Future Feminist Archive

Program of events

Wednesday 4 March

Event name Time and location
Tracey Moffatt: Recent Work 6pm, SCA Auditorium, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
Exhibition: Future Feminist Archive Opening Night 7pm, SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle

Friday 6 March

Event name Time and location


Centenary Auditorium, Art Gallery of NSW, Domain Rd, Sydney

Saturday 7 March

Event name Time and location
Artist Talks 11am, SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle

Tracey Moffatt: Recent Work

Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt, Sydney, 1985. Courtesy the artist

To launch Future Feminist Archive, renowned Australian artist Tracey Moffatt will discuss her recent work. Moffatt has for many years drawn inspiration from film and photographic archives and their representation of different aspects of the human condition, from love, to motherhood, to otherness. Her work slices through these archives to create often raucous satire of the underpinning values of historical and popular cultural narratives. Moffatt is currently a research associate at SCA, having begun her relationship with SCA back in 1985 as a photo technician.

Exhibition: Future Feminist Archive

Future Feminist Archive catalogue

Download the Future Feminist Archive catalogue

Opening 7pm, Wednesday 4 March
SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Kirkbride Way, Rozelle
Exhibition open from Thursday 5 – Saturday 28 March 2015

Future Feminist Archive features a variety of engagements with the archive, from official records to neglected artefacts, alternate documents, and intergenerational passing on of memories. Art Calls with Tracey Moffatt (2014) features the artist in a series of light-hearted Skype and telephone interviews with well-known visual artists and other creatives. The Artist Archive, in capturing the voices of 100 Sydney-based artists interviewed ten years ago about their understanding of their art practice, acts as a fascinating time-capsule of Australian contemporary art. Daughters Mothers comprises the creative exchanges between four daughter-mother partnerships, allowing for a rich exploration of the intersection between personal and public histories. Feminist Film Archive screens a series of pioneering films from the 1970s credited as ongoing influences to contemporary Australian film. And The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project offers an exemplar of how unofficial stories can create a far more complex history of familiar places, one that can assist in reconciliation with the past.

Project Artists
 The Artist Archive  Anne Kay and Jane Polkinghorne
 Daughters Mothers Alison Clouston and Joan Clouston
Toni Warburton and Enid ‘Soot’ Warburton
Sue Pedley and Peggy Pedley
Judy Watson and Joyce Watson
The Parramatta Female Factory Memory Project  Bonney Djuric
 Art Calls  Tracey Moffatt
Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive

Curators: Loma Bridge, Margot Nash, Jeni Thornley
Coordinator: Sara Attfield

Filmmakers: Martha Ansara and the Sydney Women's Film Group, Essie Coffey, Sarah Gibson & Susan Lambert, Natalie Krikowa, Emma Keltie and Elyse Horne, Robin Laurie, Megan McMurchy, Margot Nash, Margot Oliver, Jeni Thornley

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are warned that the film exhibition contains images and voices of deceased persons.


Connections shared in Mothers, Daughters exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts, Linda Morris, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February 2015

Future Feminist Archive, Jane Gillespie, Museums and Galleries of NSW, 17 March 2015

Future Feminist Archive, Meredith Birrell, The Art Life

'Daughters Mothers' (Future Feminist Archive), Lousie Martin-Chew, Eyeline


Presented by Contemporary Art and Feminism and the Art Gallery of NSW Archives for the 40th Anniversary of International Women’s Year in honour of Joan Kerr, this symposium brings together artists, archivists, filmmakers, curators and art historians to discuss ways to recover lost feminist archives and to imagine the new.


10am Welcome
Suhanya Raffel, Director of Collections, AGNSW

Keynote Speaker
Julie Ewington, feminist art historian, writer and broadcaster

Julie Ewington is an eminent feminist art historian, writer and broadcaster who helped found the Women’s Art Movement in Adelaide a year after Lucy Lippard’s 1975 Power Foundation lecture tour for International Women’s Year in 1976. Julie curated Australia’s first femi-buster Contemporary Australia: Women (2012) at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art. Julie Ewington worked as Senior Curator (Museum Education) at the Museum of Contemporary Art (1994-96) and at Queensland Art Gallery from 1997 (as Head of Australian Art) in then as Curatorial Manager at QAGOMA. Her lifelong contribution to the visual art sector was recognised by an Australia Council award in 2014.

11am Artists and Archives
Speakers: Judy Watson, Joyce Watson, Jess Olivieri and Soda_Jerk
Chair: Catriona Moore.

11.40am Artists and Virtual Archives
Speakers: Michael Organ, Wollongong University, and Ben Ennis Butler, University of Canberra
Chair: Steven Miller.

DAAO Future Feminist Archive portal launch
Gillian Fuller and Eric Riddler

12.30pm Lunch and tour of AGNSW Archives

1.30pm Women’s Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive
Speakers: Martha Ansara, Margot Nash, Jeni Thornley and Natalie Krikowa
Chair: Sarah Attfield
Curated by Loma Bridge, Margot Nash and Jeni Thornley


Where: Centenary Auditorium, Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney

Symposium convenors: Jo Holder and Steven Miller

Artist Talks

Saturday 7 March from 11am-1pm.

Daughters and mothers Alison and Joan Clouston, Sue and Peggy Pedley, Toni Warburton, and Judy and Joyce Watson discuss their works and the life-long creative partnerships that underpin their contemporary practice.