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Associate Professor Marnie Badham

 With 30 years of experience of art and social justice in Australia and Canada, Marnie’s creative and critical research sits at the intersection of socially engaged art practice, participatory methodologies, and the politics of cultural measurement. Through dialogic forms for encounter and exchange with attention to relational ethics and care, Marnie’s community partnerships bring together disparate groups of people (artists, communities, industry, government) in dialogue to examine and effect local issues. Her art and social practice research is co-created with long term collaborators in the context of Indigenous-settler-migrant relations, food-art-politics, affective engagement in relation to climate anxiety, and creative cartographies through durational artist residencies. 

Marnie is a Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council Linkage Project award Ambitious and Fair: towards a sustainable visual arts sector and contributes to policy and industry standards on artist fees, public art commissioning, artist residencies, and arts funding. Marnie serves as research mentor within multiple community partnerships: All The Queens Men’s Coming Back Out Ball and the Elders Dance Club (2019, 2020, 2022, 2023) with LGTBQIA+ seniors, the Indigenous Traditional Dance Project (2018) with ArtBack NT in Borroloola, and Ngamumu: decolonising motherhood with Lia Pa’apa’a (2021).  

Marnie is Associate Professor, School of Art, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She is a director for Res Artis: global network of artist residencies, co-leads the Cultural Value Impact Network (CVIN), and is a member of CAST (contemporary art and social transformation) research group. She has a PhD in Creative Arts and Cultural Policy (University of Melbourne, 2012), a Masters of Community Cultural Development (University of Melbourne, 2008) and undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Inter-media and Bachelor of Arts, Art History (University of Regina, 1996 & 1996).

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