Things to see and do

Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists

There are some extremely talented artists that originate from Australia and the impact that women artists in particular have made on the collection of abstract pieces is monumental.

Abstraction is a very influential art movement that allows artists to push the traditional concepts towards the experimentation and radicalisation of their works. The 1920’s in Australia saw the progressive modernist women lead the way away from conservatism and the domination of landscapes and portrait to an increasingly more avant-garde practice. 

But while female artist’s embraced these new methods their contribution was, until recently, obscured, so the National Gallery of Australia has composed an exhibition that brings together the skills of 38 women abstract artists from a wide ranging time period.

The exhibition will be displayed at the Geelong Gallery everyday until the 7th of May and will reveal the passion for colour, shape and rhythm, alongside their commitment to conceptualising innovative techniques that these women artists display. Included in this exhibit is the works of Margaret Preston, Dorrit Black, Janet Dawson, Anne Dangar and many more.

When: 25th February 2017 to 07th May 2017

Where: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, 3220.

Cost: Free

Information: Geelong Gallery


Melbourne Paintings 1950’s – 1980’s

Ludmilla Meilerts, Melbourne City 1975 (Castelmaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum)

Ludmilla Meilerts is a notable Australian artist that fled a post-war Europe to make a home in the heart of Melbourne. In her life in Melbourne she used the back alleys and waterways as the subjects for her paintings, and the European training that she brought with her set her apart from the other Australian artists. She travelled extensively during her studies and visited many European countries, but was specifically influenced by French Impressionism. 

Meilerts has a very distinctive yet almost indescribable style that masters colour and light in her pursuit in capturing the city of Melbourne. In each sitting she completed a painting without the need for reworking later.

The art estate of Ludmilla Meilerts has allowed the Metropolis Gallery to make available certain works that she created in her artistic journey from the 1950’s to the 1980’s to capture her adopted home of Melbourne. The pieces will be on display in the Metropolis Gallery until the 22nd of April 2017.

When: To 22nd April 2017

Where: Metropolis Gallery, 64 Ryrie St, 3220.

Cost: Free

Information: Metropolis Gallery


Professional Women’s Lunches – Monthly Lunch

Professional Women’s Lunches (PWL) is a global community of professional women committed to empowering each other to succeed. Their aim is to get women to understand the importance of connecting, and how it can be just as important as that list of skills on your resume. No matter your role, level or type of career, all women are appreciated and welcome at this event.

It is a space where women can come together in a social setting to chat, share and just to generally have a good old laugh while expanding and nurturing important networks.

Lunches are run monthly and include a shared three-course meal and a glass of wine.

When: Next monthly event is on Wednesday the 19th of April from 12.15pm to 2.00pm.

Where: Wah Wah Gee, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Rd, Geelong

Cost: $62.00

Bookings: Professional Women's Lunches


Breakfast and Networking with Chris Helder 

Chris Helder is an international speaker and best selling author of The Ultimate Book of Influence and Useful Belief: Because It’s Better Than Positive Thinking. He is a specialist in advanced communication and behavioural modelling and uses this knowledge to teach others to truly influence people.

You are invited to join Helder for a networking breakfast where you will learn how to gain insight into being able to influence every aspect of your life, and gain the skills and tools to master influence across all generations.

When: Wednesday, May 24th 2017 from 7.00am to 9.00am

Where: Captains Room, Simonds Stadium Geelong, VIC, 3220

Cost: $50 Early Bird Ticket, $55 for tickets bought after 1/5/17

Bookings: Eventbrite

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