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Exhibition celebrates International Women’s Day at ECU

Thursday, 31 January 2019


Eleven Edith Cowan University students and Alumni with a Visual Arts education will be holding an exhibition, conference and artist talks over the weekend of International Women’s Day, 2019. The exhibition titled, WOMXN, celebrates womanhood coupled with the opportunity to critically explore gender roles, examine dominant societal attitudes and the notions of rigidity that surround them.

The opening night will be held on International Women’s’ Day, Friday 8th of March, with the intention of this significant day to be used as a platform to foster female empowerment and to promote and support the work of a diverse group of Western Australian artists.

Exhibition organiser Olivia Colja stated, “WOMXN was historically established as a more inclusive term which led to my co-founder Ruby Smedley and I choosing this title for the exhibition. We intend to celebrate female artists from ECU; to honour their artistic commitment and to bring forth equitable representation, professional development, support and advocacy.”

The exhibiting artists were invited by Colja and Smedley to explore and give agency to topics such as female sexual health, menopause, miscarriage, sexual assault and the experience of being a woman artist. Each artist has reflexively examined womanhood and their life-worlds, to produce work that is strong, bold and thought provoking.

“We have been fortunate to receive funding from the City of Stirling and have partnered with Preventing Violence Against Women and The Teabooth which has enabled us to fund and promote the exhibition”, said Colja.

As a supplement to the exhibition the ARTiculate Conference will take place on Saturday the 9th of March. Guest speakers have been invited to delve into their experiences and explore various topics relating to contemporary arts practice including arts management, dealing with artistic ‘rejection’ and maintaining artistic practice and discipline. Colja noted “Our mission is to create sustainable practices and opportunities for female artists and I feel that ARTiculate is a vehicle for professional development and artistic exploration for creatives”.

Sunday 10th of March will be a day dedicated to hearing the exhibiting artists speak about their work in the exhibition and their art practices in general. Exhibiting artists are Alaura Rachelle, Emma Horvát, Holly Yoshida, Janice Fawcett, Shona McGregor, Sophie La Maitre, Stephanie De Biasi, Cian Holt, Omra Caoimhe, Daisy Safrasky and Olivia Colja. Many disciplines have been explored by the artists including sculpture, ceramics, painting, performance and photography.

Colja hopes the audience walks away feeling a sense of excitement, empowerment and respect for women and the various challenges that they face.

Event details

The WOMXN exhibition will take place from Friday, 8 March to Saturday, 16 March at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.


Date: Friday, 8 March 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

ARTiculate Conference

Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Painting Studios, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.196
RSVP: Please register your attendance online via Eventbrite. booking is essential.

Artist talks

Date: Sunday, 10th March
Time: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

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