Open Submission Call Out for Herland II: Our Land. An exhibition at The Women's Library, Sydney

When: February 7 2020

Where: Sydney, Australia


The Women’s Library is calling for Women artists to participate in our forthcoming exhibition Herland II - Our Land, opening in Sydney on 8 March 2020 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Herland II, the second chapter in our Herland series. But there is no Herland II. The only land we have is this land. If we destroy this land there is no plan(net) B, no escape route and no way to go back and undo the damage.

In 2019 we witnessed the beginning of change and a shift in the broader consciousness such as the closure of the controversial climb of the Anangu Peoples’ sacred monolith Uluru, school children striking in the streets worldwide - wowing us with their fears and passionate cries to stop and revive our planet so that we may survive and one young girl said ‘How dare you’ to the leaders of the world. But amidst these demonstrations of change we also continue to witness the devastation of our land, our planet.

In 2020, what do you see, what will you do, how will you do it? How will Women instigate positive change for our land?

Herland II: Our Land? is an exhibition which examines the here and now of this great land, our great planet, and how we will care for it, protect it, fight for it. We are seeking submissions from **Women** artists in response to these statements, in response to climate change - its truths, its theories, its falsehoods and conspiracies.

This is herland, this is our land, this is their land.

"A few hundred years ago an assumption - a very false assumption - was made that nature is dead. And the idea of thinking about her as Mother Earth was mistaken and superstitious. With it went the assumption that Women were unproductive, just the background, the second sex, and I think those two things are both related as well as at the root of ecological destruction we see all around us."
~Dr Vandana Shiva [Ecologist, scholar and activist]

To apply please submit a brief artist statement detailing your work including the concept, medium, dimensions and any special requirements. Please include up to three images of your proposed work, previous works indicative of practice or plans or drawings for works as yet unmade. Include a brief artist CV, your website address and artist social media pages (Instagram, Facebook). In your proposal you should consider how the work will interact and stand with the existing infrastructure of the library and how it responds directly to the theme of Herland II - Our Land.

Applications are welcome from professional, mid-career, and emerging Women artists Australia wide. For further information and any questions regarding applications please contact us at

You can submit and edit information any time before the closing date. Visit our website at or visit us at 8-10 Brown Street, Newtown, we're located behind Newtown Library.

Herland II respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Gadigal and Wangal Peoples of the Eora Nation and pays respects to their elders of the past, present and those who are emerging.

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