Know My Name

Know My Name conference

The Know My Name Conference is part of a series of ongoing initiatives by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program. The conference precedes the opening of the Gallery’s major exhibition Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now.

Date: Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 November 2020

Format: Accessible online event

Key note speakers: 

  • Nan Goldin: one of the most important and influential artists of our time, over the last 45 years Goldin has revolutionised the art of photography through her frank and deeply personal portraiture and has created some of contemporary culture’s most indelible images.
  • Genevieve Grieves: a proud Aboriginal woman of the Worimi nation of Australia, Grieves is an educator, curator, filmmaker, artist, oral historian, researcher, and writer with 20 years’ experience in the arts and culture.
  • Jennifer Higgie: Australian-born writer, editor-at-large of frieze magazine and presenter of the podcast Bow Down: Women in Art History.
  • Griselda Pollock: Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History at the University of Leeds and the 2020 Laureate of the Holberg Prize, awarded for her contribution to feminism and art history.

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About this conference

Delivered virtually over four afternoons and two evenings, the Know My Name Conference celebrates all women as artists, activists, researchers, intellectuals and mentors now and into the future.

Foregrounding First Nations perspectives and diverse voices, the event will bring together leading and emerging Australian and international voices from arts and academia to share ideas, insights and creative practice.

Through keynotes, performances, panels, discussions and artist-led approaches, the conference will consider historical and contemporary experiences of gender and feminism in the arts to imagine new futures.

The conference is accessible, inclusive and participatory. Sessions will include live captions, AUSLAN interpretation and audio description and will enable dialogue and discussion with presenters and the delegate community.

Presented by the National Gallery of Australia, the Know My Name Conference has been developed in collaboration with presenting partners the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian National University School of Art & Design, University of Melbourne and UNSW Art & Design.

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About Know My Name

Know My Name is an initiative of the National Gallery of Australia to celebrate the significant contributions of Australian women artists. The initiative aims to increase the representation of artists who identify as women and enhance understanding of the contributions they have made and continue to make to Australia's cultural life.

From 2020-21 Know My Name will deliver a vibrant program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships, that highlight the diversity and creativity of women artists through history to the present day.


Visit NGA’s website for more information.

Image credit: Sue Ford Faces 1976, National Gallery of Australia, purchased 1984 © Sue Ford/Copyright Agency

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