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  • Care Research Network, Round Table 1, University of Melbourne, March 16, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips.

  • Creation of a Carer, digital photo, 2016 by Danica Knezevic

  • International Womens Day March 1979 reconstruction Arts Precinct Wollongong for future Feminist Archive Live in Wollongong 2019

  • Jo Darbyshire, The Glorious Decline, 2018 oil on canvas, 200 x 200cm. Photo Eva Fernandez. From the exhibition No Second Thoughts: Reflections on the ARTEMIS Women's Art Forum, State Library of Western Australia. 1 September - 8 December 2018

  • Sera Waters, Falling: Line by Line, 2018, vinyl wallpaper, woollen long-stitches, 2x7m. Photograph by Rob - Acorn Photo.

The whole project of archiving,
of documenting that ‘we have a past’ is,
in actuality, a desire for a future


Future Feminist Archive

FFA is an ongoing archive, addressing strategies of recovering lost information, promoting the legacies of local feminist art activists and building a solid platform for the future.

Convened by Contemporary Art and Feminism, Future Feminist Archive (FFA) posed a series of hypothetical questions. These range from the grand do we need a specialist feminist art archive and what forms could it take, to practical considerations of recovering lost archives, stock-taking existing records, and generating new ideas for curating and archiving.

To introduce these questions Future Feminist Archive (FFA) opened with a symposium at Art Gallery of NSW on 7 March 2015 and an accompanying set of exhibitions across Sydney and in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne.

Symposia in Wollongong, Dubbo, Bathurst, Lismore and in Sydney at AGNSW National Art Archive and Trades Hall, engaged with the art and design histories of regional New South Wales with in order to (re)value cultural work by women in the past, and to investigate their legacy for present and future feminist cultural politics.

With support from Arts NSW, nine female artists and collectives worked alongside with diverse arts entities and experts to create a variety of engagements with the archive. Their reports were presented at the exhibition Future Feminist Archive Report at The Cross Art Projects.

  • (Left) Mini Graff, Broke, 2016, acrylic screen print (three stencils), 100 x 70 cm (Right) Elvis Richardson, Women Versus Men, 2014, collage of boxboard, 100 x 75 cm. (Right) Raquel Ormella, The Mysterious Vanessa – CMYK (a page from ‘Artists and Cartoonists, or Extended Black and White’), 2016, digital print.

  • Raquel Ormella, from The Mysterious Vanessa (detail), 2016. Ink and digital drawing, dimensions variable.

  • (Left) Fiona McDonald, Full Flight Out West, 2016, artist proof for two colour screen print – ed 30, 40 x 57 cm. (Right) Fiona McDonald, Arts Caravan, 1982 and 2016, archival collage and digital print, 2016.

  • Leonie Lane, Southern Cross University, Student Exhibition Catalogues, artist’s archive.