Campbelltown Arts Centre hosts all-female exhibition

A new exhibition in Campbelltown aims to break down gender barriers within the Macarthur art community.

Borrowed Scenery is the Campbelltown Arts Centre’s first exhibition for 2019 and features all female artists.

Curator Jasmine Kean said Borrowed Scenery was the “first of its kind” in the centre’s recent history.

Ms Kean said the exhibition focused on the gender disparity that existed within the art world, both locally and around Australia.

Independent organisation, the Countess Report recently audited the Campbelltown gallery and found there were more than 320 male artists compared to about 200 females in the current collection.

“I had done some initial investigations so that disparity was not unexpected,” Ms Kean said.

“We want to start a conversation [about the disparity] and see if there is anything we can do about it.

"It's a good way to see where we can make changes in the future. Hopefully we will look back in 30 years and see a deliberate shift."

Some of the works which are part of the Borrowed Scenery exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Some of the works which are part of the Borrowed Scenery exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Ms Kean said she hoped Borrowed Scenery would bring the gender disparity issue “into the light when it has been in the dark previously”.

“Women may not have been equally recognised in the past,” she said.

Ms Kean has been at the Campbelltown Arts Centre for six years, including the past three as curator.

The Picton resident invited interested people to come and have a look at Borrowed Scenery.

Ms Kean said there were more than 50 works on display by “female-identifying artists” and would include mediums such as ceramics, weavings, sculpture, painting, prints and new media.

“It is a chance to profile some incredible works by these female artists,” she said.

Borrowed Scenery will be on exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre until March 10.

The centre will host an official closing event on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.