Journals Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The MAKE Resource has a comprehensive collection of periodicals relating to art and women artists. The main early feminist journals include 'Feminist Artists Newsletter' (UK), 'Heresies' (USA), 'Matriart' (Canada) and several issues of 'Women's Artists News' (USA). Also 'Women's Art Journal' (USA), 'The Warm Journal' (USA) and N-paradoxa (UK). Also complete run of the MAKE serial publication titled 'The Women's Artists Slide Library Newsletter, The Women Artists Slide Library Journal, Women's Art Magazine and Make, the magazine of women's art. The library also have journals in other languages for example Dutch, but most are bi-lingual.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Access for visitors is by appointment only.

Other Finding Aids

Two files arranged alphabetically by name of journal with details of issues available, not full runs of all journals. Journals arranged alphabetically on open shelves. Special editions catalogued on database and filed with relevant collections.

Archivist's Note

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

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