Craig Barker is Manager of Education and Public Programs at the Chau Chak Wing Museum. He has extensive experience in K-12 and adult museum education and has published and presented on museum education in teaching and academic conferences and publications.
Craig has a PhD in classical archaeology from the University of Sydney and has considerable archaeological fieldwork experience in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He is the director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project excavating at the World Heritage listed site of Nea Paphos in Cyprus.
Craig is a director of the University of Sydney’s Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project in Nea Paphos, Cyprus.
The University has been excavating the ancient Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Paphos and surrounding environs, under the auspices of the Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus since 1995. The excavations have received financial support from the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) since 2009 and has been the official excavation project of the Nicholson Museum since 2011.
More information is available on the project website: paphostheatre.org
Craig was co-curator, along with Emeritus Professor Diana Wood Conroy of the University of Wollongong, for the art and archaeology exhibition Travellers From Australia to run as part of the Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture festival program. The exhibition was displayed at the Palia Elektriki space in Ktima Paphos 2–15 October 2017.
The project 'Ancient Artist to Modern Artist: Art, Science and Archaeology at the Ancient Theatre of Paphos' is ongoing and involves contemporary artists working with archaeological material.
Supervisor 2019, Rebecca Georgiades, Matters of the Heart: Exploring emotion in ancient Greek material culture (MPhil Candidate, University of Sydney)
Supervisor 2018, Elanor DeGabriele, Zooarchaeology of Paphos theatre (Honours Candidate, University of New England)
Supervisor 2018, Recycling Paphos, Candace Richards, (PhD Candidate, University of Sydney)
Supervisor 2012–17, Taryn Gooley, Amphorae of Classical Cyprus (MA Candidate, University of Sydney)
Ongoing guest lecturer in courses provided by: