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Previous Exhibitions

Sally Waterman: Waves – Journey – Voyage

Sally Waterman: Waves – Journey – Voyage

The Women's Art Library is pleased to extend the showing of this display that surveys the work of Sally Waterman (MA Image and Communication Alumni 1995-1996) contextualized by showing her archives from the Women's Art Library and the box edition of the group exhibition "Voyage Boxed". It includes The Waves (1996) a series of photograph/text works based on Virginia Woolf’s novel, which reflected upon her move from the countryside to the city.

"Journey Home" (2002-2003) is a photographic diary of a series of ritualistic journeys made over a five-month period between London Waterloo station and Ryde Pier Head, Isle of Wight, which was originally commissioned as an installation for a group exhibition and then made into a modular bookwork.

"February" (2011) traces the artist’s catamaran sea journey to the Isle of Wight to attend the funeral of a family friend, with the fleeting seascape representative of her confrontation with loss. This video was featured in "Voyage: Sea Journeys, Island Hopping and Trans-Oceanic Concepts" at Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany in 2013, and was subsequently turned into a concertina bookwork for Voyage Boxed (2014) which features editions from all of the exhibition artists.


Anne Krinsky: From Absorb to Zoom

Anne Krinsky: From Absorb to Zoom

Krinsky spent months sifting through the Women’s Art Library’s eclectic mix of writing, images and ephemera. She selected and scanned material which spoke to her own artistic interests and, with the help of the printmaker Barton Hargreaves digitally wove the borrowed words and imagery into a series of prints. In the words of Maggie Gray, the ‘prints are elusive things, whose layers seem to shuffle and dance in front of your eyes. Scanned pages from books lie faded under translucent veils of colour; geometric grids float over them; opaque oval shapes sit solidly on top like artistic punctuation marks; and here and there a magazine illustration opens up space’.

Abigail Thomas: Micro-Pages

Micro-Pages, curated by Abigail Thomas

Presented on microfilm, this touring book art exhibition initiated dialogue around the genre of book art. Presented through a traditional archival preservation method, the project aimed to promote thought around the display and use of artist’s books, whilst also questioning the limits of digital preservation.

Exhibition Proposals

If you have ideas for an exhibition in one of the library spaces, please see Exhibition Proposals for further details.