Invisible Mending: recent Australian regional feminist activism

Julie Montgarrett

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    This paper addresses two Australian regional feminist social activist projects initiated by collaborators, artist Sarah McEwan (CAD Factory) and Dr Julie Montgarrett (Charles Sturt University) and aims to highlight both the vitality and achievements of regional feminist activism and the relative invisibility of regional women’s presence, agency, labour and lived experience in the wider field of feminist debates. Over 2015 -2017 Montgarrett and McEwan curated yearly exhibitions for 24 regional female artists to generate dialogue and provide on-going professional practice opportunities to strengthen regional arts practice for women. The second project, The Daily Diminish 2016, collected everyday sexist comments from women of diverse backgrounds documented via textile panels and placed within the public spaces of the conservative regional city Dubbo, with its entrenched, patriarchal values. These projects will be framed within research created by the Country Women’s Association, the NSW Rural Women’s Gatherings and current feminist critical theory by authors such as Karen Barad, Amelia Jones, Donna Haraway and Val Plumwood to generate complex narratives around regional/centre, visible/invisible and conservative/radical assumptions projected onto regional locations over Western colonisation
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2018
    EventWomen, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970: Australian Research Council Project - Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 22 Feb 201823 Feb 2018 (Call for papers)


    ConferenceWomen, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970
    Abbreviated titleFeminism in Australia
    OtherA two day symposium as part of the ARC project Women Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970.
    The symposium will be held on the 22 and 23 of February 2018 alongside Doing Feminism/Sharing the World (an artist-in-residency program from December – February at the Norma Redpath House) and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s feminist exhibition Unfinished Business.
    We hope you will be interested to contribute and/or attend the symposium. There are a variety of ways to present listed on the site.
    Please circulate the call for submission to anyone you think might be interested.
    Call for submissions closes November 17, 2017.
    For full details and submission process see the website
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