About Loud and Luminous

About Loud and Luminous

Due to COVID-19 the exhibition at Contact Sheet has been postponed. However over the next 3 months, Contact Sheet will post artist works on our social media platforms and via our online blog. 

Loud and Luminous 2020

The Loud and Luminous mission is to recognise and celebrate the contribution of contemporary women in the photographic arts in Australia. We believe this project is unique and important in recognising the extensive cultural contribution women photographic artists and photographers have made in this country.

This project is designed to empower the girls and women of today and tomorrow to chase in their dreams. This will always be a timely project and one that hopes will help educate and inspire many women of all ages. 

In 2018 our wonderfully supportive sponsors included: Fujifilm Australia, Kayell Australia, Momento Pro, Victorian Women’s Trust, Creative Women’s Circle and Damian Caniglia Photography and Video. In 2019 we again secured Fujifilm Australia, Kayell Australia, Momento Pro and Damian Caniglia Photography/Video. We also added Print2Metal and Amanda Summons (book designer) as sponsors.

​We were very fortunate to have Paul McDonald at CONTACT SHEET Gallery as our Exhibition partner, too.

The 2019 IWD Symposium at the Australian National University, Canberra was sold out and extremely well received. We are now proud to say that the 2018 book is in the National Library of Australia, collection.

In 2020 we will see the results of the stipend raised by the IWD 2019 ticket sales in a group exhibition at Photoaccess in Canberra. We are very pleased that Suellen Cook, Tamara Whyte, Helga Salwe, Tricia King and Elise Searson were awarded the $400 to create new work.

​The 2020 theme of 'EQUALITY' echoes the United Nations sustainable development goals of 'gender equality', and we very much look forward to seeing work that reflects that goal and our theme.

Founders, Hilary Wardhaugh & Melissa Anderson