Survey’s grim picture of gender balance in Australian art

The Guardian | Toby Fehily:

A new report written by artist Elvis Richardson paints a grim picture of gender equality in Australia’s visual arts. Drawing on data from 2014, the study found that while close to three-quarters of Australian visual art graduates were women, more than half of the artists exhibited in commercial galleries and state museums were men. The report’s findings – launched on Tuesday to coincide with International Women’s Day – have been presented on a dedicated website, The Countess Report, where the public can find details about the gender ratio of artists, curators, directors and board members across all sectors… Read more

Image: For her 2014 piece Women versus Men, Elvis Richardson cut out each mention of an artist in Art and Australia magazine and grouped them by gender before arranging them on two trophy-shaped backgrounds. It took 10 issues to fill the women’s trophy (right). It took only three issues to fill the men’s (left). Photograph: Elvis Richardson