"At a tertiary level (undergraduate and postgraduate) three-quarters of visual arts graduates are women, however, once students graduate there is a significant drop in the programming, participation and representation of women artists in the nation’s major institutions, public art events and in the commercial art market."



As funding permits, SHEILA will deliver the following projects

The SHEILA Acquisition Fund

The SHEILA Acquisition Fund is an endowment fund to purchase and donate key artworks to UWA and arts institutions throughout the country. It will allow for the growth of the Collection as the most significant multi-institutional collection of Australian women’s art with its founding collection at the University. As well as collecting emerging and contemporary artists, the Acquisition Fund will enable SHEILA to acquire historical artworks by Australian women artists as they and their work are rediscovered through the Filling the Gap project. 

Rima Zabaneh, Street directory 2005, street directory with cut out pages, 30 x 23 x 3 cm, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia. Courtesy the artist.

The SHEILA Lecture and Symposium

Recognising and celebrating women’s art and artists is at the core of SHEILA’s ambitions. To achieve this SHEILA presents an annual lecture and, where possible, an accompanying symposium featuring a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to the world’s understanding of art by women. Hosted in partnership with a major art institution in a different Australian state each year, the Lecture will address key issues and raise the profile of women’s art.

Major Triennial Exhibition

This by-invitation exhibition will present bodies of work by lesser-known Australian women artists.

Digital Documentation Program

This program will capture digital recordings of senior Australian women artists whose lives and work have not been well documented to date.


SHEILA will provide an annual scholarship to an Honours student working in WA to research and write on the Collection and a biennial post-graduate scholarship to research and write on women’s art.


Held at The University of Western Australia, Are we there yet? was a two-day symposium focusing on issues in women's art.