BE BOLD SPEAK OUT , IWD 2017

This conceptual audio piece addresses women’s visual artistic contributions for International Women’s Day 2017, on the theme: 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 to this exhibition 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 as artists who make an explicit public addition to our culture.

The next step for you is to engage in conversation with, and encourage, women to speak out in their artwork about our gendered life experiences: to paint, sculpt, film, photograph, compose, record, and sketch their thoughts and responses, and then be bold enough to present their visual, musical, and actual 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.

PRAYER POCKET PLACE moves into Mt Kembla

Prayer Pocket Place gained permanent residency in the Mt Kembla Heritage Centre on 17 December 2014. The installation was welcomed by the chairperson Elizabeth Roberts in a small informal ceremony followed by lunch in the museum.  We were delighted to be entertained by well-known Mt Kembla playwright Wendy Richardson who has written about the close-knit Mt Kembla community and effects of the mining disaster.

Click to hear a one minute sample of the CD length audio art composed by Ceridwen Suiter, from on-site recordings collected from the social and mechanical sounds of the makers constructing their individual pockets during a communal lunch and workshop.

20150527-123557.jpg20150527-123545.jpgMt Kembla Heritage Centre is a permanent keeping place of historical records and memories of the hardships faced by miners and their wives.  The centre contains records of the mining disaster of 1902 which killed 94 miners and two rescuers in Australia’s largest industrial accident.

The impact on the women of Mt Kembla inspired Flossie Peitsch to design and co-ordinate the construction of the quilted fabric house and the individually sewn pockets.  Many local women made their own prayer pockets to contain their personal thoughts and prayers.  The collaborative installation created by Flossie Peitsch and Ceridwen Suiter, Prayer Pocket Place, was short listed for Meroogal Women’s Art Prize and has been selected for exhibition in Shoalhaven Art Gallery, Nowra; Lady Denman Museum in Huskisson NSW; as well as the Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT.