Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor teaching visual art in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. She holds a BA (Art History & English Literature) from the University of Queensland, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) from Queensland University of Technology, MFA (Sculpture) from RMIT University, DPhil (Fine Art) from Monash University, and was a research fellow at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University (2001-02). Her creative-led research is focused on the role of the artist in the archive and healthcare setting, art on the margins, socially-engaged art practices, and redefining and repositioning the female in contemporary society.
For 25 years Bell has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Australia including: Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Centre of Contemporary Photography and Australian Experimental Art Foundation. Internationally, Bell has exhibited at NGBK (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) & Georg-Kolbe Museum, (Berlin); Whitechapel Gallery, Plymouth City Museum & Sheffield Institute of Arts (UK); Aram Art Gallery, (Korea); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; and Chulalongkorn University Art Space, (Bangkok).
She has been awarded various fellowships, grants and residencies including a Professional Development Grant Arts Queensland (1996), Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (2003 - 06), Australia Council for the Arts Studio New York (2010), City of Melbourne Creation & Presentation Grant (2005 & 2017), Arts Victoria Creation Grant (2006), St Vincent's Hospital Residency (2012-13 & 2016-17) and CAUL & ASA Library Fellowship (2015). Bell's work is held in collections including National Gallery of Australia, Grafton Regional Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, Monash University and St Vincent's Hospital.