Women's International Art Club (WIAC)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Box 1: Minutes of Annual General Meetings 1912-1958 and attendance at General meetings 1928-1962. Box 2: Press Cuttings 1901-1907, Miscellaneous catalogues 1900-1978, Collection of National Association of Women Artists Inc. 'Who's who in the exhibition' forms with black and white photographs of sculpture. Box 3: Executive Committee Meetings 1921-1950. Box 4: Printed material and annual reports 1928-1950. Box 5: 'History of the Women's International Art Club' by Anne Bruce (leaflet), copies of newsletters 1970-1973, membership lists 1970-1974, membership list A-Z 1942-1960s, Minutes, constitution and Annual General Meeting minutes 1969-1973 (incomplete, photocopies), list of members in 1900 at the first exhibition held in Paris.

Administrative / Biographical History

The idea of a women's art club originated in 1899 with a handful of artists in a Paris studio at a time when most women were unable to take part in professional activities. The object of the club was to enable women of all nationalities to arrange exhibitions of a professional standard. The original title of the club was the Paris Club, this was changed to Women's International Art Club after the first exhibition. Exhibitions were held in a variety of London galleries. In 1947 the annual exhibition was opened by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, who became patron of the club the same year. Names of exhibitors include Dame Ethel Walker, Dame Laura Knight, Anne Redpath, Anthea Ailey, Elinor Bellingham-Smith and Sonia Delaunay.

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.

Related Material

Material is also held at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.

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