Art Programme (AP) understands that the service offered by many postgraduate supervisors falls short of expectations. Collectively, AP brings a diverse reservoir of theoretical and methodological knowledge, alongside a strong and successful record of graduate completions. Postgraduate study should be an exciting experience of growth and awareness, and the candidate-advisor relationship is central to this.

Our ethos is to be adaptable to individual students’ personalities and ways of working. And rather than overlaying rigid rules onto the thesis design, we advise on how the conceptual elements of the practice and/or the theoretical concerns of the project can be brought together successfully for examination. This means balancing rigour, inquiry and experimentation with different university requirements and expectations, with the examiners and examination process always in sight.

An hourly fee is negotiated between the advisor and candidate.

Dr Jan Bryant

To date, I have successfully supervised to completion (39) PhDs, MAs and MFAs and advised on many more. This includes full thesis and practice-based projects across a diverse range of media and methodologies.

Sound supervision and graduate advice is a craft that I am proud to have honed over the past 20 years of working in universities. I specialise in art theory, literature, philosophy, and politics, with an affinity for studio-based practices. To ensure that my thinking is current, I research, write and publish regularly in this field.



  • Forthcoming Contemporary Sculpture: A Marble Threshold (Seminar paper ASCP, 2022) Publication 2023 
  • Forthcoming Commissioned essay: Peter Tyndall (Review Buxton Retrospective) Eyeline(forthcoming) 2023
  • [Forthcoming] “Violence and the Body” Book chapter.
  • Forthcoming 2023 commissioned by Govertt-Brewster (NZ) to accompany Alex Monteith’s Blackbird (part of museum’s collection) 
  • Bryant, J. Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Joyfield, (catalogue essay, Laree Payne Gallery, Kirikiriroa, /NZ, 2023 
  • Bryant, J. Review, Susan Jacobs: The Ants are in the Idiom”, Buxton Contemporary, Art in Australia
  • Essay to accompany Eleanor Butt’s exhibition, But Never Have I loved Life So Much, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, 2022.
  • “Attentiveness”, Text to accompany Naomi Eller, Index of Transformation, Caves Gallery, Swanston Street, Naarm.


  • “Review, Susan Jacobs: The Ants are in the Idiom”, Buxton Contemporary, Art in Australia
  • Essay to accompny Eleanor Butt’s exhibition, But Never Have I loved Life So Much, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, 2022.
  • Barbara Tuck’s Picture World”, for the 2022 exhibition, Delirium Crossing
  • Profile of Berlin-based artist, Sam Rountree Williams, Commissioned by Goethe,


  • “With Being Nothing 2021”, essay to accompany Laresa Kosloff, New Futures TM, Sutton Gallery


  • Wiþstandan (Afterword)”, Kin: Jahnne Pascoe-White, Art Link and Unlikely Publishing, Melbourne,

  • “Encounters”, Fiona Conner +1 310 951 9459, published by July 20th, Glendale, Los Angeles, California


  • Art Making in the Age of Global Capitalism: Visual Practices, Politics, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh Press, UK, monograph, authored book.

  • “Bir Tawil طويل†بئر†: The politics of the Image”, Angela Brennan, 3-Ply Melbourne
  • “Art and failure: of things perfecting and corrupting metallick bodies”, The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, University of Melbourne 

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  • Julia McInerney (2023), film and installation
  • Kristina Tsoulis-Reay (2023),  painter
  • Augusta Vinell Richardson (2022), sculptural practice
  • Jahnne Pasco-White (2022), painter
  • Dell Stewart, MFA (2022), artist/installation/curator
  • Emily Cormack, PhD (2021), curator
  • Clare Longely MFA (2021), painter
  • Julia Lomas, PhD (2021), art theory/history
  • Gwynneth Porter, PhD (2021), theory/fiction/museums
  • Ursula de Leeuw, MA (2020), art theory & philosophy
  • Arlo Mountford PhD (2020), installation/video artist
  • Victoria Lynn, PhD (2020), curator
  • Angela Brennan, PhD, (2019), painter
  • Jacquie Shelton, PhD (2019), creative writing & performance artist 
  • Briony Galligan, MFA (2019), performance/installation artist
  • Dylan Rainforth, MA (2018), art & video theory 
  • Fiona Williams, MFA (2018), painter
  • Erin Crouch, MFA (2018), film & video artist
  • Kate Beynon, PhD (2017), painting/installation artist 
  • Sophia Cole, MFA (2017), activist & performance artist
  • Siew Poh Phung, PhD (2016), computer graphics designer
  • Nicholas Mangan, PhD (2015), installation & video artist
  • Andrew Denton, PhD (2015), Filmmaker & Installation artist
  • Deborah Ostrow, PhD (2015), Conceptual and Video Artist
  • Ry Haskings, PhD (2015), Installation/Sculptural practice 
  • Steven Rendell, PhD (2015), Painter
  • Helen Johnson, PhD (2014), Painter
  • Steven Sinn, MA (2013), Philosophy & art
  • Jill Orr, PhD (2013), Performance Artist
  • Megan Kelly, PhD (2012), Designer 
  • Rob Hely, PhD (2012), Designer
  • Rob Mcleish, MFA (2011), Installation Artist

The University of Auckland, NZ

  • Nuala Gregory, PhD (2015), Painter & Printmaker 
  • Jaenine Parkinson, MA (2009), Digital Art
  • Katrina Ward, MA (2008), Philosophy & Art

AUT University, Auckland, NZ

  • Jennifer Nikolai, PhD (2015), Dancer/Dance and Digital Theory
  • Mark Hanlen, PhD (2012), Foucault, Governmentality & urban space
  • Andreas Mikellis MFA (2009), Fashion Designer

Art Programme operates on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri of the Kulin Alliance and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders past and present.

We offer our ongoing support for the Victorian State Government's Treaty process and for Yarra City’s working group who is implementing the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the Council.