About Dr Michael Garbutt

Michael Garbutt is Associate Dean Research Training at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design, where he teaches spatial design, and design history. He has a special interest in contemplative practices and their representations in art, with particular reference to the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

After completing a PhD that investigated the linguistic construction of Freudian “playspace” in psychotherapeutic discourse, Garbutt’s research and art practices have continued to explore, represent, and produce spatial experience in contemporary urban settings. He has worked as an urban designer and as a writer and presenter of television documentaries on architecture. His sketches of urban scenes became well-known to Australian audiences through ABC-TV’s Garbutt’s Way series, which included the architectural travelogues Houses of the Finnish Gods and In Search of Sacred Spaces. He is co-editor (with Nico Roenpagel) of The Mindful Eye: Contemplative Pedagogies in Visual Arts Education. Champagin, IL: Common Ground Publishing