16 April to 7 May 2016
Future Feminist Archive Report ends a year-long project for the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Year whereby artists/researchers engaged with regional archives and collections to forge connections between diverse feminist histories and current ideas relating to feminism and archives.
Future Feminist Archive Report makes the project’s findings and speculations physically present. The FFA print set and web publication is being collated during the exhibition as reports come in. At the end of the exhibition, the Future Feminist Archive Print Folio will be distributed to the participating archives and institutions.
The project references and respects our commitment to feminism as a major art movement, a curatorial method and a force for change. These diverse archives reveal extraordinary women such as Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs, Dolly Potter and artist Vivienne Binns and their cultural and human rights monuments: the Aborigines Progressive Association (APA); the Miners' Women's Auxiliaries (wages and conditions); Binns's Full Flight art caravan and the founding of the NSW regional galleries in the early 1980s; Joan Kerr's National Women's Art Project (1995) and today's infamous craftivists the Knitting Nannas. Reviewing the past is a reminder that gender unfairly continues to affect women in the visual arts, as in all other creative areas. The struggle continues / La Lucha Continua.
Artists participating in the exhibition: Alison Alder, Louise Kate Anderson, Mini Graff, Deborah Kelly, Leonie Lane and Jan Davis (Country Women Artists, Northern Rivers Chapter), Fiona MacDonald, Raquel Ormella, Elvis Richardson and Lynette Riley.
Future Feminist Archive
Curator: Jo Holder
Participating Artists/Researchers and Associates, Archives and Institutions:
Alison Alder – working with Wollongong Art Gallery, University of Wollongong Archives
Louise Kate Anderson - working with the life and work of Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs in association with Lynette Riley, Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council, Big Fag Press
Brown Council – Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales Library and Archive, the life and work of Barbara Cleveland
Gillian Fuller – working with the DAAO (Design and Art Australia Online) UNSW Australia
Mini Graff – working with Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong City Library Local History Collection and Millers Point public housing
Deborah Kelly – working with Sydney Trades Hall Collection, Neale Towart archivist
Country Women Artists (Northern Rivers Chapter): Maree Bracker, Jan Davis, Karla Dickens, Jenny Kitchener, Leonie Lane, Shelagh Morgan, Liz Stops – working with Lismore Regional Gallery, Southern Cross University Library Artists’ Books and Visual Arts Graduating Students Catalogues, Collection Lismore Campus
Fiona MacDonald – working with Vivienne Binns’ Full Flight (1981-83), Arts OutWest archive and Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Raquel Ormella – working with the writings of Joan Kerr, Vanessa Berry, the DAAO (Design and Art Australia Online) UNSW Australia
Lynette Riley – working on the life and work of Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs, Macquarie Regional Library Dubbo, Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo, National Centre for Cultural Competence The University of Sydney
Project acknowledgements and expressions of thanks appear on the Future Feminist Archive website (forthcoming)
Future Feminist Archive is presented in association with Contemporary Art and Feminism, an independent research platform with links to Sydney College of the Arts; the School of Literature, Art and Media; and the Power Institute; University of Sydney, Sydney.
Closing Event and Processional – Saturday 7 May
Future Feminist Archive Report Opening / Closing Events
Bec Dean, independent curator and PhD candidate
Heather Goodall, eminent historian whose research interests traverse Indigenous histories and environmental issues
Location: The Cross Art Projects, 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross
Name that artist! with Elvis Richardson, artist and author of The Countess Report
Join Elvis Richardson and invited guests and share your feedback and responses to The Countess Report, a benchmarking project and online resource on gender inequality in the Australian contemporary art sector.
Attach link to The Countess Report
Location: Ideas Platform, Artspace, 43–51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
Hours: 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 May 2016
The History of Performance, a participatory performance with Brown Council
Brown Council, the collaborative practice of Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith, is creating an evolving archive of performance art, Making History. Examining feminist and alternative research methodologies, the work is both a place and a platform with the life and work of feminist performance artist Barbara Cleveland (1945–81) looming large.
Location: In-Between Space, 20th Biennale of Sydney, 86 George Street Redfern
Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm, 18 March – 5 June 2016
Alison Alder, Working with Wollongong Art Gallery, University of Wollongong Archives: Dear Honorary Secretary, 2016. Screen print on paper, 100 x 70 cm. Source: Papers of Dolly Potter, Secretary Miners' Women's Auxiliary. University of Wollongong Archives.
Redback Graphix (Alison Alder designer and printer), When they close a pit they kill a community, 1984. Screen print in colour, from four stencils
From University of Wollongong Archive, Mrs Dolly Potter Collection
Deborah Kelly Working with Sydney Trades Hall Collection, La Lucha Continua, 2016. Archival pigment ink on cotton rag, edition of 30 + 1 A/P, 50 x 70 cm.
Mini Graff, Broke, 2016. Acrylic screen print (three stencils), 100 x 70 cm. Source: Radical Wollongong and Jobs for Women, Art Resistance, 2016.
Fiona MacDonald, Full Flight Out West, 2016. Inkjet proof for two-colour screen print, artist proof – edition 30, 40 x 57 cm. Source: Vivienne Binns, Full Flight, 1982–83, Archive ArtsWest, Bathurst.
Fiona MacDonald, Arts Caravan, 1982 and 2016. Archival collage and digital print, 2016.
Working with Vivienne Binns, Full Flight, 1982 to 83, Archive ArtsWest, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.
Lynette Riley, Cloak for Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs, 2016. Modelled by Anny Druett (granddaughter), Blue Mountains.
Incised poker work on kangaroo skin., 2016. Photo by Lynette Riley.
Lynette Riley, Working with the life and work of Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs, Macquarie Regional Library Dubbo, Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo, NSW State Library Archives, National Centre for Cultural Competence The University of Sydney
Cloak for Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs, 2016. Incised poker work on kangaroo skin.
Raquel Ormella, from The Mysterious Vanessa (detail), 2016. Ink and digital drawing, dimensions variable.
Raquel Ormella, Working with the writings of Joan Kerr, Vanessa Berry, the DAAO (Design and Art Australia Online) UNSW Australia. The Mysterious Vanessa – CMYK (a page from ‘Artists as Cartoonists, or Extended Black and White’), 2016. Digital print.
Elvis Richardson, Name That Artist (Art and Australia 1996, 2006 & 2015), 2016. Digital print, 70 x 50 cm.
Elvis Richardson, Art and Australia (Women), 2014. Collage on linen.
Country Women Artists (Northern Rivers Chapter)
Country Women Artists (Northern Rivers Chapter), Artist book for Future Feminist Archive, 2016.
Country Women Artists (Northern Rivers Chapter): Maree Bracker, Jan Davis, Karla Dickens, Jenny Kitchener, Leonie Lane, Shelagh Morgan, Liz Stops – working with Lismore Regional Gallery, Southern Cross University Library Artists’ Book Collection
Louise Kate Anderson Working with the life and work of Pearl Gambanyi Gibbs, Lynette Riley, Dubbo Local Aboriginal Lands Council. Life, Lines and Legacy, Pearl Gibbs (Gambanyi) 1901–1988, 2016. Lithographic print.
Brown Council, The History of Performance, 2015, live participatory performance at The Physics Room Christchurch. Photo: Daegan Wells
Additional Participating Artists/Researchers
Brown Council – working with the Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales Library and Archive, the life and work of mythic feminist artist Barbara Cleveland.
Gillian Fuller – working with the DAAO (Design and Art Australia Online) UNSW Australia.
The CoUNTess Report – produced over a year by artist Elvis Richardson, the CoUNTess Report reveals the extent of gender imbalance across the spectrum of the contemporary art world.
The CoUNTess Report is an essential reminder that gender unfairly affects women in the visual arts, as in all other creative areas. The collected data confirms that biases filter the lived experiences of the 75% female visual arts graduates into only 34% of the creators of the art we see in state museums. The CoUNTess shows how masculinised merit judgments infiltrate the judgment of cultural institutions.
The CoUNTess’s Recommendations
Counting gender representation is a fundamental tool of feminist research methodology and in this report the numbers simply serve to highlight who is getting a voice, platform and support in all areas of contemporary visual arts culture in Australia.
1. The CoUNTess Report recommends that stakeholders in the Australian visual art sector routinely collect, analyse and publish gender representation data and use it to inform their policy decisions.
2. The CoUNTess Report recommends that stakeholders in the Australian visual art sector promote and advocate for gender equality in their management activities, operations and programming.
Acknowledgements and thanks
Further project acknowledgements and expressions of thanks appear on the forthcoming Future Feminist Archive website.
Jan Davis and Leonie Lane, Intersecting Archives from the Southern Cross University Artist Book Collection, 8 March 2016, exhibition catalogue for FFA, Southern Cross University Library, Lismore. > Download as pdf
Goodall, Heather, "Pearl Gibbs: Some Memories", Aboriginal History, vol 7, no 1, 1983 > Download as pdf
Future Feminist Archive Report: Alison Alder working with KCC Women's Auxiliary and University of Wollongong Archive > Download as pdf
Future Feminist Archive Residency Report: Lynette Riley, Pearl Gibbs ‘Gambanyi’ Kangaroo Cloak, 2016. > Download as pdf
Future Feminist Archive Residency Report: Fiona MacDonald's Full Flight Archive Project, Catriona Moore and Fiona MacDonald in conversation > Download as pdf
Future Feminist Archive Residency Report: Brown Council at the Art Gallery of New South Wales by Jacqueline Millner > Download as pdf
Tracey Callinan, Notes for Feminist Archive about Arts OutWest (AOW), 2015. > Download as pdf
Margaret Smith, Notes for Feminist Archive about Arts OutWest foundation, 2015 > Download as pdf
Liz Stops, Les Tricoteuses: The plain and purl of solidarity and protest [On the Knitting Nannas], 2015 > Download as pdf
Future Feminist Archive Report: Jan Davis and Leonie Lane Working with Southern Cross University Library Artists’ Book Collection, Lismore Campus > Download as pdf
Brown Council, ‘The History of Performance’, 20th Biennale of Sydney: https://vimeo.com/160501497
Goodall, Heather, "Gibbs, Pearl Mary (Gambanyi) (1901–1983)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 31 October 2014. At http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gibbs-pearl-mary-gambanyi-12533
The CoUNTess Report at http://thecountessreport.com.au
Elvis Richardson (The CoUNTess) Name that artist: http://www.artspace.org.au/program/ideas-platform/2016/elvis-richardson-name-that-artist/
SBS TV, 2015, Inspiring Black Women who have changed Australia at http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2015/03/06/20-inspiring-black-women-who-have-changed-australia
Future Feminist Archive Report is presented in association with Contemporary Art and Feminism, an independent research platform with links to Sydney College of the Arts; the School of Letters, Arts and Media; and the Power Institute; University of Sydney, Sydney.
This project has been supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Individual artist support:
Brown Council has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, the arts funding and advisory body
The Countess Report has received research funding from the Cruthers Foundation and assistance provided by NAVA
Country Women Artists (Northern Rivers Chapter) have been assisted by Southern Cross University Library, Lismore.
Fiona MacDonald has been assisted by Arts OutWest Archive, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.
Future Feminist Archive Report is presented in association with Contemporary Art and Feminism, an independent research platform at Sydney College of the Arts; the School of Letters, Arts and Media; and the Power Institute; University of Sydney, Sydney.