New Wave/No Wave is a feminist research project working towards a large visual arts exhibition in 2017, commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Women’s Show (Adelaide, 1977), the first contemporary Australia-wide, all-women exhibition. Curators Brigid Noone and Jude Adams are revisiting works associated with the Women’s Art Movement (WAM) and The Women’s Show, undertaking archiving as an animated process: remembering past works, bringing them into the present and making them anew.
Adhocracy commences the curators’ research process through a series of conversations situated around photographs, photocopies and printouts of pages from exhibition catalogues, art magazines and other documentation describing works, debates and ideas relevant to the The Women’s Show and WAM. This ‘conversation-as-performance’ references consciousness-raising groups of Second Wave feminism as well as re-performing a work by artists Ann Marsh and Jane Kent (1980).
Brigid Noone is an artist-curator, and currently Director of Fontanelle Gallery and Studios, South Australia. Brigid graduated from the South Australian School of Art with honours in 1998 majoring in painting. After being awarded the Ruth Tuck Scholarship she moved to Rotterdam in the Netherlands to undertake a residency at Stichting Kunst and Complex. Living between Rotterdam and Adelaide her painting and curating practices developed through local and international exhibitions. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in local and national contexts at a range of venues including Fontanelle Gallery, the SASA Gallery, many independent alternative spaces, Structural Integrity-Next wave Festival, Seventh Gallery, FELTspace, the Adelaide Fringe and Format Festival. Brigid is currently undertaking a PHD at the University of South Australia, titled ‘Committed but not attached: exploring individual and collective creativity through the model of the artist-curator working within artist-run spaces’
Jude Adams is currently Adjunct Lecturer, Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. From 1984 -2012 she was a lecturer in the Art and Design History/Theory Department. Specialist areas include Australian Art, Gender and Representation, Contemporary Art, Cultural Theory and Film Theory. She has been Director of the South Australian School of Art Gallery, 2004 – 2005, and Head of Art and Design History/Theory 2004-5. Jude has a Diploma in Fine Arts from the National Art School (Sydney) and received her Masters of Art (Women’s Studies) from the University of Adelaide in 2000. Jude was a member of the Women’s Art Movement (Sydney, 1974-76) and Women’s Art Movement (Adelaide, 1978-85) and has been a board and staff member of the Australian Experimental Arts Foundation.