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Professor Ross Gibson

Centenary Professor in Creative & Cultural Research
Faculty of Arts & Design

Bldg, Floor & Room: 20, C9
Telephone: (02) 6201 2706


Ross Gibson is Centenary Professor of Creative & Cultural Research at the University of Canberra.  In this role he works collaboratively to produce books, films and artworks and he supervises postgraduate students in similar pursuits.

During the early 2000s he was Creative Director for the establishment of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square in Melbourne.  Prior to that, while working at the University of Technology in Sydney, he was a Senior Consultant Producer during the development and inaugural years of the Museum of Sydney.  Over the past twelve years he has held Professorial posts at UTS and the University of Sydney

Recent works include: the books The Summer Exercises (2009), 26 Views of the Starburst World (2012) and Stone Grown Cold (2015), the video installation Street X-Rays (2005) and the serialised photographic poem, AccidentMusic, published online weekly with the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney (2010–2013).

Research Interests

Ross Gibson is a writer and researcher who also makes films and multi-media environments.  His main interests are contemporary arts, communication and the history of environmental consciousness in colonial cultures, particularly in Australia and the Pacific.  His work spans several media and disciplines.

  • BA First Class Hons (University of Queensland, 1977)
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Film Studies (Polytechnic of Central London, 1981) 
  • AKC (Associate of King's College) Philosophy and Theology (King's College London, 1981) 
  • PhD (King's College, London, 1982)
  • FAHA (Fellow of the Academy of Humanities, Australia, 2005–Present)

Current Projects

'The Witnesses' –  a partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia and a team of independent artists and scholars delivering a major exhibition for AGSA in 2017, interpreting the Galleries Print & Photographic Collection.

 'Spot Fires'  –  a series of public events as part of the 2016 Kaldor Public Art Projects program, in partnership with the artist Jonathan Jones and the State Library of NSW, the NSW Botanical Gardens and the Australian Museum.

Book publication –  Changescapes: complexity, mutability, aesthetics, currently in press with UWAP.

Book publication –  Memoryscopes: remnants, forensics, aesthetics, currently in press with UWAP.