International Women's Art Collection

Scope and Content

14 boxes of ephemera, publicity material, newsletters, catalogues and press cuttings from the 1980s and 1990s relating to women's art organisations or artists groups based in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South Africa. 3 boxes of similar material from the International Women Artists Archive, USA.

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.


Box files arranged alphabetically by country.

Access Information

Access for visitors is by appointment only.

Acquisition Information

International Women Artists Archive, USA collected and donated by Rosemary Anderson.

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.