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The Power Institute

The Power Institute is a non-profit foundation for visual arts and cultures, based at the University of Sydney, Australia.


We curate live and online lectures, workshops and other events with local and internationally renowned scholars, house one of Australia’s leading fine art libraries, publish award-winning titles, and engage with partner organisations to generate new research. Our focus is on seeking out, developing and communicating ideas and theories in visual art and culture – past, present and future – through teaching, research, public talks, exhibitions, publications and podcasts, for a national and international audience.



Angela Brennan & Tim Riley Walsh (eds.)
Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings


Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings is the first publication to survey the writing practice of the late Gordon Bennett (1955–2014),

giving insight into one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists in his own words. Featuring nearly forty published and unpublished essays, artist’s statements, letters, and interviews from across Bennett’s nearly thirty-year career, Selected Writings profiles the importance of the written word within his art and broader intellectual practice. Through its focus on Bennett’s written voice, which shifts between scholarly debate, political argument, and personal reflection, this publication reveals Bennett considered art and life to be just as entangled as words and images.


Edited by Angela Goddard and Tim Riley Walsh, Selected Writings is co-published by Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane. The book also provides glimpses into Bennett’s personal archive via the reproduction of previously unseen notebooks, correspondence, sketches, preparatory compositions, and more.


Purchase the book here


Watch contemporary artists, curators, and writers respond to Bennett’s work and the book:  






Power Events


The Power Institute’s 2021 events program introduced audiences to some of the most interesting, innovative, and important art scholars working in Australia, Asia and the United States.  


Our roster of scholars this year included Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist and art historian Jonathan Jones, US-based scholar of art and mass incarceration Nicole Fleetwood, Philippine art historian and curator Patrick Flores, and many others. 


Click below to watch recordings from each of our three 2021 lecture series.

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