With 20 years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia, Dr Foster will bring extensive industry knowledge to RMIT’s photography programs.
Dr Alasdair Foster is a former Director of the Australian Centre for Photography and has worked as an artist, curator, writer, editor, researcher, policy advisor and commercial photographer.
He currently initiates intercultural photography and visual art projects around the world, especially in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and pursues his postdoctoral research into the democratisation of the arts.
Foster said that it is wonderful to find in RMIT a university with such a long and distinguished history of serving the wider community.
“And, within it, an art school that embraces cultural processes as a means of positive social change and a photography department with such talent, imagination and integrity.”
“I am honoured and excited to be associated with this remarkable team and look forward to working with them on the realisation of their transformative vision for the future,” Foster said.
Professor Julian Goddard, Head of the School of Art, said RMIT was excited to have Alasdair on board.
“He brings quality international experience to the School of Art and Photography with a wealth of knowledge and achievements," Goddard said.
While at RMIT, Foster will work with academic staff on innovative projects that create vibrant new partnerships with the community.
Externally, he will assist with the building and consolidation of the photography programs’ international links and reputation. Internally, he will review student work, helping students understand photography within a global context and advising them on opportunities and challenges
Meanwhile, Foster will pursue his postdoctoral research into democratic and participatory culture.
The period of Dr Foster’s appointment is for three years from 17 October 2016 to 16 October 2019.
Story: Wendy Little