Artists announced for ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’

Kate Mitchell | Australia b.1982 | Being punctual (still) 2010 | HD projection: 38:17 minutes, scale variable, colour, silent, looped | Courtesy: The artist | Photographic still: Christopher Morris

The latest in the Gallery’s ‘Contemporary Australia’ triennial series of exhibitions is set to celebrate Australia’s female artists from April this year

The line-up for the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) upcoming ‘Contemporary Australia: Women‘ exhibition was recently announced and includes 33 artists and collectives to feature as part of the large scale exhibition opening on April 21.

This exhibition follows on from the hugely popular ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’ at GOMA in 2008—09 and this second exhibition in the series is the most extensive regular presentation of contemporary Australian art in the country.

This latest installment will showcase new and recent work by emerging, established and senior female artists both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian.

‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ encompasses a project of performative works called Embodied Acts; a Children’s Art Centre installation by Fiona Hall; a film program curated by the much-loved film guru Margaret Pomeranz; and a GOMA Talks program of evening discussions around exhibition themes.

Exhibition visitors will be treated to more than 70 works in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, textiles, video and performance.

This engaging exhibition will explore a number of key themes relating to women including ‘performing’ femininity; sexuality; the body; motherhood and ageing; the return to everyday materials; political and social issues; and the different ways that some artists are approaching painting.

The exhibition opening weekend will be a must-see, featuring a jam-packed program of Embodied Acts, artist talks and events and an in-conversation with Margaret Pomeranz and special guests.

A full list of artists follows and stay tuned for further announcements closer to the exhibition dates.

‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ exhibiting artists include: Rebecca Bauman (WA) | Lauren Brincat (NSW) | Kirsty Bruce (QLD) | Bindi Cole (VIC) | Brown Council: Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley, Diana Smith | Agatha Gothe-Snape (NSW) | Marie Hagerty (NSW/ACT) | Fiona Hall (SA) | Natalya Hughes (NSW) | Ruth Hutchinson (VIC) | Deborah Kelly ( NSW) | Justine Khamara (VIC) | Anastasia Klose (VIC) | Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano (VIC) | Jennifer Mills (VIC) | Kate Mitchell (NSW) | Rose Nolan (VIC) | Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward with Parachutes for Ladies (NSW): Hayley Forward and Jess Olivieri | Therese Ritchie (NT) | Sandra Selig (QLD) | Noel Skrzypczak (VIC) | Sally Smart (VIC) | Soda_Jerk (NSW): Dan Angeloro and Dominique Angeloro | Wakartu Cory Surprise (WA) | Hiromi Tango (QLD) | Tjala Arts, Amata community, SA: senior painters Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Wawiriya Burton, Tjampawa Katie Kawiny (SA) | Monika Tichacek (NSW) | Jenny Watson (QLD) | Judy Watson (QLD) | Louise Weaver (VIC) | Justene Williams (NSW) | Gosia Wlodarczak (VIC) | Judith Wright (QLD)