Nov 7 2019
In the Press: RTR FM 92.1

Curator and Board member Helen Carroll spoke to RTRFM 92.1 Jorja Key about the Sheila Foundation and the visual arts gender parity statistics highlighted in The Countess Report 2019. RTR FM 92.1: Making Art Equal. Listen to the interview.

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Nov 2 2019
In the press: The Saturday Paper

“If we value women’s art less than we do men’s, then we need to rethink what it is that we value in art. If women’s art doesn’t slot neatly into the art historical narrative, then that story needs to be rewritten.” The Saturday Paper’s Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios looks in detail the gender imbalance of women representation […]

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Nov 1 2019
In the Press: The Guardian

“I’ve seen a lot of art. Two things are inherent in this statement: I’ve seen a lot of bad art, and a lot of art by men. Ergo: I have seen a lot of bad art by men. I think it’s time some women got a chance.” Following The Countess Report 2019 publication, the Guardian’s […]

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Nov 1 2019
In the Press: ABC Arts

“Try naming five male artists, contemporary and historic … easy? And now five women. For most people this is much more difficult.” ABC Arts’ Eloise Fuss writes about the gender inequality for female representation, particularly in state galleries, as highlighted in The Countess Report 2019. ABC Arts: Gender representation in Australian contemporary art sector reaches […]

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Oct 30 2019
In the Press: Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald

“In the history of art, or more pointedly the history of the industry of art, those who rose to the top were men. They ran the art schools, they won the patrons, they were feted and exhibited, and through success came money and more lucrative commissions. Women were invisible….” The Sydney Morning Herald’s Editorial regarding […]

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Oct 30 2019
In the press: ArtsHub

“The latest report (30 October 2019) found that there has been ‘significant gender equity gains across public galleries, artist-run initiatives, major museums and university galleries, biennales, commercial galleries and contemporary art organisations. But it also warned that there has been about a 3% decline at state galleries and museums.” The Arts Hub’s Gina Fairley explores […]

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Oct 30 2019
In the Press: National Association for the Visual Arts

“The latest Countess Report, Australia’s premier reference point on gender representation in the contemporary visual arts, has been released today…A total of over 13,000 artists across 184 organisations were counted.” The National Association for the Visual Arts’ Esther Anatolitis explores key highlights in The Countess Report 2019. The National Association for the Visual Arts: New […]

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Oct 30 2019
In the Press: The Sydney Morning Herald

“The National Gallery of Australia has become the first major art institution in the country to commit to full gender parity in its artistic program, after a new report found state galleries have gone backwards in their representation of women artists.” The Sydney Morning Herald’s Linda Morris writes about the findings in The Countess Report […]

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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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Aug 8 2019
In the Press: Vault

“The Australian slang term ‘sheila’, a derogatory term for a woman, is a relic of another, more sexist time. But, like other contested words, it has been reclaimed and reappropriated – in this case, for the name of the newly formed Sheila Foundation, which seeks to address the historical and continuing gender bias against women […]

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