Dr Peta Clancy

Dr Peta Clancy

Dr Peta Clancy

Associate Dean, Indigenous
Senior Lecturer, Fine Art

Department of Fine Art

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Graduate research supervisor

PhD, Monash; MFA, RMIT; and BFA, RMIT.

Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang nation from the Murray Goulburn area, South Eastern Australia. She has been awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture and the Koorie Heritage Trust Residency Grant funded by the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program. Clancy’s selected solo exhibitions include at Linden New Art (2015); Galerija Kapelica, Slovenia (2013); Performance Space, Sydney (2011); Dominik Mersch Gallery (2009 & 2007), Sydney; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2007); Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2005); Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces (2001); Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Studio 12 (1997); and Centre for Contemporary Photography (1995). Clancy’s selected group exhibitions include Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, State Library of New South Wales and Monash Gallery of Art (2017); TEA Super Connect, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2013); Art and Science as the Conjectured Possible, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Baltic Branch), Russia (2013); Controversy: The Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (2012) and Imagining the Everyday, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2010).

In 2017 Clancy acted as a curatorial advisor for Science Gallery Melbourne’s season Blood. She has won grants from the City of Melbourne, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and the Besen Family Foundation. In 2009-2013 she collaborated with Helen Pynor on ‘The Body is a Big Place’ project, exploring organ transplantation, working with members of that community, medical clinicians, and scientists. The project won an Honorary Mention in the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria, and a 2012 Australian Network for Art and Technology Synapse Grant to undertake a four-month residency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in 2012. Her artwork has featured in the publications ‘Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art’ by Ingeborg Reichle and ‘Look: Contemporary Australian Photography Since 1980’ by Anne Marsh. In 2015, Clancy’s artwork featured in the Culture Trip’s article ‘The 10 Best Australian Photographers You Should Know’, by C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia. Articles about her work have appeared in the contemporary art journals: Artlink, Eyeline, Photofile, RealTime, Asian Art News, Art Radar, New Scientist and a front cover article in Australian Art Collector (2007). It has been acquired by Monash Gallery of Art; Darebin City Council, Melbourne; Australian National Gallery Library; and the Tate Gallery Library, London. She has undertaken commissions for the City of Yarra, Australian Museum and the 2006 Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria.

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Five new Indigenous Scholarships for Monash Art, Design and Architecture students

Five Indigenous students in a Monash Art, Design and Architecture degree have received a scholarship to help support them throughout their studies.


‘Undercurrent’ 2020

Visualising erased and disturbed Indigenous sites within Country of Baluk willam of the Woi wurrung and the Nguruk willam of the Boon wurrung located in the area now known as the City of Monash.


Creating a major series of large format landscape photographs responding to a massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

The Body is a Big Place

Bio-art explores organ transplantation and the gift of life.

Graduate research opportunities

Climate Aware Creative Practices

In response to the climate emergency, the Fine Art department has developed a new Climate Aware Creative Practices research priority. We invite applications for a PhD project commencing in 2023 that responds to the themes of sustainability, ethics of making, the intersection of colonisation, capitalism and climate crisis, and critical ecologies. We welcome applications in the fields of Fine Art, Curatorial Practice, or Art History and Theory.

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