Grace Cochrane, Former Senior Curator of Australian decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, to open the exhibition! Dubbed the 'Grand Mother' of Australian Craft, Grace has been an advocate for highlighting and supporting Craft as a diverse form of Contemporary Arts Practice in Australia for over 20 years.
A little more on Grace...Since starting at the Powerhouse Museum in 1988, Grace has had a key responsibility for the development of the holdings of contemporary Australian crafts and design, has worked on numerous exhibitions within the museum and is currently co-ordinating teams developing a permanent collection-based decorative arts and design gallery for mid- 2005 and a major exhibition on the theme of design, industry and the handmade, in 2006.
Born in New Zealand, Grace Cochrane has a background in both art and education. She gained a B.Ed (1976) from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, and BFA, MFA (1984, 1986) and PhD (1999) from the University of Tasmania. Her professional appointments have included membership of both the Crafts Board and the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.She is the author of the The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History (NSW University Press, 1992); has contributed to a number of other publications; given lectures and papers in all fields of the crafts; and has a long record of judging awards, opening exhibitions and assessing graduating students. Following exhibition and collection research in SE Asia in 1994 she co-ordinated museum training workshops for ASEAN museum professionals in Malaysia in 1995. She received the Australia Council's Visual Arts/Craft Board's Emeritus medal in 2001.
With the opening night just around the corner, is is time to..... Save the Date, mark it in your Diaries!!
Crumbling Ecologies Opening: 6 - 8pm, Thursday 26th April.
It will be a fantastic evening where all of the makers will finally get to see the installation come together ! Everyone Welcome !!