An initiative of the National Gallery of Australia, Know My Name celebrates the work of all women artists with an aim to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australia’s cultural life.
A defining moment in the history of the Gallery, Know My Name heralds a new chapter that addresses historical gender bias to reconsider the stories of art and elevate the voices of all women.
During 2020-21 the Gallery will deliver a vibrant program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships, that highlight the diversity and creativity of women artists throughout history and to the present day.
The Gallery acknowledges that only 25% of its Australian art collection and 33% of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection is by women artists. In 2019 the Gallery committed to change this establishing its first Guiding Principles for Gender Equity in collection development, programming and organisational structures.
The Know My Name initiative joins the global movement to increase representation of women artists. It builds on the work of groups supporting gender equity across the arts including The Countess Report, Sheila Foundation and the #5WomenArtists campaign by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
Celebrate women artists – see their art, hear their stories, and know their names.
Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now
National Gallery of Australia
14 November 2020 – 9 May 2021
Know My Name includes highly-respected Australian artist Kathy Temin (b. 1968). Temin, who first exhibited with Sumer in 2019, will also have work in our upcoming exhibition New Forest, opening in early 2021.