The Women's Gallery - 1988-1995 HardcoverJudith Brooks
This book amply demonstrates The Women's Gallery's achievements, a salutary reminder that, even when history seems to banish it, feminist endeavour will surge ahead, re-creating itself, and with it, the destiny of women artists.' Janine Burke 2019
The Women's Gallery at 375 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria was an exhibition space dedicated to supporting women's art practice. It was a not-for-profit gallery run entirely by women giving their time and expertise on a voluntary basis. It was based on the artist's collectives popular at the time. Collectivism was formed from grassroots activism which believed that individual discrimination could be overcome by a collective struggle. When a feminist critique was applied to the art world clear systematic sexism was revealed.
The gallery was not, however, a women's space supporting any particular ideology or arts practice. It was a gallery which sort and found a place within Melbourne's vibrant art culture to represent women artists. It made no apologies, gave no critiques, wrote no thesis, instead it based its feminism on action and collective endeavour. It did its best to present significant work in a professional manner for eleven months of the year. Art selection, exhibition curation and hanging, invitations and openings were undertaken by the Management Committee and the exhibitions were supported by a roster of gallery sitters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judith Brooks was a foundation member of The Women's Gallery, responsible for the lease on the gallery building for the duration of its activities. She was born in Melbourne in 1945. Educated at Monash and Melbourne Universities she became an English and History teacher. She has a life-long interest in Fine Arts. Like many of her generation, she was radicalised by the Vietnam War and inspired by the Women's Liberation Movement. The Women's Gallery book is built on the archives and the memories of a generation of determined visionary feminists. She lives with her partner and two Burmese cats in Barwon Heads on the edge of windy Bass Strait.