CoUNTess has been presenting data on gender representation in the Australian contemporary visual arts sector since 2008, and has become a valuable online resource that provides statistics and data analysis. To launch their fundraising campaign, CoUNTess has been touring to create a national conversation on gender bias and inclusivity in the arts.
Elvis Richardson, founder of CoUNTess who will share the history of CoUNTess, their data collection methodologies, aims and objectives, along with strategies for educators and institutions to address gender balance in the arts.
Richardson will join in conversation with Dr Courtney Pedersen co-director of the feminist collective LEVEL and educator at QUT, alongside Brisbane-based artist Naomi Blacklock who examines intersectional feminist identities in her practice. Together, they will critique and strategise how to address gender bias in the arts.
This is a free event, with all welcome. Register your spot on Eventbrite to avoid missing out.
Elvis Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, and author of CoUNTess, a blog, established in 2008, that publishes data on gender representation in the Australian visual arts sector.
Courtney Pedersen is the Academic Program Director for the School of Creative Practice, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT, where she is also a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts. She has explored feminism’s relationship with art since completing her undergraduate training in photography at the VCA in 1993 and her PhD at QUT in 2005, and is currently a co-director of the feminist collective LEVEL.
Naomi Blacklock is a Brisbane-based artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Working primarily with sound installation, text works and performance, her artworks involve an exploration and examination of mythologies regarding the witch archetype and harmful histories of gender and cultural identity. She is PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology and is a Co-director of Brisbane ARI, CLUTCH Collective.