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Ann and Sophie Cape share their story at International Women's Day 2015

A Cape-stone breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day

09 March 2015

More than 100 guests turned up bright and early for breakfast on Friday 6 March to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) at the Mosman Art Gallery with local Mosman artists, mother and daughter, Ann and Sophie Cape.

Mother and daughter shared stories of their experiences; the highs and the lows, challenges and achievements in line with this year’s IWD theme, ‘Make it Happen’. Ann Cape shared her experiences as a female artist in the 70s, stories from her latest exhibition ‘Parlour games’ based on a fetish house in Chippendale and crossing cultural barriers through art in Mudanjiang, China.

Sophie Cape shared her experiences as an elite athlete and Olympic hopeful in downhill skiing and sprint track cycling, to overcoming her many injuries and now achieving the same adrenalin rush through her art. Both artists welcomed questions from the audience to the backdrop of their stunning artwork.

Ann and Sophie Cape will also feature in an exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery later this year. For more information please go to or call the Gallery on 9978 4178.

Photos from the breakfast event can be found at Mosman Council’s Flickr Page.

Girls also had the opportunity to participate in International Women’s Day events through ‘Nourish You’ evenings, held at the Mosman Youth Centre in partnership with Headspace, Body Shop and The Cosmetic Kitchen. The sessions were held on Monday 2 March, which was aimed at girls from years 6-9 and Friday 6 March, for students in years 10-12. The girls were treated to natural skin-care or make-up lessons, listened to inspiring talks about mental well-being and positive body image and finished off the night with a take-home goodie bag. Blog posts and photos from the girls that attended will be posted to

International Women’s Day provides an opportunity for the community to recognise the achievements of women and their contribution to society and is celebrated around the world each year on 8 March.