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University of Melbourne

Engagement with academic and interdisciplinary communities.

Topologies of Sexual Difference

Exhibition // 9–12 December 2014 // George Paton Gallery

Inspired by Luce Irigaray and her thinking of sexual difference, this exhibition explores current feminist art practices. Held in conjunction with the Luce Irigaray Circle Conference hosted by the VCA Matters of the Body Research Cluster and The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT. Exhibition curated by Caroline Phillips and Dr Louise Burchill.


Cherelyn Brearley, Janet Burchill, Virginia Fraser, Helen Johnson, Marina Kassianidou, Utako Shindo Kanai, Danni McCarthy, Joanne Makas, Alex Martinis Roe, Caroline Phillips, Kerrie Poliness, Elizabeth Presa, Julieanna Preston, Grace Pundyk, Tania Smith, Jacqueline Taylor, Terry Taylor, Alison Thomson


Exhibition Catalogue

Conference Program


f generation: feminism, art, progressions

Exhibition // 7–16 October 2015 // George Paton Gallery

A collaborative project by Caroline Phillips, Veronica Caven Aldous and Dr Juliette Peers. 2015 marked the fortieth anniversary of International Women’s Year and the series of groundbreaking feminist art activities that took place at George Paton Gallery at the University of Melbourne Student Union, including a lecture by renowned feminist curator Lucy Lippard,  artist slideshows, consciousness-raising sessions, and exhibitions. f generation: feminism, art, progressions showed 96 artworks, involving responses from over 140 artists, students, theorists and feminist commentators- a contemporary polylogue of responses that opened out history making into many voices.


Afternoon of performance: Wednesday, October 7, 3–5pm Trashbag, Christina Green, Cunt/Tamponary/Art manifesto, Tonié Field, Kalinda Vary and Danielle McCarthy


Imagining Social Equity: Perspectives on Migration, Gender and Community 

Exhibition // 26 February–5 April 2014 // Museo Italiano, Carlton

Group exhibition featuring artists Filomena Coppola, Laurene Dietrich, and Kate Just. Curated by Caroline Phillips.


Museo Italiano
Melbourne Social Equity Institute


Doing Feminism / Sharing the World

Exhibition // 1 December 2017–26 February 2018 // Norma Redpath House + online

Doing Feminism/Sharing the World is a three-month program of artist residencies, performances, artists’ talks, seminars and screenings. Artists, working in collaboration, create participatory public projects informed by a feminist ethics that addresses the theme ‘sharing the world’. What does it mean to share the world? How do our differences intervene in our relations with each other? What does it mean to ‘do feminism’, rather than ‘be a feminist’? Program curated by Anne Marsh with assistant curator Caroline Phillips. Part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970, the residency is being held in association with the Victorian College of the Arts at Norma Redpath House.


Nat Thomas and Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective (VIC) // The Two Cathies (Catherine Bell and and Cathy Staughton, Arts Project Australia, VIC) // Favour Economy (Claire Field, Alex Pedley and Bronwyn Treacy, NSW) // Sisters Akousmatica (Pip Stafford and Julia Drouhin) (TAS) // Sleepover Club (Miriam Arbus and Elise Arumets, VIC) // Snapcat (Renae Coles & Anna Dunnill, WA) // Sunday School (Kelly Doley and Di Smith, NSW) // LEVEL (Rachael Haynes, Courtney Coombs, Courtney Pederson and Caitlin Franzmann, QLD) // Art/Mums Collective (Claire Rae, Nina Ross, Claudia Phares and Eugenia Lim, VIC) // Feminist Colour-IN (Kim Donaldson and Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, VIC) // Open Circle: Sapna Chandu and Jane Norman


Performance documentation

Artist Talks

Studio Residency



Australia Council for the Arts

University of Melbourne

Creative Victoria

City of Melbourne

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