Dr Charlotte Galloway

Honorary Associate Professor
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
  • Other History And Archaeology 2199

Research interests

Asian Art History, particularly the Buddhist art of Myanmar (Burma), Curatorial and Museum Studies, Cultural Heritage Management (Asia), Contemporary Art (Myanmar), Education and Research Development Myanmar


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. Now an Honoaray Associate Professor Dr Galloway is an experienced and innovative educator and has convened programs at all levels, most recently being the HDR convenor for the School of Art & Design until end 2020. A frequent visitor to Myanmar Dr Galloway has undertaken museum collection projects at Sri Ksetra, Myanmar's first UNESCO listed site, and Bagan. Before the 2021 military coup in Myanmar she lectured to students at the Field School of Archaeology and Department of Archaeology University of Yangon, and was a UNESCO Expert for the nomination dossier for Bagan's 2019 successful world heritage listing. With strong interests in Myanmar's higher education development, Dr Galloway has run numerous workshops, and was the project lead for the DFAT funded drafting of higher education components for Myanmar's next national education strategic plan. Dr Galloway continues broad engagement with Myanmar and is the former Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre. Until end 2020 Charlotte was Co-Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Delegated Ethics Review Committee and member of the ANU Ethics Committee.

Dr Galloway is a member of a number of professional organisations including ICOM and Museums Australia, ICOMOS, the Association of Asian Studies, and the Asian Studies Association of Australia. Charlotte is an active Board Member of the MRC. She is a member of the Advisory Board Bloomsbury Academic book series Contextualizing Art Markets, and provides expert advice on the provenance and illegal movement of antiquities from the Asian region. In 2023 Charlotte received an Order of Australia medal for her contributions to education, and history.

Researcher's projects

Current: with Jonathan Liljeblad (PI, CoL) - Education in South-eastern Asia - pilot project funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

PI (with V.Taylor, J.Lijeblad and AJ Mitchell) Myanmar NESP2 - drafting 10 components Chapter 7 University Education, Research and Innovation (project managed by ANU Enterprises, funded by DFAT)

Field research of early Pyu culture and ongoing research of Bagan's Buddhist culture (on-going).

Myinpyagu Temple, Bagan - art research for Getty Conservation Institute https://www.getty.edu/conservation/our_projects/field_projects/bagan/index.html

Research Associate, International Research Centre for the History and Culture of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, Northumbria University.

Co-convenor 2021 ANU Myanmar Update. Conference summary https://www.newmandala.org/reflections-on-the-2021-myanmar-update-in-troubled-times/ 

External Advisor for Global Development Network project "Doing Research Assessment", Myanmar team 2019-2020.
Co-convenor "Managing Challenges During Myanmar's Transition", University of Yangon July 5-6 2019.
Co-curator with Nicholas Coppel, "Pictures of Transition. Contemporary Paintings from Myanmar", School of Art and Design Gallery ANU, 1-15 March 2019.   https://issuu.com/anuschoolofartgallery/docs/pictures_of_transition_catalogue_fi  

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

2017 - 18 UNESCO International Expert, world heritage nomination dossier for  Bagan, Myanmar
2016 - 20 Museum development, Bagan Museum, Myanmar
2015 - 20 Development of the the Department of Archaeology Museum, University of Yangon, Myanmar and Staff training in Museology and Research Writing - initial funding through ANU grant from GPfD DFAT.
2013 - present Collection documentation and research Sri Ksetra Museum, Pyay, Myanmar.

Current student projects

PhD and MPhil research supervisions (Chair and/or  Primary/Associate Supervisor):
Miho Watanabe: "Awareness of Between-ness. The concept of creating artworks from the view of a Japanese /Australian diaspora artist".

Zoe Freney: "Extremely Perfect, Extremely Bad: Paingint Alternate Maternal Identities"

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

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

Past student projects

Krynkana Kongpetch: "Being after Being: The invisible form. How can Buddhism and Phenomenology explain materiality beyond after death." (2020)
Carmen Ky: "Abstract painting and the intersection between figuration and abstraction with conceputal resonance of the Five Elements" (2020)
Claudia Chaseling: “Spacial Painting and the Mutative Perspective. How Painting Can Breach Spacial Dimensions and Transfer Meaning Through Abstraction" (2019)
Alex Burchmore: "New Export China: Translations across time and place in contemporary Chinese porcelain art (1996-2016)" (2019)
Khadeeja Althagafi: "The Art of Saudi Traditional Jewellery: Rejuvenation for A Contemporary World" (2018)
Sally Bamford: "The Nat imagery of Myanmar" (2017)

MA and Honours research theses  (most recent completions):
J.Peh: "Iconography and Identity in Peranakan Ceramics" (2018)
J.Dumont: "The Halo in early Buddhist art" (2018)
Yifang Cui: "“The Emperor’s Chicken Cup – a study in ‘value’” (2017)
Hanfei Shi: "Contemporary Chinese Art - the Politics and the Market" (2017)
E.Elliot: "Shiva Nataraja Lord of the Dance: A Catalyst for redefining/changing curatorial practice.” (2016)
E.Stewart: "An art history of the terracotta figurative plaques from the Khin Ba mound" (2016)
K.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)


Projects and Grants

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