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A Dinner Party: Setting the Table (THE f WORD)

3–15 September 2012 // West Space

Curated by Caroline Phillips and Victoria Duckett, this two week residency at West Space brought together a range of contemporary artists, theorists and practitioners to explore feminist art today. The project was the first step towards the realisation of THE f WORD, which toured regional Victoria in 2014, using Judy Chicago’s iconic feminist work The Dinner Party (1974–1979) as a starting point for research and dialogue.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Knitting Circle with Kate Just // 6 September, 6–8pm

For experienced knitters, please bring along a piece you are working on, to knit and talk with others. If you are just a beginner, you are welcome to come and learn some simple skills, BYO wool, 6–8 ply and needles minimum 4mm size.

Imaging Her World: Feminist Visions // 7 September, 6–8pm
West Space and OtherFilm will co-present Imaging Her World: Feminist Visions, a screening dedicated to feminist experimental film and women’s cinema. The films will all be screened in 16mm. Projectionist Marcia Jane.

Feminist Forum Day // 8 September
11am–1pm: Dialogues in 1970s feminist art. Guests: Dr. Kate MacNeill, Juliette Peers, Virginia Fraser and Stephanie Alexander.
Lunch: donated by Moroccan Soup Bar.
2–4pm: Where we are now? Guests: Dr. Anne Marsh, Victoria Bennett, Hana Assafiri, Lyndal Walker.

Her Humour: Sex and Satire in Contemporary Victorian Art // 13 September, 6–8pm
Speakers: Laura Castagnini, Catherine Deveny, Inez de Vega, and Victoria Duckett.

Time Capsule: Film Program // 15 September, 2–4pm
Program of short films made in Australia and the US between 1969 and 1976 during a historical moment when sexism, ‘sexual liberation’ and feminism collided and feminism got the upper hand. Curated by Virginia Fraser. View 
film program​.

REVIEWS
Festival of short and girlies to pique interest in feminism by Megan Backhouse // The Age (5 September)
Get Cereal // SYN Media radio interview with the curators (29 August)