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National Museum of Australia | 8 December 2022 to 27 August 2023 | Costs apply 

Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages celebrates the power and diversity of female spiritual beings in cultural traditions and beliefs across the globe.

This exhibition from the British Museum explores how goddesses, demons, witches, spirits and saints have shaped our understanding of the world.

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Event Feared and Revered: Friends exclusive preview Time: 4.45pm–6.30pm Date: Tuesday 6 December 2022 Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Get an exciting behind-the-scenes preview of our blockbuster exhibition from the British Museum, Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages. Enjoy canapes and a glass of wine while hearing about the development of the exhibition from the exhibition’s curators. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Event Feared and Revered panel discussion Time: 12.30pm–1.45pm Date: Thursday 8 December 2022 Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Hear contemporary reflections on Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages with speakers Dame Quentin Bryce, Bangarra artist Kassidy Waters, human rights lawyer Rabia Siddique and Dr Belinda Crerar and Dr Lissant Bolton from the British Museum, in conversation with Virginia Haussegger.

Event Feared and Revered live online curator's tour Time: 6pm–6.30pm Date: Thursday 8 December 2022 Ticket information: Free

Join us live on YouTube as British Museum curator Dr Belinda Crerar guides us through the new exhibition, Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages. Includes Q&A session.

Feminine power through the ages

Through universal themes of creation, passion, war, justice and mercy, Feared and Revered highlights the many faces of feminine power – ferocious, beautiful, creative or hell-bent – and its profound influence through the ages.

Feared and Revered showcases more than 160 objects from the British Museum’s exceptional collection, spanning six continents and 5,000 years, from 2800 BCE to the present day.

The exhibition presents a fascinating range of monumental sculpture, sacred artefacts and contemporary artworks, alongside Australian Indigenous representations of female ancestral figures and popular culture embodiments of the divine.

Feared and Revered is enhanced with contemporary reflections by former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce; Bangarra dance artist Kassidy Waters; world-renowned classicist Dame Mary Beard; human rights lawyer Rabia Siddique; comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast, Deborah Frances-White; playwright and critic Bonnie Greer; and award-winning writer and presenter of the podcast How To Fail, Elizabeth Day.

Feared and Revered is a timely exhibition exploring and questioning feminine power, authority and identity.

See list of international loan objects from the British Museum

Acknowledgements

The presentation of Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages is a collaboration between the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia.

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