2019 Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference wrap up

More than 70 academics, arts practitioners and students came together at the UWA Conservatorium of Music at UWA for the 2019 Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference. A week of papers, presentations and performances from a cross section of artists and art forms creating a great open platform for the discussion of gender diversity within our artists communities. Artist in Residence Robyn Schulkowsky joined forces with Louise Devenish and Venessa Tomlinson to perform Schulkowsky’s seminal percussion work Armadillo. The first time this work has been performed by 3 women percussionists. Seesaw Magazine’s Jonathan W. Marshall described the performance as “one of the most extravagantly wonderful and awe-inspiring Perth concerts of the last few years”

Artist in residence Shoeb Ahmed also gave a stirring performance and artist talk about approaches to improvisation followed by Decibel New Music Ensemble’s performance of WA Women Composers: 10 at 10. In this concert Decibel performed 7 previously commissioned works from WA women composers plus the world premiere of Kate Milligan’s If I Told Him which was made possible through Tura’s Young and Emerging Composer Comissioning Program. Improvising artists were fortunate enough to work with Robyn Schulkowsky in an intimate weekend of improvisation workshops and collaborations as part of the

Improvisation workshop for women and non-binary improvisors facilitated by Moon Project – Kirsten Smith and Catherine Ashley.

Congratulations to conference convenor Louise Devenish and everyone who made this conference possible.

Venessa Tomlinson, Robyn Schulkowsky and Louise Devenish

Venessa Tomlinson, Robyn Schulkowsky and Louise Devenish

Read the full review of Armadillo on SeeSaw.