|Born||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Alma mater||Saint Martins School of Art, London; Rhode Island School of Design|
|Occupation||Artist, urbanist, writer, academic|
|Employer||University of Sydney|
Brad Buckley (born 1952 in Sydney) is an artist, activist, urbanist and Professor of Contemporary Art and Culture at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. He has also held various senior positions, including founding director of the SCA Graduate School and Associate Dean (Research) at Sydney College of the Arts.
Brad Buckley spent his childhood years in Sydney. His father, Jim Buckley, owned the Newcastle Hotel in Lower George Street, Sydney. The Newcastle was one of the Sydney Push 'hotels' and was frequented by artists, poets, underworld figures and philosophers for almost 20 years during the 1960s and 1970s. He was educated at Saint Martins School of Art, London, and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 1982.
Buckley's works operate within an overarching schema entitled The Slaughterhouse Project, which is an aesthetic armature, a strategy used for aesthetic infiltration, or infection. As the name implies, the Project is a conceptual device of cauterisation, a way of exploring taboos, for investigating political anomalies, for venting dissatisfaction with social injustice. Operating at the intersection of installation, theatre and performance, investigates questions of cultural control, democracy, freedom and social responsibility, Buckley's work has been included in:
- the 3rd International Biennial (Ljubljana, Slovenia),
- the 4th Construction in Process 1993 (the Artists' Museum, Lodz, Poland),
- the 5th Construction in Process 1995 (the Artists' Museum, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel),
- the 9th Biennale of Sydney, Australia.
His work has been exhibited at:
- Franklin Furnace Archive (New York),
- Artspace (Auckland),
- the Art Gallery of New South Wales,
- the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin),
- the Visual Arts Gallery (University of Alabama at Birmingham),
- La Chambre Blanche (Quebec),
- Artspace Visual Arts Centre (Sydney),
- the PS 1 Institute for Contemporary Art (New York),
- the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane),
- the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN) (Sydney),
- the Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax, Canada),
- Tsukuba Art Gallery (Japan),
- Plato's Cave (New York), and
- the Australian Centre for Photography.
Between 2001 and 2006, Buckley was the chair of the board of Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Sydney. Buckley exhibited The Slaughterhouse Project: Alignment and Boundaries (L’Origine du monde) at the Australian Centre for Photography in 2013.
Buckley has a longstanding interest in curating and has undertaken projects at the Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. His most recent project (co-curated with Blair French), Reading and Writing Rooms, was a major survey of 30 years of the work of New Zealand-born, Canada-based artist Bruce Barber, and was held in 2008 at Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney. The project was developed in conjunction with Manukau Institute of Technology and Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Auckland, where a partner component of the exhibition opened in December of the same year.
As a lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts since 1989, Buckley has taught several generations of contemporary Australian artists working within installation, performance and new media art, including Sean Lowry, Kyle Jenkins, Alex Gawronski, Tony Schwensen, Sarah Newall, David Haines, Mark Shorter, Rowan Conroy, Sylvia Schwenk, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Quilty, Koji Ryui, Justene Williams, and Bijana Jancic.
Since 2003, Buckley has lectured and written widely on higher degrees and research in the art school context. In 2003, Buckley was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Visual Arts PhD Programs seminar at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He was also a keynote speaker in 2007 at the International Symposium on Art and Design: University Art Practice and Research Funding, at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He also developed and convened, with senior faculty, a conference on higher degrees and research in the art and design school context, entitled Evolution: Art and Design Research and the PhD, at The New School (New York) in October 2010. Buckley and Su Baker, Director of the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne, received in 2008–09 an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) grant to undertake research into the impact of the PhD in visual arts in Australian universities over the past decade.
His commitment and contribution to graduate supervision was recognised in 2004 with the awarding of the first College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), the University of Sydney, Award for Excellence in Research, Higher Degree Supervision. He has been a visiting artist and professor at numerous institutions throughout Asia, Europe and North America including the University of Tsukuba (Japan), National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland), the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (Canada) and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. During 2009, Buckley was a Visiting Scholar at Parsons The New School for Design (New York).
He is the editor, with John Conomos, of Republics of Ideas: Republicanism Culture Visual Arts (2001); Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD and the Academy (2009), and Ecologies of Invention.
Buckley has also developed and chaired (with Conomos) a number of conference sessions for the College Art Association, including 'America: The Divine Empire’ (Atlanta, 2005), ‘The Contemporary Collaborator in an Interdisciplinary World’ (Dallas, 2008), ‘The Erasure of Contemporary Memory’ (New York, 2011) and Co-Chaired, with John Conomos, the session 'The Delinquent Curator: has the curator failed contemporary art?, 101st College Art Association (CAA) conference in New York City, 2013.
- University of Sydney profile
- National Library of Australia catalogue
- Baker, A.J., ‘Sydney Libertarianism and the Push’.
- ‘’Scanlines’’, biography page, College of Fine Arts (UNSW), dLux Media and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
- Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Community.
- 'The Slaughterhouse Project: Alignment and Boundaries (L’Origine du monde) and I wonder whether that’s Joanna Hiffernan with a Brazilian (revisited)', Australian Centre for Photography, 2 March–19 May 2013. Archived 8 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- InDepth Art News.
- Construction in Process IV 1993, Lodz, Poland.
- Sureck, Suzy (guest ed.), 'Construction in Process', New Observations special double issue, no. 102, 1994.
- Volk, Gregory, 'My Home is Your Home, Construction in Process', Art + Text, no.47, 1994.
- Construction in Process V 1995, Mizpeh Ramon, Israel.
- Bond, Anthony, Artistic Director, Foreword, The 9th Biennale of Sydney, The Boundary Rider
- Jackson, Mark, 'Vigilance' in The Boundary Rider: The 9th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 1990, pp.320–328)
- Franklin Furnace Archive, Goings On
- WorldCat, ‘The Slaughterhouse Project: The part which is silent and moves with great slowness’, Artspace Auckland, 1996
- Broadfoot, Keith, 'The End of the Line: Installation Art Today’, catalogue essay for The Slaughterhouse Project: The part which is silent and moves with great slowness, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand, 1996, unpaginated.
- Morris, Bob, ‘Recollection Is An Elemental Phenomenon’, catalogue essay, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney and Australian Perspecta '85, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1985, p.24.
- Levine, Brett, 'Princes Kept the View' catalogue essay for The Slaughterhouse Project: The Light on the Hill, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA (2002) in Brad Buckley, John Conomos, Australian Centre for Photography, 2013, pp.51–59)
- The Slaughterhouse Project: In Medias Res, Le Chambre Blanche
- Millner, Jacqueline, 'The Slaughterhouse Project', catalogue essay for The Slaughterhouse Project: In Medias Res, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec, in Le Bulletin 26, 2006.
- Conomos, John, ‘Brad Buckley, Etiquette: Space, Site, Politics’, catalogue essay for Unthinkable: Etiquette and Unthinkable: Fear of Joy, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, 2004.
- Broadfoot, Keith, ‘Site Unseen’, catalogue essay for Those Unspoken Tragedies (and that slashed eye), Artspace, Sydney, 1995.
- Kismaric, Carole (ed.), National and International Studio Programs 1990–1991, Institute for Contemporary Art, PS 1 Museum, New York, 1991.
- Jackson, Mark, ‘ipseity/ravissement’, catalogue essay, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1992, unpaginated.
- Welcome to the Desert of the Real, October–November 2008, ICAN website.
- Giving Notice: Words on Walls, 27 August–3 October 2010, Dalhousie Art Gallery
- Wyman, Jessica, 'What We Do With Walls', catalogue essay for Giving Notice: Words on Walls, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada, 2010, pp.35–42)
- Brad Buckley: The Cosmopolitan Community, University of Tsukuba Art Space
- Press release: Presenting: Brad Buckley, an EIDIA House project, 10 September – 8 October 2011.
- ‘Konstrukcja w Procesie-Construction in Process’, New Observations 102, July/August/September/October 1994 (New York)
- ‘Unsentimental Education’, Artforum International, July 2010, (New York).
- Artspace Visual Arts Centre history. Archived 7 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Australian Centre for Photography, Autumn Season 2013.
- Buckley, Brad, 'Provocative and Problematic Video from the American East Coast', catalogue essay, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 1983.
- ‘Provocative and problematic video from the American east coast’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1983
- ‘Exhibitions of note’, Arcadia University, Pennsylvania Archived 4 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- Bruce Barber website.
- Reading and Writing Rooms, 2008 Archived 9 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Sean Lowry art/music/text.
- Kyle Jenkins website.
- Alex Gawronski website.
- Tony Schwensen biography Archived 9 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
- Sarah Newall website.
- Haines & Hinterding website.
- Mark Shorter biography
- Rowan Conroy website.
- Sylvia Schwenk website.
- Shaun Gladwell website.
- Ben Quilty website.
- Koji Ryui, Sarah Cottier Gallery website.
- Ocula website, artist profile.
- Bijana Jancic website.
- Sydney University Research Supervisor Connect: About Professor Brad Buckley.
- Evolution: Art and Design Research and the PhD, The New School, New York, 2010
- Staff Listing, Victorian College of the Arts. Archived 11 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Future-proofing the Creative Arts in Higher Education, Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government, report published 2009.
- Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, University of Sydney.
- Republics of Ideas: Republicanism Culture Visual Arts, Google Books "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-08. Ecologies of Invention, B. Buckley, J. Conomos and A. Dong, eds., University of Sydney, SUP, 2013, ISBN 9781743323571.
-  'The Delinquent Curator: has the curator failed contemporary art?', 101st College Art Association (CAA) conference in New York City, 2013.