Dr Caroline Turner
Areas of expertise
- Museum Studies 210204
- Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) 190502
- Art Criticism 190101
- Biography 210304
- Other Asian Literature (Excl. South East Asian) 200522
- Asian Cultural Studies 200202
- Art History 190102
- Visual Cultures 190104
- Human Rights Law 180114
- Art Theory 190103
- Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
- Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
- Art Theory And Criticism 1901
- Visual Arts And Crafts 1905
Contemporary Asian and Pacific Art (especially Japan and Indonesia); Museums and museology; Art and Human Rights; Cultural Diplomacy.
Dr Caroline Turner is a Senior Research Fellow in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts and the School of Cultural Inquiry, Australian National University. She was Deputy Director of the Humanities Research Centre from 2000-2006. Prior to taking up this appointment in January 2000 she spent 20 years as a senior art museum professional. At the HRC she organised numerous conferences and was editor of the HRC/CCR Journal Humanities Research2000-2008. As Deputy Director of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1982-1999 she played a key role in developing the Gallery's international programmes and organised and curated many international exhibitions, including Matisse (with Roger Benjamin) with works from 50 collections worldwide, which toured Australia in 1995 and had audiences of over 300,000. In the mid-1980s Turner also began working in the area of contemporary Asian and Pacific art.
Dr Turner was co-founder and Project Director for nearly ten years for the Asia-Pacific Triennial Project which, over three exhibitions in 1993, 1996 and 1999, attracted audiences of 60,000, 120,000, and 155,000. Turner was also the scholarly editor of the three major catalogues in the 1990s and the book Tradition and Change: Contemporary Art of Asia and the Pacific, Universityof Queensland Press, 1993 and has written extensively on contemporary Asian art as well as lecturing on this subject internationally, including in China and Japan.
Her book of essays Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art of Asia and the Pacific, Pandanus Press 2005 is a survey of the dramatic developments in Asian and Pacific contemporary art in the last decade. She is has held four ARC grants this decade including "The Limits of Tolerance" which explored the links between art and human rights and is also working on several research projects related to museums, museology and human rights. Her most recent ARC grant "The rise of new cultural networks in Asia" (with Dr Michelle Antoinette) explores the dramatic cultural changes in our region. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London (FRSA). She was appointed to the Board of Cultural Facilities Corporation by the ACT Government 2003-2009.
The Australian Government appointed Dr Turner to the Australia-China Council in the 1980s and the Australia-Indonesia Institute in the 1990's.She was made a Member of the Order of Australia(AM) in 2009 for contributions to the visual arts and to the establishment and fostering of cultural relationships in the Asia-Pacific region.