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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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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Jun 11 2019

Liz Ann Macgregor and John Cruthers. Image: Emma Pegrum

In the Press: Fabric Quarterly

“In May, three significant examples of colour field paintings by women artists – two of which were omitted from The Field – hung in the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery to mark the launch of a new organisation seeking to address issues of gender inequality in visual arts.” Fabric Quarterly’s Emma Pegrum talks to John Cruthers of the […]

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Jun 7 2019
In the Press: POST Newspaper

“It was a unique and beautiful thing for a mother and son to share, and it was the beginning of Sheila’s love and support of women artists.” The POST Sarah McNeil writes how Sheila Chair John Cruthers and his mother Sheila Cruthers came to collecting art that celebrates women artists. POST Newspaper: A discerning eye. […]

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Jun 3 2019

Business News_3 June 2019_John Cruthers and Michela Fini

In the press: Business News

“Donors … agree that if we raise sufficient funds to carry out our programs, we can improve gender balance in the visual art sector” – John Cruthers. Business News Madeline Stephens talks to Sheila Chair John Cruthers and Board Member Michela Fini. Business News: New art foundation tackles gender bias. Read the article.

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May 28 2019

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In the press: Sheila has launched

Sheila Foundation Limited launched on May 28 at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia. Feature articles in The West Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian demonstrated the national interest in the story of Sheila and women’s art. The West Australian: An affair of the art. Read the article. The Guardian: Can […]

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May 28 2019
In the press: ArtsHub

“Busting gender disparity in the visual arts wide open, Sheila is a new foundation aimed at building collections, and awareness.” ArtsHub writes about the need for Sheila Foundation. ArtsHub: A new foundation for Australian women’s art. Read the article

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May 28 2019
In the press: The Guardian

“The Australian Cruthers family are among a global movement of galleries and philanthropists putting the spotlight back on women”. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore from The Guardian talks to Sheila Chair, John Cruthers about the launch of Sheila Foundation.  The Guardian: Can you name five female artists? How the art world is rewriting history. Read the article

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May 25 2019
In the press: The West Australian

“A new foundation to be launched next week will honour the art-loving legacy of Lady Sheila Cruthers.” The West Australian writes about Lady Sheila Cruthers and the inspiration behind the Sheila Foundation. The West Australian: An affair of the art. Read the article below.

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May 24 2019
In the press: Sydney Morning Herald

“Sheila Cruthers never finished school, but by the time she died in 2011, aged 86, the former shop girl from regional Western Australia had made a major impact on the lives of women artists”. Sydney Morning Herald’s Jenna Price writes about Sheila Cruthers and how the Sheila Foundation came to launch The Sydney Morning Herald: […]

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