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Exhibitions and Projects

6:00 PM18:00

Fundraiser Party + Silent Auction

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Sleepover Club present their inaugural fundraiser, taking shape as a silent auction and arts party on the 3rd of November at Allpress Studios, Collingwood.

Over the past eighteen months, SC have published three online Editions of contemporary art and writing from predominantly feminist, queer and poc perspectives and held exhibitions and events throughout Melbourne - being supported by/supporting and collaborating with local and international artists, writers and organisations. We’ve shown the work of more than 50 artists and writers and collaborated with the likes of Fresh and Fruity, The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Listen, Lokal Stories and Open Spaces.

All of our work thus far has been funded directly by us or through the support of our networks. The members of Sleepover Club and our collaborators have contributed countless hours of love labor to the initiative, but now we want to commit to paying artists and volunteers for their work. 

Our 2016 Fundraiser Auction presents a varying selection of works from a wide range of local and interstate artists. The works will be organised via price point, with some starting at $50 and others at $200. Artists have the choice to donate between 50%-100% of the funds to Sleepover Club.

Our inaugural fundraiser is an excellent opportunity to collect work, whilst supporting Australian artists, many of whom we work with are young, emerging, LGBTQIA+ and often unrepresented. All funds raised from the silent auction, drink sales and entry will go toward paying the event’s performers and kickstarting our exhibitions for 2017. 

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to May 19

What Has Feminism Ever Done for Me?

Sleepover Club Initiative have partnered with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, a not-for-profit arts organisation that explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums.

This partnership allows us to present our latest exhibition, What Has Feminism Ever Done for Me?, a critical yet personal examination of the current feminist climate, and the assumptions, approaches and relationships that have developed between mainstream society, minority groups, the media and feminist theories. 

Featuring work by both emerging and established artists, Amanda Wolf, Celeste Aldahn, Daniel Ward, Drew Pettifer, Fresh and Fruity (NZ), Kelly Doley, Shaye Duong and Sung Nam Han (JPN). 

Opening on Friday the 6th of May, 6pm until late, featuring performances from Callan, bodies and Veggie Island, curated by DUMGUT Records, a reading by the Aotearoa based collective Fresh and Fruity and $5 drinks. 

Neon Parlour is fully accessible.

We'd also like to be explicitly clear that we aim to make this event as safe as possible, with no tolerance for hateful behaviour. If anyone experiences any issues throughout the night, please alert the bar or gallery staff.

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Sleepover Club Initiative: A Conference on Solidarity + Live Music presented by LISTEN
12:00 PM12:00

Sleepover Club Initiative: A Conference on Solidarity + Live Music presented by LISTEN

Sleepover Club is excited to present a day of lectures, artist talks and performance investigating new feminisms, solidarity, intersectionality and equality. Followed by live music performances presented by LISTEN.

All Welcome to attend both Conference and live music event, or either event individually. 

Tickets are available here.



Erica Lewis

Erica Lewis is a Melbourne based writer, musician, events producer, social conduit and facilitator who enables and embodies actions of feminism across multiple art forms.

Lewis is a member of international art/music/fashion ensemble Chicks on Speed (January 2013 - present), touring throughout Europe and Australia, with notable performances at Haus der Kunst (Munich), ZKM Center for Media & Art (Karlsruhe), MCA, Artspace, Fremantle Arts Centre, Mona Foma and NGV for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier Friday night series.

Lewis is also co-coordinator of the LISTEN project, which seeks to create greater opportunity for female participation and representation in the Australian music industry via a number of channels including live events, panel discussion, conferences, the publication of articles and lobbying of government bodies to create safer spaces for women in live music venues.


Odette Kelada and Dianne Jones

Odette Kelada is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne who researches and publishes on whiteness, race, colonisation and feminism in Australian writing and the arts. She is interested in the constructions of nation, body and identity in creative representations, intersectional approaches to gender and the teaching of racial literacy.

Dianne Jones is a Nyungar photomedia artist whose work deals with Indigenous cultural history. Her practice foregrounds the homogeneity of dominant visual ideologies, while creating representations that are inclusive rather than exclusive of marginalised voices. Jones guest lectures on Aboriginal art at the University of Melbourne and has exhibited nationally and internationally with her work included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Gallery of Western Australia. Recent exhibitions include Gayme, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick; Lookin' Up, Gorman House Arts Centre, Canberra and Half Light: Portraits from Black Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Jones is represented by Niagara Galleries. 


Adva Weinstein

Adva Weinstein is a theatre-maker, performer, teacher and dramaturg. Her performance works, most of which have been presented in festivals and venues in Israel, are original collaboratively devised performances that cross genres and styles. In them, she interrogates imposed constructed binaries of self-other/real-imaginary/art-life, in search for an aesthetic of in-between and at-the-same-time. She is currently completing a practice-led-research Ph.D. at V.C.A. on Odd Body's nascent collaborative practice.  


Jennifer Allyson

Jennifer Allyson holds a Ph.D. in social cause marketing. She is founder of a social cause marketing business where she has undertaken projects in the areas of government, health, climate change, the arts, and women’s rights. She has worked internationally in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States and has been a keynote speaker at the foremost World Social Marketing Conference in Dublin (Ireland), as well as Toronto (Canada).

During her time as a Master’s student, Jennifer was honoured to complete an international practicum placement at the foremost Institute for Social Marketing, based within the University of Stirling in Scotland. Jennifer has recently dedicated her career to preventing violence against women through her social cause marketing consulting business. In addition to this work, she is a fine art photographer focused on promoting positive body relationships among women.

Norah Breekveldt

Norah Breekveldt has been passionate about positioning gender equity as a key business driver for organisations throughout her career. She is the author of Sideways To The Top – 10 Stories of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever (Melbourne Books 2013), a publication that chronicles the journeys of eleven extraordinary women and the career paths they took to get to the top of their profession. 
She contributes regularly to debates, discussions, professional
publications, journals and blogs on diversity and inclusion perspectives.
Norah is sought out as a contributor to diversity and inclusion think tanks and as a speaker at corporate events and conferences. She is a recipient of the Telstra Business Women’s Award.


Artist Panel

A discussion examining fluctuating roles of social media within new and future feminisms, featuring BSG solo exhibitors Bambi Johnson, Jinari Mountain and Wendy Bennett.


Live Music Presented by LISTEN


Kt Spit

Philippa Omega


LISTEN exists to spark and cultivate a conversation around women’s and LGBTQIA experiences in Australian music. LISTEN was instigated in September 2014 by Evelyn Morris (Pikelet), with a collective comprised of a core group of respected and accomplished female musicians including Antonia Sellbach (Beaches, Love of Diagrams) and Erica Lewis (Chicks on Speed), with a focus on exploring issues connected to gender, music and feminism across a growing number of platforms. These include the curation of live shows and events, the publication of essays on the LISTEN website and discussions via their fast growing social media forum. These platforms have already created many opportunities for intelligent and necessary debate surrounding a multitude of issues concerning women in Australian music today. LISTEN has grown organically, in correlation to a rapidly expanding and intensifying response, popularity and interest, pertaining to its core ethos: to seek further visibility for Australia’s amazing and inspiring female musicians and to spark a dialogue regarding gender, music and feminism in Australia.


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to Oct 1

Exhibition - Sleepover Club: Solidarity

Sleepover Club: Solidarity
Curated by Elise Arumets and Miriam Arbus

Elyse Metaxas, Clara Bradley, Jennifer Allyson, Scarlett Mellows, Heidi Stevens, Madeleine Iona Smith, Kaitlyn Hickey, Elise Arumets, Lizzi Brown.

Solidarity can manifest through social media, a physical meeting, a mutual feeling, or in this case, thematically akin art. 

The inaugural Sleepover Club exhibition is an all female show. Responding to the prompt of Solidarity, the artists examine their contemporary female experience. 

Solidarity provides us with a sense of purpose and strength. Collective action and mass social movements are paramount to contemporary feminism. This show aims to provide a catalyst for transcultural feminist solidarity, bringing together a group of artists and practises that will create conversation and ultimately dissect the dialect of Future Feminism. 

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