Bose House Museum http://www.ausheritage.org.au/assets/0000/1088/Hindustan_Times.pdf

2010, Australia-Malaysia Institute grant, "Curating Malaysian Textile Online" - with Dr Hwei-fen Cheah, in collaboration with Museum Seni Asia, University of Malaya.

Available student projects

Dr Galloway is available to supervise students in various fields related to Asian art history and curatorial studies

Current student projects

PhD and MPhil research supervisions (Chair and/or  Primary/Associate Supervisor):
Sally Bamford: "The Nat imagery of Myanmar" 

Krynkana Kongpetch: "Being after Being: The invisible form. How can Buddhism and Phenomenology explain materiality beyond after death." 

Lucie Folan: "Jain pilgrimage art: tracing history, creation, meaning and content in Jain tirtha paintings"

Melanie Eastburn: "Collecting Khmer Sculpture: its appeal, interpretation and international trade, 1860s to 1960s" 

Carmen Ky: "Abstract painting and the intersection between figuration and abstraction with conceputal resonance of the Five Elements" 

Pat Stone: "From Gothic Revival to Gum-leaves: fashion changes in church textiles in 20th century Australia" 

Alex Burchmore: "New Export China: Translations across time and place in contemporary Chinese porcelain art (1996-2016)" 

MA thesis
Janice Peh: "Iconography and Identity in Peranakan Ceramics"

Honours thesis
Josephine Dumont: "The Halo in early Buddhist art"


Past student projects

MA and Honours research theses  (most recent completions):
Yifang Cui: "“The Emperor’s Chicken Cup – a study in ‘value’” (2017)

Hanfei Shi: "Contemporary Chinese Art - the Politics and the Market" (2017)

Emma Elliot: "Shiva Nataraja Lord of the Dance: A Catalyst for redefining/changing curatorial practice.” (2016)

Emily Stewart: "An art history of the terracotta figurative plaques from the Khin Ba mound" (2016)

Katie McGowan: 'The biography of a Tibetan Buddhist Refuge Tree thangka in Canberra, Australia' (2016)

Chiei Ishida: "Chinese and Taiwanese Performance art of the 1980s" (2014)

Haolan Liang: "Two Traditions Engage: Contemporary Chinese Ink and Wash Painting of Zhao Xiaoping" (2014)


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