Know My Name
Just 18 per cent of biographies on Wikipedia are about women. When it comes to female artists and creators, that number is even lower.
Wikimedia Australia is partnering with the National Gallery of Australia on its Know My Name project, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of work by Australian artists who identify as women.
In March 2020, we co-hosted a series of edit-a-thons with galleries and libraries around Australia on the weekend of International Women's day. Our goal was to create 100 new pages about female creators, also as part of Art+Feminism.
Thanks to amazing pre-planning and coordination by Caddie Brain and her team in each state, the weekend saw 125 (mostly first time editors) create 69 new articles about female creators. Across the 7 edit-a-thons, 757 references were added to Wikipedia, and participants edited 223 articles.
Our partners included:
- Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
- Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia
- National Gallery of Australia
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Parlour: Women, architecture and equity
- Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art
- State Library New South Wales
- University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and Media
- Women's Art Register
These events were great fun and successful in raising awareness of the campaign, and the editing skills of participants.
- (NSW) 2020 March 7, Saturday 9:00PM — Know My Name Edit-a-thon Sydney — Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney
- (NT) 2020 March 7, Saturday 7:00PM — Know My Name Edit-a-thon Alice Springs — Witchetty’s, Araluen Arts Centre
- (WA) 2020 March 8, Sunday 12:00AM — Know My Name Edit-a-thon Perth — Lawrence Wilson Gallery, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009
- (VIC) 2020 March 8, Sunday 10:00PM — Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon Melbourne — National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
- (ACT) 2020 March 8, Sunday 11:30PM — Know My Name Edit-a-thon Canberra — National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra ACT 2600
- (QLD) 2020 March 8, Sunday 10:30PM — Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Brisbane — Gallery of Modern Art Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
- (TAS) 2020 March 9, Monday 12:00AM — Know My Name Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Hobart — School of Creative Arts and Media, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Meet our Wikipedians
Dr Bunty Avieson - Sydney
Bunty is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at University of Sydney. She worked as a journalist for 20 years in Britain, Australia and Asia. She has published three novels, a novella, two books of literary journalism about Bhutan, and been awarded two Ned Kelly Crime Writing Awards. She started researching Wikipedia in 2017 and is currently leading a three-year project to train Bhutanese on how to publish on English Wikipedia as a first step to taking charge of their own Dzongkha Wikipedia. Her Wikipedia name is Doctor 17.
Dr Alysia Bennett - Hobart
Alysia is a lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Architecture. Her current research focuses on overcoming barriers to the densification and diversification of dwellings in established suburbs to address the shortage of holistically affordable housing. Over the past decade Bennett has undertaken a range of architectural research and consulting roles within the public and private sectors, including the University of Tasmania, the City of Sydney, BVN and the Office of the State Architect in Tasmania. She is also affiliated with Cumulus Studio and Parlour’s WikiD Australia initiative.
Caddie Brain - Canberra
Caddie is an independent curator, producer and audio-maker based in the Northern Territory. Recent work includes Indigemoji and A Tale of Four Cities: A Soundwalk through Darwin as well as exhibitions for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Northern Territory Library. She has run Wikiclub NT since 2016 to improve the representation of Northern Territory content on Wikipedia. She is currently studying a Master of Applied Cybernetics at the Australian National University's 3A Institute.
Ingrid Cumming - Perth
Ingrid is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. A graduate of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School, she has during her career, presented and published articles internationally, presented at TedXPerth and is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, Indigenous knowledge, research and cultural development. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Kart Koort Wiern (Head Heart and Spirit), founded in 2010, which is a Perth based consultancy that offers consultancy, training and workshops across Australia promoting reconciliation and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths and strategy. She recently co-coordinated the launch of Noongarpedia, Australia's first Indigenous language portal on Wikipedia in her traditional language of Noongar.
The Perth edit-a-thon is also supported by Gideon Digby.
Margaret Donald - Sydney
Married on the day of Harold Holt’s funeral, Margaret’s trajectory is typical of that era for a girl with a degree: marriage, children, divorce, single motherhood, and several careers: programmer, teacher, statistician, with the last leading to a Ph.D at the age of 68. Her interest in photographing and identifying plants led to her first contributions to Wikipedia in December 2017, and to her becoming a wikipediholic. Her inspiration for an article is frequently an image, and her constant purpose is to link, link, link - particularly to original source material.
Charity Edwards - Melbourne
Charity is a lecturer at Monash University and an architect-geographer who collaborates with artists and scientists to create objects, environments, and strategy. Her research highlights more-than-human impacts of urbanisation at the scale of the planet, and she foregrounds the long-disregarded space of the ocean in particular. She is currently investigating how urban processes extend into the Southern Ocean and manifest through increasingly autonomous underwater technologies. Charity is also a member of The Afterlives of Cities research collective, which brings together expertise in architecture, astrophysics, and speculative fiction to recover futures through civic creative practice.
Pru Mitchell - Melbourne
Pru is President of Wikimedia Australia, and has facilitated Art+Feminism events with the Women's Art Register team since 2018.
Dr Juliette Peers - Melbourne
Juliette is well known and widely published in Australia and internationally as a researcher, writer, curator in the field of Australian Women's Art, and has worked on many curatorial projects including with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery and Heide Museum of Modern Art. She was one of the authors of a monograph on Erica McGilchrist published by Heide in 2019, She serves on the committee of the Women's Art Register (and also served 20-30 years ago) and blogs and researches for the Sheila Foundation. Additionally she has edited Wikipedia for over 15 years since 2005 concentrating on cultural and creative themes, with a focus on women's art and creativity and Australian cultural production and personalities.
Caroline Phillips - Melbourne
Caroline is a Melbourne based visual artist whose work has been shown in over 40 solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Internationally. Working in sculpture, photography and textiles, she creates handmade objects and installations that critique contemporary feminist aesthetics through modes of abstraction and material presence. Caroline works on a number of collaborative projects that advocate for Australian women artists, including her role as the Secretary of the Women's Art Register, Australia's living archive of women's art practice and a collection of National Significance. Since 2015, Caroline has facilitated a number of Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons for the Women's Art Register, in partnership with Wikimedia Australia and WikiD.
Dr Kerry Raymond - Brisbane
Kerry is an active Wikipedian, primarily contributing in the area of Queensland history and geography. She does Wikipedia outreach through talks, edit training, organising/supporting events and liasion with the GLAM sector.
Ann Reynolds - Sydney
Ann is a foundation member of the Women Write Wiki group which focuses on creating articles on women and women’s issues and meets twice a month at The Women’s Library in Newtown. Following a career in publishing and office administration and sailing in three Sydney-Hobart yacht races, Ann now spends her time researching local and family history, correcting Trove newspaper transcriptions and editing Wikipedia. With a BA in history from the Australian National University, she is co-author of “The Witches’ Houses of Annandale” published by the Annandale Urban Research Association in 2018. She is also membership officer and honorary treasurer of the Feminist Legal Clinic Inc.
Alice Woods - Alice Springs
Alice is a librarian living and working in Alice Springs who is currently employed as the Special Collections Coordinator at the Alice Springs Public Library. Alice is interested in all things Central Australian and improving the Northern Territory's representation on Wikipedia. Alice has only started being a regular Wikipedia contributor in the last few months but is loving researching and creating these pages. In creating pages Alice focuses on women and institutions/missions in the early years of Alice Springs and the people connected with them. Alice was inspired to start work on Wikipedia following a workshop run by Caddie Brain, Know My Name events coordinator, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Know My Name Events Coordinator
- #KnowMyName website, National Gallery of Australia
- Know My Name project page
- Join the Know My Name Facebook editing group
- Know My Name event dashboard
- Women Wikipedia Design
- Photo gallery