Pat Brassington Untitled (1984) 18.0 x 28.0 cm gelatin silver print
courtesy of the artist, ARC ONE Gallery (Melbourne), Stills Gallery (Sydney) and Bett Gallery (Hobart)

Photography meets feminism:
Australian women photographers 1970s–80s

7 February–26 April 2015

A Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition

This exhibition considers some of the ways that women’s liberation and feminism converged with photography in Australia during the 1970s and ‘80s. It examines the ways that photography assisted women’s liberation and feminism, to the extent that photography became a vital tool for social and political reform. The exhibition also considers developments in photography that were introduced by feminist photographers – material and technical innovations that have had a significant impact on contemporary photographic practice in this country. 


Related Public Programs

In conversation, with Sandy Edwards and Helen Grace
Saturday 21 February, 2.00pm

Helen Grace’s writings on photography and film, history and politics have made a significant contribution to the critical discussion of feminist practice in Australia. Sandy Edwards has been an important figure in Australian photography as both a maker and advocate since the 1970s.Join us for a conversation with Newcastle Art Gallery curator Sarah Johnson.
Free event. Bookings required, call 4974 5100 or email

Toddler Play Day
Monday 23 March, 9.30am – 11.00am

Theme: People, Hats and Protective Helmets
Children, please wear a hat or protective helmet. Enjoy toddler friendly exhibition inspired games, art activities, singing and stories followed by a morning snack.
$10 per child, includes art materials and morning tea
Bookings and payment required, call 4974 5100 or email

Autumn Holiday workshops, week 2
Join Gallery educators for art making workshops inspired by Photography meets feminism: Australian women photographers 1970's - 80's. Create hand-colour photos using portraits and imagery of the young and old.
For children 5-8 years old:
Tue 14, Wed 15, Thu 16 and Fri 17 April, 10.30am – 12.30pm
For children 8-12 years old:
Tue 14 and Wed 15 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Sibling friendly, 5-12 years old:
Thu 16 and Fri 17 April,  2.30pm – 4.30pm
$25 per child, includes all art materials. Bookings and payment required.
Call 4974 5100 or email
Eye Spy Tours
Children and their carers will explore the exhibition through a series of fun and varied activities with hands on components. Bookings are available for groups of five or more children under 5 years of age from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10am - 4pm.
Free activity, bookings essential. To book please enquire at least one week in advance.
Contact Audience Programs: call 4974 5112 or email