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Sunday 21 February 5pm

Diana Smith and Kelly Doley

with contributions from Jude Adams, Janine Burke, Bonita Ely, Julie Ewington, Deborah Kelly, Anne Marsh, Joanna Mendelssohn, Catriona Moore, Ann Newmarch, Jill Orr and Ann Stephen (ongoing)

In 1975 the American art critic and curator Lucy R. Lippard came to Australia to deliver the Power Lecture at Sydney University. She also held a number of informal lectures and discussions about gender inequality in the arts and conducted studio visits with women artists. Lippard’s 1975 visit is now legendary. In reaching almost mythical status, it is said to have kick-started the Women’s Art Movement and other important feminist activities in Australia.

Join Sunday School as they re-visit this historic moment through a performance lecture that incorporates oral histories and reenactment. The lecture will examine the significance of Lippard’s visit through collecting a range of eye witness accounts, memories, and stories from those who were ‘there’. Forty years on, this project considers the legacy of feminism in Australia and how it ghosts and overlaps with our contemporary context.

‘The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture’ is part of an ongoing project by artist/researchers Diana Smith and Kelly Doley that investigates pedagogical tools for reconsidering feminist art histories and futures.


Sunday School is a feminist pedagogical project led by Sydney artists/researchers Kelly Doley and Diana Smith. It is an artistic experiment in horizontal learning and a platform for the exchange of skills and knowledge. Through a range of workshops and events, Sunday School aims to generate alternative discourses alongside the application of practical skills for reconsidering feminist art histories and futures. Launched in 2015 events have included a performance lecture on the significance of feminist art theorist Lucy Lippards 1975 Australian visit, art and feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon’s and a workshop with art historian Amelia Jones.

Image: Sue Ford Lucy R. Lippard visit to Ewing gallery, Melbourne, 1975. Image courtesy the Sue Ford Archive.