Dr Ellen (Elly) Kent

PhD, Visual Art and Art History, ANU School of Art and Design
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Art History and Art Theory
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

Indonesia, Indonesian language, contemporary art, Southeast Asian art, participatory art, socially-engaged art, museums and galleries, museum education, soft diplomacy, Indonesian society and culture


Dr Elly Kent is a visual artist, writer, translator and researcher. Her doctoral research examined the historical precedents for participatory art in Indonesia and its contemporary manifestations. She has worked with national and regional galleries and has extensive experience in managing soft-diplomacy projects with youth and students.  Elly was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Postgraduate Award and was the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s emerging artist award in 2012.


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