24 Carrot Productions is proud to present a the Women, Working and Wandering Festival. Over 5 days, we will be running art events and performance events around the themes of gender, vocation and migration. Please come join us!

Venue: No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Level 3 QV Building, Melbourne

Art exhibition:

July 2-July 6, 11 am to 6pm daily. The gallery is open to all and is free.

Participating artists: Themis Lui, Vanessa Marijanovic, Paula Mills, Sharon Monagle, Karen Parsons, Nisha Pinjani, Kristen Retallick and Jessica You

Gala opening:

July 2, 7-9 pm.

RSVP here.

‘A Missionary’s Position’ performance

An American woman travels to Sri Lanka in the 1880s (it was called Ceylon then). She is a missionary. She marries a local man. They have three children. She loses her husband and children but decides to live the rest of her life in Sri Lanka. Her in-laws have a descendant who write plays and is wrestling with the legacy of generosity and colonialism. Based on a true story.

July 3, 4 and 6, 7 pm.

Tickets here.

‘Under the Skin’ performance

Here are three women. Three moments in time. Three explorations into finding a new life in a new place, Australia. They are extraordinary in there own right but not uncommon or unique. These women could be anyone. They could be the lady who serves you at the grocery store or the woman who sits next to you on the bus. In fact, they probably are. Australia is these women, these stories. There is so much beauty in that. There is also pain, isolation and prejudice.

July 4-6, 8.30 pm.

Tickets here.

Celestial Things Collective music performance

A concert of recent musical works by upcoming Melbourne composers exploring and referring to gender, vocation and immigration. In an effort to address the under-representation of women in the music industry we are predominantly featuring female composers for this concert.

July 5, 7pm; July 6, 3pm.

Tickets here.

Poetry reading with Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas is a Melbourne poet and academic at VU. Her first poetry collection, Even in the Dark (UWAP, 2013) won the Mary Gilmore Prize. Her second collection, Unexpected Clearing was also published by UWAP in 2016. She is currently completing her third collection of poems about being in and looking at the word, This Shuttered Eye.

July 6, 2pm

Free event, RSVP here.

Art Workshop

The Other List is an interactive, process-driven visual art project that draws on women’s conversations, examining the casualisation of gendered language. Women of all backgrounds are invited come and paint their own statement in their own language, on a coloured flag, that will go towards a larger installation at the Immerse Festival, Knox, in September. The workshop is part of a year-long project that started on International Women’s Day ,inspired by the protest banners at the Women’s March. The multiple flags will form a collective narrative that act as protest symbols to counter the overwhelming advertising material that enforces gendered stereotypes.

Facilitator: Sonia Zymantas. Sonia is a Melbourne born, socially engaged artist, who specialises in activating public spaces through community consultations. She uses everyday materials and personal memories to draw on conversations and connection to public and private spaces as personal spaces. Her projects highlight untold stories and feminist perspectives in a multicultural, urban setting.

July 6, 10 am to midday

Free event, RSVP here.

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