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Notable Observances > International Women's Day

Thursday 7 March 2019 > 6PM to 8PM


In 2019, International Women’s Day is campaigning to “better the balance, better the world - we notice its absence and celebrate its presence.”

To celebrate our leaders who are forging the way for gender balance in Australian contemporary arts, Linden invites you to join a panel discussion with feminist artist and activist Elvis Richardson, founder of CoUNTess, and Melbourne artist Ilona Nelson, founder of This Wild Songin discussion with Linden New Art Director Melinda Martin.


WHEN > Thursday 7 March 2019, 6PM to 8PM
VENUE > Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
COST > $25, inclusive of a $5 donation to Star Health.





Countess was established in 2008 by artist Elvis Richardson as a blog compiling and publishing statistics on gender representation in the visual arts.  In 2016 Countess released The Countess Report a comprehensive data collection survey of artists exhibiting across all gallery sectors in Australia during 2014. A new 2019 Countess Report is currently being researched and data collected on exhibitions across Australia during 2018, towards the goal of measuring change in gender representation over time in the contemporary visual arts in Australia. 

Learn more at 
View the Countess report at



Ilona Nelson is interested in making work that encapsulates honesty and truth, and searches for these qualities within our paradoxes. She launched This Wild Song (TWS) to celebrate the strong female leaders in the arts community. Although the artists being featured are from varying backgrounds, use a diverse range of mediums, and at different stages of their arts career; they are unified by their unique voices and distinct style. The inclusion of so many artistic mediums in TWS offers a broad synopsis of contemporary Australian art.

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Sally Carr from Star Health will also talk to us about the work they do to support women in the community. Star Health is a leading provider of Primary Health services in Victoria. The organisation has been a leading not-for-profit health service in the inner south and beyond for over 40 years.

For the past 12 years Sally has worked for Star Health in a variety of roles including for Resourcing health and education (RhED), the state wide service to the sex industry in the Transgender Portfolio. Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Social Inclusion and Homelessness programs. Sally stated that…“Currently we are in crisis in relation to homelessness and St Kilda is a hot spot .With reducing housing stock the largest growing demographic are generally non visible Women over the age of 55. Very often without housing or safe shelter people become vulnerable and unwell”.

What is Notable Observances?

Notable Observances are socially engaged conversations that are aligned with United Nations International Days and inspired by our current exhibitions. These conversations inspire change and celebrate the leaders promoting awareness and action on these global issues.





IMAGE > Visitors at Community Day 2018. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.

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