As part of the University of Sydney’s commitment to recognition of women in their careers, artist Celeste Chandler was commissioned to create portraits of two eminent Sydney Academic women to be hung in MacLaurin Hall at the University. The first of which, of Professor Nalini Joshi AO, was officially welcomed to MacLaurin Hall at our International Women’s Day event on 8 March this year.
The second portrait, of Professor Emerita Margaret Harris, will be officially welcomed to MacLaurin Hall at this event which will focus on the role of portraits and the impact they have within specific places, such as the historic MacLaurin Hall. This forum will also explore the shifts in assumptions, mindsets and ways of thinking that are required to achieve gender equality and how symbols, such as portraits may assist.
These topics will be discussed by our panel, including Professor Emerita Margaret Harris, Dr Ann Stephen and the artist Celeste Chandler and will be moderated by Associate Professor Jennifer Barrett, Director Culture Strategy. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, will officially accept the portrait into the Hall.