Dr Holly Arden

Associate Director

The University of Queensland Art Museum

Affiliate

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
holly.arden@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32016

Overview

I am trained as an art historian, curator of Australian art and creative producer. My current role as Associate Director, UQ Art Museum, straddles the creative, learning, strategic and operational functions of the Art Museum, and champions engagement with art by all disciplines of the University. I also teach the undergraduate Art History course Visual Arts Curating and Writing.

Prior to joining UQ in 2016, I spent eight years in Melbourne. There, I commissioned and project managed cultural projects for Federation Square, completed a PhD in Art History and Theory at Monash University and served on the board of Blindside Artist Run Initiative.

Between 2003-2008 I held curatorial and art collection-based roles at the Queensland Art Gallery, Griffith University Art Museum (then DELL Gallery) and the Museum of Brisbane. In the latter role, I curated the first iteration of the Lord Mayor's public art initiative for laneways and small spaces in Brisbane's CBD.

My current research focuses on the notion of ‘the public’ for contemporary art, art in ‘public space’, and contemporary art and politics. Recently, my writing has been published in academic journals including Critical Arts and Seismopolite: Journal of Art and Politics.

Research Interests

  • Art history and theory
  • Curatorship
  • Contemporary art and its “mainstream” representation
  • Museology
  • Participatory art
  • Public art
  • Art and politics

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University

Publications

  • Arden, Holly (2020). Endgame. Mel O'Callaghan: centre of the centre. (pp. 165-165) edited by Talia Linz and Michelle Newton. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Artspace.

  • Arden, Holly (2020). Stuart Ringholt: Signpost. 100 Works of the Monash University Collection. (pp. np-np) Melbourne: Monash University Museum of Art.

  • Arden, Holly (2018, 07 18). When art meets reality TV our visual literacy is found wanting The Conversation

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Arden, Holly (2020). Endgame. Mel O'Callaghan: centre of the centre. (pp. 165-165) edited by Talia Linz and Michelle Newton. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Artspace.

  • Arden, Holly (2020). Stuart Ringholt: Signpost. 100 Works of the Monash University Collection. (pp. np-np) Melbourne: Monash University Museum of Art.

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Conference Publication

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