Ted Snell

Ted Snell

Professor, GradDipEd Birm., PhD Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M200), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Ted Snell was born in 1949, at Geraldton, Western Australia. After completing an Associateship in Art Teaching he travelled to England to undertake postgraduate study in Birmingham. He returned to Australia and began teaching part-time at WAIT (now Curtin University of Technology), where he was Professor of Contemporary Art and Dean of Art, John Curtin Gallery. In 2009 he was appointed as Director of the Cultural Precinct at the University of Western Australia.
Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his role as Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee and as a Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. He is currently Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.
He has been a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and is currently art reviewer for The Australian and a regular contributor to local and national journals. He has published several books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia. Ted Snell is also a visual artist and since 1968 he has shown his work in solo exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, and in numerous group exhibition. His work is represented in many public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Artbank.

Roles and responsibilities

2018 -Chair, Fremantle Biennale Advisory Board

2018 -Member, Australian Network Art & Technology (ANAT), Adelaide 

2017 -Member Editorial Advisory Panel, Art & Australia, Melbourne University

2016 -Member ARC Arts Reference Panel

2016Curator (with Gemma Weston) of Adelaide Biennale 2016 WUNDERKAMMER Weekend 

2015 -2018Member ARC Advisory Council

2015 -2016Chair, University Art Museums Australia

2015Chair, Organisations Investment Panel, Department Culture and Arts, 

2015Member State Living Treasures Panel, Department Culture and Arts

2014 - 2017Chair, Australian Experimental Art Foundation

2013 - Member of the University of Queensland Art Museum Engagement Council

2012 - Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Western Australian Regional Committee and Advisory Panel

2006 -2013Chair Visual Arts Board, Australia Council

2011 -2014Member Samstag Museum Art Board, University of South Australia

2011 Chair, State Selection Panel, Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

2010 – 2011Member Building Our Museums And Galleries Sector Working Group, NT Government

2006 - 2011Member of the State Selection Panel, Australian-American Fulbright Commission

2006- Chair, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council

2000-06 Chair of Artbank

2003-2006 Chair Art Craft Design Special

2004 Chair ArtsWA State Living Treasures Panel

2002-04 Chair of the Premier’s Fashion Industry Taskforce 

1999-2002 Chair of the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools 

1999-2001 Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Crafts Committee.

Previous positions

Chair, University Art Museums Australia 2015 -2016

Chair, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, 2006-2013

Perth based Art Reviewer for The Australian since 1984

 Chair of the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS) 1999 - 2002


Art Contemporary
Art Contemporary Australian
Art Museums and Museology
Art Criticism
Art Education


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