Save the date: HERE WE ARE! A Gender Institute Celebration of Women and the Arts

Presenter/s: ANU Gender Institute; Kambri at ANU

Event type: Celebration

Event date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event venue: Cinema, Ground floor, Cultural Centre, University Ave, Kambri ANU

Further information: Registration essential

The Gender Institute is delighted to announce our end-of-year celebration event.

At the end of 2020 with all its challenges, the ANU Gender Institute will celebrate still standing strong with a panel of our grant recipients discussing their work as and about creative women in the arts. Tying in with the HERE I AM festival at ANU and the National Gallery of Australia’s major exhibition KNOW MY NAME the ANU Gender institute invites you to join us for discussion and celebratory drinks to follow, as well as a chance to have a special guided tour of the gallery exhibition in Kambri. 

*Registration essential*


Registration 4:45 pm
Welcome to Country 5:00 pm
Convenor's Welcome 5:10 pm
Panel: GI women & the creative arts 5:20 pm
Q&A 6:10 pm
Drinks & nibbles 6:30 pm


Guided Gallery Tours Schedule

Tour 1 4:30 pm
Tour 2 6:30 pm
Tour 3 7:30 pm


Meet our panellists

 Alison Alder | CASS, School of Art and Design

Still Waiting for Tomorrow: An Investigation of graphic works from the past, and the creation of new artworks, to visualise a reimagined female future

Still Waiting for Tomorrow is a practice-led creative research project which, by analysing artwork printed onto twentieth century ephemera, aims to animate the history of women’s activism to imagine an optimistic and resilient future through the development of new creative work. Graphics embedded onto printed ephemera during times of social change provide valuable visual insights into how women agitated for change and put forward new ideas regarding what a positive future may look like. As we look at a world facing climate-induced catastrophe, global pandemics and weakening democratic processes, all of which negatively impact upon women, it becomes important to share these cultural products, recontextualized through contemporary art, as tools and templates for change

Julieanne Lamond | CASS, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

What happens to women’s voices during a pandemic? The impact of COVID-19 on women writers in Australia

In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and tertiary education sectors, this project seeks to understand how the pandemic is affecting the ability of women writers in Australia to produce and publish their work. It builds on an existing collaboration between the Gender Institute, Monash University and non-profit organisation The Stella Prize to collect data to quantify the gendered impact of the pandemic across the careers of three interrelated groups of writers: creative writers (including playwrights); cultural critics/journalists, and literary studies academics. It aims to develop strategies to ensure that the Australian culture that emerges from this period is one in which women’s voices are heard and valued.

Bonnie McConnell | CASS, School of Music

Women’s musical networks, social support, and communication in African responses to COVID-19

This project aims to investigate the way women-centred musical practices of social support and communication are being adapted in the face of COVID-19 control measures in Africa. While the project will be focused primarily on the Gambia and Tanzania, the findings will contribute new perspectives on music and gender during the global pandemic that have wider relevance not only for understanding the way female performers are affected by and responding to the current challenges of COVID-19, but more broadly for understanding the new forms of women’s power and marginality, connectivity and disconnection, that emerge in the face of sustained social and economic upheaval.


Anna Raupach | CASS, School of Art and Design 

Standard Stars: digitising hand-drawn traces left by women who mapped the Southern Hemisphere for the Astrographic Catalogue of Stars
This project is a research fellowship at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) that explores the role of women in the production of the Astrographic Catalogue of Stars. This practice-based research translates hand-written logbooks of astronomy data into virtual space to create an augmented reality artwork where the women’s signatures appear in a virtual star chart of the sky they mapped.

Lillian Smyth | College of Health and Medicine

Imperfect Bodies of Research: A program to empower women researchers in academia
ANU Medical School’s Dr Lillian Smyth, an early career researcher, along with Associate Professor Krisztina Valter, Associate Professor Alexandra Webb and Ms Elisa Crossing from the ANU School of Art and Design have been running an interdisciplinary workshop series that allows female-identifying researchers to blend learning and activities in visual art, human anatomy and research process. An innovative initiative that targets challenges faced specifically by this group on the basis of their gender, it aims to build confidence and creative thinking, while encouraging researchers to think differently about the research process. The workshops also aim to engage with broader gender-based concerns around the need to be perfect and fit in, particularly with regard to the human body and research work.


Location and parking on campus

The Kambri Cinema (see map below) is located on level 1 of the Kambri Cultural Centre (indicated on the map as 'Culture & Events'). It can be accessed from the West Loop road, that links to the Union Court carpark or behind the Harry Hartog Book sellers at ground level. You can find it on Google Maps

Image credit IWD 2020 street art by Ms Snaps & Miss Polly in Australia


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