Brad Buckley is an artist, urbanist, activist and is a Professorial Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne. He was previously Professor of Contemporary Art and Culture at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. He was educated at St Martin’s School of Art, London, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the editor, with John Conomos, of Republics of Ideas: Republicanism, Culture, Visual Arts (Pluto Press, 2001), Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD, and the Academy (NSCADU Press, 2009) and with Andy Dong and Conomos, Ecologies of Invention (SUP, 2013) and (with Conomos) Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory (Libri Publishing, 2015). His most recent publication (with Conomos) is Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics (Libri Publishing, 2017). Buckley has also developed and chaired (with Conomos) several sessions at the College Art Association, US). He has been a visiting professor and artist at the National College of Art and Design (Ireland), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Tsukuba (Japan) and Parsons the New School for Design. He is the recipient of the prestigious PS1 Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship (New York 1990 – 91) from the Australia Council for the Arts and numerous other grants.
His work, which has been shown internationally for over thirty-five years, operates at the intersection of installation, theatre and performance, investigates questions of cultural control, democracy, freedom and social responsibility. Buckley’s work has been included in the 3rd International Biennial (Ljubljana, former Yugoslavia), My Home is Your Home: The 4th Construction in Process (the Artists’ Museum, Lodz, Poland), Co-Existence: The 5th Construction in Process, (the Artists’ Museum, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel), and the 9th Biennale of Sydney, a