Information for venues
Our exhibition touring manual shows a variety of Blaze exhibition elements that allow you to tailor an exhibition to suit your venue’s size, objectives and resources.
31 January - 4 April 2022
SEEN @ Swansea exhibition space
228-234 Pacific Highway, Swansea 2281
10 December 2022 – 13 February 2023
Mascot Library and George Hanna Memorial Museum
10 February – 20 March 2020
University of Wollongong Library
3 June to 29 July 2019
Riverside Theatres Foyer
Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta NSW 2150
10 April to 18 May 2019
Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is an exhibition produced by NSW State Archives. View exhibition content via our e-catalogue.
Blaze engages with the finding that a significant leadership gap continues to exist between women and men in public life. Through its thoughtfully curated study of a selection of women working in different policy fields from the 1860s to the present, Blaze sheds insights into the challenges and opportunities that women have faced building professional careers in the NSW public sphere.
Spanning a 150 year timeframe, Blaze looks to a selection of women from the past who were trailblazers in carving out roles for females in the NSW public sphere. They were the first women to hold positions that had been traditionally occupied by men. These ‘past’ Blaze women led the way for others to follow and they re-shaped the institutions of the State from within. As ‘firsts’, their leadership enabled future generations of women to pursue opportunities that they themselves might only have imagined.
Turning to the present, Blaze engages with the stories of fourteen women who currently hold senior positions in NSW government agencies, departments, boards and/or related initiatives. In their day-to-day work, they make a high-level contribution to the work of the State and the communities of NSW. For Blaze, each of these ‘present’ women have reflected on their careers, and in doing so, provided unique insights into their formative, professional and leadership experiences.