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Women in art lecture series

The struggle and success of women in Australian arts

This lecture series is about women in art – the walls they run into and how they break them down. An artist, an art historian, a curator and a museum director discuss the struggle faced by women in the arts sector, and how they have overcome obstacles to achieve success.

Enjoy a glass of wine and a discussion with friends after each lecture.

Image: Thea Proctor Women with fans 1930 © AGNSW

Saturdays, 9-30 May 2015, 2pm

Single session:
$30 non-member
$25 member
$15 student

Full series:
$100 non-member
$80 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre

Louise Mayhew, art historian

Australia’s Women’s Art Movement (WAM) began with a cascade of activity in the mid-1970s. Groups formed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra to discuss ‘What is a woman artist?’, ‘Where are our predecessors?’ and ‘Why aren’t women artists as valuable as men?’ Such questions prompted surveys, petitions, boycotts, exhibitions and an extraordinary surge of women’s creative activity. Ethics of feminism, collectivism, equality and working art extend from these early groups into women’s activities in the following decades. This talk will chart this history, providing an introduction to such fascinating projects, phenomena and artists as women’s poster collectives, Double our Numbers, VNS Matrix and Brown Council.

Louise Mayhew is an Australian art historian. Her doctoral thesis is the first history of women’s art collectives and collaboration in Australia, 1970-2010. She is currently extending this research by researching Australian collaboration in the new millennium.



Saturday 9 May 2015 2pm – 3:30pm

Emily McDaniel, curator

Emily McDaniel discusses the artistic practices of south eastern Indigenous women artists.

Emily McDaniel is a curator and artist from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in Central New South Wales. She is currently the Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Emily has also held numerous public programs and curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale of Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW.



Saturday 16 May 2015 2pm – 3:30pm

Elvis Richardson, artist

Artist Elvis Richardson discusses her artistic practice which is grounded in a feminist approach, as well as her findings on gender representation in the visual arts.

Elvis Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice instinctively burrows through the sediment of obsolete and interrupted material culture dwelling in the places where the unclaimed and unforeseen meet. Elvis is the author of CoUNTess (2008) an online research blog that publishes data on gender representation in the visual arts. In 2015 CoUNTess is conducting a Gender Representation Benchmark Data Collection Project with funding from the Cruthers Art Foundation and supported by NAVA.



Saturday 23 May 2015 2pm – 3:30pm

Kirsten Paisley, director

The story of women’s representation in the world of public galleries periodically headlines with a focus on the history of male leadership of State Galleries, and quotas relating to gender representation of visual artists in awards, exhibitions and acquisitions. Referring to her own leadership journey and having worked for 10 years with an almost exclusive female team, Shepparton Art Museum Director Kirsten Paisley will discuss how female leaders have shaped her own career. Further, Kirsten will contribute thoughts about the capacity for leadership to influence equal opportunities within the arts industry, referring to the work of the Museum as a vehicle for affirmative change.

Kirsten Paisley is the Director of Shepparton Art Museum. Her achievements with SAM include the 2011 redevelopment of the Museum, which won the 2012 Museums Australia Best Small Museum of the Year Award. In 2013, SAM was selected by Arts Victoria and Deakin University as one of four in the state of Victoria to be showcased as a best practise model for the sector. As well as curating many exhibitions and publications for SAM; Kirsten is currently spearheading the development of a $42 million new art museum development, with the local Council determining continued progress in May this year.



Saturday 30 May 2015 2pm – 3:30pm