The CCWA may accept donations of artworks to the collection through the Ministry of the Arts Cultural Gifts Program, provided they fit within acquisition parameters.
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Cruthers Collection of Women's Art
The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art (CCWA) at The University of Western Australia is Australia’s largest specialist collection of women’s art.
A dynamic program of exhibitions drawing from the CCWA can be viewed year-round in the Lady Sheila Cruthers Gallery, a dedicated space within the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Exploring contact and colonisation with the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.
Julie Gough is an acclaimed artist, writer and curator who has participated in over 120 exhibitions since 1994. Collisions features works by Gough that examine points of contact between Australian Indigenous heritage and colonial history, often drawing from her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
The central focus of the exhibition will be a video work, Observance. Filmed over three trips to her traditional country on Tasmania’s North East Coast, the work documents her experience in the landscape. During her trips she is interrupted by groups of tourists whom she dubs ‘the descendants of the colonists’ due to their pursuit of a pristine landscape experience ‘ideally free of people’ and historical baggage. The haunting video will be juxtaposed with sculptures and prints that describe other cross-cultural encounters – less cultural exchanges than collisions.
(Top) Julie Gough, Observance (video still) - gunpowder, 2011-12, HDMI video projection 9:16, colour, sounds, 17:09 mins, CCWA 920.
(Bottom) Julie Gough, Observance (video still) - teeburickar, 2011-12, HDMI video projection 9:16, colour, sounds, 17:09 mins, CCWA 920.
Decades of passionate advocacy and support for the art of Australian women have resulted in a diverse, eclectic and distinct collection and a significant contribution to the history of Australian art.
The CCWA includes works from the 1890s to present day in a variety of media. It features well-known historical figures and prominent contemporary artists as well as a host of significant, yet under-recognised practices.
The CCWA continues to expand through focused acquisition. It aims to contribute to and challenge dialogues about Australian women’s art through exhibition, teaching, research and publication.
Bronze Vase with Flowers demonstrates Alice Marian Ellen Bale’s commitment to realism and the study of nature in art, particularly in painting. Bale was a prominent member of the Victorian Artists Society, a vocal critic of modernism in art and a strong adherent to Max Meldrum’s theory of tonal study.
A prioritization of on tone over all other formal qualities is visible in Broze Vasewith Flowers, in which the objects and flowers of the still life appear to hold have considerable body, with subtle variations in colour and brushstroke used to precise effect.
A considerable scholarship founded on Bale’s estate continues to encourage the pursuit of traditional painting practice.
The Cruthers Collection of Women's Art is generously supported by the Cruthers Art Foundation (CAF) established by the Cruthers family in 2006.