Women's Groups 2013 - Artemis


Purpose of the group

Initially known as the Women’s Arts Forum, Artemis had the aim of raising the status of women in the arts and was established as a forum for women artists, art teachers, critics and writers.

The group fostered discussion and interest in the practice and ideas of women’s art, promoted community awareness of women’s contribution to the arts and supported women working in the arts. It also set up independent feminist criticism to address perceived inequalities in WA’s arts establishments. Artemis sought to activate critical appraisal of a patriarchal culture—and its effects on art history, practice and theory—to redefine women’s art practice in a female image. One of the group’s aims was to produce art by women, instead of art about women. Meetings were held in the Hotel Northbridge’s Blue Room and later at the Perth Cultural Centre’s Artshouse. This area included an exhibition space for artists’ work. Childcare was also provided for meetings.

Time Period

Artemis was established in 1985 and disbanded in 1990 after funding was discontinued.

Key achievements

Many exhibitions and shows were held by Artemis members including the touring ‘double exposure’ exhibition, ‘anything goes women show’, a poster project and numerous solo and group exhibitions and workshops. The Artemis exhibition ‘no second thoughts’ was part of the 1988 Festival of Perth. In 1987, Artemis held the two-day ‘look who’s talking’ forum to celebrate the work and ideas of women artists and actively engage the public with the group’s aims and objectives.

Key people and positions in the group

• Rosalind Paterson Drake-Brockman and Sue Standen applied for and received the initial Artemis funding. • Committee members included Cate Smith, Peta Zilka, Kim Lambert, Barbara Lazar, Patricia Manger-Dorst, Penny Bovell, Stephanie Dimmock, Anne Jeppe, Kath Letch, Kerry Stokes, Terri-Ann White, Pam Kleemann, Thyrza Callard, Jo Darbyshire, Michelle Elliot, Joanne Purser, Linda Rawlings and Jacquie Reid. • Cate Smith and Pam Kleemann were also employed as arts resource officers.


• The Australian Women’s Register: Artemis http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE0800b.htm. • The State Library of WA holds a collection covering the full period of the group’s activity from 1986 to 1990 (call number ACC 4476A).

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Women's Groups 2013
Abortion Law Repeal Association/Association for the Legal Right to Abortion (ALRA)
American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
Association of Civilian Widows of WA Inc
Australian College of Midwives WA Branch (ACM)
Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)
Beta Sigma Phi
Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)
Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia (Inc)
Chrysalis House Women's Refuge
Cine-Matrix: Women in Film and Television WA
Cockburn Women’s Peace Camp
Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Domestic Violence Action Group (Geraldton)
Emily’s List
Equal Opportunity Law Reform Coalition
Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC)
Girl Guides WA
Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA)/Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Western Australia
Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
Harvest Guild
Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
Inside Out Project
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Karrakatta Club
Labor Women’s Association
Lespar Library
Living Child Inc.—Safe Village Births
Lutheran Women WA
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Mining Mums
Modern Women's Club
Mothers’ Union Australia
Movement for the Ordination of Women
Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)
National Council of Women of Western Australia (previously known as West Australian National Council of Women and Western Australian National Council of Women)
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia—WA section (NCJWA)
Nintirri Centre
Older Women’s Network (OWN WA)
Penguin Club
Perth Ionian Club
Polyhymnia Reading Group
Rape Crisis Line
Rural Remote Regional Women’s Network (RRR)
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective
Society of Women Writers WA
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Starick Services Inc
Status of Women Committee WA—Australian Labor Party
Tradeswomen on the Move
UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter
Union of Australian Women—WA Branch
V.I.E.W. Western Australia
West Australian Women’s Society of Fine Arts and Crafts
War Widows’ Guild
Warrawee Women’s Refuge
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
West Australian Housewives’ Association (Inc)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women in Media
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Western Australia
Women in Education Coalition
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA)
Women in Sailing (WIS)
Women in Sport Committee of the Western Australian Sports Council
Women in Technology WA (Inc) (WiTWA)
Women Lawyers of Western Australia (Inc) (WLWA)
Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)
Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)
Women’s Advisory Council (WAC)
Women’s Broadcasting Cooperative
Women’s Committee of State School Teachers’ Union WA Executive
Women's Committee of the Waterside Workers Federation
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)/Women’s Refuge Group of WA (WRG)
Women’s Health and Family Services/Women’s Health Care House/Perth Women’s Centre/Women’s Health Service
Women’s Information Service (WIS)
Women’s Interest Network
Women in Engineering WA (WIE WA)
Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
Women’s Liberation
Women’s Service Guilds
Women’s Studies Group
Yanay Yanma
YWCA of Perth
Zonta International
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