MEDIA ALERT: ANU conference leads charge for women in creative arts

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 —  

Australian composers and musicians will join their global counterparts at The Australian National University (ANU) this week to redress the gender imbalance in the creative arts.

Media are invited to the three-day Women in the Creative Arts conference, which will examine the career barriers hindering women in the industry.

Conference director Dr Natalie Williams of the ANU School of Music said the historical gender imbalance in music is being addressed through contemporary research.

“Only 26 per cent of Australia’s registered composers are women,” Dr Williams said.

“When we look at performance nationally and internationally, we see single digits, so only one to five percent of all classical music globally is composed by women.”

Contemporary music also faces an established gender inequality in the industry.

“We have a long way to go and this conference, the first of its kind in decades, emerged from a groundswell of women struggling in the industry,” Dr Williams said.

“We hope the discussions, issues and solutions proposed at the conference will be taken up by the industry.”

The conference will showcase examples of the arts represented including dance, music, film, literature and photography, presented by a distinguished list of international delegates.

A highlight of the conference is a public recital of new piano trios by living women composers from around the globe.

Performed by The Muses Trio, Composers include: Hilary Kleinig with a world premiere of her piece, “Cockatoos”, and fellow Australians, Nicole Murphy and Christine McCombe. The works of Emma Wilde from the UK, Gillian Carcas of Israel and Joyce Wai-chung Tang of Hong Kong will have their Australian premiere.

The conference begins on Thursday and ends on Saturday. A full program is available on the ANU School of Music website.


WHO: Dr Natalie Williams, School of Music, ANU - Conference Director

           Professor Cat Hope, Monash University - Keynote speaker

           Professor Liza Lim, University of Sydney - Keynote speaker

          And presentations by an eminent list of academics, artists and performers

WHAT: Women in the Creative Arts Conference

WHERE: School of Music, 100 Childers Street, ANU

WHEN: Thursday 10 August to Saturday 12 August, from 9am each day


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