PROF Su Baker

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 Professor Su Baker is Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne with 25 years experience in teaching, research and senior management. She undertook graduate study at Sydney College of the Arts in 1984, and in 2004 was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts, at Curtin University of Technology. Su has held academic positions since 1989, including senior management roles at SCA, University of Sydney and VCA, University of Melbourne.

In March 2000 Su Baker took up the position as Head of the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In addition to her role as Head of the School of Art, Su Baker has held senior management roles at the VCA, including the Deputy Chair of the Board of Studies, and has been part of the Integration Implementation Planning Committee, overseeing the structural transition of the VCA into the University of Melbourne and in 2006 was appointed Associate Dean, Research and Research Training for the VCA. In 2010, Su Baker was appointed Director of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Su Baker is a leading arts academic and artist, who is called upon for expert advice and has written on the shifting needs of arts education and the role of the Art School in the 21st Century, including “Art School 2.0 : Art Schools in the Information Age or Reciprocal Relations and the Art of the Possible”, in Rethinking the Contemporary Art School, The Artist, the PhD and the Academy, NSCAD Press, 2009. She has been Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (2004-2008). Through this role she played an active role in the recognition of the research in the Creative Arts advising the ARC in the development of the RQF and the recent ERA process. Her work in these roles has led to the establishment of the new Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, to which she was elected President in February 2013.

Su Baker has exhibited nationally over the last 20 years in public and commercial galleries, including numerous solo and selected group exhibitions and national survey shows including in a number of curated exhibitions at State Galleries and significant contemporary art venues. These include Perspecta '89 at the Art Gallery of NSW and Dissonance, at Artspace in Sydney 1991. First solo exhibition in 1983 at Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth, and has exhibited regularly in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.  In 2001 Galerie Dusseldorf on Perth, ALLAN BAKER + SU BAKER, a show of work by father and daughter.

Since 2007 Su has been represented and exhibited with John Buckley Gallery in Melbourne.

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Contact Details

Phone Number: 61 3 9035 9464


Start: Wednesday, November 30th 2011 End: Friday, February 10th 2012
On Painting
Start: Friday, November 6th 2009 End: Friday, November 27th 2009
My Parallel Universe
Start: Sunday, April 26th 2009 End: Thursday, May 14th 2009
After Quantum Foam
Start: Wednesday, July 18th 2007 End: Friday, August 10th 2007
deja vu
Start: Sunday, August 20th 2006 End: Saturday, September 16th 2006
Start: Wednesday, May 17th 2006 End: Friday, June 2nd 2006
Shelf Life
Start: Sunday, February 13th 2005 End: Saturday, March 12th 2005
The Agnostic Model
Start: Thursday, November 18th 2004 End: Friday, December 3rd 2004
Serious Pleasure
Start: Wednesday, September 22nd 2004 End: Friday, October 15th 2004
Mis-en-scen: Reflections on the Screen
Start: Friday, June 25th 2004 End: Saturday, August 7th 2004
Close enough to touch
Start: Wednesday, October 3rd 2001 End: Friday, October 26th 2001
Sustained Sensation
Start: Sunday, August 28th 2016


Publications of Creative Research

COLLESS E, LAIRD T, BAKER S, HALL D (2016), Art + Australia
GECZY A, BUCKLEY B, CONOMOS J, BAKER S, PAPASTERGIADIS N (2010), Conversations to infinity: On arts schools and art education, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

Full Written Papers Unrefereed

BAKER S (2010), Framing the historical and contemporary context of the PhD in the Art School setting, The Contribution of Art and Design Research, University of Sydney

Research Book Chapters

BAKER S (2012), The War is Over. In ELKINS (Eds.), What Do Artist's Know?, Penn State University Press (ISBN:9780271054254)
BAKER S (2009), Art School 2.0: Art Schools in the Information Age or Reciprocal Relations and the Art of the Possible. In BUCK;EY , CONOMOS (Eds.), Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD, and the academy, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (ISBN:9780919616493)

Full Written Papers Refereed

BAKER S (2013), Interference as a Strategy for Art: The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the intersections between Art, Science and Culture, Interference as a Strategy for Art
BAKER S (2006), Art Schools in the new cultural economy, Reciprocial relations and the art of the possible, Queensland University of Technology

Edited Books

BAKER S (2016), Sustained Sensation
BAKER S, OLIVER , THOMAS (2011), Column 7, Artspace Visual Arts Centre

Creative Exhibited Works

BAKER S (2004), Serious Pleasure, Boutwell Draper Gallery

Education and Training

  • Doctorate of Creative Arts DCA , Curtin University of Technology, 2004
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art PGradDipVisArt , University of Sydney, 1984
  • Graduate Diploma in Education Grad Dip Ed , Curtin University of Technology, 1980
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts BFA , Curtin University of Technology, 1978

Awards and honours

  • Australia Council for the Arts, 2000
  • Benchmarking quality assessment tasks to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the creative arts and humanities ( Innovation & Development ) awarded by MONASH UNIVERSITY, 2014-2016
  • The Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Network (CALTN) ( Discipine Learning and Teaching Networks ) awarded by AUST LEARNING AND TEACHING COUNCIL LTD, 2017-2017
  • In 2000 she spent time at the Milan Studio, granted from the Australia Council where she developed new work exhibited at Boutwell Draper Gallery in Sydney in 2001. In 2003 Su Baker received an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant, Visual Arts Grants for the exhibition of new work, Mise-en-scene: Reflections on the Screen, and Serious Pleasure, at John Curtin Gallery, in 2004. Previously, in 1996 she won the Portia Geach Memorial Award, and in 1991 was awarded the Overseas Development Grant, Italian Studio, VACB, from the Australia Council, in 1987 was awarded the Half Standard Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council, and in 1987 a Project Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council. ( ) awarded by , 2017-2017