Dr Clare McCracken is the coordinator of Art History, Theory and Contexts and a lecturer in Master of Arts - Art in Public Space in the School of Art at RMIT University. They are a practicing artist, curator, writer and researcher in the field of public art and mobilities.
Clare's site-responsive art practice and research aims to create a critical discourse about mobility futures and pasts, climate change and settler-colonialism. Their creative outcomes include large-scale immersive installations, performative fieldwork, temporary and permanent public artworks, narrative non-fiction audio and written works and the curation of innovative permanent and temporary public artworks.
Clare has created over 30 temporary public artworks for sites across Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney - including Federation Square and Cockatoo Island and exhibited locally and internationally including at the 2019 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba and as part of WORD OF MOUTH, a Venice Biennale pop-up curated by Peter Hill. Over the last couple of years they have been shortlisted for the Nillumbik Art Prize, the Darebin Art Prize, the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award and the Hardie Grant Spark Prize for Narrative Nonfiction Writing. Their work is in private collections, the State Library of Victoria's rare book collection, the Wangaratta Art Gallery, City of Hume and City of Greater Dandenong collections.
In 2020 Clare completed their PhD at RMIT University. As the recipient of the prestigious Vice Chancellors scholarship their practice-led research sat at the intersection of art, cultural geography and urban theory. They employed innovative performance methods to research how mobility systems coproduce space, place and landscape across generations in Australia. In 2019 they won an RMIT University Research Award in the Higher Degree by Research – Impact Category.
Clare's rigorous approach to practice-led research and its translation means that she is a regular contributor beyond the arts, publishing and and presenting at conferences in Geography, Urban Theory, Cultural Theory and Anthropology. In 2017 they were the Gold Winner in the Urban Sustainability category for UNLEASH - a global innovation lab bringing together 1000 young people under the age of 35 to develop innovative technology-based solutions for the United Nations Sustainability Goals.
- 2020 Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University
- 2008 Master of Arts - Art in Public Space
- 2004 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons 1)
- Climate Change Research Network (CCRNET), RMIT University
- CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation) Research Group: Migration + Mobilities and CAST Publics
- AEGIS Research Network
- Urban Futures EIP
- Design & Creative Practice EIP
- Climate Aware Creative Practices
- McCracken, C. (2022). Killing Snowmen: Big Things and Rural Australia’s Existential Crises In: Mobility Humanities, 1, 39 - 59
- McCracken, C. (2021). Dystopias for discourse: The role of the artist in a rapidly reconfiguring city In: Global Discourse, 11, 67 - 78
- Macnish, B.,McCracken, C.,Lee, M.,Bedford, S.,Wild, A.,Etchel, R. (2021). Squishy Taylor and the City-Wide Ghost Plaque In: Fringe Festival Melbourne, Australia
- McCracken, C. (2021). Lisbon Dreaming In: Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
- McCracken, C. (2019). Atrophy 1, 2 & 3 In: Darebin Art Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Visual Art & Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize Melbourne, Australia
- McCracken, C. (2019). Blue Ontology (a photo of the sea taken twice a day between Australia and China) In: Nillumbik Contemporary Art Prize Melbourne, Australia
- McCracken, C.,Nelson, R. (2017). Travels and Tapestries: Possibilities for creative exchange in Melbourne and Phnom Penh In: Transformations: Art and the City, Intellect, Bristol, United Kingdom
- McCracken, C. (2017). Snowman Killer In: Mobile Utopias Lancaster, UK
- McCracken, C.,Macnish, B.,Jordan, R. (2016). Section 32 In: Knox City Council Immerse Exhibition Melbourne, Australia
- McCracken, C.,Macnish, B.,Jordan, R. (2016). VILLAGE In: Junction Arts Festival Launceston, Australia
- Hume Global Learning Centre, Sunbury - Cultural Commissions Project. Funded by: Hume City Council - Competitive from (2019 to 2021)
- Investigation into how interactive art can be used to encourage community discourse about White Ribbon Day. Funded by: City of Greater Dandenong Contract from (2019 to 2020)