Esperance farmers attend ‘Art in the City’

Esperance farmers have attended a tour of the Wesfarmers art collection as part of the ‘Art in the City’ event, established to recognise the important role of women in agriculture.

Participants from Esperance, Morawa and York had the opportunity to network over the two day event hosted by CSBP.

The collection is one of the largest corporate art collections in Australia, featuring more than 1,000 works from come of the nation’s best artists.

Esperance farmer Julie Starcevich said she enjoyed the opportunity to network and see the art pieces on display and stressed the important role women had always played on the farm.

“It’s a lot more challenging to be a farmer these days with many more things you have to think about, and women do a lot of work in the background, such as marketing and finance which the public rarely sees,” she said.

Attendees also heard from the Invisible Farmer project lead which is currently documenting the stories of women who work on the land.

Invisible Farmer Project curator Liza Dale-Hallett said it was the visual narrative of farmers as the stereotypical white, middle-aged male that needed to change.

“Women’s contributions have tended to be ‘invisible’ partly because Australia is a country that celebrates a national identity that values the myths and stories of bushmen, bushrangers and mateship, but gives little attention or value to women’s significant roles in agriculture, food and fibre,” she said.

“Making women’s contributions visible is not just an exercise in recording and rewriting history, but also a critical step in securing Australia’s future.”

 CSBP Fertilisers general manager Tanya Rybarczyk met with participants and stressed the importance of supporting farmers and rewarding them for their hard work.

“We will always give back to those communities whether it be through grass-root grants or larger community partnerships,” she said.

“CSBP is currently negotiating a partnership agreement with the Invisible Farmer Project and we’re excited to play our role in advancing the position of women in our industry and recognising their valuable but often unseen contributions.”