Women's Art Movement in Great Britain - Early Years Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Early minutes and manifesto of the Artists Union Women's Workshop 1972-1978; Women Artists Collective Project; Alexis Hunter postcards; Women's Art Space Oxford papers 1985-1986; Women in Video (About Time) 1980 at ICA; Women at the Hayward slide shows 1978 list of artists; London Filmmakers Coop details of summer show 1980; 'Sense & Sensibility in Feminist Art' exhibition 1982 description and details about artists; Slade Women's Group leaflet 1980 ; Fenix 1980 (travelling exhibition); Women's Art Alliance papers 1970-1973

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Art Library (also known as MAKE) was originally set up as the Women Artists slide Library in London in the late 1970s. This initiative from feminist artists' developed into an arts organisation publishing catalogues, books and a magazine from 1983-2002. During this time women artists deposited unique documentation on their work and created personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection. In 2004 the collection became part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections. At Goldsmiths The Women's Art Library (MAKE) continued to collect slides, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues, and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms. As at 2009 they continued to welcome donations from women artists to help develop this collection. Contributions to this collection made by Alexis Hunter and Kay Stirling.

Conditions Governing Access

Access for visitors is by appointment only.

Other Finding Aids

List available at the Library (database)

Archivist's Note

Description by Althea Greenan, MAKE 2002. Submitted to the Archives Hub as part of Genesis 2009 Project.