September 22, 2010 An iconic artwork from Australia's feminist history rises for a new life as symbol for a new Australia Day Award - much to the delight of its creator, Ann Newmarch OAM. At the height of the feminist movement of the late 70s, the distinguished Adelaide artist produced ``Women Hold Up Half the Sky'' as part of an extended tribute to her Auntie Peg a diminutive woman who built a house single-handedly, along with raising eight children and working two jobs. ``And the house still stands in Kilburn,'' says Ms Newmarch. This image was to become a popular poster as well as a postcard reproduced by four major art galleries. Now it becomes emblematic again, with an honour for women named in its honour. Yesterday the Art Gallery of South Australia brought the artwork out from its collection as Status of Women Minister Gail Gago announced the creation of a new Australia Day ``Women Hold Up Half the Sky'' award to recognise outstanding South Australian women, the first of which will be presented at the Australia Day Honours Awards a Government House in January 2011.
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