Western Sydney University alumnae and artists illuminate diverse narratives in Women (seen)

Photo credit Alex WisserFiona Davies Blood on Silk: Magenta No Exit, 2017, canvas, paint, wood, and satin ribbon, 285 x 285 (h)cm

Western Sydney University is proud to bring together a new exhibition celebrating artists and alumnae connected to western Sydney through, work, study, family or home, in a new exhibition titled, Women (seen).

A Western Sydney Creative initiative, the exhibition aims to celebrate women artists by recognising their contribution to western Sydney cultural diversity, and address gender inequality within the community.

Drawing from the University’s own Art Collection or loaned works from the artists or their estates. Women (seen) speaks of identity, community, and belonging. It honours what once was, and what is now.

Western Sydney is home to Australia’s most culturally diverse communities. With 10 per cent of the nation’s population calling it home, it provides fertile ground for creativity, authentic storytelling, experimentation and expression.

Over the years, Western Sydney University has played a critical role in the advancement of visual arts literacy and training in the region, with 15 of the exhibiting artists in Women (seen) having graduated from the University, across visual arts, electronic arts, visual communications, and education.

It is this legacy that is reflected in the exhibition and resonates widely throughout the art sector today with an impressive list of student and staff alumnae working as professional artists, lecturers, and curators.

Exhibiting artists at Women (seen) include:

  • Marian Abboud
  • Mylyn Nguyen
  • Eddie Abd
  • Raquel Ormella
  • Janice Bruny
  • Debra Porch
  • Fiona Davies
  • Catherine Rogers
  • Helen Grace
  • Robyn Stacey
  • Cassandra Hard Lawrie
  • Leanne Tobin
  • Kirtika Kain
  • Vicki Van Hout
  • Debra Keenahan
  • Savanhdary Vongpoothorn
  • Margo Lewers
  • Justene Williams
  • Audrey Newton
  • Anastasia Zaravinos aka Adonis

The exhibition was developed by a curatorium of artists, authors and curators including, Dr Christine Dean, Hannah Donnelly, Julie Ewington, Shivanjani Lal and Margaret Hancock from Western Sydney Creative.

In 2019, Western Sydney University released its decadal arts and cultural strategy, Western Sydney Creative. Western Sydney Creative underpins the University’s long-term commitment to the arts and cultural sector, including championing, celebrating and investing in the region’s artistic and cultural landscapes.

Over the course of the exhibition Western Sydney Creative, will be holding a series of public programs, including a Women in the Arts Leadership forum, in conjunction with Penrith Preforming and Visual Arts, on Tuesday, 5 March 2024.

Women (seen) will formally open on Tuesday, 28 November 2023, with an afternoon of networking with collaborative artists, programme partners, and local arts organisations.  Please register your attendance via the Humantix website(opens in a new window).

Exhibition info:

  • Dates: 23 November 2023 – 26 April 2024
  • Official opening: Tuesday, 28 November 2023 -  4pm to 6pm (registration required)
  • Location: Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Whitlam Institute, Building EZ, Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus.
  • Time: The Galleries are open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.


27 November 2023

Media Unit.

Photo credit Alex Wisser