LEVEL would like to thank all of our friends, colleagues and collaborators, who have worked with us over the last nine years. We will be continuing our feminist work both individually and together in new forms and partnerships. If you would like further information about LEVEL or our projects contact any of the previous members – Rachael Haynes, Courtney Coombs, Caitlin Franzmann, Courtney Pedersen, Anita Holtsclaw or Alice Lang.
Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism
15 December 2017 – 25 March 2018
Surveying the diverse scope of feminist art practices – including painting, performance, photography and film to community engagement and cultural activism – the exhibition focuses upon the dynamic formal invention and social engagement of feminist artists. It explores strategies and analyses of gender identity and representation, intersectional politics, and practices which embrace performative codes, text and media technologies, humour and critique.
Adopting a collaborative, polyphonic form which encourages diverse voices, practices and debates, Unfinished Business presents new commissions and recent work alongside selected historical projects, programs of film and performance, and a publication with contributions by art historians, artists and theorists from the 1970s to the present.
Asking why feminism is still relevant, necessary and critical, Unfinished Business explores trans-generational legacies, inheritances and shifts, alongside contemporary conditions and concerns – to stimulate new debates and discussions around the ‘unfinished business’ of feminism today.
Doing Feminism / Sharing the World
Curator: Anne Marsh
4 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
Doing Feminism / Sharing the World explores participatory art practice and collective collaborations in a three-month program of artist residencies, artists’ talks and a symposium. Its focus is on collaboration and participatory and public projects informed by a feminist ethics that addresses ‘sharing the world’.
Presented by LEVEL and Metro Arts
Saturday 12 March, 2016. 7 – 11pm
The Basement, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
In partnership with Metro Arts, LEVEL presents FEMIOKE – a DIY style, feminist karaoke event as part of International Women’s Day and an after-party to LEVEL’s We Need to Care forum.
Are you going to tell us what you want, what you really, really want? Is it R-E-S-P-E-C-T and no scrubs? Will you survive, do it for yourself (standin’ on your own two feet) or do you just wanna have fun? Are you ***FLAWLESS and do you run the world? The event is proposed as a safe space to celebrate IWD, by both singing favourite feminist anthems and taking back misogynist songs. Emceed by Metro Arts’ own karaoke desperate and avid feminist, Amy-Clare McCarthy.
We need to care
2016 International Women’s Day Forum
Saturday 12 March 2016, 10am – 3pm
The Glasshouse, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
ALL WELCOME TO THIS FREE EVENT!
Since 2013, LEVEL has presented an annual International Women’s Day forum for robust discussions on art and feminism, seeking ways to create change through dialogue and activism. In 2016, WE NEED TO CARE will consider a diversity of positions on interconnections among women and ecologies.
This forum will address the often problematic connections that have historically been drawn between women and nature, but also how artists, curators, and writers critique exploitation of Earth’s ecologies and resources. It will consider the role of feminism and art as a catalyst for change and for advancing indigenous values and care-focused ethics – recognising the position of self as relational and interdependent to others, including nature.
Speakers include: Mundanara Bayles, Marisa Georgiou, Tallara Grey, Beth Jackson, Camille Serisier and Lilla Watson.
Image: Marisa Georgiou Brookfield Fanclub 2015. Courtesy the artist.
f generation: feminism, art, progressions
7 – 16 October 2015
George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
LEVEL is delighted to be taking part in this project, curated by Veronica Caven Aldous, Juliette Peers and Caroline Phillips. f generation: feminism, art, progressions reconfigures the feminist history of George Paton Gallery and examines contemporary modes of provocation in feminist art practice. This major exhibition includes photography, painting, drawing, text, video, sculpture, textiles, artists’ books, printmaking and performance from over 80 Australian and international respondents who engage with the question: ‘How is feminism important to you?’
New Article: ‘Double-blind: supervising women as creative practice-led researchers‘
Dr Rachael Haynes & Dr Courtney Pedersen
Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2015
Many women creative practice-led researchers appear inhibited by a number of factors directly connected to their gender. This paper discusses these factors, including the culture of visual arts professional practice, the circumstances surrounding women postgraduate students, and unproductive self-theories about intelligence and creativity. A number of feminist strategies are discussed as potential interventions that may assist women creative practice-led researchers and their supervisors to reap more personal and professional rewards from their postgraduate research.
We need to listen | IWD Forum
Saturday 7 March 2015, 1-5pm
The Glasshouse, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
ALL WELCOME TO THIS FREE EVENT!
Since 2013, LEVEL has presented an annual International Women’s Day forum for robust discussions on art and feminism, seeking ways to create change through dialogue and activism. In 2015, WE NEED TO LISTEN will consider the power of voice, our need to acknowledge a multiplicity of feminist voices, and the act of listening in the pursuit of equality. This forum will look at how artists, curators, and writers provide platforms for voice and encourage a willingness to listen to voices other than our own. Join us for a panel discussion chaired by Susan Best, with speakers Ruth McDougall, Leah King Smith, Tyza Stewart and Carol McGregor.
The forum’s keynote speaker will be Arahmaiani, a significant figure in Indonesian contemporary art. Her work across performance, painting, sculpture, video, sound and installation has established her international reputation as an artist who challenges oppression and intolerance.
Join us for drinks after the forum at Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space with the closing event of ‘Sepulchre’ featuring new works by Anastasia Booth.
‘Recipe for a Revolution: feminist social practice and contemporary consciousness raising‘
Presented by LEVEL
GEOcritical | AAANZ Conference
5 – 7 December 2014
‘THIS IS NOT THE WORK – feminist collectives, collaboration and curating‘
Presented by LEVEL
Curating Feminism | CAF: Contemporary Art and Feminism Conference
25 October 2014
Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
LEVEL Discussion Series | Bianca Hester
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Level 2, Metro Arts 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
In our next discussion series event, Sydney based artist Bianca Hester will join us to talk about her practice and research. She will be performing one of her sculptural interventions for the first time in Brisbane as a part of Liquid Architecture 2014. Bianca Hester’s practice explores the convergences between social space, materiality and embodiment as processes in motion. Recent projects involve experimenting with the various limits that regulate territories by developing strategies for addressing the ways spaces are constructed. Her practice explores the manifold rhythms at play within various spatial situations and the work she produces involves the fashioning of site-based alterations, actions, constructions, objects, collaborations and video. More recently, she has been developing projects that work directly with the fabric of the city which attempt to bring about an expanded form of public sculpture where multiple relations including bodies, sites, objects, histories, and temporalities converge.
THIS IS NOT THE WORK
9 – 27 September 2014
The Block, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT
For the exhibition THIS IS NOT THE WORK, feminist artist-run-initiative LEVEL continue their investigation of alternative curatorial methods. Surveying a selection of community-engaged artist projects from different locations around the world, this exhibition followed the pathways of women-centred social networks in order to initiate further collaboration and conversation. The projects documented in this exhibition are examples of artists working with women and community in challenging and unpredictable ways, demonstrating feminist sensibilities and a commitment to non-hierarchical and collective structures. As in the past, LEVEL uses the gallery as a conceptual base-camp or frontline rather than a just site of display.
Join us to celebrate the opening of THIS IS NOT THE WORK with an acapella performance by the Women’s Harmony Chorus: Brisbane City Sounds. Brisbane City Sounds Chorus is about excellent harmony. Featuring women from all walks of life, across all ages, and from all over Brisbane, and they are always on the lookout for new members to join.
As part of our exhibition THIS IS NOT THE WORK Level are hosting a 1 Million Stars to End Violence star weaving workshop on Saturday 20 September 1-4pm. The drop in workshop is free and all materials to make the stars will be provided. All of the stars made during the workshop will be sent to 1 Million Stars To End Violence.
THIS IS NOT THE WORK | Banner Making Workshop & March
Saturday 30 August 2014, 11-4pm
The Basement, Metro Arts 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
LEVEL invites you to take part in a banner making workshop and to march with your banner at the March Australia Brisbane Protest on Sunday the 31st August.
Held in the Metro Arts Basement, the workshop is free and open to all who would like to share their experiences and ideas, and work collaboratively with Level on this project – the banners created will be marched with in the protest and displayed in our upcoming exhibition, This Is Not The Work at The Block in September. Level will provide all the materials you need, as well as skill sharing. We encourage participants to bring along any special materials or fabrics that have personal significance to incorporate into their banners.
Recipe for Revolution | Workshop
Friday 5 July 2014 6pm
Level 2, Metro Arts Galleries, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Following on from our picnic discussion last weekend, join LEVEL in conversation on the picnic rug to devise a how we can use the idea of the ‘recipe’ – a shared set of ingredients and methods – as a way forward to a better world. Together we will develop a recipe for a revolution.
We need to talk (Recipe for Revolution)
Sunday 29 June 2014, 2.30pm
Picnic on Maiwar Green, GOMA, Brisbane
Since 2012 Brisbane feminist art collective LEVEL has been hosting picnics as a way of bringing women and their friends together for a collaborative meal and political discussion. This series of participatory artwork events, ‘We Need To Talk’, celebrates the political and the personal through the sharing of food and ideas. Past picnics have focused on the difficulties that women experience in their work and personal lives, their experiences of gender, and how we can work together for a fairer world.
LEVEL will be holding another picnic as part of the upcoming ‘Harvest‘ exhibition opening weekend. This picnic’s theme is food and revolution and you’re invited to join in.
Bring along your favourite recipe (and a plate of food if you can), and join the conversation on the feminist picnic rug as we ask what role food plays in women’s lives, whether the kitchen is a playground or a battleground, and how we can use the idea of the ‘recipe’ – a shared set of ingredients and methods – as a way forward to a better world. Together we will develop a recipe for a revolution.