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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.

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