About Grace Cochrane
Now an independent curator, writer and consultant, from 1988-2005 Grace Cochrane was the curator, later senior curator, of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Author of The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History (NSW University Press, 1992), for 40 years she has opened exhibitions, talked about the crafts and design in lectures and at conferences in Australia and overseas, written for a range of journals and publications and examined submissions from many PhD and Master’s candidates.
She was the co-ordinating curator in the Powerhouse Museum ‘Inspired! Design across time’ (2005), and curator for ‘Smart works: design and the handmade’ (2007). External exhibitions include ‘Response to the Island’, Salamanca Arts Centre (2001); ‘White gums and ramoxes: ceramics by Merric and Arthur Boyd from the Bundanon Trust Collection’ (2009-2010); ‘Looking glass: reflecting ideas’, Sarjeant Gallery, New Zealand (2009-2010); ‘Potters Cottage: a tribute’, Manningham Art Gallery, Melbourne (2012); ‘The Fuping Group, sharing the experience’, Sturt gallery, Mittagong, 2013; and ‘Luminary: Remembering Robert Foster’, CraftACT (2016).
Born in New Zealand, Grace came to Australia in 1972, and has a B.Ed (1976) from the Tasmanian CAE, and BFA, MFA (1984, 1986) and PhD (1999) from the University of Tasmania. In 2007 she was awarded a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of New South Wales. She has been a board member of both the Crafts Board and the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council; three university art school faculty committees; the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board; and a number of other organisations, as well as advisory committees for four international journals. She received the Australia Council’s Visual Arts/Craft Board’s Emeritus medal in 2001. From 2010-12 she was appointed Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga; and in 2010 Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln, UK. In 2013 she was made an honorary Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.