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Know My Name: NGA’s female-centric exhibition to open in November

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Works by Australian female artists will be spotlighted at the National Gallery Australia (NGA) in November with the opening of Know My Name: Australian Women artists 1900 to Now.

Encompassing works by both cis and trans Australian women artists, Know My Name aims to increase the visibility of art made by women, as well as telling the stories of some of our most iconic and influential female creatives from across the last century.

Postponed from its original opening date of May due to COVID-related closures, the increased lead time has actually been of benefit to the exhibition—with an expanded line up of 350 works now planned.

Anne Wallace She Is 2001, oil on canvas, 164.0 h x 197.0 w cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2002, © Anne Wallace.

Now opening on 13 November, the exhibition will include works from Margaret Preston, Tracey Moffatt and the Ken Family Collaborative, as well as performance art from Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a commission from the renown Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

“We are turning up the volume on the many previously unheard voices in Australian art,” says National Gallery of Australia Assistant Director, Curatorial and Exhibitions, Natasha Bullock.  “And we urge the community and other institutions to join us on this journey to equity in our programming and collection development.”

eX De Medici Shotgun wedding dress Cleave 2015, dress, of printed silk, 240.0 h x 48.0 w x 237.0 d cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2015© eX de Medici Accession.

The exhibition is part of the NGA’s broader Know My Name initiative, which will increase the representation of female artists across the NGA’s future programs and collections.

To coincide with the exhibition opening, the NGA will host a conference celebrating the role of women as artists, researchers, mentors, and activists.

Know My Name: Women and Art in the 21st Century will bring leading artists, creatives, curators and academics from across Australia and the world to Canberra for a conference focused on both creative practice and gender equity in the arts.

Yvette Coppersmith Nude self portrait, after Rah Fizelle 2016, oil on linen, 91.5 (H) x 66.0 (W) cm, Private collection, © Yvette Coppersmith.


What: Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now
When: 13 November 2020 – 31 January 2021 from 10 am-5 pm daily
Where: National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free entry
Website: nga.gov.au/knowmyname

Images courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia

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