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 - Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 21 Feb 201823 Feb 2018


ConferenceWomen art and feminism in Australia since 1970
Abbreviated titleFeminism in Australia
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