Freelance writer – creative – media-maker
Grace is a Melbourne-based writer, radio programmer and broadcaster. She has worked in the field of arts journalism for the past five years interviewing artists and covering important events and issues affecting the creative community for both popular and specialist publications. These articles have frequently featured as cover stories and have received thousands of views.
In her capacity as a long-standing contributing dance journalist for Australia’s largest online dance magazine, Dance Informa, Grace recently headed the media partnership between Dance Informa and peak body Ausdance Victoria for the Dance Education in Australian Schools Roundtable (DEAS) 2013. This conference harnessed the expertise of companies involved in outreach programs across Australia and leading educators working with schools to develop initiatives in response to the former government’s endorsement of the recently released National Curriculum: Arts.
As of 2014, she is also delighted to be using her skills as a dance critic for Australia’s major classical music magazine, Limelight Magazine.
Since gaining her Certificate III in Media (Radio) through a partnership agreement between the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and 3MBS FM in 2009, Grace has enjoyed hundreds of hours of experience on-air collaborating with musicians, producers and media personnel to create both live and pre-prepared musical broadcasts, a number of which have since been successfully re-aired by the station. She has hosted several live radio programmes, including classical music station 3MBS FM’s flagship live music show, Live At The Convent. During this time, Grace also promoted radio shows through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, online magazines, blogs and newsletters, wrote and produced her own on-air promotions, and voiced sponsorship advertisement for arts organisations.
In 2014, she produced ‘Dancing with Dragons: The Chinese Debutante Balls’ for the ABC Radio National historical features programme, Hindsight as part of a Chinese New Year special.
Apart from her media pursuits, Grace’s passion for encouraging public engagement with the humanities and the arts led her to actively pursue further study and she is currently completing a PhD in Australian history at the University of Melbourne with the aid of an Australian Postgraduate Award. She was recently also awarded the Lloyd Robson Memorial scholarship.
Specialising in Chinese Australian cultural history, her thesis explores the struggles and triumphs of the Chinese Australian community by focusing on one of its major sources of resilience — strong social networks created and sustained through an extensive social calendar of dance and theatrical pursuits. In her capacity as a tour guide and workshop leader at the Museum of Chinese Australian History, Grace has worked with hundreds of primary school-aged children and secondary school students from across Victoria and has taught tertiary level subjects such as Contesting Australia and Australia Now in the Australian Studies department at the University of Melbourne. She also taught the subject Latin American Music and Culture in the Musicology department at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2012.
When she does get the odd moment of spare time, she can be found dancing with the Early Arts Guild of Victoria‘s Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers, reading, drinking coffee and meeting up with old and new friends.
This portfolio, https://gracedwards.wordpress.com, was in 2011 deemed of significance to Australia’s national cultural heritage and has been preserved in perpetuity as part of the National Library of Australia’s Pandora Archive. She can also been found on Twitter at @gracedwards.