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Research expertise

  • Art Theory and Criticism (Performativity, Research Ethics, New Materialism)
  • Art as Research (practice-led research)
  • Painting (urban landscapes, colourfield, digital, neon)
Professor Barbara Bolt holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of W.A., a Bachelor of Visual Art from Edith Cowan University, a Masters of Art (Visual Art) from Curtin University and Edith Cowan University and a Ph.D from Murdoch University. Barbara is currently Associate Dean Research at the VCA and MCM. Barbara Bolt was employed in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2003. She transferred to the Faculty of VCA and MCM in 2008. Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne, she held academic positions at the University of Sunshine Coast, The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Fine Art at The University of WA and was Head of Art and Design at Kalgoorlie College in regional Western Australia. Her outstanding contribution to teaching, research in practice-led research and research-led pedagogy, was recognized by a University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts Teaching Award in 2005. She is a practising artist and art theorist. Her publications include two monographs Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (I.B. Tauris, 2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and four co-edited publications, Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research (I.B. Tauris, 2014), Carnal Knowledge: Towards a “New Materialism” through the Arts (I.B. Tauris, 2013), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (I.B. Tauris, 2007) and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (CSP, 2007). She maintains a strong dialogue between practice and theory in her work. Publications such as ‘Elegy to an Oz Republic: First Steps in a Ceremony of Invocation towards Reconciliation’ (2015), ‘After Motherwell, after Manet and after Goya: the performative power of imaging and the intensely present’ (2015), ‘Whose Joy?: Giotto, Yves Klein and neon blue’ (2011), ‘Unimaginable happenings: material movements in the plane of composition’ (2010), ‘Rhyt hm and the performative power of the index: lessons from Kathleen Petyarre’s paintings’ (2006), ‘Shedding light for the matter’ (2000) and ‘Im/pulsive practices: painting and the logic of sensation’ (1997) have emerged from this dialogue. In 2008/9 she was part of a BBC World Service/Slade School of Art project A View from Here, which led to the production of the DVD production Neon Blue. She is currently the lead researcher on an Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) project, ‘Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by creative practice research.’ She is an ambassador for the cause of artistic research through her work on governing and editorial boards—The Society for Artistic Research, Studies in Material Thinking, Adelaide Central School of Art, Goldsmiths Press, Visual Methodologies and Studio Research. She is a member of the member of our International Reference Group GEXcel International Collegium for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and COST New Materialisms network on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter,” Website

Subject Areas

  • Art Criticism
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)

Available for supervision


Contact Details

Phone Number: 9685 9334


"Business Men" Finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
Start: Saturday, February 27th 2016 End: Tuesday, January 24th 2017
Passing By
Start: Thursday, September 17th 2015 End: Friday, October 9th 2015
The Iconoclasts, Not Fair
Start: Thursday, August 14th 2014 End: Saturday, August 16th 2014
Two Drawings
Start: Wednesday, April 9th 2014 End: Friday, April 25th 2014
Start: Tuesday, October 16th 2012 End: Friday, November 2nd 2012
Start: Tuesday, September 15th 2009 End: Saturday, October 3rd 2009
All that is solid melts into air: recent paintings by Barbara Bolt
Start: Tuesday, July 31st 2007 End: Wednesday, September 19th 2007
Art Beyond Representation
Start: Tuesday, October 26th 2004 End: Friday, October 29th 2004
Finalist and winner of the public vote awardSwan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award


Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes

BOLT B (2008), Scents of place - common breath

Minor Recorded Works

BOLT B (2008), Neon Blue, BBC World Service

Journal Articles Refereed

BOLT B (2016), Artistic Research: A Performative Paradigm
BOLT B, VINCS R (2015), Straw Godzilla: Engaging the academy and research ethics in artistic research projects, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol 47, Issue 12 , DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1044929
BOLT B (2015), Elegy to an Oz Republic: First Steps in a Ceremony of Invocation towards Reconciliation, Cultural Studies Review, Vol 21, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.5130/csr.v21i2.4315
BOLT B (2015), After Motherwell, after Manet and after Goya: the performative power of imaging and the intensely present, Text: Journal of writing and writing courses, Vol 19, Issue No 33
BOLT B (2015), Beneficence and contemporary art: when aesthetic judgment meets ethical judgment, Vol 3, Issue 2
BOLT B (2011), Whose Joy? Giotto, Yves Klein and Neon Blue, The International Journal of the Image, Vol 1, Issue 1
BOLT B (2009), A Performative Paradigm for the Creative Arts, Working Papers in Art and Design
BOLT B (2007), Material Thinking and the Agency of Matter, Studies in Material Thinking
BOLT B (2006), Rhythm and the Performative Power of the Index: Lessons from Kathleen Petyarre's Paintings, Cultural Studies Review, Vol 12, Issue 1
BOLT B (2006), Materializing pedagogies?, Working Papers in Art and Design
BOLT B (2004), The exegesis and the shock of the new, Text: Journal of writing and writing courses, Vol 8, Issue Special issue number 3

Minor Reports and Working Papers

BOLT B, VINCS R, ALSOP P, SIERRA M, KETT G (2010), The Trouble with CARE: Creative Arts and Research Ethics, Australian National University
BOLT B (2004), Heidegger, Handability and Praxical Knowledge, School of Creative Arts

Research Book Chapters

BOLT B (2016), Whither the Aesthetic Alibi: Ethics and the Challenge of Art as Research in the Academy. In WARR D, GUILLEMIN M, COX S, WAYCOTT J (Eds.), Ethics and Visual Research Methods (ISBN:9781137543059)
BOLT B (2016), Perturbations, Positioning and Politics in the Visual Field. In WOODWARD L (Eds.), Resonate
BOLT B (2016), David Hockney: From Drawing to Photography and Back Again. In MAIDMENT S (Eds.), David Hockney: Current
BOLT B, MACNEILL C, EDNIE-BROWN (2014), Creative Practice, Research Ethics and the Doctoral Thesis. In RAVELLI , PALTRIDGE , STARFIELD (Eds.), Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts (ISBN:9781909818477)
BOLT B (2014), Beyond Solipsism in Artistic Research: The artwork and the work of art. In BARRETT E, BOLT B (Eds.), Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research (ISBN:9781780769868)
BOLT B (2014), Lo Tecnosublime. In FIGUEROA SARRIERA HJ, LOPEZ A, DE RIVERA J (Eds.), Tekno-kultura (ISBN:9788483199268)
BOLT B (2013), Toward a "New  Materialism" in the Arts. , Carnal Knowledge: Towards a 'New Materialism' in the Arts, I.B. Tauris (ISBN:978-1-78076-265-4)
BOLT B (2013), The Athleticism of Imaging: Figuring a Materialist Performativity. , On the Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation, ARTicle Press (ISBN:978-1-873352-02-1)
BOLT B (2010), Unimaginable Happenings: material movements in the plane of composition. In ZEPKE S, O'SULLIVAN S (Eds.), Deleuze and Contemporary Art, Edinburgh University Press (ISBN:9780748638383)
BOLT B (2007), The Magic is in Handling. In BARRETT E, BOLT B (Eds.), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry, I.B. Tauris (ISBN:9781845114329)
BOLT B (2007), The Techno-Sublime: Towards a Post-aesthetic. In BOLT B, COLMAN F, JONES G, WOODWARD A (Eds.), Sensorium: aethetics, art, life, Cambridge Scholars Press (ISBN:9781847183347)
BOLT B (2004), Painting Is Not a Representational Practice. In BETTERTON R (Eds.), Unframed: the practices and politics of women's painting, I.B. Tauris

Authored Research Books

BARRETT E, BOLT B (2013), Carnal Knowledge: Towards a "New Materialism" Through the Arts, I.B. Tauris
BOLT B (2011), Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts, I.B. Tauris
BOLT B (2004), Art beyond representation, I.B. Tauris

Journal Articles Unrefereed

MACNEILL C, BOLT B (2011), The 'legitimate' limits of creative practice, RealTime

Full Written Papers Refereed

BOLT B, MACNEILL C, MCPHERSON M, BARRETT E, SIERRA M, EDDIE BROWN P, MILLER S, WILSON C (2016), iDARE Creative arts research approaches to ethics: new ways to address situated practices in action, QPR
BOLT B (2006), A Non Standard Deviation: Handlability, Praxical Knowledge and Practice-led Research, Speculation and Innovation: applying practice-led research in the Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology

Edited Books

WOODWARD L, BOLT B (2016), Resonate (ISBN:9780995402805)
BOLT B (2007), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry, I.B. Tauris (ISBN:9781845114329)
BOLT B, COLMAN FJ, JONES G (2007), Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life, Cambridge Scholars Press

Book Chapters Other

BOLT B, COLMAN FJ, JONES G, WOODWARD (2007), Introduction. In BOLT B, COLMAN F, JONES G, WOODWARD A (Eds.), Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life, Cambridge Scholars Press (ISBN:9781847183347)

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD , Murdoch University, 2002
  • Master of Arts MA , Curtin University of Technology, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts BA , Edith Cowan University, 1991
  • Bachelor of Social Work BSW , The University of Western Australia, 1979
  • Developing New Approaches to Ethics and Research Integrity Training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research ( Innovation & Development ) awarded by OFFICE FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING, 2015-2017
  • Developing a Creative Arts Therapies Doctoral Institute (CATDI) at the University of Melbourne ( International Research & Research Training Fund (IRRTF) ) awarded by UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, 2015-2018
  • Building leadership for effective supervision of creative practice higher research degrees ( Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program ) awarded by QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, 2012-2013
  • ( ) awarded by , 2017-2017