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Social currency (Eva Cox), 1999

Kim Spooner

encaustic on canvas (support: 180.0 cm x 160.0 cm)

Eva Cox AO (b.1938), academic and social activist, emigrated to Australia in 1948 after her Jewish family had reunited following separation during the war. As a student at the University of Sydney she became active in politics and the Push. In 1972, a single parent, she enrolled at the University of NSW, where she became deeply involved in feminism and one of the early members of the Women’s Electoral Lobby. She soon became a vociferous spokesperson on a range of social issues including feminism, superannuation, childcare and social security. From 1977 to 1981 she directed the New South Wales Council for Social Services; later, having held a number of government advisory and public service positions, she helped to found the Women’s Economic Think Tank. From 1994 to 2007 she was the senior lecturer and program director in social inquiry at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). In 1995 she gave the ABC Boyer Lectures, on the theme of ‘A Truly Civil Society’. Cox is a regular contributor to social justice, social policy, and political forums across a range of media.

Sydney artist Kim Spooner was awarded the 1999 Portia Geach Memorial Prize for this work.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eva Cox 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.04

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Kim Spooner (age 44 in 1999)

Eva Cox AO (age 61 in 1999)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.