The f word: crossdisciplinary feminist art in Australia

The F word is a unique, collaborative research project that emerges from the resurgent interest in feminist art practice in Australia today. Through research, workshops and dialogue with contemporary artists, the project will make public and redress the inequity of female artists in public galleries and restore and make accessible an archive of feminist art overlooked by the art historical canon.

With a focus on regional centres the F Word will build and develop dialogue and community between regions, generations and cultures. In commissioning new work, the project will uncover, materialize and make public current feminist thinking through interdisciplinary creative arts.


Barbara Bolt [Faculty of the VCA and MCM, UoM]

Kate Just [School of Art, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, UoM]

Caroline Phillips [School of Art, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, UoM]

Victoria Duckett [Centre for Ideas, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, UoM]

Kate MacNeill [Arts & Cultural Management, Faculty of Arts, UoM]

Karen Burns [Architecture, Melbourne School of Design, UoM]

Research outputs


Phillips C. (2015) 'Art and Social Equity: a feminist approach', Researching for Social Change: Ethics, Methodologies and Responsibility Melbourne: University of Melbourne

Phillips C. (2014) 'The f word: contemporary feminist art in Australia', Matters of the Body. Melbourne: University of Melbourne


The f Word, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, (12 artists). 28/08/14 to 12/10/14

The f Word, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, (7 artists). 19/07/14 to 07/09/14


Feminism explored in Ararat gallery exhibition, Ararat Advertiser, Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ararat Regional Art Gallery hosts ‘f Word’ exhibition, Ararat Advertiser, Tuesday 9 September 2014

Caroline Phillips interview for Breakfast with Dominc Brine, ABC Ballarat, Monday 1 September 2014

Feminist Art On Show, Sunday Herald Sun, August 31 2014

The f Word is feminism, Times-Spectator, Friday 18 July 2014

Technopia Tours, Feminist Art Bus, Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces, Tuesday 11 March 2014