TECHNOPIA TOURS, FEMINIST ART BUS
A workshop on wheels
To celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, a group of us boarded a bus and had a Conversation about Feminism. A workshop on wheels, the attention to detail of organizers Kim Donaldson and Caroline Phillips provided those lucky enough to book a seat a dynamic program of talks, visits, performances and photo ops. Demand outstripped supply to the extent that 4 bus loads of Feminists could have been booked and still punters would be left on the curb. We visited the public sculpture the Great Petition, and heard the story of its making from artists Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee. Then it was on to Techno Park Studios, the Gallery/Studio complex owned and run by Kim Donaldson. Here Elvis Richardson talked us through her CoUNTess blog project. We discussed female representation in the art scene whilst sipping bubbles and partaking in the restorative sugar high of home made nipple cakes. On the way back into town for Kate Just’s Banner Walk we experienced mild directional issues until someone decided to dispel the myth that women can’t read maps.
The Feminist Art Bus was supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and VCA Matters of Body Research Cluster.
Nat Thomas, Melbourne