Communications & Media

Women scientists cross the divide in new exhibit

Tasmanian women researchers explore the world beyond science in a new exhibition to open in Hobart.

Crossing the Divide: Homeward Bound is a collection of paintings, prints, sculptures and jewellery created by artists working primarily in the fields of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).

The exhibition is aiming to raise awareness of gender equity in STEMM, and raise funds for the Tasmanian team of the Homeward Bound project.

“Artists and scientists are more alike than different,” exhibition curator and IMAS research fellow Dr Karen Alexander said.

“While they appear to be very different pursuits, they both strive to understand and describe the world around us.

“Perhaps for this reason, we often find that those who work in science, also nurture a creative streak.

“The artists in this exhibition share one more thing in common too – they are all women.

“Globally, women are under-represented in leadership roles, and this is particularly the case in STEMM.”

Launched in 2016, Homeward Bound brings together women from around the world, all with critical science backgrounds, to undertake a year-long state-of-the-art program to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities.

The inaugural program culminated in the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica in December last year.

The artworks in Crossing the Divide: Homeward Bound are available to purchase via a silent auction.

The exhibition will be launched at the Sidespace Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre on Wednesday, 9 August, 5.30-7pm. It runs until 13 August.


For more information about the event, or the Tasmanian Homeward Bound team, email,

Published on: 02 Aug 2017 2:02pm