At Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough
2 – 4pm, 19 February 2022
Event is free. To book, register at: https://tinyurl.com/44dbtmcv
Join us for a workshop with the West Asian and North African Women’s Art Library (WANAWAL) and Women Artists of the North East Library. Event part of Women Artists of the North East Library residency at MIMA 2021-22
Memories are dear things to us. They can help us find comfort in difficult times, but they can also be troubling things to live with. Whether trying to remember details or finding the right words, sharing our memories is not always easy. Some memories get written down, bound into books, others boxed into the archive but those more difficult to recall or harder to tell can stay untold. Join us for a workshop where we will explore ways to share personal memories and stories we haven’t yet told. Using drawing and letter writing as activities to help translate memories into stories and fragments into visuals, we will collate and present these translations in a group artwork.
At the workshop there will be an introduction to the work of the West Asian and North African Women’s Art Library (WANAWAL) and we will explore how the ‘women’s art library’ (WAL) model has become an inspirational and replicate-able method of distributing the work of women artists for both WANAWAL and Women Artists of the North East Library.
This workshop is open to all.
The West Asian and North African Women’s Art Library (WANAWAL) is a publicly accessible digital archive built to collect and store artwork and curatorial projects by women from the WANA region. We stand for progressive recognition of WANA women as both artists and subjects in museum and gallery spaces.WANAWAL acknowledges that ‘documentation’ of art is dependent on which body is considered ‘deserving’ of being recognised, credited, recorded and therefore archived. Frustrated by the homogeneity of archives across the UK, yet inspired by the inclusive collection held at The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University, WANAWAL is a platform where women of all communities in the aforementioned regions are represented on their own terms, emancipated from both patriarchal and white gazes.