Photography courtesy of the University of Newcastle

A B O U T   M E

I am an art theorist, educator, researcher, critic and Professor of Art at Curtin University, Australia. 


I am the Lead Investigator on the 'Art in Conflict' project, a three-year ARC linkage project in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the National Trust (NSW), with a team of researchers from University of Melbourne, University of NSW and University of Manchester. 


Since 1997, I have taught art history at universities in Australia and Hong Kong and I am currently a Professor in Art at the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University, Australia. 


I have won multiple awards for teaching, publish frequently in peer-reviewed and popular press (ArtforumArt & AustraliaThe Conversation). In 2015, I published the book, Double War: Shaun Gladwell, visual culture and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Thames & Hudson Australia).

I grew up in Wales, moved to Australia in 1990, and graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours Class 1) in 1994. I was awarded a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of New South Wales in 2000, with a doctoral thesis examining the role of affect in political conflicts surrounding contemporary art in the 1990s.


Kit Messham-Muir &
Uroš Čvoro
Images of War in Contemporary Art: Terror and Conflict in the Mass Media

Forthcoming with Bloomsbury,
New York, mid-2021

Images of War In Contemporary Art: Terror and Conflict in the Mass Media, draft cover design: Anita Iannacchione, Bloomsbury.  

Double War is

" of the most significant and original interpretations of the space and time of war."


Vivienne Jabri,

Professor of International Politics

 Department of War Studies

King’s College London

Double War: Shaun Gladwell, Visual Culture and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, published by Thames & Hudson Australia.  Photo: Ossie Morris.  224 page, full colour, hard back. ISBN: 978-0-500-500054-5. Release date: 1 July 2015, RRP AU$49.99. Edited by Matt Price. Designed by Joe Gilmore / Qubik


​BVA Hons I (Usyd), GCertPTT (UoN), PhD (UNSW)

©  Kit Messham-Muir

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