Ann Finnegan, Anna Gibbs, Anne Kay, Barbara Campbell, Bec Dean, Bianca Hester, Biljana Jancic, Bronwyn Platten, Carla Cescon, Caroline Phillips, Catherine Bell, Chantal Grech, Cherine Fahd, Christine Dean, Clare Milledge, Cleo Gardiner, Deborah Kelly, Debra Phillips, Deej Fabyc, Elizabeth Day, Elizabeth Pulie, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Fiona MacDonald, Gillian Lavery, Heidi Abraham, Helen Grace, India Zegan, Jacky Redgate, Jacqueline Drinkall, Jane Polkinghorne, Jenny Brown, Josephine Starrs, Josie Cavallaro, Julianne Pierce, Julie Rrap, Kathryn Ryan, Lena Obergfell, Lisa Andrew, Lisa Jones, Loma Bridge, Michele Elliot, Nell, Nicole Ellis, Nola Farman, Philipa Veitch, Sally Clarke, Sara Givins, Sue Callanan, Susan Charlton, Susan Joy Krieg, Suzan Woodruff, Tina Havelock Stevens, Vesna Trobec, Virginia Barratt and Zanny Begg.

The exhibition ‘Notes to a Future Feminist Archive’ was arranged to coincide with Contemporary Art and Feminism’s (CAF) March launch of ‘Future Feminist Archives’, a program of events that included a conference at the Art Gallery of NSW, an exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts and a national calendar of associated exhibitions at regional galleries, university galleries and artist run spaces. CAF also partnered with Design and Art Australia Online (DAAO) to undertake archiving workshops in selected regional centres to boost women’s representation in both online and material archives. March 2015 was the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of the National Women’s Art Exhibition which was held across 150 or so galleries and institutions around Australia.

Affiliated Text invited fifty-five artists to respond to the broad theme of Future Feminist Archives. The exhibition brief encompassed approaches to the use or preservation of existing archives, planning for those not-yet realised, as well as practical strategies for the collection, storage and retrieval of information in personal or institutional troves. The brief also invited poetic and political reflections on how archives might best serve the future feminists in searching for women’s records, as well as the introduction or reinstatement of missing information into contemporary records to counter existing gender disparity.

March 6 – April 17, 2015

Curated by Affiliated Text.

Photo credits: Felicity Jenkins

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