Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Elvis Richardson

Elvis Richardson


Melbourne based artist Elvis Richardson founded CoUNTess, a blog publishing data on gender representation in the Australian visual arts sector 2008-2016 and The Countess Report 2016 a national sector wide bench marking data collection project. The project re-launched as The Countess Report in 2017 in collaboration with Amy Prcevich editor 2019 Countess Report and Miranda Samuels who is currently collaborating with Shevaun Wright to produce the 2023 Countess Report.
Richardson has co-authored with Melinda Rackham to reflect on the history and context of the Countess project in the 2023 release Countess: Spoiling Illusions Since 2008.
Richardson’s visual art practice collects, and curates personalised objects and imagery she extracts from public sources and re-constructs them as the raw materials of her studio practice. Richardson’s objects and images disrupt the everyday commodification’s of lifestyle to satirically expose the promises, disappointments and contradictions that we all live with.
Richardson has been the director of artist run initiatives including First Draft (96/97), Ocular Lab (2008/09) DEATH BE KIND (2010/12) and True Estate (2017/18). Richardson’s works are held in the public collections of AGNSW, NGV, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Artbank, City of Fremantle, and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at UWA.

All Sessions by Elvis Richardson

Day 2
8:45 am - 11:15 am

Keynote Session Two

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Address - All the World's a Gallery
Presenter: Rone
How do we define a “creative space”, what is the role of galleries in the development of street art and why do audiences love an unusual location? Hear from one of Australia’s most successful street artists, Rone will talk about his career, audiences of the future and the challenges of creating and exhibiting work in unique locations. Rone is one of Australia’s most acclaimed street artists, who has gone from spearheading Melbourne’s fledgling street art movement in the early 2000’s, as a member of the Everfresh crew, to being a celebrated fixture on the international street art scene. His work is held in collections all over the world including the Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, Detroit Historical Museum and the National Gallery of Australia. He has exhibited in Berlin, Denmark, Nashville, London and throughout Australia.

Keynote Panel - The Business of Galleries – Funding, Engagement and Partnerships
Presenters: Prof. Jennifer Radbourne, Ben Koop and Allison Russell
Our panel of experts will provide insight on contemporary funding models, cross industry engagement and the value of partnerships in developing new spaces. Between the three of them, they have decades of experience and knowledge to share with delegates.

Book Launch - Countess: Spoiling illusions since 2008
Presenters: Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson Hear from co-authors Professor Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson founder of CoUNTess blog and The Countess Report, who will launch their much-awaited publication which probes gender inequity in the Australian art world through raw data, biting humour, intimate memoir, theoretical musings, and strategies for sustainable change.