Inspired by the Know My Name movement and in a cultural partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, ‘HERE I AM: Art by Great Women’ is a new festival celebrating women artists and creatives, running until 28 February across the Kambri precinct at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Presented by Kambri at the ANU and curated by aMBUSH Gallery, ‘HERE I AM’ is a strong proclamation about women artists and their place in Australian culture. Showcasing the work of over 100 artists – including Amber Boardman, Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario, Babette Robertson, Bronte Leighton-Dore, Claire Johnson, Claire Martin, Emma Rani, Gabrielle Penfold, George Rose, Holly Greenwood, Jane Gillings, Jenna Lee, Kata Komlos, Kate Baker, Lisa King, Liz Peniazeva, Lucy Barker, Lucy O’Doherty, Maddie Gibbs, Mafalda Vasconcelos, Minna Leunig, Nadia Hernandez, Nicole Reed, Ondine Seabrook, Paige Northwood, Rebecca Selleck, Ryhia Dank, Susie Anderson, Sydney Farey, Tracey Deep, Zoe Young, and 23rd Key to name a few – from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including street art, fine art, photography, illustration, digital, sculpture, and film.
This January and February, the family-friendly festival includes live art and music events, interactive theatre performances, film screenings, and workshops including dance, linocut, life drawing and painting. ‘HERE I AM’ also presents an outdoor public art exhibition held along Exhibition Avenue – Kambri’s newest cultural space – featuring large-scale works by 24 artists displayed on six exhibition cubes and viewable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A second group exhibition at aMBUSH Gallery Kambri features over 30 artists with all artworks available to purchase.