PROF Charles Green

PROF Charles Green


  • Art practice
  • Contemporary Australian and international art
  • Contemporary art



  • Charles Green is Professor of Contemporary Art in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Author of Peripheral Vision (Craftsman House, 1996) and The Third Hand (U Minnesota Press, 2001), he recently published a history of biennials in contemporary art, Biennials, Triennials and Documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art (Wiley Blackwell, 2016), with Associate Professor Anthony Gardner (Oxford University), assisted by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. Lyndell Brown and Charles Green have worked in collaboration as one artist since 1989. They are based in regional Victoria. Their works are included in most of Australia's public art museum collections and many private and corporate collections. In 2007, they were Australia's Official War Artists, deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and between 2011 and 2014 worked on a follow-up collaboration with artist Jon Cattapan (assisted by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant) about the aftermath of Australia's wars since Vietnam, which the three artists exhibited in Melbourne across two galleries in late 2014, accompanied by a book (Framing Conflict: Contemporary War and Aftermath, Macmillan Palgrave, 2014). Dr Lyndell Brown is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Visit Visit the Artwork of Lyndell Brown and Charles Green website .



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Additional Grant Information

  • COMPETITIVE EXTERNAL GRANTS 2010: ARC Discovery Project. Title: “Mega Exhibitions: Biennales, Triennales and Documentas, 1950 2010”, co-researcher APD Anthony Gardner, 3 year project. 2010: ARC Discovery Project. Title: “War and peace: how and why contemporary conflict and its aftermath is framed by war art”, co-researchers A/Prof Jon Cattapan (VCA) and Dr Lyndell Brown, 3 year project, 2011-2013 2008: New Work Grant, Visual Art Board, Australia Council (co-researcher Lyndell Brown) 2004: Presentation Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Fund, Australia Council. Title: “Exhibiting new work in New York ” (co-researchers Lyndell Brown and Farrell & Parkin, 1 year project) 2002: New Work Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Fund, Australia Council. Title: “Transforming paintings into digital prints” (co-researcher Lyndell Brown) 2002: Arts Development Grant, Arts Victoria. Title: “Arcadia: the production of works using new digital technologies (co-researcher Lyndell Brown) 1999: ARC Large Grant. 3 Year Project (2000-2002) Title: “A critical history of Australian art after 1968” 1995: Ian Potter Foundation Grant (funding to assist with publication costs of Peripheral Vision) 1992: Fellowship Grant for Art Criticism, Visual Art/Craft Board, Australia Council (1 year research fellowship to write Peripheral Vision) 1989: Artist Development Grant, VACF, Australia Council (1 year project) PRIZES, AWARDS, FUNDED FELLOWSHIPS 2013: Australia India Artist Retreat, Jaipur, India, 10-20 January 2013. 2011: Australia India Artist Retreat, Red Hill, Victoria, 23-26 November 2011. 2009: Harn Distinguished Scholar, University of Florida 2008: Visiting Fellow, School of Humanities and Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin 2007: Australian Official Artist, Australian War Memorial. Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. 2004: Gold Medal, Bangladesh Biennale, Dacca, Bangladesh (co-researcher Lyndell Brown; international prize in recognition   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • M.A., Monash University 1994
  • B.A. (Hons), University of Melbourne 1988
  • B.A., Victorian College of the Arts 1982
  • DipEd, Melbourne State College 1981
  • DipArt, National Gallery Art School 1974

Awards and honors

  • Bangladesh Biennale, Dacca, Bangladesh, 2004



Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Charles Green supervises dissertations on modern and contemporary international and Australian art, and also creative-practice-led projects that incorporate scholarly research. He can also supervise PhDs that incorporate curatorial submissions. Current Primary Supervisions Jane Eckett, "Modernist Sculpture in Australia: Group of Four, Centre Five and the Europeans" David Homewood, "Pinacotheca Conceptualism" Aneta Trajkoski, "Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller" Carol Yinghua Lu, "Chinese Contemporary Art and The Legacy of Socialist Realism" Current Associate Supervisions: Anna Parlane, An Object of Intrigue: The Art of Michael Stevenson