a call to action
An initiative of the National Gallery of Australia, Know My Name celebrates the work of all women artists with an aim to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australia’s cultural life.
A defining moment in the history of the Gallery, Know My Name heralds a new chapter that addresses historical gender bias to reconsider the stories of art and elevate the voices of all women.
During 2020–21 the Gallery will deliver a vibrant program of exhibitions, events, commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships, that highlight the diversity and creativity of women artists throughout history and to the present day.
The Gallery acknowledges that only 25% of its Australian art collection and 33% of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection is by women artists. In 2019 the Gallery committed to change this establishing its first Guiding Principles for Gender Equity in collection development, programming and organisational structures.
Know My Name is also an invitation to the Australian cultural sector and to communities more broadly, to recognise and highlight the work of women across diverse creative practices.
Know My Name is being delivered in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, oOh!media, Wikimedia Australia and cultural partners Australia Council for the Arts, Sheila Foundation, The Countess Report, Vogue Australia and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
The Know My Name initiative joins the global movement to increase representation of women artists. It builds on the work of groups supporting gender equity across the arts including The Countess Report, Sheila Foundation and the #5WomenArtists campaign by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
Celebrate women artists – see their art, hear their stories, and know their names.
Guiding Principles for Gender Equity
Achieve equity across all activities including collection development and artistic programs on-site, online and on tour
Establish high-level leadership supporting gender equity across the Gallery
Treat all genders fairly in the workplace, respect and support human rights and do not discriminate
Ensure the health, safety and well-being of internal and external stakeholders, staff and volunteers
Promote education, training and professional development for women
Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equity
Since launching Know My Name we have been overwhelmed by the show of support from the arts sector across Australia. Share your #knowmyname initiatives or tag us on social media so we can connect with you.
Show your commitment to gender equity in the arts today with a tax-deductible donation and join our collective of Know My Name supporters. Your generosity will directly support the realisation of Know My Name projects.