It’s been a big week in art … with Jim Pavlidis

For a few hours earlier this week, the Twittersphere was abuzz following Tayla Harris’ announcement of her AFLW retirement to “dedicate my time to being a stay-at-home mum for my 2.5 y/o.”

Calm was restored when she later added ‘April fools lol, AFLW players already parent and play’.

Putting the boot in: illustration by Jim Pavlidis (left), and The Giant Stride original by Ethel Spowers.Credit:

Just over a year ago Harris was at the centre of a much darker social media storm when that wonderful photo of her magnificent kicking action raised the misogynist ire of idiots.

She held her nerve through an awful time, and that famous kick is now acknowledged as a giant stride in footy’s evolution.

The Giant Stride is also a 1933 linocut print by Ethel Spowers. Like other female Australian artists of the era, Spowers didn’t attract the level of attention of her male contemporaries, however history now recognises her talent and contribution to our culture.


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