Older image of Susan Ryan, she has short brown hair with a loose multicoloured spotted top.

Hon. Susan Ryan AO will be honoured with a public art commission.

26 August 2022

The late ACT senator and minister in the Hawke government, Hon. Susan Ryan AO, will be celebrated with a piece of public art being commissioned in her honour.

Ms Ryan is remembered as a woman who led the way while also building a path for many more to follow.

A previous teacher and academic, she acted as Senator for the ACT from 1975 to 1988, introducing the Sex Discrimination Bill into the Senate, which later became the Sex Discrimination ACT, making it illegal to discriminate against women in the workplace – an enduring reform that changed Australia.

Although she is most known for her contribution to the advancement of women, Ms Ryan was the first Senator for the ACT and the first female to be appointed to a Labor front-bench position. She was also the first Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Now Ms Ryan, who died in 2020 at the age of 77, will be honoured with a public artwork commissioned by the ACT Government and to be created by a female or non-binary artist.

Growing Canberra’s impressive public art to capture the diversity of human identity and experience has been identified as a priority when expanding the collection.

In the 2021-22 Budget, the ACT Government committed $200,000 to commission a public artwork by a female or non-binary artist to celebrate a significant woman and help address this imbalance in gender representation and this funding will be used to facilitate the statue of Ms Ryan

The ACT Government is inviting Expressions of Interest to create the public artwork, encouraging suitably qualified individuals to apply. For further information on this commission, please email artsact@act.gov.au to be included on the mailing list to receive the Request for Expression of Interest documentation.

All Canberra

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