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Associate Professor Keely Macarow

Dr Keely Macarow is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Research & Innovation, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Keely has worked as a creative producer, artist, curator and writer for film, video, performance, exhibition, interdisciplinary and applied research projects which have been presented and published in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US.

Keely’s research is collaborative and focuses on social practice, health and wellbeing and her creative practice spans media and visual arts, performance, curation and design. She works with artists, designers, social scientists, housing activists, medical and engineering researchers in Australia and Sweden to explore how art and design interventions and thinking can be applied to healthcare, political, housing and exhibition settings. As such, Keely views her research as a matter of social, spatial and health justice and is committed to developing new ideas, artefacts, tools, conversations and thinking for community benefits.

She is currently working on interdisciplinary projects with researchers based at RMIT University, Lund University, Malmo University and the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) to investigate artistic responses to HIV; to advocate for Homefullness (rather than homelessness); and to explore space and place in end of life care settings.

Keely has supervised 18 MFA research and PhD candidates to completion and her expertise lies in art practice based research, interdisciplinary and action research. She is available to supervise candidates who engage with visual, media and sound art, installation, wearables and participatory art and design to examine socially engaged topics; and artistic and design responses to urban, political, social and health concerns and practices. Current PhD students use video, photography, objects, sound, jewellery and installation to explore issues connected with the body, gender, mental health, urban planning, cities, placemaking, materiality, aesthetics and mobility.