Dr Charlotte Galloway

Senior Lecturer Asian Art History and Curatorial Studies, Director Myanmar Research Centre, HDR Convenor School of Art &Design
College Arts & 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)


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 was a UNESCO Expert for the nomination dossier for Bagan's 2019 successful 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 was ANU's inaugural 'HDR Supervisor of the Month' in November 2019.  Dr Galloway 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

Researcher's projects

Field research of early Pyu culture and ongoing research of Bagan's Buddhist culture (on-going).
Myinpyagu Temple, Bagan - research for Getty Conservation Institute
Co-editor, peer reviewed publication 'Living with Myanmar', selected papers from the 2019 ANU Myanmar Update conference
Co-editor, peer-reviewed bi-lingual publication "Managing Challenges During Myanmar's Transition", selected papers from the 2019 conference held at University of Yangon July 5-6 2019
External Advisor for Global Development Network project "Doing Research Assessment", Myanmar team. http://www.gdn.int/teams-0

2019: Co-convenor ANU Myanmar Update conference "Living With Myanmar", ANU March 15-16 and Co-convenor international conference "Managing Challenges During Myanmar's Transition", University of Yangon July 5-6.
Co-convenor international confernece "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 
Curator "The Way We Wear. Contemporary Wearables from the School of Art & Design, Australian National University", Australian Embassy Washington DC 19 March - 21 June 2019. https://issuu.com/anuschoolofartgallery/docs/thewaywewear_onlinecatalogue 
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.

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

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

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

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)


Return to top

Updated:  23 September 2020 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers