Dr Sarah Scott

PhD (Uni of Melb.) MA (Courtauld, London) BA (Hons.) (Uni of Tas.)
Lecturer, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, School of Art and Design, Honours Convenor, Internship Convenor
College Arts & Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 2103
  • Art History 190102
  • Curatorial And Related Studies 2102
  • Museum Studies 210204

Research interests

Settler Engagement with First Nations Art and Culture

Australian Modernist Art and its representation

Art Patronage

Australian First Nations Art and Culture



Sarah Scott is a lecturer in art history and theory. She is currently honours convenor and internship convenor for the Centre for Art History and Art Theory. In 2020 she was invited by Routledge to edit a volume examining settler engagement with First Nations art and culture. Following her publication about James Cant relating to this subject area (see publications below) she is currently working on another article about the artist Byram Mansell.

In 2012 she received the Rydon fellowship at Kings College, London to work on her research concerning Australian exhibitions of Australian art for export. From 2009 to 2012 she convened and taught in the Museums and Collections program at ANU.  Prior to her appointment at ANU, Sarah was a Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University (Darwin) for three years. She has also taught at Swinburne School of Design (Melbourne), the University of Melbourne (Art History and Australian Studies) and the Tasmanian School of Art. Sarah's PhD examined exhibitions of Australian art for Export to Europe during the 1950s and 1960s. She is currently completing an article on the Australian modernist artist James Cant and his involvement with the film 'Wirritt Wirritt' inspired by Aboriginal Rock Art

Researcher's projects

Completing article on the artist Byram Mansell

Working on a proposal for an edited Routledge Volume concerning Settler engagement with First Nations art and culture. 

Publication of PhD thesis: The Politics of Patronage: Exhibitions of Australian Art in Europe 1953-1964.

Dorothy Bennett and Aboriginal art exhibitions overseas



Current student projects


Chair and Primary Supervisor: Lara Nicholls (PhD Candidate) : ‘The Lady Vanishes: The Professionalisation of Women Artists and the Transnational Experience between England and Australia 1885-1915’

Panel member: Catherine Webb: 'A revaluation of the work of art in colonial Australia: were the colonial artists really ‘presenting their surroundings in the guise of an English scene’?'



John Landt (Advanced Masters thesis) 'Janet Dawson's print-making 1957-1963

Jason Wing (Masters exegesis)


Natasha McDonald (honours thesis)  'Elaine Haxton'.

Brunella Muddle (honours thesis) 'Performance Art and its link with the erotic in Australia'

Readings in Art History and Curatorial Studies:

Monica Lockwood

Independent Study Research Unit

Nicholas Sandeman

Caitlin Burrows




Past student projects


Stephen Newton (PhD) exegesis 

Johanna McMahon (Honours) Wondrous rearrangements: artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Grayson Perry at the British Museum

Elaine White (Honours) Torres Strait Islands Printmaking: recollection, reconnection and renewal

Charlotte Anne Lembit (Honours) Cross Cultural Mythology: The Prints of Brian Robinson

Andrew Lloyd Jones (Honours) World War One Propaganda Posters

Angus Bowers (Honours) Condor beachscapes

Nadia Hooton (Honours) The development of policy relating to the display of Bill Henson's controversial photographs.

Laura Parker (Honours) The photographic collections of Police Museums: Interpretation and display

Laura Breen: Research project defining the interpretation of the Daimler Car at the National Museum of Australia

Juliet Flook: Ensuring cultural diversity in volunteer policy and management.

Laura s: The problems of managing aging volunteers in the large machine cultural heritage sector

Caitlin Sutton The role of Sir Henry Allport in developing the collection scope of the Allport Collection, State Library of Tasmania

Jessica Cram Active Learning: A critical assessment of education programs at the National Museum of Australia: Development of an education policy for the NMA. 


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