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Our Research and Partnerships

A network of local and global collaborators

Deepening our understanding of the visual world. The Power Institute fosters research and collaborations with people and organisations from all around the world.

Collaborations and partnerships have always been at the core of the Power Institute's work. Over our years of publishing and public programs we have partnered with many individuals and organisations, both local and global. Underpinning these collaborations is always a shared commitment to research: the unearthing of new ideas and materials, and the circulation of these to colleagues, students and the public.

Our Partners

Since our formation in 1968, the Power Institute has worked with many partners.

Some of our recent international partners include:

  • The Terra Foundation for American Art
  • The Getty Research Institute
  • Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge
  • The International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art
  • The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris

In Australia, we collaborate with the following:

  • The Art Gallery of NSW
  • VisAsia at the Art Gallery of NSW
  • The Musem of Contemporary Art Australia
  • The Powerhouse Museum
  • The Chau Chak Wing Museum
  • Monash University Museum of Art
  • The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

Our Research Projects

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The Visual Understanding Initiative

Thanks to a generous donation from Penelope Seidler AM, the Power Institute is piloting an ambitious new project focused on improving students' visual literacy and help researchers understand how images shape the world.


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The MCA Power Research Partnership

The Power Institute has teamed up with the Museum of Contemporary Art to pursue a multi-year research project, exploring new ideas in contemporary art and visual culture. The partnership aims to unearth new ideas and produce new ways of thinking that will inform both organisations’ ongoing work, and will feature public lectures, seminars and other events, as well as publications and digital offerings.