Event CoUNTess: Spoiling Illusions Since 2008

CoUNTess: Spoiling Illusions Since 2008

Book Launch

05 October 2023

Join us for the launch of CoUNTess: Spoiling Illusions since 2008 by Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson. Since 2008, Richardson has published data and commentary on the representation off women in Australian contemporary art in her blog CoUNTess: Women Count in the Art World. The CoUNTess book combines statistical analysis with cultural and feminist theory to chart how the education of artists, the role of galleries and museums, art prizes, magazines, curators, collectors, and philanthropists have contributed to an art world where women and the non-binary miss out. The book is no dry, statistical survey. Its biting commentary is enlivened with humour, pithy observations, and vivid design. Join us to hear the authors in conversation, and take home your copy of this unflinching publication.



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Guest Info
  • Melinda Rackham is an artist and author based in Tarntanya/Adelaide. In the early days of the internet, she produced poetic web and virtual-reality works. She founded the global -Empyre- Forum, which facilitated critical dialogue on net.art and other emerging practices by academics, artists, and curators for over two decades. She was ACMI’s first Networked Art curator and led ANAT in expediting experimentation and innovation across art, science, and technology. She is currently an Adjunct Research Professor at UniSA Creative.

    Elvis Richardson is an artist based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. She collects and curates everyday objects and images from public sources to comment on taste, class, and the realities of being a working artist. She is the founding editor of CoUNTess, a blog publishing data on gender representation in the Australian art world.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.