Grace McQuilten

Dr Grace McQuilten is an art historian, curator, writer and arts enterprise advisor. She completed her PhD in art history in 2008, researching interconnections between art, design and consumer culture. She has published two books—Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art (2016), and Art in Consumer Culture (2011). Grace founded The Social Studio in 2009, is an advisor to The Social Outfit and Twich Women’s Sewing Collective, and leads the Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST) research group at RMIT University.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.