National Exhibition Register

  • Yvette Coppersmith
    Image Credit
    © the artist

About the exhibition

Fem-Affinity, is an in-depth collaborative project between Arts Project Australia (APA), Catherine Bell, APA studio artists and invited Victorian female artists. This project brings together contemporary artists who will work together and respond to each other’s work over several months. The artists have been selected based on their mutual interests and openness in pushing their practice in new directions. The artists will work at the APA studios and elsewhere to develop new work that responds to the central curatorial theme.

This curatorial rationale aims to rethink how intersubjective and inclusionary approaches can be a potent strategy to revise existing cultural and social narratives, by offering artistic counter-narratives. The exhibition will situate female Arts Projects Australia (APA) artists alongside leading contemporary female artists that investigate embodiment and representation.
There is a concern with the expression of femaleness in the artworks that extends beyond the figurative representation of women as the subject of the work. The project uncovers commonalities or a kinship of practice between female artists that draw on the lived experience and the artworks as a complex and nuanced way of thinking about embodied identity, more specifically inflexions of diverse subject positions and how they materialise in the artwork in distinctive ways. The project will also explore how the artists have a sustained inquiry in a specific medium, and presenting this genesis acknowledges longevity of practice, reinforcing the artistic lineage and contribution of these female artists to the canon of woman’s art.

Dr Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor teaching visual art in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University.

Sim Luttin currently wears a few professional arts hats: as the Curator & Gallery Manager at Arts Project Australia where she has worked for 10 years; as a Deputy Chair at Craft Victoria; and an assessment panel member for Creative Victoria.


Artists and Curator

Catherine Bell & Sim Luttin

Bronwyn Hack, Cathy Staughton, Dorothy Berry, Eden Menta, Fulli Andrinopoulos ,Heather Shimmen, Helga Groves, Jane Trengove, Janelle Low, Jill Orr, Lisa Reid, Prudence Flint, Wendy Dawson, Yvette Coppersmith

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/10/2019 onwards
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
NETS Victoria
Contact to discuss
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Mardi Nowak
NETS Victoria
+61 3 8620 2002