17 May, 1985
— 21 July, 1985
The Dowse Art Museum
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
This exhibition, co-sponsored by Unilever New Zealand Ltd. and curated by James Mack, was part of the centenary of Sunlight Soap, and celebrated the end of the International Decade of Women, 1976-1985.
“The exhibition seems to have been focused on the changing role of women in NZ Society over the period of time covered. The Dowse solicited photographs, objects and stories from women in the community to form the basis of the exhibition. All of the exhibition lists and loan information in the four volumes relates to this type of material with a focus on the domestic life of women. There are also a number of oral history transcriptions on this theme. My understanding is that this exhibition was photograph, object, and possibly sound based, rather than containing any paintings, and that it focused on domestic life and women in the home and moving into work.
Flora Scales features in the exhibition only in the form of a timeline, which includes key NZ women, including artists, activists, and leaders. Each woman marks a year, with intervals where key events that related to women are interspersed…The size and format of the timeline indicate it may have been available as supplementary written material for visitors to the exhibition. I have also attached the first page of this timeline of biographies which gives a sense of the type of material the exhibition focused on [see Related images].” – Laura Jamieson, Senior Advisor, Archives, Hutt City Council, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, 2021
Flora Scales represented the year 1932. The exhibition included brief biographical notes and a portrait photograph. No art works were physically displayed.
Five contemporary women artists were invited to exhibit work - Gretchen Albrecht, Ans Westra, Janet Bayly, Charo Oquet and Jan White.