Denise Thwaites is a curator, researcher and writer. Her practice interlaces theory-driven, community-engaged and cross-cultural programming, along with more recent forays into the field of critico-fiction. Her scholarship interrogates conceptual frames of inclusion, exclusion and revision in art theory and practice.
Denise completed her doctoral thesis under the dual supervision of Paul Patton (The University of New South Wales, Australia) and Bruno Clément (l’Université Paris 8, France). Her thesis in aesthetics "In Between Art and Politics: Frame, Fold, Judgement," reconsidered the relationship between the fields of art and politics in light of different conceptualisations of interstitiality. She was awarded the distinction of 'Docteur en Littératures Françaises avec la mention très honorable avec félicitations du jury' (summa cum laude) by l’Université Paris 8. She is a member of the ‘Laboratoire Recherches sur la Pluralité Esthétique’ at l’Université Paris 8, France.
Over the past seven years, Denise has developed, co-ordinated and lectured undergraduate courses in Aesthetics, Political Theory, French Critical Theory and Art History at The University of New South Wales, The National Art School, Sydney and The University of Wollongong. In 2014, she was co-director of Critical Animals, a three-day creative research symposium held annually as a part of This Is Not Art festival in Newcastle, Australia. She recently held the position of Associate Director at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, having previously worked at the Australia Council for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.