February 09

BAD GIRLS

Anni and Barb

Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak and Barb

Possibly, even probably, the largest opening ever at CCAS, the gallery and the courtyard were packed for the opening of Bad Girls last night. BGs is the first in a series of exhibitions celebrating the Canberra Centenary and if this one is anything to go buy its going to be a bumper year. The show was opened by Helen Maxwell OAM  who has a long history with women’s art in the ACT opening aGOG (Girls’ Own Gallery) back in the 80s. Thanks to people like Helen women seem to have got a look in in the ACT at least. Bad Girls looks at work with a surprising diversity of  feminist twists over last 30 or so years. More than 1,000 women have shown at CCAS during this time and as Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak points out this is just 20 who witness the work of 1,000. “Bad Girls are everywhere”, says Anni, “They’re our grandmothers, mothers, sisters daughters and aunts; they’re single, straight, gay and married; for all or some of their life they’ve been artists; they’ve painted, printed, postered, sculpted and photographed subjects that reflect their own secret desires, burning issues and universal feminist concerns with energy, insight, humour, pathos, hope and righteous anger. Bad Girls are our heroines.” At CCAS until 16 March.

Helen Maxwell OAM and Stephanie Jones

Helen Maxwell OAM and Stephanie Jones

Silas, Anni and Jorian

Silas, Anni and Jorian

Catriona

Catriona

Simon and Catriona

Simon and Catriona

Maura and Jacqueline

Maura and Jacqueline

Jason and Nathan

Jason and Nathan (work by Stephanie Jones)

Melissa, Alex and Joseph

Melissa, Alex and Joseph

Anne and Cal

Anne and Cal

Bronwen Sandland

Bronwen Sandland (with installation)

Anna and Djer (with work by Marianna Del Castillo and Ruth Waller)

Anna and Djer (with work by Marianna Del Castillo and Ruth Waller)

Mieka and Daniel

Mieka and Daniel

Merryn and Robyn

Merryn and Robyn

Dan and Jemima

Dan and Jemima

Bad Girls crowd

Bad Girls crowd