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THE f WORD: Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia

July–October 2014

Curated by Caroline Phillips, THE f WORD: Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia is a multi-disciplinary platform for exploring feminism through visual art. The project highlights intergenerational dialogue, regional conditions and the materiality of contemporary contexts to explore new visions of contemporary feminist art. THE f WORD utilises workshops, forums, exhibitions and publishing to engage with contemporary feminist dialogue and foster new collaborations and creative works. 



THE f WORD website

Commissioned Essays

2015 Exhibition Catalogue

Opening Invitation


THE f WORD media clippings


Ararat Gallery TAMA
Exhibition // 28 August–12 October 2014
Includes a number of regional artists as well as a focus on craft and materiality, in response to the strong fibre collection at Ararat Gallery TAMA.


Kate Beynon, Karen Buczynski-Lee, Destiny Deacon, Laurene Dietrich, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Janice Gobey, Georgia MacGuire, Robyn Massey, Caroline Phillips, Louise Saxton, Inez de Vega, and Lyndal Walker.


Opening Night + Artist Talk // 30 August 2014
Official opening with remarks by curator, Caroline Phillips, and Professor Julie McLeod, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Talk by artists Lyndal Walker, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Georgia MacGuire, Laurene Dietrich, Inez de Vega and Karen Buczynski-Lee enthralled the audience with their insights and passionate ideas about feminism and art.


Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
Exhibition // 19 July–7 September 2014
The ties between political and cultural practices are strong. Within the feminist movement of the seventies female artists used their work to challenge prevailing norms and voice new ways of looking at the world. THE f WORD, Sale, at Gippsland Art Gallery is the first in a two-part project exploring the current resurgence in contemporary feminist art that once again seeks to make voices heard. For the seven artists in this exhibition those voices come from the past and the present, joining together to re-imagine a feminist future.


Catherine Bell, Penny Byrne, Filomena Coppola, Kate Just, Jill Orr, Clare Rae, and Elvis Richardson.



Opening Night + Artist Talk // 18 July 2014

Talk by artists Jill Orr, Catherine Bell, Clare Rae and Filomena Coppola.


Technopia Tours Feminist Art Bus
Event // March 2014 // Melbourne

On International Women’s Day 2014, Kim Donaldson and Caroline Phillips joined forces to present the Technopia Tours Feminist Art Bus. Commissioned as a public programme for the THE F WORD project, the bus departed from St Kilda Road and travelled through the CBD and over the West Gate Bridge to key sites of feminist art practice in Melbourne. Special guests performed and spoke both on and off the bus during the afternoon; the day concluded with a SAFE Walk in the CBD.


The Regional Feminist Art Forum

Exhibition // 19 March 2013 // La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo

The forum explored regional issues and heard the concerns of regional feminist artists, and featured a panel discussion with special guests Juliette Peers, Filomena Coppola and Virginia Fraser, and a workshop with Inez de Vega.


Melbourne Social Equity Institute as part of THE f WORD


A Dinner Party: Setting the Table

Exhibition + Events // 3–15 September 2012 // West Space

A Dinner Party: Setting the Table is a collaborative project curated by Caroline Phillips and Victoria Duckett. This cross-media workshop and forum brings a range of feminist artists, scholars, and social commentators together to explore feminist art today. The project was the first step towards the realisation of THE f WORD which toured regional Victoria in 2014.



The Melbourne Social Equity Institute
The Victorian Women’s Trust
VCA research cluster: Matters of the Body
The Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

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