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Associate professor, RMIT University

Grace McQuilten is a published art historian, curator and artist with expertise in art and health, public art, social practice, social enterprise and community development. Grace's research challenges and transforms conventional understandings of the relationship between margin and centre in relation to the cultural economy, contemporary art practice and art history. She has pioneered work on the field of art-based social enterprise in Australia, with particular expertise in migrant and refugee settlement. Grace is also interested in the relationship between art, craft, design and sustainable communities. She has published widely including several books, journal articles, curated exhibition, creative works in literary journals and authored exhibition catalogues. Her most recent books include Dystopian & Utopian Impulses in Art Making: The World We Want, co-edited with Daniel Palmer (Intellect 2023), Art-based Social Enterprise, Young Creatives and the Forces of Marginalisation, co-authored with Amy Spiers, Kim Humphery and Peter Kelly (Palgrave 2022) and Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art, co-authored with Anthony White (IB Tauris, 2016).


  • –present
    Honorary Fellow, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne


  • 2008 
    University of Melbourne, PhD