Gender Diversity in Music and Art

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference


This four-day international conference will focus on vital, diverse and inspiring music and art making by women and gender-diverse artists and scholars. Spotlighting otherwise under-recognised contributions to the development of music and art, Gender Diversity in Music and Art will both showcase and discuss the representations of this work in academia, industry and the everyday.

The conference draws together the discussions that emerged from the Women in the Creative Arts (ANU 2017) and Gender Diversity in Music Making (Monash 2018) conferences. A cross-section of artists, art forms and academics will meet to share work and experiences and build opportunities for gender equity across these fields. Join us to share a wide spectrum of activity in this area including academic research, current industry approaches and discussions, and creative work.

Papers, lecture-recitals and panel proposals are welcomed from people of all genders, as well as creative works (compositions, performances) by women and gender-diverse artists and scholars. Submissions by First Nations artists and scholars are particularly encouraged.

Topics for submissions might include (but are not limited to):

Discussion and presentation of creative works by women or gender-diverse artists
Autoethnographic accounts of gendered experiences in the creative arts
Creative approaches to exploring gender through the creative arts with a focus on music and visual art
Historical research on gender diversity in music and art
Critical theoretical research on gender and contemporary art-making practices
Case studies and the sharing of approaches towards gender diversity in artistic programming and pedagogy
How contemporary understandings of gender can be used as tools of innovation in new music and art
The conference will feature the Australian premiere of Robyn Schulkowsky’s Armadillo and a performance of works by WA composers by Decibel New Music, co-presented by Tura New Music, including a new commission from a woman or gender-diverse artist.
Period16 Jul 201919 Jul 2019
Event typeConference
LocationPerth, Australia, Western AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • gender equity
  • music
  • visual art
  • diversity