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It is important to us the WANE library is generative and our commissions programme aims to support women and non-binary creatives to make new work. Commissions often respond to artistic legacies connected to the North East of England or in relation to archival practice and library work.

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.