Helen Ennis by George Serras, National Museum of Australia

Photo: George Serras, National Museum of Australia

Professor Helen Ennis is one of Australia’s leading photography curators, historians and writers. She was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia (1985-1992). She joined the Australian National University School of Art in 1995 and is Convenor of the Graduate Research program. In 2014 she became Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory.

Helen specializes in Australian photographic history, especially of the modern period, biography, death studies, curatorship and museology. Since 2000 she has curated 8 major exhibitions for the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia and other cultural institutions. She is currently writing a biography on modernist photographer Olive Cotton, supported by funding from the Australia Council Literature Board. She was awarded the ABR George Hicks Foundation Fellowship in 2013.



On 16 July, Helen is presenting in a forum associated with the exhibition of photographs by Olive Cotton and Max Dupain at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. All welcome. More information here.

In late July Helen will be opening the exhibition Miriam Stannage: Survey 2006-2016 at Lawrence Wilson Gallery in Perth. The book Miriam Stannage: time framed, edited by Lee Kinsella, will be launched at the same time.

Helen’s review of The Lives of the Great Photographers by Juliet Hacking is published in the latest ABR.

Helen is the speaker at the opening of  The ONE Project and Fringe Dwellings at Photoaccess in Canberra on Thursday 25th February.

The Childers Group is hosting a special forum entitled Vision and support: what’s planned and what’s needed for the arts in the ACT region? To be held on February 24 at Gorman Arts Centre. Helen will be joined on the panel by Paul Daley, Chris Endrey and Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. The emcee is Genevieve Jacobs. Tickets are available here.

Helen will be speaking at the AGNSW symposium ‘Trafficking images: histories and theories of photographic transmission‘, held to coincide with the exhibition The photograph and Australia. The full day symposium will be held on Saturday 18 April 2015.

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