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). I am the author of Double War: Shaun Gladwell, visual culture and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Thames & Hudson Australia) and co-author with Uroš Čvoro of Images of War in Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury, 2021).  We are currently working on our second co-authored book titled The Trump Effect: Populism, Politics, and Paranoia in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, aiming for publication in 2022.  

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.



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

Bloomsbury, 2021

"Lucid, expansive, and necessarily unsparing in its critique of intellectual orthodoxies, Images of War is an urgently important book." 

Rebecca A. Adelman
Professor and Chair, Department of Media and
Communication Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County 

Images of War In Contemporary Art: Terror and Conflict in the Mass Media, cover design: Toby Way.  

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

Kit Messham-Muir
Double War:
Shaun Gladwell, Visual Culture and
the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Thames & Hudson, 2015

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)