FRANFEST (Feminist Renewal Art Network) Symposium: Call for papers

FRANFEST (Feminist Renewal Art Network) Symposium: Feminism, Art and Activism 40 years

FRANFest is a month-long, multi-venue event highlighting the work of women (and gender-diverse and non-binary) artists. It is to be held in South Australia from 25 August-24 September 2017.

As part of FRANFest, a 2-day symposium (16-17 September) is being held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Australian Institute of Art History and the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide.

The aim of the symposium is to consider the progress made since the Women’s Show, to continue the conversation on feminism and art and to invite new lines of enquiry. We welcome proposals to present a paper in one of the following areas:

  • Caring for past and present feminist art: New ways of writing feminist art histories; re-visiting feminist art histories and practices; combating erasure and marginalisation.
  • Contemporary practice and new perspectives: Delineating this ever-expanding field; voices, issues and interests of today’s feminist/women artists; retrospection, historical re-iteration and recuperation for a new generation of women artists; new collaborative practices and connectivity; practices of ‘in’: inclusivity, intersectional, intergenerational; tactics, terminology and temporalities.
  • Women, careers and equality: Gender equality in the art world; what are the issues? What are the strategies for achieving it? Establishing and sustaining a (feminist) art career today.
  • Gender and the Museum: encompassing gender, collectors and philanthropists; collections and exhibitions; feminism, curatorial and art historical activism; creative collaborations; museum design; and the issue of gender and art practices in regional Australia.

Closing date for proposals is 4 August 2017. For further information about the symposium and how to submit a proposal please see the attached flyer.

To book into the free symposium please visit the FRANFest website.


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