About Professor Brad Buckley

Professor Buckley's research operates at the intersection of installation, theatre and performance, and investigates cultural control, democracy, freedom and social responsibility

Brad Buckley spent his childhood years in Sydney. His father, Jim Buckley, owned the Newcastle Hotel in Lower George Street, a Push pub frequented by artists, poets, underworld figures and philosophers. Buckley was deeply influenced by this early exposure to the possibilities of a libertine life. Buckley has a longstanding interest in curating and has undertaken projects at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions. His most recent project, Reading and Writing Rooms, was curated with Blair French. It was a major survey of the work of the Canadian-based artist Bruce Barber, and was held in 2008 at Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney. Over the past decade he has lectured and written widely on higher degrees and research in the art school context. In 2003 Buckley was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Visual Arts PhD Programs seminar at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He was also a keynote speaker in 2007 at the International Symposium on Art and Design: University Art Practice and Research Funding at the University of Tsukuba (Japan). He has been a visiting professor at the National College of Art and Design (Dublin), at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In October 2009, Buckley was a Visiting Scholar at Parsons The New School for Design (New York).

Selected publications


Significant Exhibitions


The Slaughterhouse Project: for Jeffrey Beaumont (BLUE VELVET), a parallel project to 'The Wall of Sound' (apologies to Phil Spector), SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, 2010

Welcome to the desert of the REAL, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN), Sydney, 2008

Reading and Writing Rooms, (curator) Artspace, Sydney, 2008

The Slaughterhouse Project: In Medias Res, La Chambre Blanc, Quebec, 2005

Every Great Idea Begins as a Heresy, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, 2005


Significant Publications

Rethinking the Contemporary Art School, edited by Brad Buckley and John Conomos, NSCAD University Press, Canada, 2009

Creative Arts PhD: Future-Proofing the Creative Arts in Higher Education, edited by Brad Buckley and Su Baker, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, 2009

Republics of Ideas, edited by Brad Buckley and John Conomos, Pluto Press, Sydney, 2001