The Age of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment was curated into the exhibition A World of One’s Own which brought together a series of podcast conversations between artist Tai Snaith and mid-career and emerging artists whom she admires. The title refers to a 1929 essay, now a feminist classic, A Room of One’s Own by English author Virginia Woolf, in which Woolf articulates the need for women writers to be given space – literally, and in the mind – in order to be able to work.

Snaith has used these sessions as a springboard for a series of studio-based works responding to some of the themes emerging from the conversations. A World of One’s Own presents Snaith’s works alongside a selection of work by artists featured in the second series of the podcast including Megan Cope, Sanné Mestrom, Stanislava Pinchuk, Lucreccia Quintanilla and Esther Stewart.

This work was also featured in the exhibition ‘proppaNOW: In Good Company’ at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Megan Cope is a member of Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective, proppaNOW. Set up in Brisbane in 2003, this collective gives urban-based Aboriginal artists a voice. This exhibition presented new works by these artists, offering a unique and controversial perspective of black Australia which is sometimes confronting and always thought-provoking.