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Art as advice: Ten Dicta for Young Women Who Are Artists

 Tuesday, 19 November 2013 

Renowned artist Hazel Dooney is in Melbourne this week to produce her first major public art work. Titled Ten Dicta for Young Women Who Are Artists, the 15 metre text-based mural will be located in an inner city laneway.

Ten Dicta will be the first large-scale public work Dooney has undertaken, as well as the first derived directly from her own published non-fiction writing, and has been created specifically for Melbourne.

“Melbourne is where young artists come to prove themselves," said Hazel.

"I learned many of my most difficult lessons here and I wanted to share them in my mural. It is a series of admonishments that are designed to encourage and incite.

“The work is derived from my own need, as a young woman, for someone to give me unvarnished advice about how to be successful as an artist, as well as how to deal with the particular challenges women face in the art world. Although it's directed at young women artists, it is designed to have broader relevance. The ten dicta within my mural could just as easily be applied to other professions.”

In 2004, Dooney became the first Australian artist to gain international recognition for her work and ideas by withdrawing from the traditional commercial gallery system and connecting directly with collectors, curators and commentators via the web and social media.

Ten Dicta is a meaningful, profound work and it stands in stark contrast to the advertising and branding that has permeated many public spaces. 

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said it is fitting that the City of Melbourne will be the home of Hazel’s first public art work.

“We are honoured Hazel has chosen Melbourne as the home for this work,” said the Lord Mayor. 

“Melbourne has a vibrant, eclectic and renowned arts scene and this work will add another dimension to art in our city.

“Hazel’s independent, outspoken stance on various feminist and creative issues has elevated her as a courageous, provocative and highly successful artist.”