Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths
The Women's Art Library is an important collection of
documentation dedicated to women's art practice and critical
contribution to visual arts and culture.
The collection is housed in Goldsmiths, University of London in
the Library’s Special Collections and Archives.
The aim is to facilitate innovative research relating to women's art
practice and critical writing.
Different shelves, different spaces.
Installation shots of Hilary
Robinson’s publications, kept
together in the Women’s Art Library
in the Special Collections Reading
Room and dispersed in the main
The WASL display
board at Battersea Arts
installations, and issues
of the newsletter.
Anthology from Women’s Art Library’s magazine edited by Maria Walsh and Mo Throp
and launched at Chelsea Space with the exhibition CAN DO: Photographs and other
material from the Women's Art Library Magazine Archive
Curated by Mo Throp and Maria Walsh 18 November – 18 December 2015
Examples from advertising campaigns run by
the UK-based women artists activist group
Forthcoming talk as part of exhibition events Print! Tearing It Up, Somerset House
8 Jun - 22 Aug 2018 25 June 19.00-20.30
Panellists include Althea Greenan, Shaz Madani Designer and Art Director of
Riposte magazine, Sofia Niazi resident Artist at Somerset House Studios and Editor
of OOMK Zine, and Teal Triggs Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean of
Royal College of Arts School of Communication. The evening’s discussion is chaired
by Ruth Jamieson, Writer and Author of Print Is Dead. Long Live Print.
File Under Female is a collaborative project created by award-winning
Chesterfield artist Bella Milroy, Artist in Residence at the Women’s Art Library,
Goldsmiths, University of London.
Our essay was in response to Symrath's annotation as well as the wider politics of
archives and the **female**
Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths
Start date: 1972? 1976? 1978? 1982?
“When did we start again?” Felicity Allen, make 81 (1998) 2-3
The Women Artists Slide Library 1981?-1993 Constituted as an educational charity in 1983.
The Women’s Art Library 1993 – 2000
Make, the organisation for women’s art 2001-2002
The Women’s Art Library 2003- present
Battersea Arts Centre 1982-86
Fulham Palace 1987-2000
Central St Martins 2000-02
When the London Arts Board and Arts Council of England funding came to an end the charity
gifted the collection and institutional archive to Goldsmiths University of London.
Digitization and Performances of
the Women’s Art Library Slide
University of Brighton
3000+ books, 10,200+
paper artist files,
150+ archive boxes, 100+
audio visual items, 990+
posters and 1500+
46,400 slides made by
As an art librarian, I am always aware that however
many art books, magazines, slides and videos I acquire
for the library, more actions, events and thoughts
remain undocumented there. I realised that if I do not
engage with this problem, not only will I be unable to
provide current readers with information on the
artists they are interested in, but my collections are
likely to divulge only a simplified and reductive version
of history to future researchers.
Jacqueline Cooke, “Art Ephemera, aka ‘Ephemeral Traces of “Alternative Space” :
The Documentation of Art Events in London 1995-2005, in an Art Library’”
(Goldsmiths, 2007), http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/3475/.
Slides of women’s artwork moved
(rescued?) from the University’s
teaching slide collection before it
was dismantled (thrown into a
skip set up by the staff entrance).
Research photograph of slide
from Isik Tüzüner’s slide file
in the Women’s Art Library
Research photographs of
slides from Permindar Kaur’s
Costumes for Curators # 3, Amelia Beavis-
2015 Photo: Julian Hughes
Nicole Veillard, art historian who
became History , working with slide
files in Battersea Arts Centre.
Kill the archivist! The Women’s Art Library and Feminist Review £1,000 research bursary 2015
This year’s Living with Make: Art in the archive bursary is presented in association with The
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2015
Bursary period: January to March 2016
Public launch at The Showroom: September 2016
Women’s Art Library and Feminist Review are inviting artists and curators to propose an original
engagement with the call to “Kill the archivist!” as a provocation to explore the possibilities of
unravelling the mechanism of the archive. This is a call for projects that propose the archive not as an
authority but as an unregulated knowledge, or a space of different temporalities. The call is open to
all including students.
The selected project will be presented in the Open Space pages of a forthcoming issue of Feminist
Review and feature in a public launch event in association with The Showroom.
Queer To Me, performance by Kiona Hagen Niehaus as part of launch event of Cybernetic
Resistance, produced by Brenda Guesnet and Kiona Niehaus Hagen, Winners of the 2015 Living
with Make: Art in the Archive Bursary, Women’s Art Library and Feminist Review with the
Queer To Me, performance live-streamed into the Showroom
11 November 2016 (Photo by Dr Rebecca Fiebrink)
Promotional image for Claire Collison’s exhibition Watch This Space,
Kingsway Corridor, Goldsmiths University of London March 2018
Detail installation shot of Everyday Women
Pippa Davismoon and Charlotte Morrison
Special Collections and Archives exhibition space
Published in 2015
Available as a PDF download
X Marks the Spot: Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Lauren Craig, Gina Nembhard
at the launch of publication Human Endeavour and the exhibition
Show and Tell at the Women’s Art Library, Special Collections,
Goldsmiths October 2015
Rita Keegan and Gina Nembhard speaking at the launch of publication
Human Endeavour, Special Collections, Goldsmiths October 2015
Unprepared, 1991, Watercolour on
Shrine, 1993, Oil and glitter on
Projection of Lauren Craig’s Women of Colour Index Slide Show
onto former site of Centre for Caribbean Studies, Laurie Grove,
Goldsmiths on the occasion of the launch of publication
Human Endeavour October 2015
Published in 2015
Available as a PDF download
WOCI Reading Group
Winner of the 2018 Art in the Archive: The Women’s Art Library/Feminist Review Bursary
Thriving through everyday acts of resistance
In partnership with Barby Asante the 198 Gallery and Louise Shelley, the Cubitt Gallery.
“ For the Women’s Art Library (WAL) bursary we propose to be able to
continue with our research into WOCI: This would consist of running
reading groups at WAL and inviting artists from the Index to talk and
engage directly with students and public participants. In the past year
WOCI Reading Group has branched into other institutions, which has
reduced our time and physical visibility at WAL. The bursary would be a
productive and vital opportunity to build on the foundations of the WOCI
Reading Group, which aims to make Black and Asian Art History a
compulsory part of Art Education. Fundamental to our work is to keep
the artists in WOCI visible and offer cross-generational dialogues so
that rather than be confined to the archive, we can explore art
practice from the past and how this intersects with the present and
future of production and care for artists of colour.”
Towards a critical art librarianship: theories and practices
We have to live in the future. Anyone practicing politics that goes against the
current socio-economic nightmare* is practicing the future. They live in the
future, by desire and by necessity. We have to start somewhere. We have to
start with the micro.
Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman: Of The Hand That Point Out, Of Fingers That See
Press Release 2016
Dr Althea Greenan
The Women's Art Library
Special Collections and Archives
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW
+44 (0)207 717 2295
My normal working days are Mondays-Thursdays
Special Collections is open Mondays to Fridays 10-6
during term-time and 10-5 outside term. Email for
All researchers welcome.