Celebrating International Women's Day 2023

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Wednesday, March 8 marks International Women's Day.

To celebrate, the City of Launceston and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery will host four interactive events with female guest speakers, exploring art, culture and conversation.

Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson said he was pleased to see a diverse line-up of Launceston events for International Women's Day 2023.

"It's great to see Tasmanian female cultural practitioners leading these community events and we're really encouraging people to come and check them out," Mayor Gibson said.

"The workshops and morning tea will offer a range of experiences and perspectives on society, culture and art, while exploring the theme 'embrace equity'.

"There's something for everyone and I hope people take advantage of what's on offer."

International Women's Day events in Launceston include:

Shaping Her Memories: woodcarving with Carol Russell

Sunday, 05 March 2023 | 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM | Ticketed event, QVMAG Art Gallery, Royal Park

Join Tasmanian woodcarver Carol Russell to create beautiful utensils made from locally salvaged timber and hand tools in the spirit of the Jimmy Possum tradition. During the session, guests will learn traditional whittling and carving techniques through the creation of beautiful cheese or butter knives. Carol will also show guests how to maintain and sharpen tools such as knives, spokeshaves and drawknives.

Yarning and making with Vicki West

Wednesday, 08 March 2023 | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM | Ticketed event, QVMAG Art Gallery, Royal Park

Starting with an interactive tour of the Queen Victoria Art Gallery, this workshop will guide guests through the stories of works on display with Aboriginal artist and QVMAG Aboriginal Learning Facilitator Vicki West, with a focus on works created by Aboriginal women. Following the tour, guests will take part in an interactive workshop learning how to make sculptures with fibre.

International Women's Day morning tea

Wednesday, 08 March 2023 | 10AM to 11:30AM | North Launceston Bowls Club (1 George Town Rd, Mowbray)

In conjunction with Connected Women Tasmania and Launceston's Nepalese community, the City of Launceston will host an International Women's Day morning tea in the Northern suburbs with the theme "Embrace Equity". This free event will feature a talk from a guest speaker, an introduction to the Connected Women Tasmania program, dancers from the Nepalese community and networking.

Artist + Community Conversation: Leoni Duff

Thursday, 09 March 2023 | 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM | Free event, QVMAG Art Gallery, Royal Park

In the next Artist + Community talk series at QVMAG, visitors will tour the Art Gallery with Tasmanian Artist Leoni Duff and hear about works on show by female artists within the collection. Starting with her own work and experience as an artist, Leoni will explore the lives of the women behind the art before embarking on an interactive group activity.

Issued 28 February 2023.