Category Archives: Curatorial Projects

Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times

Claire Field & Caroline Phillips, care (2019), George Paton Gallery, Melbourne.

Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times critically explores how care in its many forms represents an alternative ethics to neo-liberalism. In recent years, feminist critiques of neo-liberalism have argued for the concept of care as an alternative structuring principle for political systems in crisis and have proposed that the transformation of the existing capitalist order demands the abolition of the (gendered) hierarchy between ‘care’ — the activities of social reproduction that nurture individuals and sustain social bonds — and economic production. What would it mean to substitute care for economics as the central concern of politics? What would caring for democracy look like? And how can we cultivate new habits of care that allow us to take better care of one another, of ourselves and country?

The Care Network is a research community forming around the Care Project. It aims to produce a symposium, exhibition and scholarly publication which integrates knowledge produced through non-traditional research outputs. With this goal in mind, the Care Project Network facilitates discussion and engages with a range of communities. A network of artists, researchers and practitioners have come together in several informal Round Tables and a Symposium  in 2019, and a series of exhibitions in 2020 is being developed -subject to Covid-10 restrictions – drawing together the range of current research and art making that utilises care as a strategy and/or platform for art practice.

CARE : Transforming values through art, ethics and feminism

Interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne

30 October – 2 November, 2019

Four days of talks, performances, workshops, and artworks, with over 50 artists, activists, writers, researchers, dancers and performers from around Australia who are thinking and practicing care in inspiring ways.

Download the full symposium schedule with abstracts and contributor Bios- Download as pdf

Download symposium poster – Download as pdf

l-r, Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo – eredità [heritage], vita [life], and ricordo i fili [remember the threads], textiles; Rachael Haynes – Protest scores (I think with my body), ink and pencil on watercolour paper; Kerryn Sylvia – WE WAIT....What else can we do, wearable object; Kylie Banyard – Daydreamer; Hayley West – After The Gold Rush; Claire Field and Caroline Phillips, Archiving Care, participatory work; Sonia Zymantas – The Other List. Photo by Rubie Bridie


The Care Project is led by Assoc. Professor Jacqueline Millner, with research assistance by Caroline Phillips.

Supported by LaTrobe University Bendigo, George Paton Gallery and Contemporary Art and Feminism.


Conspicuous Presence

Conspicuous Presence

A Women’s Art Register collaborative curatorial project,

21 February to 10 March, 2018,

including an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,

Trocadero Artspace, Guest Curator Program for International Women’s Day 2018

l-r works by Khi-Lee Thorpe, Ema Shin, Su Yang 

l-r works by Su yang, Ema Shin, Georgia MacGuire 

l-r works by Sofi Basseghi, Ema shin, Sofi Basseghi

Gallery 2, Women's Art Register archives, curated by Juliette Peers

Conspicuous Presence makes visible the work of five Australian Women Artists of Colour. Through the heightened material presence of their work, the artists’ deploy conspicuous methods of commanding our attention; accentuating materiality, embracing a highly charged and embodied physicality, and gleaning our sensory reactions through their processes of making.

The contemporary politics of feminist art demand that Women of Colour are given a platform. The Women’s Art Register, historically inclusive of a wide range of cultural and political identities, shares this special IWD platform with these five contemporary artists, who make known their powerful identities and intersectional experiences through their materially charged practices. Conspicuous Presence recognises their visibility, acknowledges their presence and respects their voices.





Doing Feminism / Sharing the World

Doing Feminism / Sharing the World

December 1, 2017 – February 26, 2108

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Doing Feminism/Sharing the World is a three-month program of artist residencies, performances, artists’ talks, seminars and screenings.

Artists working in collaboration create participatory public projects informed by a feminist ethics that addresses the theme ‘sharing the world’.


 Nat Thomas and Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective (VIC), “The Two Cathies” – Catherine Bell and and Cathy Staughton (Arts Project Australia) (VIC), Favour Economy (Claire Field, Alex Pedley and Bronwyn Treacy, NSW), Sisters Akousmatica (Pip Stafford and Julia Drouhin, TAS), Sleepover Club (Miriam Arbus and Elise Arumets, VIC), Snapcat (Renae Coles & Anna Dunnill, WA), Sunday School (Kelly Doley and Di Smith, NSW) LEVEL  (Rachael Haynes, Courtney Coombs,  Courtney Pederson and Caitlin Franzmann, QLD),  Art/Mums Collective (Claire Rae, Nina Ross, Claudia Phares and Eugenia Lim, VIC), Feminist Colour-IN (Kim Donaldson and Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, VIC), Open Circle: Sapna Chandu and Jane Norman

The Doing Feminism/Sharing the World program has been curated by Anne Marsh and Caroline Phillips. Part of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970, the residency is being held in association with the Victorian College of the Arts, Norma Redpath House.

Images l-r: Favour Economy, Feminist ColourIn, LEVEL We need to talk (Recipe for Revolution) 2014, Picnic on Maiwar Green, GOMA, Brisbane, Sleepover Club, Snap cat – The Lightning Furies (photo by Kristinn Hermanniusson),  Sunday School, Cold Calling a Revolution, 2014-15, Cathy Staughton – Cathy Staughton, Catherine Bell 2010,The Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective.



f generation: feminism, art, progressions

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f generation: feminism, art, progressions

A collaborative project by Caroline Phillips, Veronica Caven Aldous and Dr Juliette Peers.

2015 marked the fortieth anniversary of International Women’s Year and the series of groundbreaking feminist art activities that took place at George Paton Gallery at the University of Melbourne Student Union, including a lecture by renowned feminist curator Lucy Lippard,  artist slide shows, consciousness-raising sessions, and exhibitions. f generation: feminism, art, progressions showed 96 artworks, involving responses from over 140 artists, students, theorists and feminist commentators- a contemporary polylogue of responses that opened out history making into many voices.

George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

October 7-16, 2015.

More details here

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AS IF: Echoes of the Women’s Art Register


AS IF: Echoes from the Women’s Art Register

West Space, Melbourne.

Oct 2 to Nov 7, 2015

AS IF: Echoes from the Women’s Art Register (2015) was a collaborative project showcasing the depth and quality of Australian women artists held in the Women’s Art Register, Melbourne, Australia. A projection program co-curated by Juliette Peers, Caroline Phillips and Stephanie Leigh displayed over 400 slides, installed with posters and audio interviews with prominent Australian women artists, at West Space, Melbourne.

AS IF: Echoes was part of the larger program curated by Sally Northfield AS IF: 40 years and beyond – Celebrating the Women’s Art Register, a program of 13 visual art events across Melbourne and winner of the Best Visual Art Event at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

full program details here


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The f Word, Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia

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Filomena Coppola

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The f Word – a multidisciplinary project exploring contemporary Feminist Art

Curated by Caroline Phillips

The f Word, Sale 

July 19 to September 17, 2014

Catherine Bell, Penny Byrne, Filomena Coppola, Kate Just, Jill Orr, Clare Rae, Elvis Richardson

The f Word, Ararat

August 28 to October 12, 2014

Kate Beynon, Karen Buczynski-Lee, Destiny Deacon, Laurene Dietrich, Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, Janice Gobey, Georgia MacGuire, Robyn Massey, Caroline Phillips, Louise Saxton, Inez de Vega, Lyndal Walker

For more information on The f Word please click here

This project is supported by:

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute


The Victorian Women’s Trust


and the Victorian College of the Arts Matters of the Body Research cluster

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This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria

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Topologies of Sexual Difference


Co-curated with Dr. Louise Burchill

December 9-12, 2-14

George Paton Gallery,

University of Melbourne

This exhibition was presented as part of the Topologies of Sexual Difference Luce Irigaray Circle Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 December 2014, hosted by The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT.

In order to think and to experience sexual difference, Irigaray suggests reconsidering the Western tradition’s conceptions of space and time.  Conceptual and material practices in sculpture, painting, photography, text and video engage in powerful dialogue with the strategies, metaphors, spaces and places envisaged within and beyond Irigaray’s work to manifest new discourses and expand our ways of seeing and living sexual difference.

Artists (in alphabetical order):

Cherelyn Brearley, Janet Burchill, Virginia Fraser, Helen Johnson, Marina Kassianidou, Utako Shindo Kanai, Danni McCarthy, Joanne Makas, Alex Martinis Roe, Caroline Phillips, Kerrie Poliness, Elizabeth Presa, Julieanna Preston, Grace Pundyk, Tania Smith, Jacqueline Taylor, Terry Taylor, Alison Thomson

Technopia Tours Feminist Art Bus

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All photos by Kate Robertson

On Saturday MARCH 8, International Women’s Day, Kim Donaldson and Caroline Phillips joined forces to present the

Technopia Tours – Feminist Art Bus

Technopia Tours, a curatorial initiative of Kim Donaldson, uses the notion of tourism to create new and unexpected realities as it negotiates with place and people through a performative, embodied paradigm ( Caroline Phillips’ project The F Word – Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia engages communities and artists through current discourses on art, feminism and exchange.

Special guests included: Laura Castagnini, Ebony Gulliver, Susan Hewitt, Kate Just, Lyndal Jones, Dot Kett, Vicki Kinai
Penelope Lee, Justine Makdessi, Elvis Richardson, Kate Robertson, Nat Thomas, Kalinda Vary, Inez de Vega

The Technopia Tours – Feminist Art Bus is supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and The f Word project and launched the public program of the VCA Research Cluster, Matters of the Body (

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A dinner party: setting the table







All photos by Catherine Evans

West Space, Melbourne

September 3 -15, 2012

Curated by Caroline Phillips and Victoria Duckett, this two week residency at West Space brought together a range of contemporary artists, theorists and practitioners. Through workshops, panels, films and food we asked what can we learn from our shared feminist histories and individual subjectivities, and what can emerge from a new dialogue and exchange.

Program of events here

Review by Megan Backhouse in The Age

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SYN FM Interview with curators

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Photographs by Clare Rae

La Trobe Visual Arts Centre

June 16 – July 24, 2011

A group exhibition exploring the ways that contemporary artists experience the body in space. Artists included Timothy Kendall-Edser, Catherine Evans, Mark Friedlander, Kate Just, Caroline Phillips, Clare Rae, Julie Shiels, Inez de Vega.

Curated by Caroline Phillips

Click here for catalogue essay by Caroline Phillips.

Click here for review in Un Magazine 5.2 by Victoria Duckett.

The Feminist Salon, The Envelope Residency, The West Wing

Image by Catherine Evans: Unearthed series 2009, 8×10″ silver gelatin photograph

The Feminist Salon, The Envelope Residency

The West Wing, (West Space Propject Space), Melbourne

May 24 – 30, 2010

The Feminist Salon, The Envelope Residency, was held at The West Wing, a West Space Project Space at Melbourne Central. Co-ordinated by Caroline Phillips and Sarah Lynch the project grew out of our feminist reading group which explored the texts of Luce Irigaray and others. A week-long event – activities including a film night, exhibition of art, video and sound projects, reading library and a lecture by Dr. Louise Burchill on Irigaray’s concept of The Envelope.

Participating artists included:

Sharon Billinge, Dr. Louise Burchill, Angie de Latour, Inez de Vega, Victoria Duckett, Catherine Evans, Janice Gobey, Kate Hodgetts, Kate Just, Anastasia Klose, Sarah Lynch, Caroline Phillips, Hannah Raisin, Caroline Thew, Valentina Palonen, Jane Whitfid.

Many thanks to West Space for their support of this project