Julie Ewington

Wednesday 25 May
1-2pm, Black Theatre

What are Australia’s women artists doing today, in major solo and group exhibitions, and as teachers, advocates and mentors? What are the latest developments? What does it mean for an artist to consider themselves as a feminist?

These questions have been debated in art for over 100 years, and Julie Ewington has worked with women artists for many years, most recently on Contemporary Australia: Women in 2012 at GOMA in Brisbane.

Today the rich participation in Australia's artistic life by women across all cultural fields is increasingly acknowledged, even celebrated. Not always without hesitations and qualifications, but, finally, women working in the public domain is now becoming... well, almost normal.

In this Art Forum Lecture Julie will review artists including Anne Ferran (NSW), Emily Floyd (Victoria), Narelle Jubelin (NSW/Spain), Justene Williams (NSW), Elvis Richardson (NSW) and Virginia Fraser (VIC) and Ruby Williamson (South Australia), and how their work relates to these debates.

Julie Ewington is an independent writer and curator, focusing on contemporary Australian art. From 1997-2014 she lead the Australian art department at the Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art, and was a curator in the Asia-Pacific Triennial exhibitions from 1996-2012. Over four decades, she has worked as an academic, including at the University of Sydney, and on the boards of many organizations, including the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. Ewington was a founder member of the Women’s Art Movement, Adelaide in 1976, and the Artworkers Union, Sydney, in 1979-80.

Image: Anne Ferran Spill (detail) 2002, drawer 1 transparency film. Image courtesy of the artist