@2016Women in Australian ArtIntroductionAustralia Council for the Arts (2015) report cited arts as an integral part of everyday life for not only men but also women in Australia. The report showed increased efforts of involvement and active participation in arts among Australian women as compared to the ancient times. It is vital to understand that arts play an imperative role in a culturally ambitious country. Today, women in Australia have expressed a rapid transformation propelled by creativity and innovation. Australia had never witnessed such dramatic twist and improvement among women in participation, engagement and curiosity about art and culture in their everyday lives (Australia Council for the Arts, 2015).
According to the Australia Council for the Arts (2014) report, Australia has a great story to narrate in relation to its improved citizen’s active involvement in arts. The entire nation is proud to have its origin in the world’s oldest living culture, which later became enriched by an implausible breadth of diversity all over the world. Today, the country exists as a precarious part of the Asia Pacific region with strong, deep and harmonious ties to other parts of the world.
The Australian arts continue to transcend borders and boundaries as the Australia Council strengthens its commitment to empower and support increased cultural exchange and artistic collaboration championed by women (Australia Council for the Arts, 2014). This paper will discuss women participation in the Australian art by providing history, describe five different artists, their artist artwork and how their artwork helped to empowered women. History of Australian Women Involvement in ArtsThe ancient beliefs and traditional gender discriminative principles compelled women from taking a lead role not only in Australia but also in other nations.
Traditionally, women worked as companions and helped men to take a lead role in arts. Women could perform weak roles such as singing and assisting men to play some musical instruments. Clear historical analysis concerning the involvement of Australian women in art reveals that women were inactively involved in Arts during the ancient times (Burke, 2010). When studying the Australian female artistic movement, the perception that art can effectively represent progressive thought values and processes is clearly evident. Hammond (2015) reveal that the social pressures experienced in the Australian society during the 19th and early 20th century, proselytized the values that have repressed women in modern society.
These pressures saw only the strongest and brilliant women follow their desires and ambitions. However, many women with incredible talents faced intimidation and withdrew from the struggle. Women who followed their dreams and remained focused towards their fulfillment faced judgment from their male counterparts. As the struggle continued, more efforts gave the Australian women viable reasons to smile and continue working hard.
The 1930s and 1940s modernist period played an essential historical role by breaking down numerous pre-conceived notions of the past (Topliss, 2013). This period saw the cultivation of a healthy respect for confident female artists including Thea Proctor, Margaret Preston, and Grace Cossington Smith. Topliss (2013) ascertain that the tremendous struggle accounts for the modern improved participation of Australian women in art. Resolution of values involving gender equality was then implemented in the contemporary society. Today, the reverence hold by the entire nation for its current female artists describes the path into the future.
Judy Cassab who was Australia’s first female artist to win the Archibald twice provides the best example for the efforts put in place to increase women participation. Australia as a country recognizes that building greater comprehension of national arts its dimension, scale, participants as well as contributors will help the entire nation to work collaboratively and jointly to back up strong future development.