Louise Martin-Chew has worked as a freelance writer, specialising in the visual arts and design, since 1992. Prior to that she worked in Sydney in exhibitions and publications management (Art Exhibitions Australia 1985-89), becoming Editorial Manager of Art & Australia quarterly journal 1990-92.

For 30 years she has contributed regularly to national art magazines, newspapers and catalogues and was Brisbane art critic for The Australian newspaper 1997-2009. She has contributed to and authored books on Australian artists including blood language: Judy Watson (Miegunyah Press, MUP, 2008), Forbidden: Fiona Foley (UQ Art Museum, 2009), Spent Time: Stephen Hart Sculpture (Arthouse, 2011), Australian Stories: Robert Brownhall (Sarah Brownhall, 2012), Linde Ivimey (UQ Art Museum, 2012), women of brisbane: judy watson (Museum of Brisbane, 2021).

She was awarded her doctorate in 2019 from the University of Queensland (Creative Writing) for a biography of Indigenous artist Fiona Foley which is now published as Fiona Foley Provocateur: An Art Life (QUT Art Museum, 2021). She contributed a chapter to Speculative Biography: Experiments, Opportunities and Provocations (Routledge Auto/Biography Studies, 2022). Her most recent book is Margot McKinney: World of Wonder published by Museum of Brisbane in June 2022.

Increasingly her interests lie in the intersection of the art and the life and exploring that territory through a personal aesthetic.

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