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Women artists are subjected to the same discrimination evident in many other fields, including a gender pay gap, under-representation in galleries, and unconscious bias β€” particularly by gatekeepers.

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This narrative is used as a framing device for fascinating profiles of Australian women artists and interviews with experts. Arguably, it was these things that led to their work being disregarded by gatekeepers and critics.

However, along the way they made a substantive contribution to Australian art. He noted women are prevalent in art schools but tend to fade away β€” a fact that indicates systemic issues for female artists rather than a lack of talent. Included is landscape painter Jane Sutherlandthe first professional Australian female artist.

The initiative has been a call to action and also made visible the work of women across diverse creative practices, highlighting the systemic issues that have been barriers to their participation. She did this in sourcing her work from her clan country Alhalkere, and not from western art.

This life choice led to them being regarded as unfeminine or unwomanly.

Is it a man in a beret? Lisa French does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Through their work, they introduced crafts such as embroidery into the halls of fine art, and avoided exploitative representations of the female body.

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ABC TV. Events More events. This situation is mirrored in galleries nationally and internationally.

There are some shocking statistics in The Exhibitionists about how women have been held out of art world circuits, but of most interest are the stellar female artists across eras and styles. Edition: Available editions Global.

Odds are it is unlikely to be a woman. She was a member of Heidelberg School and one of a small of women who accompanied Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts on painting trips.

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A new docu-comedy, The Exhibitionists, explains why this dominant image of an artist is man, and describes many fascinating stories of the noteworthy place of women across the history of Australian art.

The program creates a potted female-centred history of Australian art. It does appear that in order to make this contribution, many of these artists did not have families and devoted themselves to their art.

The Exhibitionists chronicles decades of misogynist critics whose point of view arguably worked to hold women out, an issue across most artforms.

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