Dr Mary Knights
In April 2015, the Trinity Long Room Hub was delighted to welcome Dr Mary Knights as a Visiting Research Fellow.
Dr Mary Knights is the Director of the SASA Gallery in the School of Art, Architecture & Design, at the University of South Australia. She is also Leader of the Cultural Outreach Package, Hawke European Union Centre for the Arts and Humanities at the University of South Australia.
Dr Knights has worked in the Australian arts sector for over fifteen years and has held arts management, curatorial and academic positions in Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia. She has curated many exhibitions; published numerous essays and critical reviews; authored Irrunytju Arts (2006) based on working for twenty months in a remote Indigenous community; and co-authored with Prof Ian North Out of Nothingness: Hossein Valamanesh (2011).
Dr Knights was awarded a PhD by the University of Tasmania in 2010 for her thesis titled On the Brink of the Abyss, which focuses on the writings on key Symbolist artists by French critic and novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907). During her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub, Dr Knights undertook curatorial research and collaborated with staff, researchers, curators, artists and writers to develop partnerships that supported the development of exhibitions, symposia and related events that investigate issues around post-colonialism, conflict and reconciliation from Irish and Australian perspectives.
Dr Knights gave a public lecture on Monday, 18 May 2015 at 1pm titled 'The Impact of the Market on Australian Aboriginal Art: A Case Study' in the Trinity Long Room Hub.