Artists, Curators, Academics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frances Barrett is a Sydney-based artist whose practice includes both individual and collaborative projects including Brown Council.
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
Josephine Starrs collaboration with Leon Cmielewski produces media art installations situated at the juncture of cinema, information visualisation and sublime landscape.
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.
Marie McMahon Artist and designer of the iconic ‘You Are On Aboriginal Land’ poster
Mary Callaghan Posters
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.
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.
Perdita Phillips is an Australian artist primarily interested in the environment who often refers to scientific understanding in her work.
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.
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.
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.
Women’s Art Register Are you an Australian Woman Artist? Make sure to add yourself to the register!
Hairy for Real Women proudly growing their hair(s) and “challenging the patriarchal feminine ideal”
Margaret Mayhew Read through brainy Australian academic Margaret Mayhew’s writings on art and other stuff
Feminist archives, collections and organisations
AWARE Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
AWARE is meant to recover the lost history of these women artists and replace it in the narrative of History of Art, using the web as a tool.
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution based in Amsterdam produces art works and thematic programmes. 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.
Jessie Street National Women’s Library and its feminist poster collection
Galleries, museums, spaces
The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art (CCWA) at The University of Western Australia, this country’s largest specialist collection of women’s art
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum dedicated to feminist art past, present and future:, now has on permanent display Judy Chicago’s iconic “The Dinner Party”
Illawarra Unity Special edition of Unity focusing on the Wollongong Women’s Information Centre and feminism in Wollongong. Published 2002
Lip an independent magazine for young women that aims to provide intelligent, thoughtful content for our equally intelligent and thoughtful readers. No crass sex advice and body-shaming fashion pages here.
OnCurating a web journal which discusses issues of contemporary curatorial practice
The Scholar and Feminist Online – Barnard Centre for Research on Women a triannual, multimedia, peer-reviewed, online-only journal of feminist theories and women’s movements
Research and Events
CoUNTesses blog revealing gender bias in Australian art.
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
Goldsmith’s College Centre for Feminist Research, University of London The Centre provides a forum for the discussion of equality and diversity issues
LabiaLibrary Women’s Health Victoria’s new website broadening people’s knowledge on the diversity of labia looks
n.paradoxa Research, publications and forums on feminism
Research Clusters at VCA, University of Melbourne that cover a range of themes: Art, Social and Spatial Practice (ASSP), Matters of the Body (MOB) and Moving Image Narrative (MIN).