Personal details

Dr Courtney Pedersen
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Visual Arts
Discipline *
Visual Arts and Crafts
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Victorian College of the Arts)

Professional memberships
and associations

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) (Professional member)
Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association


Visual arts, Contemporary art, Feminism, Public Art

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Courtney Pedersen is the Academic Program Director for the School of Creative Practice  and a Senior Lecturer in Art History / Theory. She was previously the Head of Discipline for Visual Arts. She has taught Modernism, Contemporary Asian Art, and Exhibition and Display in the Visual Arts at QUT since 2006.  Her research interests include gender, creative practice-led research, and visual arts pedagogy. She completed her PhD, an exploration of feminism, genealogy and social history through public installation art, in 2005. Prior to that she was a practicing artist for over 10 years, having studied photography at the Victorian College of the Arts in the early 1990s. Her work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Brisbane and in numerous Artist-Run Initiatives. Courtney has been writing for the arts press in Australia since the mid 1990s and worked as the Research Officer for the advocacy organisation, Artworkers Alliance in 2001-2. She has been a member of the reviews editorial team for the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. Courtney is currently a co-director of the feminist artist collective LEVEL, and a board member for Eyeline Publishing and Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space in Brisbane.

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Courtney Pedersen has taught and coordinated Visual Arts studies in early Modernism, Exhibition and Display in the Visual Arts, and Contemporary Asian Visual Culture.

She received a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Early Career in 2007.

This information has been contributed by Dr Courtney Pedersen.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Member of the editorial panel for reviews, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art.


Current supervisions

  • Empathic gestures: exploring affect and gesture as emergent phenomena within the presence of potential
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kiley Gaffney, Dr Clare Dyson, Professor Robert Schweitzer
  • Artists as Living A(na)rchivists: An Examination of Living Archives as Participatory Media for the Artist- Run Sector
    Professional Doctorate, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rachael Haynes

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)