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Differencing the Canon: Methods of Researching and Archiving Women's Sculptural Practices

9:30–19:00

Join us at The Hepworth Wakefield for the final event in our Researching Women in Sculpture Season.

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There has been a focus in recent years on corrective approaches to the history of British sculpture. Art historical and sociological research alongside curatorial activities have highlighted the marginalisation of women working in sculpture from historical accounts, institutional collections and archives, exhibiting opportunities, career development and educational training. Publications and exhibitions have worked to introduce women’s names to alternative narratives previously dominated by men, including Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (Arts Council Collection/touring 2021), and Fifty Women Sculptors (Aurora Metro Books, 2020).

Questions remain, however, regarding how, as researchers, archivists, art historians, curators, researchers and sculptors, we undertake our strategic, reparative work of inclusion. Is there a risk that a merely supplementary but still selective canon of some women practitioners will be produced, curated, collected, written about, archived and so become financially and art historically ‘valued’? This symposium seeks to challenge the historical and curatorial deselection of artist-women and develop innovative and extended research methods that are attentive to more inclusive value systems. It seeks expanded narratives, to build, and archive, a fuller picture of the sculptural practices of women in all their diversity.

This symposium is organised by Dr Anna Douglas and Dr Kerry Harker (Curatorial Researchers, The Hepworth Wakefield) in collaboration with Rosamund Lily West (Kingston University) and the Henry Moore Institute and will form the closing event of the Institute’s Researching Women in Sculpture season.

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Tickets cost £20 (£15 concessions), and can be booked online via Eventbrite.

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Programme

 

9:30

Registration

 

9:45

Welcome and introductions from conference organisers

 

10:00–11:00 (via Zoom)

Keynote Lecture

Differencing the Canon: Researching, Curating, Archiving with a focus on the New Hall Art Collection of Art by Women in Cambridge

Differencing the Canon: Researching, Curating, Archiving with a focus on the New Hall Art Collection of Art by Women in Cambridge

Professor Griselda Pollock (Professor Emerita of Social and Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds) in conversation with Harriet Loffler (Curator, The Women’s Art Collection, Cambridge)

Chair

Chair

Eleanor Clayton (Senior Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield)

11:00–11:30

Break and Refreshments

 

11:30–13:30

Panel 1: Life Storying

Les Practiciennes

Les Practiciennes

Professor Rebecca Fortnum (Glasgow School of Art)

Reconfiguring the Archive: Listening at the Limits

Reconfiguring the Archive: Listening at the Limits

Dr Hester R. Westley (British Library)

‘I am you, I am her’: Iwona Demko’s activist archiving for her-stories

‘I am you, I am her’: Iwona Demko’s activist archiving for her-stories

Dr Basia Sliwinska (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Feminist Art Making Histories: Developing Methodologies for a Funded Project

Feminist Art Making Histories: Developing Methodologies for a Funded Project

Professor Hilary Robinson (University of Loughborough)

Chair

Chair

Dr Anna Frances Douglas (Curatorial Researcher, The Hepworth Wakefield)

13:30–14:30

Lunch

Optional introduction to the exhibition Sheila Hicks: Off Grid with Dr Abi Shapiro (Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield) at 14:00.

 

14:30–15:30

Panel 2: Two Archives

Persistence and Resistance as Methodology: Reflections on the Rita Keegan Archive Project

Persistence and Resistance as Methodology: Reflections on the Rita Keegan Archive Project

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski (University of the Arts, London / Tate Britain)

Activating the Archive: Creative Engagements with the Life and Work of Dora Gordine at Dorich House Museum   

Activating the Archive: Creative Engagements with the Life and Work of Dora Gordine at Dorich House Museum   

Fiona Fisher (Dorich House Museum)

Chair

Chair

Rosamund Lily West (Kingston University)

15:30–16:00

Break and Refreshments

 

16:00–17:30

Panel 3: Whose Archive

Women Artists of the North East Library

Women Artists of the North East Library

Holly Argent (Artist)

Countering the Hyper-visibility of Chinese Aesthetics in Britain through the Object Stories of British Chinese Women

Countering the Hyper-visibility of Chinese Aesthetics in Britain through the Object Stories of British Chinese Women

Dr Denise Kwan (University of the West of England Bristol/ Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London)

The Motivated Archive

The Motivated Archive

Dr Rachel Warriner (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Chair

Chair

Dr Kerry Harker (Curatorial Researcher, The Hepworth Wakefield)

17:30–17:45

Closing Remarks

 

18:00–19:00

Drinks Reception in The Hepworth Wakefield Cafe

 

Researching Women in Sculpture

 

Researching Women in Sculpture reflects upon women’s contribution to the field of sculpture, investigating archival and collecting practices that have historically obscured work by women and suggesting strategies for how these might be addressed moving forward.

 

Find out more about this Research Season

Getting here

A view of The Hepworth Wakefield, a modernist concrete gallery, from across the River Clader.
The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo: Iwan Baan.

Accessibility

The event will take place in the ground floor auditorium at The Hepworth Wakefield. The auditorium has level access from the foyer and is easily accessible by wheelchair. The gallery spaces on the first floor, where they are accessible via lift; all gallery spaces have level access and double doors. There are three accessible toilets within the building.

Access and getting around The Hepworth Wakefield

Do let us know if you have any access requirements when you book your ticket.

The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 5AW
United Kingdom

T: 01924 247360

 

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