Dr Grace McQuilten is an art historian, artist and curator interested in contemporary art and design and community development. She completed her PhD in art history at the University of Melbourne in 2008, researching the interconnections between art, design and consumer culture. In July 2011 she published Art in Consumer Culture with Ashgate Publishing in the USA / UK. In 2009 Grace founded The Social Studio, a creative social enterprise working with fashion and design to create employment and educational opportunities for young people from refugee backgrounds. Grace is an Honourary Fellow in the School of Culture and Communications, the University of Melbourne.