DR SALLY GRAY CURATOR WRITER AND EDUCATOR

Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Fashion, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2015-16)
Sally Gray and Company Arts Consultants (1994-)
Visiting Scholar in Cultural History COFA University of New South Wales (2013-2015)
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow COFA UNSW (2010-12)
Curator of the David McDiarmid artistic legacy (1995-)

T W I T T E R L I N K E D I N P U B L I C A T I O N SE M A I L





Curator


As a curator I work with relationships between ideas, history, visual culture and language.


May–Aug 2014
DAVID McDIARMID: WHEN THIS YOU SEE REMEMBER ME
Guest Curator
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Retrospective exhibition of the work of Australian political artist David McDiarmid (1952-95)
Image:
David McDiarmid arrested outside ABC studios, Sydney 1972 McDiarmid was the first person to be arrested in Australia demonstrating as a Gay Liberation activist for gay civil rights. This was a protest about the cancellation of an ABC current affairs program at which writer and academic Dennis Altman was to be speaking about homosexual oppression and liberation.
Photo: John Storey


Oct–Nov 2012
THE RAINBOW APHORISMS OF DAVID McDIARMID
Co-curator
NEON PARC, Melbourne


Sep–Oct 2011
A SHORT HISTORY OF FACIAL HAIR BY DAVID McDIARMID
Co-curator
THE FASHION SPACE GALLERY, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London

A film developed by Berlin based, Hermano Silva from a 1993 McDiarmid essay-performance accompanied by an exhibition of McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms – art works created in 1994-5.


Feb–May 2008
WOLLONGONG CITY GALLERY
Curator

The project exhibition A Journey In Cloth, explored my relationship to 'dutch wax' fabric and was developed to accompany the Gallery's major exhibition of African Textiles, Walala Wasala.


2003 2004

SYDNEY HILTON HOTEL
Public Art Consultant
HILTON INTERNATIONAL ASIA PACIFIC

Provide advice on commissioning Australian artists to design site specific permanent works of art for the renewed Sydney Hilton Hotel.
[image above: Bronwyn Oliver, Hilton foyer sculpture, Vine, 2004, length 16.42m. Reproduced with permission of the artist and Roslyn Oxley Gallery.
Photographer: Astrid Spielman.]


2001

THE RECOLLECTION ROOM: MARY MACKILLOP SCHOOLHOUSE
Curator

SISTERS OF ST JOSEPH

Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney


1999 - 2000
SYDNEY AIRPORT
PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
Consultant Project Director
SYDNEY AIRPORTS CORPORATION LIMITED

Concept development and management of a major public art program to enhance the image and identity of the Sydney international airport as part of its redevelopment for the 2000 Olympic Games.


1999

CHINA '78: A POLITICAL ROMANCE
Curator

CASULA POWERHOUSE

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney


1999

A SUMMER PLACE: AUSTRALIAN WOMEN AT THE BEACH
Curator

WARRINGAH COUNCIL

Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney


1998

DESIGNING AUSTRALIA: MODERNITY AND THE STAMP
Curator

AUSTRALIA POST

Australia Post Gallery, Melbourne

1997 - 1998
THE SOCOG OLYMPIC GAMES IN-HOUSE EXHIBITIONS PROGRAM
Curator

SOCOG

Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Head office, Ultimo, Sydney

1996-1997
FORZA E CORAGGIO: THE ITALIANS OF SOUTH WESTERN SYDNEY
Curator

FAIRFIELD AND LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCILS

Fairfield Regional Heritage Centre and Liverpool Bicentennial Museum, Sydney

1989–1994
NSW STATE LIBRARY EXHIBITIONS
Exhibitions Program Manager

New South Wales State Library

CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP
In 1993 I received a Churchill Fellowship to examine exhibition development processes at The Tate, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and other cultural institutions in Europe.


Visual Artist


As part of my creative practice I work as a visual artist on individual and collaborative art projects.


2013

THE URNS PROJECT
Wollongong City Gallery

A 15 minute digital film made with Berlin fashion photographer Hermano Silva.


2004

IMAGING THE ILLAWARRA: 25 TAKES
Wollongong City Gallery

An invited exhibition of the work of 25 artists who have lived and worked in the Illawarra region.
[image above: Eye For Detail, APS colour photograph, Sally Gray, 2004]


2003

MY GARDEN AS A FAMILY ARCHIVE

Artist: Sally Gray

State Archives of NSW, The Rocks, Sydney

Installation within "The House of Exquisite Memory" exhibition curated by Susan Charlton, designed by Kylie Legge


2003
IN THE REALM OF THE LOTUS
Wollongong City Gallery

In 2003 I was invited to create an installation at Wollongong City Gallery based on my Lotus Series of 2001. I collaborated with the local Buddhist Community to create IN THE REALM OF THE LOTUS.


2001–2002

LOTUS SERIES
Digital Ghosts exhibition

Red Gate Gallery, Beijing,
Mass Gallery, Melbourne,
Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney


1998
CASULA COLOSSI
Concept for Casula Railway Station
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Designers: Sally Gray and Ron Smith


1998

THE GIANT 25TH BIRTHDAY CANDLE
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Designers: Sally Gray and Ron Smith
Commissioned by Sydney Opera House Trust


1989

G'DAY CHAIR
G'Day Chair Exhibition


1983

RELATIONS A DUET IN BLACK AND WHITE
Artspace, Sydney

In 1983 film scholar and filmmaker Laleen Jayamanne invited me to participate with her in the development and presentation of a performance art work we entitled RELATIONS: A DUET IN BLACK AND WHITE. The multi media work explored issues of race, culture, gender and sexuality in the formation of the two women's lives.


Image credit: Australian House and Garden, Nov 2002. Photographer: Simon Kenny.


Image credit: Australian House and Garden, Feb 2003.
Photographer: Andrew Lehmann.

website design
Tabbil Forest Design


Cultural Broker, Art and
Design Advocate


2013-14
LIBRARIES AND CULTURE
Arts Consultant

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Working as Arts Consultant, in collaboration with Annie Talve and Sisu Projects, on a year-long research study of the cultural impact of Victoria’s statewide network of Public Libraries.
Image
Exterior architecture: Lalor Public Library, Lalor Melbourne


2009–2010
art+place EVALUATIVE REVIEW 2010
Art Consultant

ARTS QUEENSLAND

Research and evaluate the success of the Queensland Government’s public art policy and program, art+place
[image above:
The High/Perpetual Xmas, No Abstractions
Scott Redford 2008
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane
Reproduced with permission of the artist
]


2001 - 2003

CITY-WIDE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Cultural Broker

CITY OF WOLLONGONG AND NSW DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

As cultural broker my role was to bring arts, culture and creativity to the forefront of city planning for Wollongong, a city of 200,000 people 80km south of Sydney. I initiated concepts and political support for a new centre for contemporary culture and a city-centre cultural precinct.

2001
REDFERN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Art Consultant

PITTENDRIGH SHINKFIELD AND BRUCE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, URBAN ART PROJECTS AND SOUTH SYDNEY COUNCIL

Provide advice on commissioning of indigenous artists to create works of art for new Redfern Community Centre [image above: Jonathan Jones, Site Map, 2001, courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis]


1999

CULTURAL MAPPING OF THE ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT

Cultural Consultant
ILLAWARRA REGION OF COUNCILS

Manage a study of the layered cultural meanings associated with the Illawarra Escarpment, which extends from southern Sydney to the Shoalhaven River NSW.
[image above: Illawarra from Bulli Pass, A.H. Fullwood, 1892]

1997
ILLAWARRA REGIONAL MUSEUMS PLAN

Project manager
ILLAWARRA REGION OF COUNCILS

Manage a planning process for Illawarra Museums. Working with staff and volunteers of thirty museums of the lllawarra area, the largest being Wollongong City Art Gallery and the smallest being local community history museums.

1996 -1997
CORPORATE COLLATERALS COLLECTION DESIGN
Creative direction

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS PTY LTD

Creative direction and design management of corporate imaging materials collection for Australian Business, a large national employer organisation.

1995
'ARTSTART WOMEN IN ARTS BUSINESS'
Business Mentor

NSW DEPARTMENT OF STATE DEVELOPMENT

Mentoring for creative businesses run by women

1995
DESIGN INDUSTRY AND THE SYDNEY OLYMPICS
Design Broker

NSW DEPARTMENT OF STATE DEVELOPMENT

Provide advice on opportunities for design industry in imaging of Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games

1993 - 1996
AUSTRALIA POST STAMP ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Member

AUSTRALIA POST

Provide advice on Australian stamp design.
[image above: St. Valentines Day, stamp. Designer: Kim Roberts, 1995]


1993–1995

VISIONS OF AUSTRALIA

Committee member

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

The committee recommended allocation of grants for national touring exhibitions.


1989

TAFE VISUAL IDENTITY
Creative Director of Design and Implementation Process

TAFE NSW

Provide creative direction and management for the implementation of TAFE's new corporate ID
[TAFE logo above: original design concept, Josie Howlett; design development, Ruth Downes. Commissioner: TAFE NSW]