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AuSI welcomes new Visiting Fellow: Dr Sarah Engledow
L-R: Professor Shirley Leitch, Dr Sarah Engledow, Professor Paul Pickering and Mr Mark Kenny - at the National Portrait Gallery exhibition 'The Look', curated by Dr Sarah Engledow.
Friday 4 October 2019
The Australian Studies Institute is delighted to welcome Dr Sarah Engledow as a new Visiting Fellow.
Dr Sarah Engledow was the designated historian and a curator at the National Portrait Gallery from 1999 to 2019. During that period she wrote copiously on Australian art, history and figures represented in Australian portraits. Major exhibitions she curated include So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history (2018); The Popular Pet Show (2016); Arcadia: Sound of the Sea (2014); Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas (2013); Idle Hours (2009); Open Air: Portraits in the landscape (2008) (with Andrew Sayers and Wally Caruana); and The World of Thea Proctor (2005) (with Andrew Sayers). She has spoken in a great variety of situations about portraits and their historical contexts. Sarah received the University Medal in English from ANU in 1995 and received her doctorate - for a contextual introduction to the novels of Scottish author James Kelman - from ANU in 2003. She has a strong personal interest in many aspects of the history of Canberra and is elated at the prospect of returning to ANU.
Over the course of her visiting fellowship Sarah intends to read widely in contemporary academic writing on Australian history; collate, review, annotate and recombine themes and details of her work over the past 20 years; and recast stories she has presented for popular consumption in an academic idiom. She also hopes to strengthen links between the university and art and social history institutions in Canberra.
The Australian Studies Institute team was treated to a viewing of Sarah's most recently curated exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra earlier this week. The Look is a wonderful selection of striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection. Primed is an extraordinary variety of portraits of seventeen of Australia's thirty prime ministers to date, rendered in contrasting sizes, moods and mediums.