Artists: Alison Alder, Vivienne Binns, Jacqueline Bradley, Mariana del Castillo, Fiona Davies, Cherylynn Holmes, Stephanie Jones, Mandy Martin, Brenda Runnegar, Erica Seccombe, Jane Barney, Rachel Bowak, Julie Bradley, Julia Church, Anna Eggert, Catriona Holyoake, Deborah Kelly, Ex de Medici, Bronwen Sandland and Ruth Waller.
Beginning in 1981, successive waves of women artists associated with the Canberra Contemporary Art Space have expressed the changing nature of feminist concerns. Bad Girls brings this thirty-year journey to today’s audience via historic and contemporary artworks from artists who continue to create at the forefront of rapidly changing social and political dynamics. Bad Girls are everywhere. They’re our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and aunts; they’re single, straight, gay and married; for all or some of their life they’ve been artists; they’ve painted, printed, postered, sculpted and photographed subjects that reflect their own secret desires, burning issues and universal feminist concerns with energy, insight, humour, pathos, hope and righteous anger. Bad Girls are our heroines. In this exhibition we celebrate their journey in art and, through their journey, the changing face of feminist concerns over three decades.
Excerpt from catalogue essay by Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak; photograph by Brenton McGeachie.