Dr Sally Gray holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in history from Monash University Melbourne and the University of Sydney. Her PhD in Art History and Theory from UNSW, Sydney was awarded in 2006.
Before establishing a career in the arts, Sally was a dedicated public sector educator in Melbourne, London and Sydney. She was a leader in progressive educational thinking, practice and research: teacher; subject department head (English); curriculum innovator; social change agent; advocate for gender, racial and sexual equality; academic in the history of education; teacher educator; writer of public policy; senior ministerial policy advisor, and state-wide educational manager.
In 2002 Sally returned to academic work as an independent scholar. Her writing has appeared in books, refereed journals and popular arts publications. Her 2017 book Friends Fashion and Fabulousness: The Making of an Australian Style was re-issued in a new edition in 2019. She lectured on Art, Fashion and Design History at UNSW and UTS, Sydney, between 2005 and 2009. She gives numerous public talks and conference papers on art, design, architecture, fashion and urban planning.
Her awards include: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (2010-12); a Visiting Research Fellowship at The Centre for Fashion at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney (2015-2016); Visiting Scholar in Cultural History at UNSW, Sydney (2013-2015); Postgraduate Research Scholarship, School of Art History and Theory, UNSW Art & Design (2003-2005); Churchill Fellowship to conduct international research on how meaning is created through exhibition curating and design (1993).
Sally Gray’s committee memberships include:
Australia Post Stamp Advisory Committee (1993-98) – selecting Australian stamp designs
Visions of Australia Committee (1993-95) – selecting projects to be funded under a grant program for touring exhibitions of Australian cultural material
Design Working Group, Small Business Corporation, NSW Department of State Development (1993) – policy development and government promotion of creativity and innovation
Australian Design Awards Panel (1996) – selection of Australian Design Awards recipients.
NSW Women’s Reconciliation Network – co-chair (1996 –1997) Sydney.
City of Sydney Public Art selection panel 2007/8
Sally’s work as artist, curator and arts consultant has been reviewed or reported in a range of publications including: Art and Australia; Monument; Object; Architecture Australia; Artlink; Art Monthly; Museum National; The Australian Creative; Design News Japan; Vogue Living; 24 Hours; The Beijing Daily; Asian Art; The Asian Wall Street Journal; Imprint; The Bulletin; The Financial Review; Good Weekend; The Sydney Morning Herald; The Weekend Australian; The Sunday Telegraph; The Herald Sun; The Daily Telegraph; Spectrum; The Canberra Times; The Sunday Age; Business Sydney; ABC on-line; BBC on-line; Artist Profile and The Australian Magazine; Artist Profile; Fashion Theory; and Fashion, Style, & Popular Culture.
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