The Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Denise Whitehouse to the 2020–22 Fellowship.

Denise is a distinguished design historian, academic, educator and writer who has been working for several decades to promote research and publication of Australian design history. Denise is one of few scholars in Australia with an understanding of the history of twentieth-century design in Australia, supported by a rich knowledge of the artistic and socio-political history of the time.

Denise has an outstanding record of design-focused research, scholarship and related outcomes, including exhibitions, significant publications, design advocacy and public lectures. Most recently Denise co-curated the acclaimed exhibition ‘Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston’ at Heide Gallery of Modern Art, Melbourne and authored the accompanying exhibition catalogue. The exhibition and the catalogue were both critical and commercial successes.

Denise’s Truscott Fellowship proposal seeks to situate John Truscott’s work and legacy within a thoughtful analysis of social, political and cultural contexts. As such, it is ideally aligned with the Foundation’s vision for the project. Celebrated for her scholarly, yet accessible and engaging, writing, Denise is sure to deliver an exciting manuscript.