Members of Artemis Women’s Art Forum Inc. Perth c. 1986/87.

No Second Thoughts: Reflections on the Artemis Women's Art Forum

Active in Perth from 1985 and with roughly 300 members at its peak, The Artemis Women’s Art Forum Inc. aimed to raise the status of women in the arts and to foster interest in women’s art practice and ideas.

The group produced symposia, exhibitions and a newsletter, provided childcare facilities for its members at meetings, and also ran the Artemis gallery, located in the Artshouse building in the Perth Cultural Centre. After the dissolution of the group in 1990, the Artemis archive - featuring correspondence, meeting minutes, exhibition ephemera, artist files and more - was donated to State Library of Western Australia.

Taking its name from the Artemis members’ exhibition held at the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle in 1988, No Second Thoughts offers a response to the Artemis archive. Newly commissioned works from former Artemis committee members Penny Bovell and Jo Darbyshire, and early career artists Teelah George and Taylor Reudavey, will open a dialogue with archival material, examining the production of memory and history in Western Australian feminist art practice and beyond. No Second Thoughts: Reflections on the Artemis Women’s Art Forum is presented by the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.

Former members of the Artemis Women’s Art Forum Inc. are encouraged to contact the gallery.

Exhibitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art are supported by SHEILA A foundation for women in visual art.

Image: Members of Artemis Women’s Art Forum Inc. Perth c. 1986/87. L-R : Thyrza Michele, Jo Darbyshire, Linda Rawlings, Anne Jeppe, Michele Elliot, Joanne Harris, Pam Kleemann. Photograph courtesy of Louise Mayhew

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