The whole project of archiving,
of documenting that ‘we have a past’ is,
in actuality, a desire for a future
Contemporary Art and Feminism
Contemporary Art and Feminism is an independent platform for art, scholarship and activism. Contemporary Art and Feminism has links to the Contemporary Art and Feminism Research Cluster at Sydney College of the Arts, SLAM (Department of Art History), and the Power Institute at Sydney University. It responds to the groundswell of interest in Feminism’s role in the development of contemporary art, specifically art-making and analysis.
Future Feminist Archive
FFA is an ongoing archive, addressing strategies of recovering lost information, promoting the legacies of local feminist art activists and building a solid platform for the future.
Convened by Contemporary Art and Feminism, Future Feminist Archive (FFA) posed a series of hypothetical questions. These range from the grand do we need a specialist feminist art archive and what forms could it take, to practical considerations of recovering lost archives, stock-taking existing records, and generating new ideas for curating and archiving.
To introduce these questions Future Feminist Archive (FFA) opened with a symposium at Art Gallery of NSW on 7 March 2015 and an accompanying set of exhibitions across Sydney and in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne.
Symposia in Wollongong, Dubbo, Bathurst, Lismore and in Sydney at AGNSW National Art Archive and Trades Hall, engaged with the art and design histories of regional New South Wales with in order to (re)value cultural work by women in the past, and to investigate their legacy for present and future feminist cultural politics.
With support from Arts NSW, nine female artists and collectives worked alongside with diverse arts entities and experts to create a variety of engagements with the archive. Their reports were presented at the exhibition Future Feminist Archive Report at The Cross Art Projects.
DAAO (Design and Art Australia Online)
Based at the University of New South Wales, the DAAO is an open source freely accessible e-Research tool. The DAAO contains data on over 14, 000 Australian artists, designer and curators, and more than 43 000 works and exhibitions combined. The DAAO is built upon the foundations of the late Dr Joan Kerr’s Dictionary of Australian Artists (1995) and Professor Vivien Johnson’s Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert (1994). ‘How to DAAO’ workshops, conducted by DAAO Research Director, Dr Gillian Fuller (UNSW Art and Design), are an integral part of the Future Feminist Archive. These workshops enable public participation and data exchange relationships with other archives.