A painting of space

Welcome to the Power Institute. 

We are a Foundation based at the University of Sydney dedicated to understanding the visual world, through art and visual culture. We support research, publish texts, and organise events.

JW Power, [Untitled], c. 1938, Chau Chak Wing Museum, PW1961.347.



Ian Burn: Collected Writings 1966–1993
By: Ann Stephen

Ian Burn has been described as many things: an activist, a trade-unionist, a journalist, an art critic, a curator and an art historian—or, as he once described himself in a moment of self-deprecating alienation, ‘an ex-conceptual artist’. Edited by Burn’s friend, frequent collaborator and eminent art historian, Dr Ann Stephen, this volume brings together 49 pieces of Burn’s own agile and expansive writings alongside a vast collection of his artworks. The collection concludes with reflections on Burn’s life and work from prominent figures and past collaborators in the form of memorial lectures.
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Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day
By: Edited by Clothilde Bullen with contributions by Timmah Ball, Kelly Gellatly, Natalie Harkin and Tamsin Hong

Edited by Clothilde Bullen, with essays by Timmah Ball, Kelly Gellatly, Natalie Harkin and Tamsin Hong, this volume is an image-rich, comprehensive survey of internationally acclaimed Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce.
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Justin Jesty

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Thu, 23 May 2024


Art and Work in the 21st Century

Alexander Alberro and Ann Stephen

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Alexander Alberro

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Thu, 30 May 2024


Japanese Art History: Research Seminar