February 23 2024, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

‘The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World’ Jennifer Higgie in conversation with Patricia Karvelas

Melbourne Art Fair
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2A Clarendon St, South Wharf, VIC, 3006

Exhibition Door 1 Nearest MCEC entrance: Clarendon Street Closest MCEC carpark doors: 2, 3, 4, 5

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Australian journalist and broadcaster Patricia Karvelas interviews one of the foremost art writers at work today, Jennifer Higgie, in a discussion that will explore the intersection of women, art, and the spirit world throughout history. In this live conversation, the former editor of frieze magazine reflects on her personal experience and research that has challenged traditional art historical narratives and shed light on mysticism, feminism and the supernatural in the authorship of “The Other Side”.

This talk will take place in the CONVERSATIONS space at Melbourne Art Fair.

Jennifer Higgie is an Australian writer who lives in London. Previously the editor of frieze magazine, she is the author and illustrator of the children’s book There’s Not One; the editor of The Artist’s Joke and author of the novel Bedlam. Her recent non-fiction books The Mirror & The Palette: Rebellion, Revolution and Resistance, 500 Years of Women’s Self-Portraits (2021) and The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World (2023) are published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. In 2023, Jennifer curated the exhibition ‘Thin Skin’, for Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne. Her five-part radio essay ‘Artists and the Spirit World’ is available on BBC iplayer. She also writes screenplays. 

Patricia Karvelas is a prominent and highly respected Australian journalist, television and radio host, podcaster, political journalist, and commentator. She began her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago, and has since worked across every medium across the Australian media landscape.

She hosts Q+A, Australia’s debate on big issues on Australian television Monday nights and the agenda-setting RN Breakfast on ABC Radio.  

Patricia previously presented RN Drive, from 2015 until 2021, and the past 3 years she has hosted Afternoon Briefing, one of the most popular programs on the ABC News Channel, which aims to explain and explore daily national affairs news through cut through interviews, panels and her own pointed commentary. Patricia also co-hosts the ABC’s popular and premier weekly political podcast —The Party Room with Fran Kelly. She previously hosted and produced the program Karvelas on Sky News, as well as National Wrap on ABC news — weekly programs which focused on federal affairs and policy.

Patricia has also worked in several senior roles in print media, working for The Australian newspaper where she was the paper’s political correspondent in the Canberra press gallery. She was also employed as the Australian’s Victorian Bureau Chief and Editor, and Senior National Affairs Journalist.

Patricia has also filled in as host of The Drum and Insiders and frequently appears on a range of ABC television and radio programs. She has also worked as a reporter at triple j and producer in ABC Local Radio.  

To attend this talk, purchase a ticket to Melbourne Art Fair here.

'The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World' Jennifer Higgie in conversation with Patricia Karvelas

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