Qualifications, awards, official appointments

Academic Qualifications

with son and husband, at awarding of PhD, 2017

BA (Hons), Fine Arts, University of Melbourne, 1973, with First Class Honours

MA, Fine Arts, University of Melbourne, 1975, with First Class Honours

PhD, Art History, University of Melbourne, 2017


Awards, Grants and Commissions

Commonwealth Undergraduate Scholarship

Dwight Prize for Fine Arts (Final Examination), University of Melbourne, 1973

Commonwealth Post Graduate Research Award, 1974-6; 2013-6

Australia Council Travel Grant, South East Asia, 1988, 1990

Consultant, Australia Korea Foundation, to assess future visual arts program between Australia and Korea, 1993

Consultant, Australia China Council (and guest of Chinese Department of Culture) reporting on exhibition venues in China for Australian use, 1995

Leader, Tour of Japan of Australian Visual Arts Managers, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1995

Representative, Australia, Bangladesh Biennale, 1997

Guest, Tokyo Art Fair, 2001

Researcher, “The Other Within” with ANU and National Museum of Australia, Australian Research Council, 2002-4

Guest, Kwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea, 2000, 2004

Emeritus Medal, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, 2006

with Thancoupie, Australia Council, 2006

Guest, Performing Arts Market Seoul, 2007

Guest, Asian Art Museum Directors Conference, Seoul, 2009

Consultant, Asia New Zealand Foundation, The future of A:NZ Foundation Arts Program, Wellington and Auckland, 2010

Guest, ASEF Conference, Ha Long City, Vietnam, 2010

Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 2010

Government House, Melbourne, 2010


Melbourne Leader – Queen’s Birthday Honour, June 2010

The Australian – Bridge-builder, June 2010


Board Appointments

Grants for Individuals Panel (representing museum workers), Australia Council, 1981

Visual Arts Craft Board, Australian Council, 1982-5

Convenor: Exhibition, Curatorial & Conservation & Publications grant panels, Convenor, Visual Arts Craft Board, Australian Council, 1982-5

South Australian College of Advanced Education Board, 1985-6

Art for Public Places Committee, South Australian Department for the Arts, 1985-6

South Australian Visual Arts Committee 1985-6

Working Party, Central Arts Advisory Board, South Australian Department for the Arts, 1986

International Committee, Visual Arts Craft Board, Australian Council, 1987

Art Museums of Australia Association, Board Member and Secretary, 1988-9

Arts Development Fund Committee, Chair, Arts Victoria 1990, 1991

National Advisory Committee, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, 1991-9

Advisory Committee Meeting Kuala Lumpur 1992: from left Doug Hall, Apinan Poshyananda, David Williams, Alison, Redza Piyadasa, Caroline Turner

Course Advisory Committee for Arts Management, Victorian College of the Arts, 1997-9

Cultural Development Advisory Board, City of Melbourne, 1998-9

Cultural Development Assessment Panel, City of Melbourne, 1998

Public Art & Acquisitions Committee, City of Melbourne, 1998-9

International Grants Committee, City of Melbourne, 1999

Exhibition Advisory Committee, RMIT Gallery, 1999-2000, 2010-16

International Program, Assessor Arts Victoria, 2000

Arts and Cultural Management Program Advisory, University of South Australia Group, 2002-10

Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, 2003–7

Cultural Program Consultation Group 2006, Commonwealth Games, 2005-6

Australia-Indonesia Institute, Board Member, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2002–8

With other Board members and Foreign Minister, 2003


Australian National Commission for UNESCO Cultural Network, 2006-7