American Australian Association (AAA)

AWNY Australian Women in Art: A Book Launch, Exhibit & Conversation

Event Description

Join us for a fabulous evening of conversation between four Australian women in the Arts: writer Kate Robertson, author and founder of Generation Women Georgia Clark, Arts and Culture Editor of Galerie Magazine Lucy Rees and artist Laura Jones, whose work will be on view at the gallery.


The event will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 6pm – 8pm at the Olsen Gruin Gallery. Tickets are free for members and $5 for non-members which includes wine. Please sign into your member account to access member discount.


This event will also launch Kate Robertson’s new Art History book: Identity, Community and Australian Artists, 1890-1914: Paris, London and Further Afield. This book explores the irresistible call that lured Australian artists overseas just before and after federation in 1901. It looks at friendships and networks, yarns and reviews, work and travel, parties and politics. Holding onto their Australian-ness became a constant for many artists whilst living away from home. It has been called a groundbreaking new study.



More about these talented Aussie women below:


Kate Robertson is a writer and academic who writes about art, film and visual culture. She has a PhD from the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney, where she taught for several years. Kate started researching this book more than a decade ago, studying the experiences of Australians living abroad, of being overwhelmed by a new life, working out what home means and the search for community. She completed this book whilst living in New York.


Georgia Clark is an author, performer, and screenwriter. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the “witty, sexy” (L.A. TimesThe Bucket Listboth Simon & Schuster, and others. Georgia is the host and founder of the popular storytelling night, Generation Women. She is currently working on her fifth novel, out in 2021. A native Australian, she lives in Brooklyn with her wife and a fridge full of cheese.


Lucy Rees is the Arts & Culture editor at Galerie, a luxury magazine based in New York that celebrates the finest in the worlds of art, design, and architecture. She has held editorial roles at Flash Art in Milan, Art & Australia in Sydney, and Female magazine in Singapore. She has a BA and an MA in Art History & Theory from the University of Sydney. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Lucy lives in New York City.


Laura Jones is an artist whose luminous paintings embody a deep admiration for the natural world. Her often unusual and awkward compositions invite the viewer to share in the experiential process of painting. She has developed a method of capturing the essence of her subject without being overly concerned with the minutiae of a botanic artist. You can learn more about Laura here.


Thursday, January 23, 2020
6:00 – 8:00pm


Olsen Gruin Gallery

30 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002


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