Contemporary feminist art of Australia on exhibition at Ararat Art Gallery

One of the works by Kate Beynon which will be exhibited in Ararat.

One of the works by Kate Beynon which will be exhibited in Ararat.

TWELVE artists will take part in the second and final iteration of 'The f Word: Contemporary feminist art in Australia' at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery from August 28 to October 12.

'The f Word' is a multi-disciplinary project exploring contemporary feminist art, corrected by Caroline Phillips, that has developed over three years.

The exhibition features leading contemporary artists Kate Beynon, Karen Buczynski-Lee, Destiny Deacon, Laurene Dietrich, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Janice Gobey, Georgia MacGuire, Robyn Massey, Caroline Phillips, Louise Saxton, Inez de Vega and Lyndal Walker.

'The f Word' takes a look at a number of contemporary artists who are passionate about feminist practices and concerns.

Through a wide array of forms and materials, this exhibition explores issues of cultural identity and visibility, psychological spaces of the body and personal subjectivity.

A number of the works on show at Ararat Regional Art Gallery highlight the use of textiles and craft based practices, and the ways that contemporary artists are reinvigorating their use.

Handmade and tactile works explore formal concerns of abstraction alongside conceptual ideas to represent and materialise feminine agency and respond to our environment.

The exhibition also features film and photography, offering alternate visions of personal and social spaces.

A further highlight of this exhibition is the combination of regional and Melbourne based artists and a cross generational representation of artists, enabling a unique contemporary dialogue.

A 48 page full colour catalogue will be available, with works from The f Word, Sale and The f Word, Ararat, as well as commissioned essays by Louise Burchill, Virginia Fraser and Carolyn Barnes.

This Saturday there will be artist talks by Inez de Vega, Laurene Dietrich, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Georgia MacGuire and Lyndal Walker at 1pm.

The official opening will follow at 2pm with remarks by Caroline Phillips, Curator, The f Word.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information about this exciting project visit the blog: www.thefwordaus.wordpress.com

Anthony Camm

Director

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

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