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Left: Kate Sweeney (headshot) / Right: Inks made from plaster dust, dandelion, grass, brick and cinders retrieved from the site of writer and traveller Gertrude Bell’s former residence, Red Barns in Redcar.

Writing Commission 2022: Kate Sweeney

We’re delighted to announce artist Kate Sweeney has been commissioned to develop a new text work in response to the WANE library’s collection and archive practices.

Open Call Writing Commission - deadline 11/08/22

Writing Commission 2022: Open Call

July 2022: We seek to commission an artist or writer to develop new text work that responds to the library collection, histories of women artists in the North East and archive practice.

In-Residence at VARC 2022

May – August 2022: The Library will be at VARC researching legacies and local practitioners in Northumberland and the influence of the rural on women’s creative practice in the region.

Library in-residence at MIMA: 30 Jul - 10 Dec 2021

In-Residence at MIMA 2021

July – December 2021: The Library will be at MIMA learning about creative histories in the region, and connecting with artists and organisations in the Tees Valley.

In conversation with Jayne Dent

June 2020: Holly Argent speaks to Jayne Dent about her project with material from the library, ‘the waves like braids, unravelling’.

Re reading the Library

August – October 2019: A series of collaborative gatherings with artists exploring ways to navigate the library through instruction and collective reading.

Newcastle rock and rollers of the 1960's courtesy of The Chronicle

Closing Party

8 September 2018: Workplace Programme – Join us for a closing event celebrating the Women Artists of the North East Library exhibition.

Ghost cocoon

Artist Talk with Sam Ainsley

6 September 2018: Workplace Programme – Sam Ainsley gives a talk about her practice and years of experience working in arts education.

Still from Seescapes (2014) by Geetha J

Eyeliner: A Film Screening

3 September 2018: Workplace Programme – An eclectic film programme of works from documentary, animation to installation, by artists and filmmakers associated with the North East.

She Riffs – A Performance Event

23 August 2018: Workplace Programme – Three presentations of re-worked versions of performance and drawing by artists in the Library’s programme at Workplace Gallery.

Image courtesy of Cinenova Archive

Film screening: Veronica 4 Rose (1982)

21 August 2018: Workplace Programme – A showing of Veronica 4 Rose (1982) by Melanie Chait following the lives of young lesbians in Newcastle, Liverpool and London.

Living Organism – A Film Screening

20 August 2018: Workplace Programme – An evening of films from Kate’s Liston, Joyce Wieland and Ella Bergmann-Michel expanding on Kate’s work in the show.

Feminist Walk of Newcastle

21 June 2018: A feminist walk of the city devised with Prof Maggie O’Neill for The Sociological Review Conference 2018, Gateshead.

Reading List at BALTIC

21 April 2018: Event making a Reading List in the BALTIC Library as part of the Self Publishing Artists Market.

Walking Library for Walking Women

27 January 2018: Dee Heddon from The Walking Library conducts a walking event in the streets of Newcastle with the WANE Library and The Northern Charter.