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The Australian National University

Dr Sarah Scott

PhD (Uni of Melb.) MA (Courtauld, London) BA (Hons.) (Uni of Tas.)
Convenor, Museums and Collections stream (Liberal Arts Graduate Coursework)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

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

Research interests

Australian Modernist Art and its representation

Art Patronage

Australian Indigenous Art and Culture

Public Art

Commonwealth Art and its Politics


Sarah Scott is  the convener of  Museums and Collections Graduate Coursework (liberal Arts). She teaches Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices, Exhibition Innovations, Co-teaches Material Culture, Managing Small Museums and Heritage Places, Practical Skills in Exhibition Design and delivery as well as supervising research topics.   She is also co-convening the Research School of Humanities and the Arts Public Culture Seminar program. 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 developing an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant examining the cultural history of London's Commonwealth Institute. 

Researcher's projects

National Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art Awards: History and Impact.

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

Carnegie Corporation: Working on joint article with Dr. Caroline Jordan re: 1941 exhibition.

The problems of expatriate Australian Art: Alannah Coleman's exhibition Australian Painting and Sculpture, London 1964.

Legacy of Empire: The Commonwealth Institute and Australian Participation in Commonwealth Exhibitions.

Whitechapel Revisited: Bryan Robertson Recent Australian Painting versus Bernard SMith's 'Antipodean Manifesto.' Clashing constructions of an 'Australian art tradition.'

House Museum art collections


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