Hi, my name is Dr Louise R Mayhew. I'm an art historian, creative mentor, social activist, and animal lover.
I first fell in love with art history sitting on my childhood lounge-room floor, poring over large illustrated catalogues. At University, I followed my passion, completing a Bachelor of Art Theory (with First Class Honours) and then a PhD in Australian Art History at UNSW Art & Design. My doctoral thesis constructed the first ground-breaking history of women-only art collectives in Australia, 1970–2010.
As a university lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, and then Queensland College of Art, I came to appreciate the
exciting possibilities of using art history for social good. I used seminars on Representation to think through White Privilege, Unconscious Bias, Micro Aggressions and Intersectional Feminism. In these roles, I developed my passion for mentoring emerging creatives and researchers, enabling new opportunities and facilitating career goals.
In early 2021, my contribution to the arts was formally recognised by the International Association of Art Critics. I'm also a Premium NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) Member and a Creative Business Champion for the Regional Art Services Network (RASN) and Arts Queensland. Today, I share my passion for art and the world around us through university lectures, professional development workshops, gallery public programs, exhibitions, research and writing. And I help others to achieve their goals and reach new audiences through advocacy for women artists and artsworkers, art world mentoring and grant advice, postgraduate supervision and examination, copyediting and proofreading.