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Art Gallery of South Australia

North Terrace

Adelaide, SA 5000


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As part of the festival, and partnered with the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Australian Institute of Art History and the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, the FRAN Festival will hold a 2-day symposium on the 16 –17 September at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The symposium will bring local, national and international feminist artists and writers together to explore issues relevant to the histories and contemporary practice of women’s art.

Via panel sessions and conversational formats the symposium will cover topics such as the following; the archival turn in contemporary feminist art practice, feminist curating and collaborative ventures, feminist genealogies, gender equality and diversity and career issues for today's women artists. An important aspect of the symposium will be to investigate the legacy of The Women's Show as well as other Adelaide or regional-based feminist initiatives. The second day of the symposium will focus on gender and the museum and will include sessions with women curators, collectors, dealers and philanthropists.

The symposium is free although we please ask you register as space is limited.

Supported by the Adelaide City Council and Arts SA.


Saturday 16 September: Feminism, Art Practices and Histories

Radford Auditorium (AGSA)

10.00- 10.10: Introduction to FRAN FEST and remembering The Women's Show (1977): Jude Adams

10.10-11.10am: Keynote Presentation: Catriona Moore and Jacqueline Millner: Femofuturism

Coffee – 11.10-11.30pm

11.30-1.00pm: Caring for Past and Present Art

Anne Marsh: Doing Feminism

Petra Mosmann: Archive, Art and History: a feminist archival method

Louise Mayhew: My Story working on Her Story

Juliette Peers: "Poor but honest versus “rich and 'successful"

Lunch 1.00-2.00pm

2.00-3.30: Contemporary Art and New Perspectives: Two Parallel Sessions

Session 1: Radford Auditorium

Courtney Pedersen: 'Look at Me': feminism, contemporary art and the ecologies of attention

Rachel Haynes: Performing the Archive

Leigh Robb: The sisterhood: lateral strategies in feminist curating

Paula Van Beek: Selfie Feminism: contemporary identity, art practices and the complication of visibility

Session 2: Function Room

Georgia Banks: It Didn't Start with You: the wound, the archive and re-enactment

Su Yang: Reframing with Feminism: the female image in contemporary Chinese art

Zoe Freney: Art and the Movements of Motherhood

Jasmine Symons: Why have there been no great mother artists?

3.30 - 4.00 Coffee Break

4.00 - 5.00 Two parallel sessions

Session 1: Intersectional feminism in the South Australia arts discussion panel (Function Room):

Aida Azin, Haneen Martin, Melissa McGrath, Amanda Radomi and Jonno Revanche.

Session 2: Women, Careers and Equality (Radford Auditorium)

Elvis Richardson: Is someone else enjoying your career?

Natalie Thomas: What do we want? (art careers) When do we want it? Now!

Brigid Noone: Working between collective and individual art practice

5.00 - 5.30 Drinks at the Migration Museum

5.30 - 6.30 Performance at the Migration Museum


Sunday 17 September: Gender and the Museum Program

Radford Auditorium

10.00 - 10.10: Introduction to Gender and the Museum: Catherine Speck

10.10-11.10am: Art World Activists

Rebecca Coates: COUNTESS and the regions: Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) as case-study

Gary Dufour: Growing a Gift: The Cruthers Art Foundation

Tracey Whiting: People are a Cultural Institution’s most Valuable Asset

Angela Bailey: Art and Activism in the Archive

Coffee – 11.10-11.30pm

11.30-11.40: Introduction to Gender and Museum Professionals: Alison Inglis

11.40-1.00pm: Museum Professionals

Nici Cumpston – Tarnanthi - an artist led approach to curating and working with dynamic women artists from the SA Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Lara Nicholls: Australian Women Abstractionists

Jo Holder: The Cross Art Projects as seen through the lens of gender

Elizabeth Pearce: Feminism and Uncertainty

Lunch 1.00-2.00pm

2.00-3.30: Gender and the Museum: Two Parallel Sessions

Session 1: Radford Auditorium: Feminism in action in the museum

Joanna Mendelssohn: Joan Kerr: the making of a feminist art historian

Mandy Paul: ‘Good timing: feminism in the (history) museum’

Kate Warren: Bringing Women into the Museum: The Australian Women’s Weekly Art Prize, 1955–1959

Susan Sheridan: Portraits of the modernist woman artist in some Australian novels

Session 2: Function Room: Feminist gaze on curating and collections

Ros Prosser: Vonni Diva Showgirl: Costumes and Stories

Mandy Treagus: From Koloa Fakatonga to Fine Art: Robin White and Ruhu Fifita’s Tapa Collaborations

Sue Kneebone: A Feminist Guide to Pipe Smoking

Celia Dottore: Affirmative objects: exhibiting Indigenous women’s craft

3.30-4pm coffee

4.00- 4.30pm: Radford auditorium: Angela Hesson: Murmur: An installation by Rosslynd Piggott at The Johnston Collection

4.30-5.00pm: Radford Auditorium: Plenary session

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