- Dr Leah King-Smith
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
- Discipline *
- Visual Arts and Crafts, Film, Television and Digital Media
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- Identifiers and profiles
Phd (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
NAVA, National Association for the Visual Arts;
AAANZ, Art Association of Australia & New Zealand;
ISRN, Indigenous Studies Research Network
Decolonising methodologies, Practice-led research, Transdisciplinary collaboration, Visual media, 3-D animation, Time-based media, Visual art, Photo media
Leah King-Smith is a Bigambul/Australian visual artist, Lecturer and Academic Lead (Indigenous) in Learning and Teaching in the School of Creative Practice.
Leah’s focus is particularly driven by change for equity and cultural competence in teaching and learning, as well as the promotion of cultural perspectives in practice-led research. Leah has an extensive exhibition career as a photo and digital media artist and has work held in numerous gallery collections. Leah also works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives and communities across a broad range of media forms, such as imaging for music, theatre & dance; involvement in community art events and performing as a singer and musician.
Keywords: Decolonising methodologies; practice-led research; contemporary art practice; visual art; interdisciplinary collaboration; installation; public art; ephemeral art; photo media; 2D media; 3D animation; time-based media; performance; community art.
Since 2020 I have been Academic Lead, Teaching & Learning (Indigenous) in Creative Industries, which is a role that oversees the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in Creative Industries curricula.
I teach and lecture in the Visual Arts BFA program, specifically Open Studio for first-years.
I coordinate, lecture and teach in the 2D Art Unit.
I have extensive experience teaching, lecturing and coordinating the Photo Media Unit.
I take a specific interest in contemporary Indigenous art practices and deliver lectures in this field when invited.
I have extensive exhibition experience and also work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives and communities across a broad range of media forms, such as imaging for music, theatre & dance; involvement in community art events and performing as a singer and musician.
Some exhibition and collaborative highlights include: Wes Enoch and Deborah Mailman’s 7 Stages of Grieving Metro Arts (1995); Aunti Vi McDermott’s book, Munyourbarn (2006); White Apron Black Hands Museum of Brisbane (1994); Dancelines, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne (2006); Mill Binna, PhotoAccess Gallery Canberra (2017). Dreaming mum series (2018-2020) National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; QUT Art Museum, Brisbane; Evocations (2020) for Rite of Passage, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane; Canaipa Mudlines: Art and Environment, Redland Art Gallery (2020); 15 Artists, Redcliffe Art Gallery (2020); From all Points of the Southern Sky, Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida.
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
- Embodying transformation through creative practice: ritual, art-based action and solastalgia.
MPhil, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Victoria Garnons-Williams