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Jacqueline Millner: co-convenor
Jacqueline Millner completed studies in law, political science, and visual arts, before consolidating a career as an arts writer and academic specialising in the history and theory of contemporary art. She has published widely on contemporary Australian and international art in several books, key anthologies, journals, and catalogues of national and international museums and galleries. Her work has attracted several awards including Australia Council and Arts NSW funding, and writing residencies in the Power Studio at the Cite Internaitonale des Arts and Bundanon Trust. She has been on the editorial committee for the Australia and NZ Journal of Art since 2012, and was visual arts editor for the national arts broadsheet RealTime. She has participated in exhibitions as a curator and artist, and taught both in art history and studio-based departments, including a design school. Dr Millner's research is informed by feminist and social history of art perspectives which strive to place art in a broader context.
Jo Holder: co-convenor
Is the director of The Cross Art Projects in Sydney and co-convenor of the independent research cluster Contemporary Art and Feminism. Her curatorial projects often engage with equity and justice issues such as Elastics: Darwin<>Sydney<>Dili (2014, Darwin) and Green Bans Art Walk (2011, Performance Space Walks series, Sydney). She was director of SH Ervin Gallery, National Trust, Sydney and co-director, Mori Gallery in Leichhardt Sydney (1984–92). She was co-editor with Joan Kerr of Past Present An Anthology on the National Women’s Art Project (1997) and Joan Kerr, A Singular Voice: Essays on Australian Architecture (ed., Candice Bruce, Dinah Dysart and Jo Holder, 2009). For the twentieth anniversary of International Women’s Year, she co-ordinated the National Women’s Art Exhibition comprising simultaneous exhibitions in over 200 galleries, museums and libraries (1995). She was a member of the Artworkers Union Affirmative Action for Women in the Visual Arts committee in the mid-1980s.
Catriona Moore: co-convenor
Catriona’s career as a critic, theorist and art historian historian is dedicated to women modernist artists and contemporary feminist, environmental and comparative post-colonial visual art and culture (especially former British Dominions and new Republics). She has published widely on feminist aesthetics and women in art. Her feminist art histories include Indecent Exposures: Twenty years of Australian Feminist Photography (Allen & Unwin) and Dissonance: Feminism and the Arts 1970 -90 (ed, Allen & Unwin with Artspace , Sydney). She was a member of the Artworkers Union Affirmative Action for Women in the Visual Arts committee in the mid-1980s. She is senior lecturer in Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney and is co-convenor of the research cluster Contemporary Art and Feminism.
Jane Polkinghorne CAF communications
Jane is a Sydney based artist and teacher with a practice of over twenty years across a range of mediums, including film/video, photography and sculpture. Her practice is a critical and humorous examination of pathos and horror surrounding representations of the gendered body. She is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, investigating humour and disgust in relation to contemporary art. Image: Jane Polkinghorne performs ‘Artist Present', 2015. Courtesy Marrickville Garage
Jasmin Stephens: curator/research
Jasmin Stephens is a freelance curator and writer who lives in Sydney. Her interest in the politics of curating and its relationship to feminism has developed through recent exhibitions with artists such as Barbara Campbell and Alex Martinis Roe at UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney, and Pinaree Sanpitak at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. As part of Contemporary Art and Feminism, she has curated the exhibitions, My Sisters and other Ghosts: Genevieve Chua, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Bussaraporn Thongchai (2015) and Raquel Ormella – Artists as Cartoonists, or Extended Black and White (2016); and the film screenings, CAF Commons, with curator Susan Gibb and artists Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Alex Martinis Roe (2014-15) at The Cross Art Projects, Sydney.
Catherine Hickson: project manager
Catherine is an artist and educator with a consultancy in Art+Medicine. A graduate of Master of Museum Studies at University of Sydney, Catherine is Project Manager of Future Feminist Archive. She brings to the project a strong interest in curating regionalism and education programming.
Eric Riddler is an art historian and researcher who is currently the Visual Resources Librarian at the Art Gallery of New South Wales National Art Archive. He has worked on a number of exhibitions, publications and research projects about Australian and New Zealand artists, especially in the mid twentieth century.
Caroline Phillips: research assistant
Caroline Phillips is a Melbourne based artist and arts worker who builds community and opportunities for others through research, collaborative curatorial projects and in her role as Secretary of the Women's Art Register. Her art practice critiques contemporary feminist aesthetics through modes of abstraction and material presence. She has received a number of grants and international residencies including AGNSW Moya Dyring Studio Residency, Cite des Art, Paris, and NARS Foundation Artist-In-Residency Program, Brooklyn, USA, through which she was invited to present a solo show in NYC. Her PhD, Materialising feminism: object and interval, was awarded by the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. Caroline launched her latest project #imawomanartist in 2019.
Image: Hang Ups exhibition, Factory 49 Marrickville. Photo courtesy Kent Johnson, streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com
CAF Steering Committee
The CAF Steering Committee meets by Callout.
Those who have attended or contributed submissions or papers to date:
Alison Alder, Tess Allas, Louise Kate Anderson, Robyn Backen, Vanessa Berry, Vivienne Binns, Loma Bridge, Olivia Bolton, Laura Castigliani, Alison Clouston, Tania Creighton, John Cruthers, Jan Davis, Debra Dawes, Elizabeth Day, Bec Dean, Christine Dean, Karla Dickens, Kelly Doley, Jackie Dunn, Jane Dyer, Nicolle Ellis, Bonita Ely, Euraba Papermakers, Julie Ewington, Cherine Fahd, Sofia Freeman, Gillian Fuller, Anna Gibbs, Sylvia Griffith, Jan Guy, Bianca Hester, Jo Holder, Mehwish Iqbal, Bronia Iwanczak, Craig Judd, Deborah Kelly, Leonie Lane, Fiona MacDonald, Margaret Mayhew, Joanna Mendelssohn, Clare Milledge, Jacqueline Millner, Karen Mills, Catriona Moore, Mini Graff, Brigid Noone, Maurice O’Riordan, Jess Olivieri, Raquel Ormella, Courtney Pedersen, Juliette Peers, Caroline Philips, Jane Polkinghorne, Paula do Prado, Jacky Redgate, Elvis Richardson, Lynette Riley, Jacqueline Rose, Julie Rrap, Mary Scott, Natalie Seiz, Di Smith, Jasmin Stephens, Ingrid van der Aa, Deborah Vaughan, Toni Warburton, Judy Watson, Joyce Watson, Gemma Weston, Linda Wilken, Kate Williams. Apologies and contact us if you are omitted.
Special thanks to
Curatorial Interns: Eleanor Bosler (2013) and Cecilia Jackson (2014).
Research & blog (2016): Matilda Bailey