Vale Ann Newmarch

The Australian visual art world is mourning the loss of a politically progressive art activist, at the forefront of the feminist movement.
a black and white photo of a woman with a close shaven head looking at the camera, holding a camera

South Australian artist Ann Newmarch OAM (b. 1945) passed away peacefully on 13 January 2022. She is remembered for her immense contribution to Australian art, in a career that was led as much by her innovative artistic techniques as by her formidable instincts as a political activist.

Peers have paid tribute to her passing on social media, saying: ‘Rest in Power Ann Newmarch… one of the great Australian second-wave-feminist visual artists’.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).