18 March 2019 marks quite a momentous date for DDCA. At the DDCA Board meeting held on that date, Professor Su Baker AM formally tendered her resignation as DDCA President, handing over to DDCA Vice President Professor Clive Barstow to continue the good work.
As someone who has been involved with DDCA from its early days (and even prior to this during discussion about the need for DDCA), it will seem strange not to have Su’s energy and insight at the helm. Of course Su would be the first to acknowledge that DDCA is very much a group enterprise by ‘DDCA active’ colleagues from across the sector and, particularly, current and former DDCA board members. It is therefore fitting that the DDCA Presidency now passes to Clive, who has been part of the DDCA journey since its beginning.
Clive is Executive Dean of Arts & Humanities at Edith Cowan University, as well as Honorary Professor of Art at the University of Shanghai Science & Technology China, Honorary Professor of Design at Guangdong Baiyun University China and global faculty member of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey USA.
He has an extensive history of teaching and researching in creative arts. Prior to moving to Australia in 1992, he taught at Middlesex University in London and the Kent Institute of Art and Design. He trained under Eduardo Paolozzi at the University of the Arts London (Chelsea School of Art) and holds a PhD from Griffith University Australia.
Clive is also practicing artist and writer. His exhibition profile includes forty years of international exhibitions, artist residencies and publications in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His work is held in a number of collections, including the Musse National d'Art Modern Pompidou Centre Paris and the British Council USA. Clive is President of the newly formed Sino-Australian Artists Association. and President of the newly formed Sino-Australian Artists Association. He is also Director of the Open Bite Australia Print Workshop, which encourages the development of printmaking within a number of local indigenous communities.
His recent exhibitions include “Tomorrow is History” at the Turner Galleries Perth WA, “Giving Yesterday A Tomorrow” at the Hu Jiang Gallery Shanghai China, “Cultural Pruning” at the Meou Art Gallery M50 Art Space Shanghai and recent publications include “Encountering the Third Space: a study of identity and hybridity through trans cultural artistic practice in Australia and China” Oxford University UK. In 2005 Clive was awarded the distinguished teaching award by the Australian Council for University Art & Design Schools, for his contribution to art and design education in Australia.
Clive has been a regular contributor to NiTRO since its beginning and we look forward to working closely with him as DDCA President over the coming years.