Sep 2 2021

Carol Rudyard, Untitled 1970, acrylic on canvas, 155.5 x 178 cm © Estate of the artist. Used with permission.

Celebrating Carol Rudyard

In this section we profile West Australian artist Carol Rudyard who recently passed away. One of her important works, Untitled 1970, is held by the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at The University of Western Australia, and is currently included in the exhibition Matter at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.  The inspiration for this painting was the lines made by receding […]

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Jul 8 2021
Affirmative Actions: The Activist Essay and the Cruthers Collection

By Julia Anderson, Sidonie Hall-Jordan, Sunday Jemmott, Michael Louttit, Samantha Wallis and Louise R Mayhew  In 2019, students at the Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University stormed Wikipedia with new knowledge and new words on women artists. As part of the six-week intensive course, 2431QCA Art, Gender, Sexuality & the Body, they spent a […]

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Mar 23 2021
Book reviews: Interesting artists for interesting times

By Juliette Peers Art historian Juliette Peers reviews two books on women artists, the recently published Odd Roads to be Walking: 156 Women who Shaped Australian Art and Through Line and Colour: Forty Irish Artists of the 20th Century, published in 2010. Lead author on both books was Paul Finucane, an Irish doctor now resident […]

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Mar 23 2021

Dorothy Newland, Morning Karris 1980, oil on canvas.

What have women ever done anyway?

A cautionary tale of selective memory and the West Australian women painters, Elizabeth Ford and Dorothy Newland, in focus. Written by Lynda Newland. West Australian women who paint are not likely to be remembered after they die.  No matter how talented, how much they exhibited during their lives, who bought their paintings, how many local […]

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Oct 16 2020

Erica McGilchrist, Specialist with hobby 1962, oil and collage on paper on hardboard, 92 x 129 cm. Into the Light Collection, Sheila Foundation

Into the Light: Donor Circle Acquisitions 2019/2020

Into the Light: Recovering Australia’s lost women artists 1870–1960 is Sheila Foundation’s national research project to collect data about women artists working professionally in Australia whose work may have slipped from view. The data will be made available to researchers, art historians, curators, artists and collectors via an online portal. We hope this will lead […]

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Jul 15 2020
EXHIBITION REVIEW: Embedded

‘THE POSITION OF ART IN THE WOMEN’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT IS THE POSITION OF WOMAN IN THE ART’S MOVEMENT’ (1) Embedded review by Madeline Sarich Curator Sandra Murray presents the second incarnation of the exhibition entitled Embedded, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2020. The exhibition is on display at Flux Gallery, Perth until 18 July 2020, […]

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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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