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Biography

As an early career researcher and active visual communication and visual arts practitioner, my research interests have evolved primarily from my professional experience in commercial design, creative pedagogy and the cultural and creative industries.


Exploring the nexus between design and art and arriving at an approach that incorporates both practice-led and practice-based research through traditional and digital print media, my current work examines visual thinking, typography, image-making, abstraction, artists' books and print production. Bridging the analogue and digital spheres, my research posits the exploration of traditional print production methods as complementary to the understanding and embodiment of the material, theoretical and

historical contexts for contemporary typography and page design.

It also proposes visual methodologies and paradigms of design as generative methods of creative discovery, navigation, and analysis, in linking thought to its representations and visual interpretations.


As a mode of creative and conceptual aesthetic engagement, my research practice examines the interdisciplinary and multifaceted nature of creative design research, the connective multiplicities inherent in design, and its context within the broader research landscape.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 03/02/2009
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, TAFE (NSW), 01/12/2012
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007
  • Diploma of Graphic Design, TAFE (NSW), 01/12/2000
  • Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, TAFE (NSW), 01/12/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • Art and Design
  • Artists' Books
  • Creative Arts Pedagogy
  • Mark-making
  • Practice as Research

Research expertise

Visual art; mark-making; drawing; painting; print media; artists books; graphic design; typography; hapticity: practice as research; visual research methodologies; materiality; visuality; visual literacies; the nexus between art and design; art and design pedagogy; art theory and the philosophy of art and design.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120307Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)60
190599Visual Arts And Crafts Not Elsewhere Classified40

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Awards

Awarded

2013Recipient Margaret Olley Friends of the University Postgraduate Scholarship in Fine Art
Friends of the University (Australia)
Margaret Olley Friends of the University Postgraduate Scholarship in Fine Art
2013Highly Commended
TAFE NSW (Australia)
Excellence in Customer Service Award Hunter TAFE Staff Team Award Design Centre | Faculty of Creative Industries | Hunter TAFE
2012Resident Artist
Gunyah AIR (Australia)
Gunyah Artist in Residence Program North Arm Cove | NSW
2012Selected Artist
Gallery East + Midland Junction Arts Centre (Australia)
Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2012
2012Winner People’s Choice and Best Mid-candidature Poster Prizes
UoN FEDUA Student Research Festival (Australia)
Winner People’s Choice and Best Mid-candidature Poster Prizes
2011Selected Artist
Mattara Festival (Australia)
Mattara Outdoor Art Exhibition
2010Finalist
Artspace Mackay (Australia)
2010 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize
2010Recipient
TAFE NSW (Australia)
Hunter TAFE Staff Team Award Design Centre | Faculty of Creative Industries | Hunter TAFE
2009Recipient
Commonwealth Government (Australia)
Australian Postgraduate Award
2009Recipient
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Faculty Medal (Faculty of Education and Arts)
2009Finalist
The International Artist’s Book Triennial (Lithuania)
Text: 5th International Artist’s Book Triennial Leipzig, Germany & Vilnius, Lithuania in 2009 Halmstad, Sweden & Cannaregio, Venice in 2010
2008Winner (Painting Section)
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Brian & Rhoma Cummins Award
2008Recipient
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Deputy Vice Chancellor Honours Scholarship
2008Recipient
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Provisional Honours Postgraduate Scholarship
2007Winner (Section D)
Maitland Art Prize (Australia)
Farrow Wyatt Maitland Art Prize
2007Highly Commended (Sections A & B)
Maitland Art Prize (Australia)
Farrow Wyatt Maitland Art Prize

Collaboration

My collaborator in exploring artist/teacher identities and collaborative engagement as part of the MA Artist Teachers & Contemporary Practices program at Goldsmiths College, is UK artist and teacher, Yvette Sullivan. This ongoing research is undertaken through the 'practisepractice' collective and explores concepts of creative and occupational identity and dimensions of creative education and training, which connect a shared research interest in art and design pedagogy. Creative works from the research collaboration have been exhibited locally, as well as in the United Kingdom as part of the exhibition, 'practicepractise: artist teachers respond to notions of place' at Blank Gallery, Sussex, in 2010.

I have also collaborated with artist, writer and fellow PhD candidate, Helen Hopcroft, through 'The Line Collective', on curatorial projects including a 2011-2012 touring artists' book exhibition (Happily Ever After: alternative destinies in contemporary feminine narrative), and a 2013 group exhibition exploring the prevalence of bird imagery in contemporary culture (Year of the Bird). Together, we received a National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Marketing Grant for 'Happily Ever After', which enabled the exhibition to travel to multiple national venues.

Future collaborations are planned with both these artists/academics.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Practice, History and Theory of Art and Design
  • Printmedia
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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, Webb CE, Bird C, Wood D, Happily Ever After: Alternative Destinies in Contemporary Feminine Narrative, Helen Hopcroft and Caelli Jo Brooker, Newcastle (2012) [J2]

Co-authors: Caroline Webb

Publications

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Creative Work (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Brooker CJ, Graphicality: new work, Greenway Gallery, Morpeth (2013) [J1]
2013Brooker CJ, Murland A, Elliot-Ranken M, Osmotherly M, Smith B, Out of Hand: abstraction in monochrome and colour, The Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW (2013) [J2]
2013Brooker CJ, Shaw G, Tilley P, Murland A, Rey U, Chaffey N, et al., Popped, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW 2300 (2013) [J2]
2013Brooker CJ, Hopcroft H, Year of the Bird: a celebration of hybridity, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW 2320 (2013) [J3]
2012Brooker CJ, Marked Difference, Shopfront Gallery, Newcastle (2012) [J2]
2012Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, The Year of the Bird: A Celebration of Hybridity, Maitland Art Gallery, Maitland (2012) [J2]
2012Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, Webb CE, Bird C, Wood D, Happily Ever After: Alternative Destinies in Contemporary Feminine Narrative, Helen Hopcroft and Caelli Jo Brooker, Newcastle (2012) [J2]

Co-authors: Caroline Webb

2012Brooker CJ, The Cave: A Dialogue, Gallery East and Midland Junction Arts Centre, North Fremantle, WA (2012) [J2]
2011Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, Happily Ever After: Alternative Destinies in Contemporary Feminine Narrative, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle NSW (2011) [J1]
2011Brooker CJ, Coast Lines, Cooks Hill (2011) [J1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$26,228

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2011 (1 grants)

Happily Ever After: alternative destinies in contemporary feminine narrative$2,500
Funding Body: NAVA National Association for the Visual Arts Ltd

SchemeRole
NSW Artists Marketing SchemeInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020112012
GNo:183141679

2009 (1 grants)

Australian Postgraduate Award$23,728
Funding Body: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

SchemeRole
Australian Postgraduate AwardChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$23,72820092013
GNo:184174555
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Ms Caelli Brooker

Work Phone+61 2 4921 6368
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
D206,
Design Building,
University Drive Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/caelli-brooker
Linkwww.newcastle.edu.au/profile/caelli-brooker