Lesley Harding is an author, curator and lecturer on contemporary Australian art. Her latest book is Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art. Lesley joined Heide Museum of Modern Art as curator in 2005. She has held curatorial positions at the Arts Centre, Melbourne and National Art School, Sydney, and regularly publishes and lectures on modernist and contemporary Australian art. Her work has appeared in Art and Australia, Art Monthly Australia, Artlink and Meanjin.
She has written several books on Australian art and social history, including Cubism and Australian Art (with Sue Cramer) and Sunday’s Kitchen: Food and Living at Heide, Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide and Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (all with Kendrah Morgan). Lesley’s current curatorial projects include an Aleks Danko survey for Heide and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and an exhibition of paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith to tour Australia and the United States in 2017.