Nina Eva Vida Jones, Alice Nicklin, Leila Perry and Catherine Helen Spence aren't household names, but they should be. The quartet of Australian women were born during the 19th century, and lived fascinating lives. Jones was a racing motorist, Nicklin survived a sinking ship, Perry was a socialite and Spence became Australia's first female political candidate.
These descriptions only tell snippets of their stories — and if you're interested in more, then you're in luck. In her latest exhibition at Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane artist Camille Serisier takes an artistic look at accessing their largely untold histories in Ladies of Oz.
Here, contemporary portraiture and the language of theatre combine to create fantastical combinations of still and moving images that engage with the intersection of art history and women's history. The interesting and important showcase kicks off on September 10 with an opening night event, complete with the premiere of Serisier's short films, before running through until September 22.