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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Aug 23 2019

Rima Zabaneh, Street directory, 2005.

Artist Spotlight: Rima Zabaneh

Artist Rima Zabaneh writes the inspiration behind her work Street Directory. “In late 1990, I emigrated to Perth from Jordan with my partner and three children, in the hope of building a new life for ourselves and very young family in a country that I hardly knew and had never even visited before. Technology has […]

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Jul 11 2019

Amie Kingston, The model in Thea’s chair 1927-1928, linocut


Eliza Burton reviews two exhibitions by women running concurrently at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the first an ambitious survey of Australian modernism from the Gallery’s own collection and the second a group of contemporary artists engaged in discourse via podcast conversations with their colleague and artist Tai Snaith. Becoming Modern: Australian Women Artists 1920-1950 […]

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Jun 14 2019

Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, Amanda Curtin, Fremantle Press, 2018

FROM PERTH TO PARIS: Recovering one of the true innovators of early twentieth century Australian art

FROM PERTH TO PARIS: Recovering one of the true innovators of early twentieth century Australian art BOOK REVIEW: Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, by Amanda Curtin, Fremantle Press, Fremantle, 2018 By Juliette Peers “Can you name five women artists?” This question has been a popular grassroots campaign organised for some years by the National Museum of […]

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Jun 11 2019

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

3 important works unveiled at Sheila launch

To celebrate its launch, the Sheila Foundation has secured three important colour field paintings made by Australian women artists in the late 1960s. The Field was the opening exhibition for the new National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) building on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, in 1968. It marked the first comprehensive look at colour field painting […]

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Oct 16 2018

Francesca Woodman, From Eel Series, Venice, Italy 1978, Gelatin silver estate print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm, © Charles Woodman, Courtesy Charles Woodman, and Victoria Miro, London/Venice


What’s it like for a young woman artist trying to make her way in the artworld of today? Bella Chidlow is a recent art school graduate interning with the SHEILA Foundation. Here she talks about her experiences, her work and the central role of social media for young artists – viewed through the life and work of an artist who inspires her, American photographer Francesca Woodman.

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Jul 19 2018

Cynthia Nolan: A Biography, M. E. McGuire, Melbourne Books, October 2016

VANGUARDIST OR VAMPIRE? Rethinking Cynthia Reed Nolan’s contribution to Australian culture

For too many years Cynthia Reed Nolan (1909-1976) was barely mention…

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Mar 12 2018

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

LOVE NEVER DIES: The private collector’s passion and its impact on the public gallery

With the Cruthers Art Foundation transitioning from a private to a publ

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Oct 5 2017

Pure Contemplation Without Knowledge 9 exhibition installation photograph, looking through Jane Braddock, Without words, 2017, scissors, nylon string, steel and wood, dimensions variable, photograph by Ron Nyisztor


Pure contemplation without knowledge 9, exhibition installation phot

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Sep 14 2017

Jenny Watson, Flower child 1992-93, oil on corduroy with found bowler hat. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Carl Warner


Jenny Watson is a significant Australian artist who has spent much…

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