Associate Professor Kate Daw

Kate Daw is Head of the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts. She is also an internationally recognised visual artist.

She explores issues of authorship, narrative and the creative process in her work – continually moving between the spheres of domesticity and the workplace, the everyday and the imagined.

Kate has exhibited widely nationally and internationally since 1992, in both solo and group exhibitions. Recent projects include work shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, commissioned projects with ACCA, the Potter Museum and the NGV, the Biennale of Sydney and the India Art Fair.

Having completed her PhD at the VCA, Kate undertook residencies abroad and has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including The Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship.

Kate is interested in involving others in her art practice and has worked on collaborative projects with artists in Scotland, India and throughout Australia.
As Head of VCA Art she is dedicated to creating a dynamic and agile work environment that is able to meet the many challenges that confront the arts.

While studio-based learning is at the heart of VCA Art, there are two key objectives that underpin all strategies for the VCA and are likewise, central to Kate’s thinking:
– The encouragement and support of porous relationships with other disciplines, universities and art industries.
– And international focus with high levels of engagement between staff and students, leading to active and productive creative relationships and strong research outputs.

She strongly believes in the research outputs of VCA Art and in building an international reputation for renowned visual art research. This will be achieved through a commitment to, and engagement with innovative, diverse and interdisciplinary modes of art production.
Her vision as Head of VCA Art involves seeing culture as a force for positive change in the world.

Why does consciousness research matter?

An understanding of consciousness, and the mechanisms that create our experience of the world and our place within it, is more important than ever before. Significant to our everyday lives, consciousness research has far reaching implications for: