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CAF Friends

Australia

CAF's Friends joined forces around Australia to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of International Women’s Year in 1975. Many groups in the network convened a major Feminist Contemporary Art Event and are essential archives for researchers.

40th Anniversary Projects with Archives:

Doing Feminism / Sharing the World, Melbourne
A three-month program of artist residencies, performance, seminars and mentorship program with a focus on collaboration, participation and feminist ethics held 2017-2018 in Melbourne. Convened by Ann Marsh. At This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / https://doingfeminism-sharingtheworld.tumblr.com

https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/93-doing-feminism-sharing-the-world 

Feminist Art Base
The Feminist Art Base is a digital archive dedicated solely to feminist art, offering profiles of some of the most prominent and promising contributors to the field. This digital resource was created in 2007 and was actively expanded through 2014; the database remains available for researchers as an archive of activity by artists from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/ 

FRAN, Feminist Renewal Art Network, Adelaide

FRAN (The Feminist Renewal Art Network), curated FRANFEST to commemorate 40 years since The Women's Show (Adelaide 1977). FRAN celebrated women's artistic achievements then and now with dynamic exhibitions and a symposium. Forty years ago Adelaide was host to one of the largest Australia-wide exhibitions of women’s art, The Women’s Show of 1977. The Women’s Show exhibited over 400 works, and included the work of established and emerging artists as well as those who had been overlooked, lacking institutional and commercial support.

FRAN FEST was a month long (25 August — 24 September 2017) state-wide open-access festival featuring exhibitions, events and symposia to value and reflect both the history and contemporary practice of Australian feminism and art. FRAN FEST celebrated South Australia’s dynamic relationship between contemporary art and feminism.FRAN FEST highlighted inter-generational and intersectional dialogue, investigated the legacy of second-wave feminist art and explored the nature of contemporary feminist art. http://franfest.com.au/

https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/18-feminist-renewal-art-network-fran

LEVEL, Brisbane
LEVEL focuses on providing opportunities for female visual artists and generating dialogue around gender, feminism and contemporary art. This manifests in artist residencies, exhibition projects and exchanges, forums and critical discussions. http://levelari.wordpress.com/about/

Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Project, Sydney
A social history and contemporary art project centred on the historic institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct in Sydney. The aim is to create a vision for the precinct that recognises past wrongs and addresses their contemporary legacies in this historic setting as Australia's first Site of Conscience. Launched in 2013 the PFFP Memory Project exhibits creative works produced in collaborative workshops on site and at other venues. The Female Factory participated in the exhibition Curating Feminism at Sydney College of the Arts. http://www.parragirls.org.au/Memory-Project

https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/archive/caf-friends/55-parramatta-girls-home-exhibition-and-play-april-28-2014
https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/61-parramatta-female-factory-precinct-memory-project-november-17-2013

Unfinished Business, Melbourne
An exhibition and project Unfinished Business, offered a multi-voiced interpretation of feminism and the visual arts. It presented the formative impact of feminism on contemporary art contemplated the concerns of women since the 1970s. A multi-generational and culturally diverse curatorial team: Paola Balla, Max Delany, Julie Ewington, Annika Kristensen, Vikki McInnes and Elvis Richardson. At ACCA until March 25, 2018. Review: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-09/feminist-art-collection-australian-centre-for-contemporary-art/9306238

Women’s Art Register, Melbourne
The Women’s Art Register is a ‘museum without walls’, documenting female artwork, articles on women artists in Australian art magazines, and paper documentation and ephemera. Curated AS IF: 40 years and beyond – Celebrating the Women’s Art Register, 2015. Are you an Australian Woman Artist? Add yourself to the register! http://www.womensartregister.org/

https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/21-as-if-40-years-and-beyond-celebrating-the-women-s-art-register-august-18-2015
https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/34-as-if-when-and-now-women-s-art-register-member-exhibition-march-23-2015

Women’s Gaze: Future Feminist Archive Symposium, Sydney
The Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive involved discussion between filmmakers Martha Ansara, Margot Nash and Jeni Thornley about ‘some of the ground breaking films they produced in the 70s’. https://contemporaryartandfeminism.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/womens-gaze-film-press-info-doc-logo-version-25-2-15.pdf
The Feminist Film Archive, curated by Loma Bridge and Margot Nash and Jeni Thornley, comprises ground-breaking Australian feminist films to the Future Feminist Archive.
Vimeo link to the Symposium panel Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive, convened by CAF at Art Gallery of NSW: https://vimeo.com/122498137

https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/38-women-s-gaze-and-the-feminist-film-archive-march-5-2015


ARCHIVES — Feminist, Activist (with Feminist art component)


Archive Futures, Sydney
Archive Futures Research Network
an information website and network co-founded and co-convened by Linda Morra and Maryanne Dever: Recipient of the 2014 joint Gender Institute/Humanities Research Centre 2014 ay ANU.  

Art + Feminism, Wiki World
Art plus Feminism is a rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia to encourage female editorship. To get involved, follow the drop down menu and take part in an edit-a-thon. http://www.artandfeminism.org/

Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

See: a series of public workshops in Hong Kong and Taipei involving artists, filmmakers, curators, architects, and writers engaged in alternative production and dissemination models based on generosity and sharing. http://www.aaa.org.hk/

CoUNTesses
Elvis Richardson’s CoUNTesses blog presents data and reviews on gender representation in the Australian Contemporary art-world.
http://countesses.blogspot.com.au

FavourEconomy, Sydney
FavourEconomy is a collection of audio recordings shared by women and non-binary people working in the arts. The project operates as a platform for contributors to share their experience, insights and skills by recording an audio file and sharing it to the archive. The archive comprises of a series of volumes that develop over a one-year period coinciding with the financial year. Volumes 1 and 2 out now. http://www.favoureconomy.com/about/

https://contemporaryartandfeminism.com/caf-friends/96-favoureconomy-volumes-1-and-2

Green Bans Art Walk, Sydney

Five public guided walks between The Cross Art Projects Gallery and the Firstdraft Depot Project Space lead by a rotating group of expert speakers on the art, architecture and planning of the area covered in each walk. http://www.greenbans.net.au/green-bans-art-walk-2011

Indonesian Visual Arts Archive, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The IVAA collect art archives and facilitates research through both an online archive and a physical space in Yogyakarta. http://ivaa-online.org/

Jessie Street Library Archives, Sydney
The Jessie Street National Women’s Library archives document the lives of Australian women, the papers of women’s organisations and audio recordings. They cover topics from women’s rights, abortion law reform, contraception, rape crisis centres, the fight for equal pay, women in local government, and many more. The Archive includes over 2000 women's movement posters.  http://www.nationalwomenslibrary.org/archives/

Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand
The LAGANZ aims to actively collect, preserve and make available for creative use the historical and cultural records of lesbians and gay men. http://laganz.org.nz/index.html

Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Project, Sydney
A social history and contemporary art project centred on the historic institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct in Sydney; connecting past to present by engaging those who once resided in these institutions to actively participate in how their experiences are remembered, documented, and interpreted. http://www.parragirls.org.au/Memory-Project.php

The Reading Room, Bangkok
A contemporary art archive and library, containing resources on contemporary Thai art and international art reference books, including art history books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, art magazines, and electronic resources. http://readingroombkk.org/

 

FEMINIST COLLECTIONS, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & ORGANISATIONS

 

AWARE, Paris
AWARE are putting women artists of the 20th century back into the history of art, making these forgotten or under recognised artists visible through archival work. http://www.awarewomenartists.com/en/

Barbara Cleveland (Formerly known as Brown Council), Sydney
Barbara Cleveland is an artist led collective directed by Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Baker Smith. Working together for ten years under the title of Brown Council, the collective transitioned to Barbara Cleveland in 2016, taking their name from the mythic feminist performance artist (Barbara Cleveland) – who they recovered from the margins of Australian art history – and has been a key feature in their work since 2010. Since 2007, they have collectively made performance and video works that straddle the contexts of gallery and stage, and draw on the historical lineages of both the visual and performing arts. http://www.barbaracleveland.com.au/

Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, Perth

Located at The University of Western Australia, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art is Australia’s largest specialist collection of women’s art. http://www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au/collections/ccwa

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn
Located within the Brooklyn Museum, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is dedicated to feminist art past, present and future. https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa  http://www.nationalwomenslibrary.org/archives/

Frontyard, Marrickville, Sydney
Artist co-op that houses the former Australia Council library so includes rare reports from former radical programs Art and Working Life and Community Arts. https://www.frontyardprojects.org/library/

If I can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam

If I Can’t Dance is dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art. The title commemorates Emma Goldman, renowned feminist and anarchist activist. Follow the drop down links to see their archive. http://www.ificantdance.org/Agenda

Incendium Radical Library, West Footscray, Melbourne
Library and reading group that prioritises materials that center the voices of marginalised communities and individuals. https://incendiumradicallibrary.wordpress.com/

LEVEL, Brisbane

LEVEL focuses on providing opportunities for female visual artists and generating dialogue around gender, feminism and contemporary art. This manifests in artist residencies, exhibition projects and exchanges, forums and critical discussions. http://levelari.wordpress.com/about/

The Feminist Art Project, USA
The Feminist Art Project recognises the aesthetic and intellectual impact of women on the visual arts and culture. http://feministartproject.rutgers.edu/home/

Women’s Art Register, Melbourne
The Women’s Art Register is a ‘museum without walls’, documenting female artwork, articles on women artists in Australian art magazines, and paper documentation and ephemera. Are you an Australian Woman Artist? Add yourself to the register! http://www.womensartregister.org/

Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive: Future Feminist Archive, Sydney
Presented by Contemporary Art and Feminism and AGNSW, the Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive involved discussion between filmmakers Martha Ansara, Margot Nash and Jeni Thornley about ‘some of the ground breaking films they produced in the 70s’. https://contemporaryartandfeminism.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/womens-gaze-film-press-info-doc-logo-version-25-2-15.pdf
The associated exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts, Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive, curated by Loma Bridge and Margot Nash and Jeni Thornley, contributed ground-breaking Australian feminist films to the Future Feminist Archive.
Vimeo link to the Symposium panel Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive: https://vimeo.com/122498137

Whitechapel Gallery Archive, London

The Whitechapel Gallery Archive contains early records, director’s papers, exhibition files, photographs, printed and publicity materials, education files, audio-visual material, the gallery managers’ records, the Whitechapel Gallery Society records, and more. http://archive.whitechapelgallery.org/

ZKM, Berlin
ZKM exhibit art and media in thematically structured globally oriented exhibitions. Described as a ‘Mecca of Media Arts’ (Peter Weibel), the ZKM illustrates art’s development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through symposia and research activities. http://zkm.de/en, blog: http://blog.zkm.de/

FEMINIST ARTISTS, CURATORS, ART HISTORIANS (Australia)


Alex Martinis Roe
current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations, as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures.

Alison Alder
is a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice.

Paola Balla, co-curator of exhibition and project Unfinished Business (ACCA, Melbourne, 2017-18)

Frances Barrett is a Sydney-based artist whose practice includes both individual and collaborative projects including Brown Council.Frances Barrett is a Sydney-based artist whose practice includes both individual and collaborative projects including Brown Council.

Vanessa Berry Zine maker/superstar

Vivienne Binns started her career with an explosive exhibition in 1967 abounding in male and female sex organs – works such as Phallic Monument and Vag Dens, pushed the limits of acceptability and — Sydney’s male art critics — over the edge. Today, Vag Dens (1966) has pride of place in “Pop to Popism” at the Art Gallery of NSW. She helped found the Women’s Art Movement in Sydney, made vitreous enamel an explosive aesthetic force and later was active with the Artworkers Union campaigning for equal representation. Binns pioneered social and craft history projects, her Mothers’ Memories Others’ Memories (MMOM, 1979-1981) executed with thirty-eight women in Blacktown NSW exhibited in the 1982 Sydney Biennale being the best known. But for the remarkable In Full Flight  (1981-82) project Binns worked from a Community Arts Committee caravan collaborating in small towns in Central West NSW. A visitor was art writer Lucy Lippard who stayed in the van at Lake Cargelligo for two days researching Get the Message? A Decade of Social Change. Binns settled in Canberra to teach and her practice focused on studio-based painting. Vivienne Binns – Art and Life, a major survey exhibition of the artist’s 40 year career, was held at Latrobe University Museum of Art in 2012.

Kate Blackmore is a Sydney based artist who works across video, installation and performance. Her practice is centered on collaboration and often explores themes of violence, power and control. Blackmore is also a founding member of Brown Council.

Linda Brescia‘s work investigates the complex experiences of everyday life ranging from banal to extraordinary. Through such experiences, she creates characters that are re-introduced and performed in domestic and social environments.

Mary Callaghan is best known as an Australian film director, responsible for Greetings from Wollongong 1982, the feature Tender Hooks 1989 and her work with Rights of Passage 2013. However she was also a graphic designer and poster artist, working on a number of occasions solo or with her brother Michael Callaghan (1952-2012) and others such as Jan Mackay.

Barbara Cleveland (formerly known as Brown Council) is the collaborative practice of Sydney-based artists Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith exploring the contexts of gallery and stage in relation to performance drawing on the historical lineage of visual and performing arts.

Bec Dean edited Sexing the Agenda (Artlink, 2013 with Joanna Mendelssohn) and the co-curator of a recent festival investigating Australian culture through the lens of sex and gender – SEXES (2012, Performance Space with Deborah Kelly). Bec Dean is a curator and writer and former Co-Director at Performance Space in Sydney.

Max Delany, co-curator of exhibition and project Unfinished Business (ACCA, Melbourne, 2017-18)

Maryanne Dever: Recipient of the 2014 joint Gender Institute/Humanities Research Centre 2014 ay ANU. She is co-founder and co-convenor (with Linda Morra) of the Archive Futures Research Network

Margaret Dodd, artist and flimmaker whose audacious film and ‘funk ceramic’ series of Holden cars (exhibited at Watters Gallery, 1977) and 1982 film of the same name explored femininity and the maternal; fantasy, humour and the erotic: masculinity, fetishism and violence. Both were shown at The Cross Art Projects (June 2017) in a survey curated by Susan Charlton, along with works from her more recent series, Chosen Vessel and Holden Hypotheses. A catalogue of the works on display, and writing drawn from conversation & correspondence with Margaret Dodd, was launched by Bernice Murphy. This Woman is Not a Car: Margaret Dodd coincides with the cinema screening of the film at Sydney Film Festival, as part of the Feminism & Film program of works from the heady days of the women’s movement in Sydney in the 1970s & 80s.

Julie Ewington, cuator of Australia Women at QAGGOMA in 2015 and patroness of CAF; co-curator of exhibition and project Unfinished Business (ACCA, Melbourne, 2017-18)

Guerrilla Girls Untiring in their efforts to  expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture using facts, humour and outrageous visuals

Deborah Kelly is a major Australian Feminist artist who has been selected to exhibit both in the Biennale of Sydney and the Biennale of Singapore. Kelly creates works which explore the human form and feminism to create socially engaging pieces.

Annika Kristensen, co-curator of exhibition and project Unfinished Business (ACCA, Melbourne, 2017-18)

Fiona MacDonald is known for her installations of bodies of work that draw on local cultural traditions, social and natural history. Her work takes the form of ‘conversations’ about undercurrents in social processes of inclusion and exclusion.

Fiona Macdonald is an artist and theorist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice embraces a range of mediated processes, installations, and publications, and maintains an allegiance to the possibilities of a critical conceptual practice through collaborative acts of discourse.

Vicki McInnes, co-curator of exhibition and project Unfinished Business (ACCA, Melbourne, 2017-18)

Marie McMahon Artist and designer of the iconic ‘You Are On Aboriginal Land’ poster

Mish Meijers is a Tasmanian-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice experiments in surface tensions: how one material conforms or abrades against the matter of another distorting their worth in relation to popular culture and gender.

Caroline Phillips Phillips’ transformation of her chosen materials and collaborative practices explore contemporary feminist materiality and aesthetics. As a freelance curator Phillips’ curated The ‘f’ Word from 2012-2014.

Perdita Phillips is an Australian artist primarily interested in the environment who often refers to scientific understanding in her work.

Elivis Richardson, co-curator of exhibition and project Unfinished Business (ACCA, Melbourne, 2017-18)

SODA_JERK is a 2-person art collective that works with sampled material to construct rogue histories and counter-mythologies. Drawing from archival imagery, Soda_Jerk works at the crossroads of experimental film, documentary and speculative fiction.

Josephine Starrs collaboration with Leon Cmielewski produces media art installations situated at the juncture of cinema, information visualisation and sublime landscape.

Steel City Pictures Film Works by Mary Callaghan

Tricky Walsh is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is concerned with the integration of mysticism with scientific reasoning

ONLINE PROJECTS / BLOGS

Art FAG CITY
Art Fag City creates and archives critical discourse, and commissions ambitious artist projects. Through a daily mix of blunt criticism, commentary and community-minded journalism, they add an unparalleled dosage of purposeful opinion to the contemporary art community. http://artfcity.com/

Art + Feminism
Art plus Feminism is a rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia to encourage female editorship. To get involved, follow the drop down menu and take part in an edit-a-thon. http://www.artandfeminism.org/

Centre Feminist Studies, Goldsmith’s College, University of London
The Centre provides a forum for discussion of equality and diversity issues on campus (in relation to all aspects of the College’s equality policy: race and religion, gender, sexuality, disability and widening participation). It will thus provide an intellectual context for the delivery of Goldsmith’s equality policy. http://www.gold.ac.uk/centre-for-feminist-research/

CoUNTesses

Elvis Richardson’s CoUNTesses blog presents data and reviews on gender representation in the Australian Contemporary art-world. http://countesses.blogspot.com.au

Curating the Contemporary
A meeting point for discussion on contemporary art and culture. https://curatingthecontemporary.wordpress.com/

Feminist Frequency
Interested in pop culture and gaming? Anita Sarkeesian explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives with a particular focus on gaming. http://feministfrequency.com/about/

Hairy For Real
Women proudly growing their hairs to challenge the patriarchal feminine ideal. ‘Body hair on women shouldn’t be a myth. You are here to notice that women with body hair is just totally normal.’ http://hairychallenge.tumblr.com

LabiaLibrary
Women’s Health Victoria’s new website broadening people’s knowledge on the diversity of labia looks. http://www.labialibrary.org.au

The Ladies Network
T
he Ladies Network is a multi-platform agency that supports and recognises the creative contributions of female creative in the realms of art, music, business and design. http://theladiesnetwork.com.au/about/

The Guerilla Girls Talk the History of Art vs. The History of Power with Stephen Colber

The Guerilla Girls appear on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss all things art, feminism and power. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxBQB2fUl_g

Margaret Mayhew
Read through brainy Australian academic Margaret Mayhew’s writings on art and other stuff. https://margaretmayhew.com/

 

PUBLICATIONS + PERIODICALS

Illawarra Unity
Published in 2002, this special edition of Unity focuses on the Wollongong Women’s Information Centre and feminism in Wollongong. http://ro.uow.edu.au/unity/vol2/iss5/

Lip: A Feminist Arts Journal
Lip was an Australian interdisciplinary feminist art journal, that existed between 1976 and 1984, self-published by a feminist collective during the Women’s Liberation era. Lip published a very wide range of feminist positions and interdisciplinary art forms, connecting the local scene to a more international network. More Information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lip_(magazine). A compilation of original articles was republished within The Lip Anthology in 2013: https://www.rmit.edu.au/events/all-events/exhibitions/2013/november/launch-of-the-lip-anthology 

Lip Mag
Lip is an independent magazine aims to promote new female artists and musicians, and take a fresh outlook on feminism. ‘You may not find crass sex advice and body-shaming fashion pages here’. http://lipmag.com/about/

n.paradoxa International Feminist Art Journal
Published by KT press, n.paradoxa aims to promote an understanding of women artists and their work. n.paradoxa publishes scholarly academic articles written by female critics, art historians and artists exploring feminist art, theory, criticism and history surround the work of contemporary female artists from 1970 forward. http://www.ktpress.co.uk/
Download the PDF of issue 21, ed. Katy Deepwell, ‘n.paradoxa’s 12 Step Guide to Feminist Art, Art History and Criticism’ here: http://www.ktpress.co.uk/pdf/nparadoxaissue21.pdf

ONCURATING
ONCURATING is an independent international web journal focusing on questions around curatorial practise and theory. http://oncurating-journal.de

The Scholar & Feminist Online
S&F Online is an open access journal of feminist theories and women’s movements, articulating the ‘ever-evolving role of feminism in struggles for social justice.’ http://sfonline.barnard.edu/about/