Helen Ennis

Helen Ennis Artist, curator, historian and writer
Bachelor of Arts (honours) 1980

Professor Helen Ennis is one of Australia's most eminent photography curators, historians and writers.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts (honours) at Monash University, majoring in English and Visual Arts, Professor Ennis began her career at the National Gallery of Australia in 1981 in the Department of Photography. She was Curator of International and Australian Photography from 1985 until 1992. In 1996 she joined ANU School of Art as a lecturer in art theory and continued to develop her practice as an independent photography curator and writer specialising in Australian photographic practice.

Professor Ennis’s biography Margaret Michaelis: Love, loss and photography (2005) was awarded the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and, the Power Institute of Fine Arts and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Prize for Best Book in 2006. Helen has been the recipient of Australia Council funding, and was awarded the Peter Blazey Fellowship in 2012 and the inaugural ABR George Hicks Fellowship in 2013. She was Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art and Design, and the Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History from 2014-2018

Helen was also elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2014.