Sheila Impact Report 2019-2020

It is a year since Sheila Foundation was officially launched by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE. What a wonderful night it was, and how things have changed for all of us in this time. The disruption to the Australian arts industry over the last few months shows how vulnerable it is and how important support organisations like Sheila are.

We want to share with you what we have achieved with the support of our donors in our first year.

We are proud we have developed our strategies and programs that help women artists now and help fill in the gaps in our art history; partnered with other organisations to promote women in art; developed a strong supporter base; and been an important part of the national shift towards recognising the importance of our women artists past and present.

We have put together an Impact Report to summarise what we have been working on since launch, the progress made and what is next.

Banner image: Janet Dawson, Over the Rainbow, 1968, acrylic on board, 93.5 x 214.0cm. Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.

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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

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