Associate Professor Catherine Bell - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Associate Professor Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, visual arts lecturer and Gallery Director at the Australian Catholic University. She has presented her Doctoral research at the 95th Annual CAA conference in New York (2007), King's College, London at the Menzies Centre for Australian studies (2008), York St John University UK and NGBK Neue Gesellschaft f??r Bildende Kunst, Berlin (2009), University of Toronto (2010) and International Arts & Health Conference, Notre Dame University Australia, Freemantle Western Australian (2012). Her emerging research in art and health complements her art practice that forefronts art on the margins, art activism, community engagement and feminist perspectives. Catherine Bell is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and her video artwork can be viewed at the Australian Video Art Archive


Phone :9953 3363 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Performance Art, Art & Health, Art on the Margins ; Community Engagement and Art, Art Activism, ; Feminist Practice, Animals in Contemporary Art ; Art and Crime, Shamanistic and Ritualistic Art ; Public Art, Stealth and Performative Interventions ; Video & Installation Art, Drawing, Collage ; Photography, Art and Food, Visual Culture ; Cultural Anthropology, Art and Disability ;

Methods Expertise

Visual Ethnography, Visual Culture ; Reflective Engagement, Collaboration & Collectives ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Stephanie Stott (Honours), "Processing Synaesthesia Through Creative Exploration" (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Sarah Olney (Honours), "Paper-cut: Bridging the gap between art and craft." (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Bronwyn Watson (Honours), "Look At Me, But Not All Of Me: Examining The Selfie Phenomenon Through An Art Historical Lens." (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Eleanor Hose (Honours), "Personalising Virtual Space: Archiving Autobiographical Location through Site-Specific, 3D Animated, Audiovisual Installation". (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Shirley Innes (Honours), "Reframing Junkspace: Zines in Altermodernity". (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Mountains of Mourne, in Artecylce : The Environmental Art Award, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

Gorilla Girl & Mum's the Word, in Backflip: Feminism and humour in contemporary art, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

The Gathering, in Substation, Community Access Gallery, Melbourne


This little piggy...fades to pink, in Art Gallery of Ballarat, Melbourne

Cooking up Crimes and Maternal Misdemeanours: from food ritual to transgressive performances, in Double Dialogues, Online Journal, School of Communication & Creative Arts, Deakin University - Melbourne Campus

Heavy Petal, in Temperament Spectrum, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Waste not Want not, in Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne

Live and Let Die, in Selectively Revealed, an international touring exhibition presented by Experimenta Media Arts & Asialink: Korea, 2011; Taiwan, 2012; Thailand, 2012

Gorilla Girl, in Semin?!rio Internacional Arte e Natureza, Matilha Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mum's the Word, in Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in The Animal Gaze, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield

Joan of Arc, in The Rest is Silence, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne

Nanny Safari, in What's yours is mine, Linden - Centre for Contemporary Art


Self Portrait Series, in Pulp, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Father's Gown, in The Memorial, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne

Apple of My Eye, in The Portrait Exchange, Arts Project, Melbourne

The Agony and the Ecstasy, in Trouble Set me free, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne


Performing Animality: Swimming with eels and squid ink erasure, in Animal Identities: The animal in perspective Online conference paper publication

Soap, Slip, Slash, in BB3: gender-biology-society, Gallery Verkligheten, Ume?Y, Sweden

Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in Love Bites, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

Snow Baby, in On the Line, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Gorilla Girl, Exit Stage Left, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down, in Persuasion Equation, Linden-Centre for Contemporary Arts

Baby Drop, in Testing Ground, fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne

This little piggy...fades to pink, in Tier Perspectiven (Animal Perspectives), Georg-Kolbe Museum, Berlin

Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in Tier- Werden Mensch - Werden (Becoming Animal - Becoming Human) NGBK, Berlin


This little piggy...fades to pink, in LOOP 08, Hotel Catalonia Ramblas de Barcelona, Video Art Festival, Spain

Womanfolk: songs from the valley below , in Live performance with Martha McDonald, Out of Bounds Conference, Monash University.

Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in The Animal Gaze, (touring show) Unit 2 Gallery and Metropolitan Works (London), Centre of Contemporary Art (Exeter) & Plymouth City Museum & Peninsula Arts Gallery

Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in The Cancer Council Victoria Art Awards 2008, 15 W Gallery, Melbourne, Cube 37 Art Gallery, Frankston Art Centre, Ballarat & Warrnambool Art Gallery

Soap, Slip, Slash, in True Crime: Murder and Misdemeanour in Australian Art, Geelong Regional Gallery

The Shire of Bland, in in praise of blandness, Faculty Gallery Monash Art & Design, Melbourne


Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in Galapagas Art Space, Brooklyn, New York

Love and Other Bruises, in Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne

Are you a man or a mouse mat? , in Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Soap, Slip, Slash, in Alot of Love Goin' Around, R.M.I.T. Project Space, Melbourne

Home Sweet Home, in Army Brats, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, in Linden - Centre for Contemporary Art


Rain Cheque, in Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Special Delivery, in The Raw and the Cooked, Blindside, Melbourne

Rain Cheque, in Truth Universally Acknowledged, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.


This little piggy...fades to pink, in Digital and Design Biennale, Melbourne Museum

This little piggy...fades to pink, in Suck: voices from the interior, Geelong Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, University of Melbourne & Moroondah Art Gallery


Hooked, in Drama is Conflict, Linden-Centre for Contemporary Art

This little piggy...fades to pink, in On View, Fine Arts Building, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Caulfield


Harvest, Hooked, in Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Bait, Hooked, Harvest, Squirt, in The Norrie, Slessor, Bell, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, UK


Head Over Eels, in Bellas Gallery, Brisbane


Coitus Interruptus Drawings , in Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia

Coitus Interruptus Installation, in Reference Points IV, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Ballbreaker, in Strata, MFA, Graduate Show, RMIT, Storey Hall

Cesspool & To All The Boys I've Loved Before, in Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


With Friends Like These Who Needs Enemas, in Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Coitus Interruptus Installation, in Small Monuments, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


Break and Enter, in Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Coitus Interruptus, in Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Fan-forced Bermuda Triangle, in Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Bed and Breakfast, in Political Bedrooms, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane


No Frills, in The Royal Institute of Architects, Brisbane

Other information

2013 "Add water when dry: Resurrecting bouquets as corporeal relics, melancholic rituals and community engagement at Caritas Christi Hospice". 1st Global Conference: Time, Space and the Body 11-13 February Sydney, Australia organised by Inter-Disciplinary.Net (Panel Topic: Bodily and Temporal Aesthetics)

2012 "Flower Power: Creative Art in Health Care Settings- Artist in Residency as community engagement at St Vincenta??s Hospital Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew, VIC". The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference: 26-29 November 2012, Notre Dame University Freemantle Western Australia. (Panel Topic: Primary and Acute Care)

2010 "Cooking up Crimes and Maternal Misdemeanours: from food ritual to transgressive performances". The Hunger Artist: Food and the Arts, Interdisciplinary Conference: 19-21 August, 2010 Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada

2009 "The Edible Complex: Cooking up crimes and maternal misdemeanours". International Symposium Creative Practice/Creative Research: Materiality, Process, Performativity, York St John University, U.K. April, 15-17 (Panel Topic: Unruly Objects: Materiality / Process / Performativity)

"Performing Animality: Swimming with Eels and Squid Ink Erasure". Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden: Symposium, 9-10 May NGBK Neue Gesellschaft f??r Bildende Kunst, Berlin (Panel Topic: Animalische Identit??ten)

2008 "Spit Spot: Crimes against maternity, nannies in the Motherland and other pig tales". Annual Conference of the International Studies Group, Kinga??s College London, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, 7-8 July (Panel Topic: Antipodean Animal)

"Disturbing the Peace or Peaceful Disturbances?: Stealth interventions in the public sphere". AAANZ 2008 Conference, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, 4-6 December (Panel Topic: Private Agendas / Public Spaces)

2007 "Purging the Criminal Compulsion: A Ritualisation of Deviant Female Acts". 95th Annual CAA Conference, New York, 14-17 February (Panel Topic: Evil by Design: Subverting Female Stereotypes) Performing Animality: Swimming with Eels and Squid Ink Erasure, Animals & Society II, Considering Animals, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 3-6 July (Panel Topic: Animals in Contemporary Art

2012-13 St Vincent's Hospital Caritas Christi Hospice Artist in Residence Program
2010 Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board Greene Street Studio/Residency, New York
2000-01 Visiting Artist, Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford
1996 Studio 18, Residential Studio, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1994 Melville Haysom Residency, Queensland Art Gallery

2013 Australian Creative Partnerships Awards Good Practice Recognition
2013 ACU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for "Fostering Visual Arts students' personal and professional development through group activities, reflective enquiry, community art projects and fieldwork placements with a social justice agenda".
2012 ACU Good Practice in Assessment Prize
2011 Faculty of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, ACU
2010 ACU Research Grant (Present conference paper in Toronto)
2009 ACU International Travel Grant (Presenting conference paper at NGBK Symposium, Berlin)
2008 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Thesis, Monash University
Victorian Cancer Council Art Award Outstanding Visual Arts Entry
City of Melbourne, Arts Grant, Group Exhibition, Paradise Lost
2007 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
2006 Arts Victoria, Creation Grant, Group Exhibition, Army Brats
2005 City of Melbourne, Arts Grant, Group Exhibition, Army Brats
Monash Publication Grant (Raw and the Cooked Catalogue)
2003-06 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
1996 Professional Development Grant, Arts Queensland
1994 Melville Haysom Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery