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Dr Caelli Brooker


School of Design Communication and IT

Career Summary


As an early career researcher and active visual communication design 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 visuality, 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.

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.

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 'practise practice' 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 and communities of practice. Research generated through this collaboration has been presented through exhibitions and conferences in Australia and the United Kingdom. I have also collaborated with artist and writer Helen Hopcroft, on curatorial projects including a touring artists' book exhibition (Happily Ever After: alternative destinies in contemporary feminine narrative), and a curated 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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, TAFE (NSW)
  • Diploma of Graphic Design, TAFE (NSW)
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, TAFE (NSW)


  • Art and Design
  • Artists' Books
  • Creative Pedagogy
  • Drawing
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Mark-making
  • Practice as Research
  • Practice, History and Theory of Art and Design
  • Printmedia
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Communication & Design

Fields of Research

120307Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design)60
190599Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
3/02/2015 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - 1/12/2013TeacherHunter TAFE
Faculty of Creative Industries
1/03/2009 - 1/12/2013Sessional AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts


DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2007 - 31/12/2013Membership - National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)



2013Highly Commended
2013Recipient Margaret Olley Friends of the University Postgraduate Scholarship in Fine Art
Friends of The University
2012Winner People’s Choice and Best Mid-candidature Poster Prizes
UoN FEDUA Student Research Festival
2012Selected Artist
Gallery East + Midland Junction Arts Centre
2012Resident Artist
Gunyah AIR
2011Selected Artist
Mattara Festival
Artspace Mackay, QLD
The International Artist’s Book Triennial
University of Newcastle
Commonwealth Government
University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle
2008Winner (Painting Section)
University of Newcastle
2007Highly Commended (Sections A & B)
Maitland Art Prize
2007Winner (Section D)
Maitland Art Prize


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Creative Work (15 outputs)

2015Brooker CJ, Sullivan YC, Mapping Collaboration: a participatory art project exploring working together, 310 NXrd Gallery, New Cross, London, UK (2015)
2015Brooker CJ, Sullivan YC, Between the Sheets: Artists¿ Books Exhibition, 2015, Gallery East and Gallery Central (Central Institute of Technology), Perth, WA (2015)
2014Brooker CJ, Jenolan Caves (exhibited as part of a Group Exhibition - Cooks Hill Galleries' 40th Birthday), Cooks Hill Galleries (2014) [J2]
2014Brooker CJ, Tilley L, Smith A, Wells A, Roxburgh B, Joy P, McLaughlin A, Abstraction Now, Newcastle Art Space (NAS) (2014) [J3]
2014Brooker CJ, Lost in Translation: the materialisation of the mark in the digital age, The University Gallery (2014) [J2]
2014Brooker CJ, Typographic Origami Newcastle (exhibited as part of a group exhibition - Art City - Watt Space Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition), Watt Space Gallery (2014) [J2]
2013Brooker CJ, Graphicality: new work, Greenway Gallery, Morpeth (2013) [J1]
2013Brooker CJ, Shaw G, Tilley P, Murland A, Rey U, Chaffey N, et al., Popped, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authorsUna Rey
2013Brooker CJ, Murland A, Elliot-Ranken M, Osmotherly M, Smith B, Out of Hand: abstraction in monochrome and colour, The Depot Galleryt, Waterloo, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
2013Brooker CJ, Hopcroft H, Year of the Bird: a celebration of hybridity, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J3]
2012Brooker CJ, Marked Difference, Shopfront Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Brooker CJ, The Cave: A Dialogue, Gallery East and Midland Junction Arts Centre, North Fremantle, WA, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, Webb CE, Bird C, Wood D, Happily Ever After: Alternative Destinies in Contemporary Feminine Narrative, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J3]
Co-authorsCaroline Webb
2012Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, The Year of the Bird: A Celebration of Hybridity, Maitland Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW< Australia (2012) [J2]
2011Brooker CJ, Coast Lines, Cooks Hill (2011) [J1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

2014Brooker CJ, Lost In Translation: the materialisation of the mark in the digital age, The University of Newcastle (2014)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$26,228

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20111 grants / $2,500

Happily Ever After: alternative destinies in contemporary feminine narrative$2,500

An exhibition of artists&rsquo; books curated by Caelli Jo Booker and Helen Hopcroft. The exhibition is conceived as an interdisciplinary collaboration between local, national and international, artists, writers and craftspeople invited to work together to create handmade books which explore female narratives within the fairytale genre. While the classic fairytale ending &lsquo;happily ever after&rsquo; envisages a single, finite destiny, the contemporary feminine experience encompasses a multiplicity of roles, expectations, endings, beginnings and relationships. Thus the exhibition theme is probably best conceptualised as a celebration of diversity within destiny, with the fairytale genre used as the narrative vehicle to explore this idea. John Paynter Gallery, 10 &ndash; 26 June 2011 Cox Rayner Gallery, Artspace Mackay, 29 July &ndash; 28 October 2011 Manly Library, 3 December 2011 &ndash; 29 January 2012
Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Funding bodyDepartment of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Project Team
SchemeAustralian Postgraduate Award
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2012
Type Of FundingNot Known

20091 grants / $23,728

Australian Postgraduate Award$23,728

Australian Postgraduate Award Description: PhD (Fine Art) School of Creative Arts Faculty of Education and Arts Research Topic - Lost in Translation - The Materialisation of the Mark in the Digital Age
Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Funding bodyDepartment of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Project Team
SchemeAustralian Postgraduate Award
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth

Dr Caelli Brooker


School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details
Phone+61 2 4921 6368


BuildingDesign Building
LocationUniversity Drive Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308