LOUD & LUMINOUS
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
8 March 2019
100 Australian female photographers unite for powerful celebration of equality in the arts for International Women’s Day.
One hundred inspiring female photographic artists from across Australia, aged between 10 and 90, will use the power of photography to unite for International Women’s Day 2019. The Loud and Luminous project celebrates and recognises the important contributions of contemporary women photographers in Australia.
The project is the brainchild of award-winning photographers, Hilary Wardhaugh, from Canberra, and Melissa Anderson, from Brisbane. “We have both worked in the industry for over 25 years and during that time we’ve seen little progress for female photographic artists,” project co-curator Ms Wardhaugh said. “Loud and Luminous is designed to empower girls and women to pursue creative careers and it is strongly focused on gender equality in the arts. “We firmly believe women need to work together to change the future and to ensure all of our stories are being told,” she said.
In 2019, the project is a collective collaboration of 100 diverse Australian women photographers based on the theme of power. It includes the following key activities:
● A full-day symposium at Australian National University, Canberra on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March
● Book presentation to the National Library of Australia, Friday 8 March
● Multimedia presentations, online from March-May
● Print exhibition and 2019 book launch Sydney, 10 April – 5 May (Contact Sheet Gallery).
Project co-curator Melissa Anderson said one of the main aims of Loud and Luminous is to bring female artists together for an inclusive discussion that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural change.
“Some of the stories told in the 2019 exhibition address important social issues, and often ‘silent stories’ that many women are afraid to share,” Ms Anderson said. “While this is an Australian initiative, it has the potential to extend internationally in its message and appeal on gender equality and empowerment,” she said.
Loud and Luminous is appreciative of the generous support they have received from Fujifilm Australia, Kayell Australia, Momento Pro, Damian Canigilia Photographer, Print2Metal, and Contact Sheet Gallery.
Loud and Luminous Symposium
Friday 8 March 2019, Australian National University
an amazing line up of speakers will be presenting at the Loud and Luminous Symposium at Australian National University in Canberra on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March. The book from Loud and Luminous 2018 will also be presented to the National Library of Australia at the event. Speakers include a cross-section of photographers, artists, curators, gallerists, educators, photo editors, mentors, festival organisers and photojournalists. It will also feature a trade presentation from the sponsors of the event.
The speaker line-up includes Mags King, Anne O’Heir, Michael Reid, Professor Denise Ferris, Carly Earl, Cassie Trotter, Moshe Rosenzveig, Dr Judith Crispin, Juno Gemes, Jeff Moorfoot, and Sandy Edwards.
Tickets range from $10 – $100, and proceeds go to support five selected artists to collaborate with Canberra’s PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery in 2020. Empowering artist videos will be released in the lead up to the event. They can be accessed via the website: www.loudandluminous.com.au or on social media and youtube channels.
For further information about Loud and Luminous 2019 please contact email@example.com or phone Melissa Anderson (0413529242) or Hilary Wardhaugh (0418 255 416).
About Loud and Luminous
At its core, the Loud and Luminous project is all about gender equality in the photographic arts and industry.
It is designed to be a celebration of the important contributions the stories female artists bring to Australian culture but it is also about their ongoing battle to be heard—and recognised—in a
traditionally male-dominated industry. If the general public were asked to list influential and iconic Australian photographers from the last 100 years, the list would include very few female photographers. Loud and Luminous aims to reverse this. Overwhelmingly men have written history, men have made art, galleries have collected art made by men, and until recently photographers were mostly male. The digital revolution has enabled many more people to create imagery. More women now graduate from vocational courses and art school than their male counterparts, and yet are still less likely to be represented.
In a proactive first step to address this issue, Loud and Luminous showcases the works of 100 Australian female photographers to create a new cultural story in Australia that puts women in the spotlight, both
in front and behind the camera.
The idea for the project came about on a road trip in regional Victoria in late 2017. It started as a conversation between two of Australia’s leading female photographers, Hilary Wardhaugh and Melissa
Anderson, about the frustrations many women face working in the arts. The pair decided to set something up that was positive and brought women together for a collective cause. The idea quickly evolved in to an event in Melbourne with 56 emerging, mid-career and influential Australian women photographic artists by photographing a universal women’s symbol in their finished work for International Women’s Day 2018.
One year on, the project has doubled in size with the 2019 exhibition including 100 contributors—and many more supporters.
The project is designed to empower girls and women to chase in their dreams, be creative, share stories and address social issues through art. The organisers passionately believe it is essential for women to contribute and tell their stories to shape their own future. They hope Loud and Luminous will help educate and inspire women of all ages, and build stronger communities.
● 2018 – Fujifilm Australia, Kayell Australia, Momento Pro, Victorian Women’s Trust, Creative Women’s Circle and Damian Caniglia Photography and Video.
● 2019 – Fujifilm Australia, Kayell Australia, Momento Pro and Damian Caniglia Photography/Video, Print2Metal, Contact Sheet Gallery.