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Visiting Scholar in Cultural History, School of Art History and Art Education, UNSW Art & Design, UNSW Sydney

Dr Sally Gray is a Visiting Scholar in the School of Art History and Art Education at UNSW Art & Design (Formerly COFA UNSW) (2013-15). Her publications can be accessed at and She was formerly a full time ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010-12) based at COFA, during which she was Chief Investigator on a three-year study of Australian fashion and style in the 1970s-80s (DP1093380). Previous to that she wrote, coordinated and taught COFA art and design courses, as a sessional lecturer (2002-2009) including the popular courses 'Fashion History and Theory' and 'Fashion and the Modern City' (2005-2009). As an independent scholar, curator, artist and cultural broker Dr Sally Gray has worked on numerous art and design projects. She has curated numerous exhibitions – large and small, public and private, regional and metropolitan – in Australia and overseas. Recent curatorial projects include David McDiarmid: When This You See Remember Me at the National Gallery of Victoria (May-August 2014) and David McDiarmid: A Short History of Facial Hair at the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London (Sept-Oct 2011). Her digital film installation The Urns Project was shown at Wollongong City Gallery (Feb-April 2013). As an arts and cultural broker she has completed projects such as a Cultural Benefits Study for the State Library of Victoria (2013-14) and an evaluative review of Arts Queensland's art+place public art program (2009-2010). Dr Gray is executor of the estate of the Australian queer artist, David McDiarmid, and is curator of McDiarmid’s visual legacy. Her work as curator, arts manager and artist has been covered in: The Age, 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 Melbourne, The Daily Telegraph, Spectrum, The Canberra Times, The Sunday Age, Business Sydney, and The Australian Magazine. More info and links: Contact:

BA Dip Ed (Monash); MEd (Sydney); Grad Diploma Teaching (Westminster); Grad Diploma Arts Management (COFA UNSW); PhD (UNSW Art and Design). Cultural historian specialising in art and fashion history.


  • –present
    Visiting Scholar in Cultural History, University of NSW


  • 2006 
    UNSW, PhD Art History and Theory