Listen & Read

Fashioning Identity: Madeline Green, Gwen John and Claude Cahun

‘What was a woman meant to be at this time of dynamic social change?’
Dr Maria Quirk

Mary Beale: pioneer of portraiture

‘Women’s lives were regulated by gendered expectations and social constraints that dictated their roles and responsibilities as dutiful daughters, obedient wives, and devoted mothers, within a predominantly protestant religious framework.’
Lisa Mansfield

Dancing On the Edge: Sonia Delaunay and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

‘Determined to push the boundaries of their craft both artists drew inspiration from the liberating influence of modern dance.’
Dr Ted Gott

Divergent Ambitions: The Door of Hope Mission in early twentieth-century Shanghai

‘These dolls offer a window into the experience of women during a turbulent period of foreign occupation.’
Annika Aitken

Indigenous Voices of Creative Assertion and Resistance

‘The women’s work from Lajamanu community is both old and boldly new.’
Judith Ryan AM

Hester Bateman: An eighteenth-century entrepreneur

‘As with many women that worked in a family business, it was not until the death of their husbands that they were able to assume their own identity.’
Amanda Dunsmore

Rediscovering Fumie Taniguchi

‘Fumie Taniguchi was part of the first generation of women artists to challenge Japan’s historically male led artistic establishment.’
Annika Aitken

Selling Suffrage: Visual culture and merchandise

‘The Women’s suffrage movement in England was not just a momentous occasion in political history, it was also a turning point in the history of popular design, propaganda and dress.’
Dr Maria Quirk

Beyond Pretty: The possibilities of contemporary jewellery

‘Designers are challenging and expanding contemporary jewellery practice to tell new stories and act as a medium of social and political critique.’
Myf Doughty

Are You Listening? The poster as a site for resistance

‘The work of The Guerrilla Girls today is unflinching in their critique of institutions of power. They continue to ask the big and difficult questions, that remain as relevant in 2020 as they were in 1985.’
Megan Patty

The Power of 'Women's Work': Craftivism

‘The role of craftivism in society has the dual quality of intriguing people with its familiarity, and then challenging the viewer with its message’
Sigourney Jacks

Living Libraries: Feminist histories in the art of Emily Floyd

‘A lot of progress has been made in recent years, but Emily Floyd’s work reminds us that many of the issues that women faced generations ago still remain today.’
Jane Devery

She Is Like No Other: A call and response to Umma (Mother)

‘These works are powerful manifestations of this matriarchal strength and power that first nations women carry.’
Kimberley Moulton

Aboriginal Feminism and Gender

‘Art can not only teach the people who are not part of those identities, that those identities are not the enemy, but it can teach people from within the LGBTQI community that our community, and our identity, is something to be proud of and not something to be ashamed of.’
Claire Coleman

Raising the Flag

‘Said’s flag design is simple yet powerful and communicates a global message of empowerment and acceptance of all refugees. The acquisition of these flags recognises their status as important design milestones.’
Meg Slater

Women of Industry: Frances Burke and Joyce Coffey

‘The stories of Frances Burke and Joyce Coffey illuminate two modes by which women entered the design profession in the middle dec­ades of the twentieth century.’
Harriet Edquist