Gender Diversity in Music and Art

Event details


Date and time

  • 16 - 19 July 2019

Event type

  • On Campus


  • Registrations essential
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Hosted by the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music
Dr Louise Devenish

View the conference program

Please note this schedule is correct as at Tuesday 11 June, and is subject to minor changes.

This four-day international conference will focus on vital, diverse and inspiring music and art making by women and gender-diverse artists and scholars. Spotlighting otherwise under-recognised contributions to the development of music and art, Gender Diversity in Music and Art will both showcase and discuss the representations of this work in academia, industry and the everyday.

The conference draws together the discussions that emerged from the Women in the Creative Arts (ANU 2017) and Gender Diversity in Music Making (Monash 2018) conferences. A cross-section of artists, art forms and academics will meet to share work and experiences and build opportunities for gender equity across these fields. Join us to share a wide spectrum of activity in this area including academic research, current industry approaches and discussions, and creative work.  

Papers, lecture-recitals and panel proposals are welcomed from people of all genders, as well as creative works (compositions, performances) by women and gender-diverse artists and scholars. Submissions by First Nations artists and scholars are particularly encouraged. 

Topics for submissions might include (but are not limited to):

  • Discussion and presentation of creative works by women or gender-diverse artists
  • Autoethnographic accounts of gendered experiences in the creative arts
  • Creative approaches to exploring gender through the creative arts with a focus on music and visual art
  • Historical research on gender diversity in music and art
  • Critical theoretical research on gender and contemporary art-making practices
  • Case studies and the sharing of approaches towards gender diversity in artistic programming and pedagogy
  • How contemporary understandings of gender can be used as tools of innovation in new music and art
The conference will feature the Australian premiere of Robyn Schulkowsky’s Armadillo and a performance of works by WA composers by Decibel New Music, co-presented by Tura New Music, including a new commission from a woman or gender-diverse artist. 

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Full registration (including all public events)

Earlybird (available until 14 June): $150
Late (bookings after 15 June): $200
Full registration (student): $100

Single Day Registrations (include option to attend both concerts): $70

Conference Dinner (Wednesday 17 July | 6.30pm): $60

First Nations people free
UWA Music and Design Staff and Students free

Registration includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea 

Tickets to the concerts Armadillo and Decibel 10 at 10 are included with all registrations. General public tickets to these events are available by clicking the links below. 
16 July | 7pm | Armadillo: Robyn Schulkowksy, Vanessa Tomlinson and Louise Devenish
18 July | 7pm | Decibel 10 at 10: Western Australian Women of New Music (2009–2019)


Key dates

Submissions due 5 April 2019
Results announced 30 April 2019
Program published online June 2019


Submissions are welcomed for:

  • 20 minute paper presentation
  • 20 minute lecture-recital
  • 20 minute panel proposals (maximum of 4 speakers)
  • Creative works duration 5 – 10 minutes

Submissions will take place via the EasyChair platform. Submit a single document including a 250 word abstract, list of technical requirements and a 100 word biography. Please include any additional access requirements as appropriate. 

If you are submitting a creative work, relevant creative material (e.g. scores, photographs, links) must be included. Maximum of one link, maximum 3 minute video. For music submissions, please include the names of proposed performers. Selected faculty and postgraduate students from the Conservatorium of Music will be available to perform works where appropriate. While every effort will be made to organise performers, no guarantee of artist availability can be provided by conference organisers.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Following the conference, a callout will be made seeking submission of full papers for publication of a special journal issue.

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All general queries to

Further information on diversity in your submission can be found here.

For any queries regarding gender diversity in your presentation, please email Shoshana Rosenberg at

Further information for presenters 

Download the Guidelines for Presenters here. This document includes suggestions for language surrounding diversity, and links regarding inclusive practices that you might like to consider as you prepare your presentation.

Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.


Director: Louise Devenish
Music Chairs: Louise Devenish, Sarah Collins, Cecilia Sun 
Gender Diversity Chair: Shoshana Rosenberg
Visual Art Chairs: Ionat Zurr, Tarsh Bates
Student Chair: Dan O’Connor
Technical Support: Jesse Stack, Pip White


Accommodation is available at St Catherine’s on Park, near the Conservatorium of Music. Delegates can book at a discounted conference rate of $189 per night, including breakfast and wi-fi. To receive the discounted rate, book through the St Catherine’s on Park website and enter the promo code 'UWA Music'.