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Anne Krinsky: From Absorb to Zoom: An Alphabet of Actions in the Women’s Art Library

This was a site-specific collaborative print installation that artist Anne Krinsky will create with the Women’s Art Library. The installation takes inspiration from materials in the archive and will be installed in two locations on the Goldsmiths' campus from 2-30 March 2015.

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday, 7th March, 2 - 4 pm
Special Collections Reading Room in the Rutherford Building

Anne Krinsky:  Women Artists News Book Review 1 , Archival Digital Print on German etching paper, Image size: 61 x 102 cm, 2015

Sited in two Goldsmiths locations:

Special Collections Reading Room in the Rutherford Building
Open Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm / Wed until 7pm

The Kingsway Corridor in the Richard Hoggart Building
Open 8am - 9pm daily

Exhibition texts by Maggie Gray and Daniel Udy are featured in this downloadable leaflet:

Anne Krinsky: From Absorb to Zoom: Actions in the Archive

Krinsky is posting The Virtual Archive on the project blog featuring recent works by artists with documentation in the Women's Art Library, to virtually update the archive:

From Absorb to Zoomis supported by a Grant for the Arts from  Arts Council England and in-kind support from the Thames Barrier Print Studio.


Performance: Modes of Aberrant Research

Holly Pester, winner of the 2013 Living with Make: Art in the Archive Bursary, has created an evening of deviant anecdotes, radical storytelling and narrative segues through archives, collections and institutions. Including her work in the Women's Art Library, it will also feature performances and readings from Patrick Coyle, SJ Fowler and Kristen Kreider. 

This is a ticketed event at the Creative Studio, The Whitechapel Gallery.

Thursday 7 August, 7pm - 9pm

Booking information

Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth 29-30 November 2013

Venue: Sackler Centre for arts education, Victoria and AlbertMuseum, London

Keynote Speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds

The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth will explore the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.

The first afternoon of the event will reflect on the art and feminist debates of the 1970s and 80s from which the exhibitions emerged. It will conclude with a keynote presentation by Professor Griselda Pollock, whose collaborative work with Parker during that period produced key feminist art texts.The second day explores the politics of cloth now, focusing on current activity by both women and men that addresses ethical, social and global issues, and on cloth as a subversive strategy. 

MAKE –METALIBRARY /An Interactive exhibition


2 - 13 September 2013

Reception: Saturday 7th September 1-4pm

For more info:

Open : Mon – Fri 10am–5pm 

t: 020 7717 2295 ‌

The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University of London is pleased to present MAKE–METALIBRARY an exhibition in Special Collections by multidisciplinary artist Christina Mitrentse. METALIBRARY is a site specific interactive floor-based installation gathering together the complete MAKE magazine archive (issues 1- 92) for a public display in the library’s special collection reading room.

This work emerges from Mitrentse’s ongoing Add To My Library project. Two screenings will project background information from Vol.II & III archive of ATML, in dialogue with the ‘Wounded Book Sculptures’ to be displayed in cabinets: a selection of feminist vintage Penguin publications shot with bullets, and introduced by Mitrentse as readymade pieces in 2011. A new series of large colour drawings and a limited edition of prints of MAKE front covers of the future, will also be on display connecting the Special Collections Reading Room with the main Library, where a ‘Book-Skoob Tower’ will be installed in the stairwell. This presentation will also feature contextual writings by Areti Leopoulou art historian /CACT curator, Dr. Christina Grammatikopoulou of InteRartive magazine, Vassiliki Tzanakou curator/writer London and Michael Hampton, arts writer Art Monthly/Frieze.

Christina Mitrentse is a multidisciplinary London based artist, freelance curator and educator. She is known for constructing provocative narratives and poetic ensembles of idiosyncratic institutions through manifold processes of vintage book-sculpture, drawing, screen-printing, and productions of site-specific installations. Mitrentse studied MFA at Chelsea College of Art & Design, and PGCE at the University of Greenwich. She has exhibited extensively in galleries, museums and public spaces including Liverpool Biennial UK, XV Biennale de Mediterranean Thess/niki-Rome, ICA London, NDSM-werf Amsterdam, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Departure Foundation London, Dalla Rossa Gallery London, Royal Academy, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Mitte Barcelona, Centre of Book Arts NY, International Print Centre NY. Her work has been profiled and reviewed in major publications including Art Monthly, InteRartive, Athens Voice, Book Art magazine, Macedonia paper ,Close Up, Time out London ,AN magazine , Hackney Gazette, In/flux, Frieze. Mitrentse artworks have been acquired by private & public collections including Greenwich Council, Bank Street Arts Centre, Sill Library Bath, Mol’s collection UK, Tate Archive, Penguin Collectors Society, Zablutovitz foundation, Griechische Kultustiftung Berlin, M. Altenman NY, Onassis Foundation, Benaki Museum and E.Venizelos Airport Athens.

For further information please visit Christina Mitrentse's website

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There are two exhibitions running concurrently in the Special Collections Space:

Advice to Women in Management: an exhibition of work by Lesley Kerman

5 October –16 November 2012

Private View: 5-8pm Thursday 4th October in the Special Collections Study Space

Advice to Women in Management is a cautionary tale, starting with a briefcase found floating in a river that contains papers destined for an Academic Board meeting of the institution the artist has recently left. Created over several years, this exhibition brings together the conceptual objects, etchings and video work that were inspired by this unnerving finding.

The artist explains: “I wrote a book, A Case Study, about the discovery of the brief case and its contents and made one copy, but because of the terms of the settlement I had received, I couldn’t show it to anyone. The book was sealed in a block of resin. The book that couldn’t be read said something about the way that I had been silenced by the institution.”

Lesley Kerman went on to write a publishable account of the events titled ‘The Good Witch - Advice to Women in Management’, Feminist academics : creative agents for change / edited by Louise Morley and Val Walsh. (Taylor & Francis , 1995). There are four copies of this book in Goldsmiths Library.

There is also a limited edition book available for purchase published on the occasion of this exhibition featuring Kerman's articles and reproductions of the works:

Advice to Women in Management by Lesley Kerman (ISBN 0-9531730-8-9 Little Silver) 95pp hardcover £15

Also set up in the Special Collections Study Space is:

AMIW 2012 Video Lounge

27 September - 16 December 2012

Curated by Carla Cruz, this exhibition also features a programme of talks.

All My Independent Women:All My Independent Women is the ongoing project of Carla Cruz that promotes the production, circulation and archiving of work by women artists. 

Interested in understanding and supporting feminist modes of production and circulation of artists’ practices that deal with issues around gender, this project marks the coming together of three important archives: the Women’s Art Library/Make, the Open Music Archive, and the AMIW Video Lounge.

The programme combines a series of talks, workshops, roundtable discussions, and viewings hosted at Goldsmiths University of London over a three months period, and two music commissions to be premiered on the 16 November at Cafe OTO.

With: Miguel Bonneville, Genève Brossard, Ele Carpenter, Catarina Carneiro de Sousa, Hyun Jin Cho, Carla Cruz, Beatrice Dillon, Mónica Faria, Althea Greenan, Karen Gwyer, Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Risk Hazekamp, Nina Hoechtl, Anna Jonsson, Alex Martinis Roe, Cristina Mateus, Susana Mendes Silva, Sameiro Oliveira Martins, Lara Perry, Rita Rainho, Flávio Rodrigues, Eileen Simpson, Evelin Stermitz, Francesco Ventrella, Lenka Vráblíková, Ben White.

Exploring the different forms of distribution, promotion, and preservation performed by these archives that were once living networks, All My Independent Women 2012 searches for new modes of accountability and circulation within the arts that are based on dialogue with a potential for re-invention.

27 September – 14 December | AMIW Video Lounge | Collection of video art by feminist artists belonging to All My Independent Women’s network

28 September 5-7pm | Practicing Sexual Difference | Workshop by Alex Martinis Roe

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10 October 5-7pm | Archival Materials, Practices, Politics and Poetics | Workshop by Hyun Jin Cho and Nina Hoechtl

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2 November 5-7pm | Feminist Curatorial Practices | Talk by Lara Perry and Francesco Ventrella

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9 November 5-7pm | The Creative Commons within the Arts | Round table discussion with Ele Carpenter (Embroidered Digital Commons), and Eileen Simpson & Ben White (Open Music Archive) | TBC

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5 December 5-7pm | Re-engaging Archived Art Practices | Guided exploration of the Women’s Art Library and the Women’s Revolutions Per Minute archives by Althea Greenan and Mika Hayashi Ebbesen

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The event happening @ Cafe OTO

16 November 8pm | The Brilliant and the Dark – B Side Samples for Remix | An Open Music Archive Project | Performances by Karen Gwyer, Beatrice Dillon, and the Open Music Archive.

Cafe OTO

18 - 22 Ashwin Street

London E8 3DL

Advance tickets available via Cafe Oto

More information can be found at The AMIW blog

And if you need any further information please contact Althea Greenan 020 7717 2295

24 May 2012

Dear All,

A string of exhibitions have created a Feminist Art Spring with WAL hosting various exhibitions and exciting group meetings behind the scenes.

Firstly this weekend is the last chance to view the exhibition Desperate Artwives. Featured in the Guardian, this is a group show organised by Amy Dignam of work made by artists working from home and elsewhere, creating space between the demands of domestic stability and their art practice. The work in turn reflects, deflects and celebrates this tension, showcasing as many strategies as there are artists.  The Vibe gallery is located in the same converted industrial estate as V22, in Bermondsey.

Read about it on the Guardian

Continuing the Feminist Art Spring, WAL is setting up display of the project Who’s Holding the Baby?, a slide kit created by the feminist action group of the 1970s, the Hackney Flashers. Curated by Dr. Hazel Frizell, the Special Collections study space will display ephemera and articles relating to childcare, and calls to action. A digital slide show has been created from the original slides, narrated according to the accompanying booklet that acted as a guide to consciousness raising group sessions.  Proposals to respond to this exhibition are very welcome, for instance teaching sessions and group meetings in the study space can be arranged. 

Who’s Holding the Baby?

Women’s Art Library Special Collections, Library, Goldsmiths University of London 1 – 30 June 2012


Jo Spence was a founding member of the Hackney Flashers and this exhibition ties in with the excellent Jo Spence Archive projects instigated by Studio Voltaire. At the beginning of the year, art group X Marks the Spot spent a great day at the WAL, working the Jo Spence boxes and slides. Accompanying the exhibitions, is an excellent newsprint publication Not Our Class.

Jo Spence: Work (Part I)
1 June – 15 July 2012, Preview: Thursday 31 May 2012, 6 – 9pm SPACE, 129—131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH

Jo Spence: Work (Part II)
12 June – 11 August 2012, Preview: Monday 11 June 2012, 7 – 9pm
Studio Voltaire, 1a Nelsons Row, London SW4 7JR

Back at the Women’s Art Library, July 5th will see the opening of our eagerly anticipated retrospective of Su Richardson’s radical crochet art: Burnt Breakfast and other works by Su Richardsonwith an afternoon of talks taking place the next day, July 6th featuring the curator Alexandra Kokoli, Professor Janis Jefferies, Dr. Hazel Frizell and the artist herself. A press release with all the details will follow shortly. 

This exhibition takes us through the summer to September when we plan to show Lesley Kerman’s multi-dimensional art project Advice to Women in Management, a case study of a woman silenced by her institution. More information to come!

Living with Make: Art in the Archive

Holly Pester - 2013 Recipient of the Living with Make: Art in the Archive Bursary is currently developing a project with Bookworks inspired by her residency in the Women's Art Library collection to be launched in 2015.

Living with Make: Art in the Archive

Clare Gasson Bursary 2011

As the recipient of The Women's Art Library/Make and Feminist Review research bursary 2011 Clare Gasson presents a performance and exhibition based on her exploration of the Women's Art Library archive. Her research focused on manifestos and activating the archive and has resulted in a sound piece in which the materials are vocalized, 'The River'.

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Once More With Feeling, performing the Women's Art Library/Make archive

Organised by Oriana Fox at Tate Modern June 2009

The Women’s Art Library/Make and Feminist Review presented an evening of rediscovery and new feminist performance art organised by Oriana Fox recipient of the Art in the Archive: Living with Make Bursary 2009, at Tate Modern.

Oriana was invited to engage with the unique Women’s Art Library/Make, based at Goldsmiths, University of London.The result is an evening of new work and a series of tableaux vivants illustrating an abbreviated history of feminist performance art including artists as diverse as Carolee Schneemann, Vanessa Beecroft, Marina Abramović, Rebecca Horn, Shirley Cameron and Evelyn Silver, Annie Sprinkle and Linda Montano.

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Living with Make: Art in the Archive

Oriana Fox Bursary 2009

Winner of first Art in the Archive: Living with Make bursary announced

The Women’s Art Library/Make and Feminist Review are pleased to announce that the first ever Art in the Archive: Living with Make bursary has been awarded to artist Oriana Fox.

The Women’s Art Library (WAL), or Make as it is also known, is based at Goldsmiths, University of London.  With the aim of collecting image-rich documentation on the work of female artists, Make is part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections. The bursary of £1000 has been set up in conjunction with Feminist Review, to enable three months of research in the Women’s Art Library starting in January 2009 and culminating in a premiere performance in the East Room of the Tate Modern on 27 June 2009, which will launch the award, followed by publication in the Open Space section of Feminist Review in 2009.

The judging panel of Professor Janis Jefferies, Dr. Nirmal Puwar and Professor Helen Carr, all based at Goldsmiths, said: "We are very pleased that Oriana Fox is the first recipient of Art in the Archive: Living with Make. We are confident that Oriana's proposal will bring an important new audience to engage with WAL's rich resource for research at Goldsmiths."

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Make Research Bursary

Judy Batalion 2007

This is a recording of the talk given by Judy Batalion, comedy writer and post-doctoral feminist art historian, on her 3 month writing residency at the Women's Art Library/Make collection. The event included the performance of an extract from the script “CNN Special Report: The Fighting Feminists” which she began during her residency. The performers are Caroline Smith, playing Sherrie Levine, artist and Jolan Bogdan, playing Janet Townhouse, reporter. This extract was recently published in The Moon, (CT Editions 2009) edited by Oriana Fox and Charlotte Troy to accompany the performance event “Once More With Feeling”.

Judy Batalion’s talk was recorded at the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths on 13 November 2007. With special thanks to Caroline Smith, Jolan Bogdan and members of the audience.

Women's Art Library/Make at Goldsmiths

Launch event 2006

The Warden, Geoffrey Crossick formally welcomed the collection, with Ros Diamond representing Make, along with Professor Janis Jefferies and Librarian Mary Nixon. The collection was represented by a slide show of images chosen by College academic staff in an ongoing project representing the multidisciplinary community of Goldsmiths. The evening also featured a screening of recent short videos by contemporary women artists, some of whom were enrolled in Goldsmiths' Visual Arts PhD Research Programme.

Softlaunchprog, Softslides, Softscreeninglist (PDFs)