40 years and beyond: Celebrating the Women’s Art Register in the City of Yarra.
In 1975, International Women’s Year was celebrated in Melbourne and the Women’s Art Register (W.A.R), a slide-library holding over 14,000 images representing over 5000 artists, began. The Women’s Art Register is a feminist initiative established to rectify the inadequate documentation of women’s art and to support and promote female artists.
In 2015, the Women’s Art Register celebrates 40 years of insisting that women’s art matters. W.A.R is hosting a series of 8 events, zig-zagging across Melbourne, showcasing a dazzling array of women’s artistic contributions to the cultural landscape. At Richmond Library an installation of paste-ups, showing images from the slide-library, will encapsulate four decades of the Women’s Art Register.
Women’s art-making practices and the definitions of art have changed radically since the 1970’s. Australian women have continually explored new ways to produce art and have taken their concerns on to the streets, on to the sides of trams, on wall murals and giant billboards. The iconic images selected for this exhibition are testament to women’s creativity, stimulating debate and reminding us that organisations such as W.A.R must continue to exist.
This exhibition is curated by the artist Miso.
Join the Womens Art Register for an open day on Thursday 20 August; view the exhibition, enjoy some cake and talk to staff from WAR.
Richmond Library opening hours:
Monday-Wednesday, 10am – 8pm Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 1pm – 6pm Saturday 10am – 3pm, Sunday 2pm – 5pm