Contemporary Australia: Women / GOMA Talks Art and design / Can women rewrite history?





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Published on Jul 19, 2012

GOMA Talks, presented in partnership with ABC Radio National, explores contemporary ideas and issues from a range of perspectives with special guest panellists. During 'Contemporary Australia: Women', GOMA Talks tackles some of the most topical questions about contemporary Australia, from national identity and business to sexuality and science. ABC Radio National hosts Sarah Kanowski (Weekend Arts), Natasha Mitchell (Life Matters), Geraldine Doogue, AO (Saturday Extra) and Fenella Kernebone (By Design) lead all-female guest panels during these entertaining evening discussions.

Reviewing the world of contemporary art and design through the contributions of contemporary women artists, curators, architects and designers.

Host, Fenella Kernebone
Fenella Kernebone is the presenter of ABC Radio National's By Design program, and a television presenter and producer, MC, interviewer and writer. From 2010 -11, Kernebone hosted Art Nation on ABC TV and presented and produced Sunday Arts. Prior to this, Kernebone was one of the hosts and film reviewers of The Movie Show on SBS TV. In addition to her new role on By Design, Kernebone is also the host of her long running, cult electronic music show, The Sound Lab, on Triple J radio.

Julie Ewington
Julie Ewington is a writer, curator and broadcaster. She is currently Curatorial Manager, Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and curator of the 'Contemporary Australia: Women' exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art. Ewington's vast experience as a contemporary art curator and writer covers the work of a range of women artists, from Margaret Cilento and Yvonne Audette to Kathy Temin and Louise Bourgeois. She is the author of the major monograph and retrospective of artist Fiona Hall (2005) and was a lead curator for the exhibition 'Contemporary Australia: Optimism' at the Gallery of Modern Art in 2008-09.

Niki Kalms
Niki Kalms is an academic and writer and has published widely on contemporary architecture and urbanism. She writes regularly for local and international design media and has extensive experience in architectural research and publications. In 2012 Niki was appointed a Member of the Interior Design Educators Association (IDEA) editorial advisory board (2012-2015). Niki is currently undertaking a PhD in Architecture at Monash University where her research interests include feminism, contemporary urbanism and design. Niki is a full time member of Monash University's Faculty of Art Design + Architecture and has helped to establish the Interior Architecture Program's design-based initiatives with a focus on cross-disciplinary studios and architectural theory.

Justene Williams
Justene Williams is a Sydney-based contemporary artist whose practice over the last decade has encompassed video, photography, performance and installation. Williams was a founding board member of CBD Gallery, Sydney (1993-1998) and a member of the Artist Advisory Group, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004-2006). Her work has been exhibited at the Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2011), Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains (2010). Williams currently presents two video installations in the 'Contemporary Australia: Women' at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Jenny Kee
Jenny Kee is an internationally acclaimed artist and designer, whose work has pioneered Australian fashion design by drawing inspiration from the vibrant colours and designs of the Australian bush landscape. In the 1970s, Kee worked with writer and antique clothes-dealer Vern Lambert at London's Chelsea Antique Market. She returned to Australia in 1973 to open the fashion boutique Flamingo Park in Sydney's Strand Arcade. Kee's designs are celebrated worldwide and have been exhibited in major galleries including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Marimura Museum, Tokyo. In 2012, Kee held her first solo presentation since 1981 at the Australian Fashion Week, with her designs styled by Styled by duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Sydney label Romance Was Born.

Contemporary Australia: Women / Gallery of Modern Art / 21 April -- 22 July 2012


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