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Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

35 Stirling Highway

University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009

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Enquiries: lwag@uwa.edu.au or 08 6488 3707

No Second Thoughts: Reflections on the ARTEMIS Women’s Art Forum responds to an archive of documents at the State Library of Western Australia produced by ARTEMIS, an organisation that aimed to raise the status of women in the arts and to foster interest in women’s art practice.

Penny Bovell, Jo Darbyshire, Teelah George and Taylor Reudavey have produced new artworks inspired by the archive and their experience of the organisation. Join curator Gemma Weston and the artists as they discuss their work and the exhibition.

Image: Anne Jeppe, Venus Con-Cave (detail), c 1987, assemblage from found materials with painted plaster cast. Photograph by Pam Kleeman © Courtesy the artist

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Active in Perth from 1985 and with roughly 300 members at its peak, The ARTEMIS Women’s Art Forum Inc. aimed to raise the status of women in the arts and to foster interest in women’s art practice and ideas. The group produced symposia, exhibitions and a newsletter, provided childcare facilities for its members at meetings, and also ran the ARTEMIS gallery, located in the Artshouse building in the Perth Cultural Centre. After the dissolution of the group in 1990, the ARTEMIS archive - featuring correspondence, meeting minutes, exhibition ephemera, artist files and more - was donated to State Library of Western Australia.

Taking its name from the ARTEMIS members’ exhibition held at the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle in 1988, No Second Thoughts offers a response to the archive. Newly commissioned works will open a dialogue with archival material, examining the production of memory and history in Western Australian feminist art practice and beyond.

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