BE BOLD SPEAK OUT, IWD 2017

This conceptual audio work addresses Illawarra women’s visual artistic contributions on the theme for International Women’s Day 2017
Be Bold for Change.

Sue Bessell invited 21 local women artists to contribute to a group exhibition at Project Contemporary Artspace, Keira Street, Wollongong, Australia, on the theme of Be Bold for Change. As a an audio artist, I have sought to raise consciousness of the ephemeral intangible nature of sound, while seeking to encourage women artists everywhere to be conscious of using their artwork to voice their feminist awareness.

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My contribution lives entirely in the conceptual world, there is no particular audio for you to engage with here, except for the internal dialogue in your head about the place of art as political statement, and the boldness required of women to be exhibiting artists making an explicit contribution to our culture.

The next step is to engage in conversation with and encourage women to speak out about our gendered life experiences, to paint, sculpt, film, photograph, mould, record, and sketch their thoughts and responses,  and be bold enough to exhibit their visual voices in public places both in real life and virtual spaces such as this website.

 

 

 

 

Flagged for Conversation

Frances Burnham (artist) and I (Ceridwen Suiter – composer) have been in constructive conversation since 2008 on contemporary social and economic topics.  We have formalised this into an ongoing collaborative arts-based project both in the physical and the virtual worlds,  to extend the conversation between citizens, arts workers, and business, regarding culture and art practice, economics and social values.

IWD 2016 invite thumbnailFor International Women’s Day 2016, our goal is to stimulate conversation about current Feminist issues as part of our ongoing project.  Our installation “Flagged for Conversation” aims to stimulate conversation on 21st century issues facing women.

The conversation will begin with a performance at the exhibition opening on March 4, 2016.

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Putting vision into practice, visitors to the gallery are invited to write a response: a catch phrase, a word, or to draw an icon or visual symbol on prepared and embellished green, white and purple flags, which will then become part of the installation.

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Visitors are welcome to participate in our online conversation by logging into our website forum: ‘ethec’ (extending the conversation) and express their thoughts.  Please note all comments will be moderated and responded to appropriately.