CAN DO: Photographs and other material from the Women's Art Library Magazine Archive

CAN DO: Photographs and other material from the Women's Art Library Magazine Archive

Curated by Mo Throp and Maria Walsh

Private view: Tuesday 17 November, 6-8.30pm Exhibition continues: 18 November – 18 December 2015
CHELSEA space is pleased to announce CAN DO: Photographs and other material from the Women's Art Library Magazine Archive as the next exhibition in our autumn 2015 programme. Selected by Mo Throp and Maria Walsh, this collection of mainly black and white photographs from the Women’s Art Library Magazine archive has rarely been seen outside the confines of its black boxes in the Special Collections at Goldsmiths University library. The photographs are one of the material remains of a dynamic independent art publication dedicated to the debates and documentation of women’s art from 1983 to 2002.

The magazine began life in 1983 as the Women Artists Slide Library Newsletter, acquiring, over the course of its 20-year run, the titles: Women Artists Slide Library Journal (1986); Women's Art Magazine (1990); and make: the magazine of women’s art (1996). Artists submitted photographs of their work for publication, some images were printed in the magazine, most were not, but all were carefully stored in the library stacks at Goldsmiths where the curators were (re)introduced to them by Althea Greenan, curator of the Women's Art Library in Special Collections at Goldsmiths as they researched material for their recent book, Twenty Years of MAKE Magazine: Back to the Future of Women’s Art (I.B. Tauris: 2015).

16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

Taking this photographic h(er)story out of the archive, this exhibition speaks to a present fascination with women’s art of the recent past. What memories, what future can be intimated from these photographic fossils? As well as the photographs, which have been organised into thematic sections entitled: Performance, Portraits, Body, Installation, Protest, the exhibition is comprised of other materials from the archive, including artist’s originals commissioned for the covers and pre-digital layouts and includes a vitrine of objects from the collection selected by Althea Greenan.

Maria Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts. She is also a writer, and author of Art and Psychoanalysis (I.B. Tauris, 2013), as well as many articles on artists' moving image. She is currently guest editor of 'Feminisms', the forthcoming issue of MIRAJ (Moving Image and Art Review Journal).

Mo Throp is Associate Researcher at Chelsea College of Arts. She is also an artist and writer. She was Chair of the Trustee Board of the Women’s Art Slide Library from 1994-1997.

Together they convene the Subjectivity & Feminisms Research Group at Chelsea.

The Women’s Art Library was originally set up as the Women Artists Slide Library in the late 1970s, with the main purpose of providing a place for women artists to deposit unique documentation of their work. This artists' initiative developed into an arts organisation publishing catalogues, books and a magazine (which includes the MAKE serial publication titled The Women Artists' Slide Library Newsletter, The Women Artists' Slide Library Journal, Women's Art Magazine and make, the magazine of women's art), from 1983 to 2002. In 2004 the research resource became part of Goldsmiths College Library Special Collections. As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, the Women's Art Library continues to collect slides, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues, and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms.

For further information, images or to discuss interviews please contact:
Karen Di Franco or Cherie Silver at CHELSEA space via email info@chelseaspace.org or tel:020 7514 6983

Gallery opening times: Wed - Fri: 11:00 – 17:00 and by appointment.
Admission Free


n.paradoxa's new MA and PhD on feminist art/contemporary women artists search engine

There is new feature on n.paradoxa’s website: http://ktpress.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=4ae258562754ec13a50302563&id=e091ea99ea&e=774d1f0e6a

n.paradoxa has created a searchable list of 1171 MA and PhD theses on feminist art/contemporary women artists in 35 countries (1974-present).

The list contains links to information pages with abstracts in Open Access Repositories, and full text PDFs.
Go to :  http://ktpress.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4ae258562754ec13a50302563&id=851e52b23d&e=774d1f0e6a

Given the growing number of MAs and PhDs available in electronic form, n.paradoxa wants to provide an accessible route to this research on contemporary women artists and feminist art.
Careful searching of this project also highlights many trends and tendencies in feminist research across different countries.

n.paradoxa does not claim this project captures “all” theses written on this subject, but they searched widely across the net to find these 1171.
They have also provided information about some of the publications which have resulted from this research.

n.paradoxa would very much like you to check if it contains theses you are aware of and maybe those you have written or supervised.

If not, they invite you to add to this project by filling in the form on their website.
n.paradoxa especially needs your help to map research in many countries like Japan, Russia, Korea, China etc where no English access point is used in national search engines and libraries for etheses or dissertations. They are aware that there are many art schools or Universities where students may have conducted research into feminist art, but the institutions have not joined any electronic thesis collection or database system.

This project was created by Frances Hatherley and Katy Deepwell at Middlesex University between Jan-May 2015.


Ouroboros - o el oximoron orbital de los lenguajes: Marta Bernardes

Uma exposição sobre os limites da linguagem e a sua solução e dissolução contínua a partir dos processos poéticos. A arte conceptual e a poesia visual revisitadas desde um lugar feminino, onde o prazer do jogo e da possibilidade de sentido são levados ao interior de uma tradição que esqueceu o prazer vital da beleza, da diversão, do poema.
Marta Bernardes
5 Junio 2015


Mafalda Santos von der Mühle der heiligen Quelle

Algumas imagens e um pequeno artigo sobre a exposição
Mafalda Santos von der Mühle der heiligen Quelle
na Kunstverein VIA 113 em Hildesheim, Alemanha
(Via Mafalda Santos)


Se já não fosse de Susana Chiocca

video performance com a colaboração de Fernando Fernandéz Calvo (performer) & Luca Argel (poesía)
com curadoria de João Baeta na Mercearia S. Miguel
Rua Conde S. Salvador Nº 324, 4450-264 Matosinhos
Participam também:
Beatriz Albuquerque, Isaque Pinheiro, Israel Pimenta, Hugo Soares e João Gigante, JAS, José Carlos Teixeira, Nuno Cassola, Nuno Rodrigues de Sousa, Samuel Silva, Sandra Gil, e Teixeira Barbosa ZM


Feminist Duration in Art and Curating

Goldsmiths, Department of Art, Research Symposium
16th and 17th March, 2015

This two-day research symposium considers the resonance of feminist art, thinking and collectivity in contemporary life. Riffing on Amelia Jones' concept of 'queer feminist durationality,' it explores feminist legacies, potentials and pitfalls to examine how tactics and strategies from earlier movements and projects are being re-examined and redeployed today. Concerned with the dangers of romanticising earlier struggles and succumbing to Left melancholy, the symposium looks at how feminisms in art and curating contribute to a constellation of cultural production. Such speculations open up the differences in intention and reception across place, time and context.

Kajsa Dahlberg (Berlin and Malmö), Claire Fontaine (Paris), Laura Guy (Goldsmiths), Rehana Zaman (Goldsmiths), Helena Reckitt (Goldsmiths), Louise Shelley (The Showroom, London), art historian Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths), Nina Power (University of Roehampton).
At Goldsmiths College, Richard Hoggart Building, rooms 325-326,