|All female panels will discuss topics affecting contemporary Australia during the next series of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art's (QAGOMA) popular GOMA Talks panel discussions starting this month.
Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said the third installment of the GOMA Talks series, coinciding with the current 'Contemporary Australia: Women' exhibition, would run fortnightly on Thursdays from June 7 to July 19.
Presented in partnership with ABC Radio National (RN) and hosted by RN presenters, the free evening discussion series will tackle topical questions about contemporary Australia, from national identity and business to sexuality, science and the arts,' Mr Ellwood said.
'Thursday June 7 will be the first GOMA Talks session with RN's Weekend Arts host Sarah Kanowski exploring the diverse cultural contributions of women in the context of contemporary debates about an 'Australian' national identity. She will be joined by social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley, artist Deborah Kelly, founding curator of the of the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York Maura Reilly and artist Judy Watson.
'On June 21, RN's Life Matters host Natasha Mitchell will be joined by guests including award-winning academic psychologist and author Cordelia Fine, health psychologist Christina Lee, and journalist and author Emily Maguire to discuss sexuality, science and contemporary culture, and whether gender difference is all in the mind.
'On July 5, RN's Saturday Extra host Geraldine Doogue, AO, investigates the business world and opportunities women are creating for entrepreneurship in the twenty-first century in discussion with Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong, media commentator Jane Caro, Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace director Helen Conway ̧ and Wikifashion co-founder Madeline Veenstra.
'The series concludes on July 19 with RN's By Design host Fenella Kernebone exploring the contributions of women artists, curators, architects and designers with Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton, 'Contemporary Australia: Women' curator Julie Ewington, interior architecture academic and design researcher Niki Kalms and artist Justene Williams.'
Mr Ellwood said GOMA Talks was an interactive panel discussion with questions taken from the audience in a variety of formats.
'The talks are also webcast live with viewers encouraged to submit questions to the panel via text message or social media,' he said.
'These discussions have proven popular in the past and we're sure that the latest series will stimulate debate.'
Admission to GOMA Talks is free and no bookings are required. The hour-long sessions are hosted in the GOMA cinema and commence from 6.30pm.The Audi GOMA Bar opens at 5.15pm for drinks and light meals.
GOMA Talks is webcast and archived at www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/webcast
The exhibition 'Contemporary Australia: Women' is on at GOMA until July 22, 2012. It features more than 70 new and recent works, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, textiles, video and performance by 33 artists and collectives, a total of 56 visual artists.