Keely Macarow is Coordinator of Postgraduate Research in the School of Art at RMIT.
Keely's research is focused on socially engaged art and the nexus between creative arts, social justice, health and wellbeing, and social and natural science. Currently, Keely is a member of The Untitled (a collective of artists, urban and graphic designers, architects and housing researchers based in Melbourne and Stockholm) who produce creative works, publications and interventions in Australia and Sweden to advocate for Homefullness (rather than homelessness).
Her film, video and exhibition projects have been presented in Australia, the UK, the US, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Hungary, France, Scotland and Denmark.
Dr Keely Macarow's research interests are focused on the body, disease, health, HIV and AIDS, forced migration, conflict and emergency. Keely is currently developing publications and projects related to these themes.
Leader, Art, Science and the Body Research Cluster, School of Art, RMIT University
Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing
Funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, 2008-2011, (ID: LP0882346)
(Dr Keely Macarow, Dr Philip Samartzis, Professor Elizabeth Grierson and David Brown, APAI: School of Art, RMIT University; Professor George Jelinek, Dr Tracey Weiland and Dr Craig Winter: Emergency Dept, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne).
This three-phase interdisciplinary project was undertaken by researchers significant to the fields of music composition and performance, sound art, emergency medicine, art history and clinical psychology to provide a new perspective on the effect of sound and music on the health and wellbeing of patients located in the Emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Film Victoria Digital Audiences grant (2006) and City of Melbourne New Work grant (2005).
(Keely Macarow, Producer – Philip Samartzis and Philip Brophy, Sound and Vision)
Film Victoria Screen Culture grant (2003)
(Producer and Curator of video cinema program)
Disturbance: bodies. disease. Art
University of Melbourne - TRIPS scholarship (2002)
University of Melbourne - Melbourne Abroad Scholarship (2002)
Keely Macarow (Producer) and Paul Rodgers (Artist)
Australia Council New Media Arts Board grant (2001)
Current senior supervisions
- Anastasia Joannides, PhD
- Bin Dixon Ward, PhD
- Thembi Soddell, PhD
- Sarah Edwards, PhD
- Marianne Huhn, PhD
- Fleur Summers, PhD
- Jennifer Lade, PhD
Completions (senior and second supervisions)
- 2012 David Brown, PhD
- 2012 Shane Hulbert, PhD.
- 2012 Man, Chingying, DFA.
- 2011 Koon, Wai, DFA.
- 2011 Dominic Redfern, PhD.
- 2011 James Hullick, PhD.
- 2010 Sarah Kenderdine, PhD by Publication.
- 2010 Cat Hope, PhD.
- 2009 Prapon (Joe) Kumjim, DFA.
- 2008 Shoshanna Jordan, MA.
- 2006 Christian Cappuro, MA.
- 2005 David van Royen, MA.
- 2002 Kim Lawler, MA.
Awards and residencies
Keely Macarow, Philip Samartzis and Tracey Weiland were awarded The Arts and Health Australia Award for Excellence 2010 in Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care for Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (2010).
Keely Macarow, Philip Samartzis, Elizabeth Grierson, Tracey Weiland, George Jelinek and Andrew Dent were awarded an RMIT University Research Award for Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (2007).
Keely Macarow was visiting artist at the School of Art Institute of Chicago in February 2003.
- BA, RMIT, 1993
- MA, LCP, TheLondon Institute, 1995
- PhD, UniofMelb, 2006
- Macarow, K. (2019). A creative proposition for health and wellbeing In: Proceedings of the 2019 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Conference: Engagement, Melbourne, Australia, 31 October - 1 November 2019
- Heiss, L.,Macarow, K.,Beckett, P. (2018). Smart Heart In: Handle with Care at Reciprocity: Design Liege (Triennial of Design and Social Innovation) Liege, Belgium
- Haslem, N.,Macarow, K.,Johnson, G.,Knutagard, M. (2018). Cities of Homefullness: A proposition In: Designing Cultures of Care, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, London, England
- Macarow, K. (2017). Recipe for homefullness In: Transformations. Art and the City, Intellect, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Macarow, K. (2017). The heroine of this story is me In: Doctoral Research In Art, Australian Scholarly, Melbourne, Australia
- Macarow, K. (2017). Art does matter: creating interventions in our thinking about housing In: From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing, UCL Press, London
- Macarow, K.,Redfern, D. (2016). Art education: a social good or corporate thorn? In: Proceedings of the ACUADS 2016 Conference: Adaptation, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 29-30 September 2016
- Macarow, K. (2015). What use is a tea towel? In: Engaging Publics: Public Engagement, Auckland Art Gallery and AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
- Heiss, L.,Macarow, K.,Beckett, P. (2014). SOS Emergency Jewellery In: A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity Sydney, Australia
- Macarow, K. (2014). The great Australian dream: a house In: Bureau 2, University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
- Homefullness: how to translate welfare innovation, participatory art and design into socially engaged affordable housing. Funded by: Swedish Foundaton for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education Grant 2016 from (2015 to 2016)
- Designing sound for health and wellbeing. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2008 Round 1 from (2008 to 2011)
- Activist, artistic and cultural responses to the HIV pandemic in South Africa. Funded by: RMIT Emerging Researcher Grants from (2008 to 2008)
18 PhD Completions and 6 Masters by Research Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions