Jun 17 2020

Elaine Coghlan, Self portrait at easel, c1917. Photo Jenny Carter.

Into the Light: Elaine Coghlan (1897-1989)

Into the Light: Recovering Australia’s lost women artists 1870-1960 is Sheila’s national research project to collect data about women artists in Australia. One such artist was Sydney-based Elaine Coghlan, whose self portrait was recently purchased for the Into the Light acquisition fund. In this blog Bella Chidlow writes about the work of conservator Anne Gaulton […]

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Jun 17 2020

Sherry Paddon, The Weight of Things, glossy 310 gsm. Photo Aimee Dodds

EXHIBITION REVIEW: Days of Their Lives

Now is life very solid, or very shifting? – Virginia Woolf, Diary III.[1] Days of Their Lives Exhibition Review by Aimee Dodds. Days of Their Lives presents a sample of contemporary photography by eight women in the early stages of their practices. Works by Chloe Bartram, Anaïs Bellini, Yabini Kickett, Millie Murfit, Sherry Paddon, Ebony Talijancich, […]

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May 25 2020

Sera Waters, Survivalist Sampler, 2019-2020 Cotton, glow-in-the-dark thread, found materials on repurposed linen, 45 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Sera Waters

Sheila’s Champions Donor Circle provides funds for the purchase of new works by younger and mid-career artists to be added to the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at UWA. One of the artworks under consideration is Sera Waters’ Survivalist Sampler 2019-20. Sera Waters is an Adelaide based artist, arts writer and academic. Since being awarded […]

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Apr 11 2020
MEET THE BOARD: Catherine McMahon

Why did you join the Sheila Board? I joined the Sheila Foundation Board in April 2018. I was a recent graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course and was keen to get involved in governance at an organisational level. My dear friend Helen Cook, who was then Chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture […]

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Mar 2 2020

Sera Waters, Survivalist Sampler, 2019-2020 Cotton, glow-in-the-dark thread, found materials on repurposed linen, 45 x 42 cm, Courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

EXHIBITION REVIEW: New Woman, Museum of Brisbane, until 15 March 2020

New Woman gathers 111 works by more than 80 artists to celebrate Brisbane women artists from the past 100 years. It joins a suite of shows dedicated to re/covering and re/telling Australian art history exclusively through the work of women artists. By Louise R Mayhew. A self-styled “new woman” of the Gilded Age positions herself […]

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Mar 2 2020

Janet Dawson, Over the Rainbow, 1968, acrylic on board, 93.5 x 214.0cm. Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.

UNTOLD STORIES: Janet Dawson, Over the Rainbow

Janet Dawson (b. 1935) trained as a printmaker and worked in the lithography workshop at Gallery A in Sydney in the 1960s. She was one of only three women out of 40 artists invited to contribute to The Field, an exhibition of abstract works at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968. In 1973 Janet […]

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Dec 2 2019

Nora Heyson - A Portrait by Anne-Louise WIlloughby

NORA HEYSEN: book and exhibition review

A new biography, Nora Heysen: A Portrait by Anne-Louise Willoughby, and the recent exhibition Hans and Nora Heysen: Two generations of Australian art at the National Gallery of Victoria allow a reconsideration of the life and work of this key Australian artist. By Juliette Peers Nora Heysen is a singular figure in Australian art. Barely […]

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Nov 29 2019

Danielle Freakley, Everywhere I look, 2007, jeweller’s wax, glass coat, wood, 17 x 90 x 40cm, CCWA 887.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Danielle Freakley

Danielle Freakley is a Seychellois-Australian artist, a first selection finalist of the Arte Laguna Prize (Venice Arsenale), exhibited at Tate (Liverpool Biennial), Performa – Performance Art Biennial of New York and various other biennials, triennials, national galleries, state galleries, contemporary art spaces, kitchen floors, snake temples, theme parks, clothes, bins, beaches, conversations, train-station toilets and graves. Born […]

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Nov 19 2019

Nora Heysen, Self Portrait 1939, oil on canvas on board, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Harold Cazneaux, Nora Heysen 1939, gelatin silver photograph, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Sheila Meets Nora: 19 November 2019

Sheila Meets Nora Tuesday 19 November 2019, 6 – 7.30 pm Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia Nora Heysen was the first woman to win the Archibald Prize and Australia’s first female official war artist. Despite these successes, her artistic career was interrupted by negative feedback from the establishment and by expectations of […]

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Oct 30 2019
The Countess Report 2019

For years, three dedicated Australian artists, with the support of Sheila Foundation, have been quietly working to change the face of Australian contemporary art in ways no-one has been able to before. These artists – Elvis Richardson, Amy Prcevich and Miranda Samuels – are ‘The Countesses’, and their motto is “Women count in the art […]

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