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Author and Research Fellow, UNSW

Dr Prudence Gibson is an academic at UNSW and an art and fiction writer. Her recent book The Plant Contract (Brill 2018) and Covert Plants (Punctum 2018) reflect her research into Critical Plant Studies - plants, people and collections. Other books include Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants (UNSWPress 2015). She is Lead CI on an ARC research project 2020-23, partnering with the Australian Institute of Plant Sciences Sydney and seeks to revalue plants in the Herbarium collection. She has published fiction in Antipodes, Eureka Street, Etchings Journal and Blood. She is author of the art book The Rapture of Death, Boccalatte Publishing 2010, edited the volume Aesthetics After Finitude and has had over 300 art essays/articles published in Heat, The Australian, Vogue, Australian Art Collector and Art Monthly etc. Her curated exhibitions are The Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects 2013 and The Pharmacy of Love and Hate MCA Artbar 2013 and two major exhibitions planned for Royal Botanic Gardens and Bundanon Trust for 2022, focusing on plant specimens.


  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow, UNSW Art and Design


  • 2015 
    UNSW, PhD


  • 2018
    Covert Plants, Punctum
  • 2018
    The Plant Contract, Brill
  • 2016
    Aesthetics After Finitude, Re.Press
  • 2015
    The Pharmacy of Plants, UNSWPress

Grants and Contracts

  • 2023
    ARC Linkage
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