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“Women are 75% of art school graduates but only 34% of artists exhibited in our state museums and galleries.”
The Countess Report 2014

Exhibitions and Events
Jul 24 2019

Agatha Gothe-Snape, Trying to Find Comfort in An Uncomfortable Chair, studio view, 2019, courtesy the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney.

July – October @ PICA

Trying to Find Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair: 27 July – 6 October 2019 In 1995, before the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art was gifted to UWA, works selected from the Cruthers family’s collection of Australian art were exhibited at PICA as part of the National Women’s Art Exhibition project. In the Company of Women […]

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May 28 2019

Tania Ferrier, Self Portrait, c. 1985

May – December @ Lawrence Wilson Gallery

The Artist and her Work: 25 May – 7 December 2019 Lady Sheila Cruthers took an immediate shine to women’s self-portraiture when she began collecting art in the mid-1970s. This interest expanded into a collection strategy she referred to as ‘the artist and her work’ – Lady Cruthers would collect an artist’s work in addition […]

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Dec 10 2018
Ongoing @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

For more information on current exhibitions and events, please click the links below: Exhibitions Events

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News
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

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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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Blog
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

TWO EXHIBITIONS AT THE ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT

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

#seen

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

FIERCE WOMEN IN PERTH

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: LEGITIMISING THE FEMALE EXPERIENCE

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

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Aug 1 2017

Helen Grey-Smith, Forestry Dam, 1985, acrylic, 67 x 47 cm. Collection of Bankwest / Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Perth. Photograph by Simon Cowling. Courtesy Grey-Smith Estate.

BOOK REVIEW: HELEN GREY-SMITH

As part of the broad mission of promoting women’s art, the focus of t

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Apr 24 2017

Gemma Weston (photo: Art Collector)

JULIETTE PEERS INTERVIEWS GEMMA WESTON

JULIETTE PEERS INTERVIEWS GEMMA WESTON

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Oct 17 2016

Michelle Nikou, No vacancy 2011, powder-coated ceramic, neon, Parker table, electrical components, dimensions variable, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Courtesy the artist, photo Christian Capurro

LOVELY FACES BUT DANGEROUS IDEAS

Whilst known to art curators, academics and art professionals since th

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Aug 18 2016
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET

In the months and years ahead, we hope to inform, entertain, educate, shock,

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