Annual Conference

The annual AAANZ conference takes place in either Australia or New Zealand. The conference brings together scholars from Australia, New Zealand, and further afield. The conference attracts around 500 delegates for a two-to-three day program, which typically includes over 150 papers, keynote lectures, graduate masterclasses, the AAANZ three-minute thesis competition, networking, round-tables on publishing, funding and other events. The annual conference is an important event for scholars working within the art history, art theory, curatorship, art education and arts practice. Each year the program features  range of speakers from students to established, senior academics. Our aim is to support research in the arts and to draw together the diverse range of people working in universities, museums, libraries and independently.

The venue changes each year and each host venue engages with the local arts and educational groups. By holding the conference in a different major city every year the Association maintains a visible and active presence across the region. Through this geographical spread the Association develops key relationships with a large number of art museums, galleries and educational organisations broadening our scope with each new stakeholder we work with.

AAANZ works in partnership with the organising committee in the host city and each year our conference encourages collaboration between universities and the gallery sector.

AAANZ conference banner 2016

AAANZ 2016 Conference

The Work of Art

School of Art, Australian National University

Canberra, December 1-3 2016

The 2016 conference will be held in Canberra and hosted by the School of Art at the Australian National University from 1st-3rd December 2016. See the 2016 conference page for further information.

The Call for Papers is now open. The deadline is 26th August 2916.

Conference Registration is now open.

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Past Conferences

Our online archive of past conferences includes information about keynotes and you can download past session and paper abstracts.

2015: Image, Space, Body | Brisbane

2014: GEOcritical | Tasmania

2013: Inter-discipline | Melbourne

2012: Together<>Apart | Sydney

2011: Contact | Wellington

2010: Tradition and Transformation | Adelaide

2009: Open Theme | Canberra

2008: AAANZ: Alpha Alpha Alpha November Zulu | Brisbane

2007: Art and the Real: Documentary, Ethnography, Enactment | Sydney

2006: Reinventing the Medium | Melbourne

2005: Transforming Aesthetics. Sydney

2004: Present pasts – present futures, Auckland

2003AAANZ Conference, Canberra

2002: Art & Ethics

2001: Conducting Bodies, Sydney