Re-reading the library is a project for Art Licks Weekend 2019 exploring ways the Women Artists of the North East Library can be read and re-read, to consider the library a space to acknowledge an inevitable dependency on other artists’ practices, on their interventions, their struggles and also their accomplishments.
Considering the library as a loose coagulates of related projects, it holds multiple narratives from across times and spaces. Taking the exercise of reading as a starting point, the library will be read in various ways over the weekend registering and sharing aloud the voices and lineages, both regional and further spreading, that currently form the library’s trajectory.
Re-reading the library is also an opportunity to consider how, if we propose ourselves as a ‘readership’, we are reliant upon already established readings of historical narratives or more anecdotal (local) experiences, and what combinations of these might displace one another.
Over the course of the weekend, the library will be in residence at the Freelands Foundation and events include a performed collective reading, Quiet Read In – an opportunity to spend time with the Women Artists of the North East Library collection without pressure of talking or discussion, and Read Out loud – a writing workshop using literature from the Women Artists of the North East library to explore how it’s ‘narrative’ can be constructed.
Women Artists of the North East Library* is an artist-led project that brings together donated material, including: research, books, audio and images to form a usable resource that contributes to the history of women* artists working in the region. Initiated in 2017 with the help of The Northern Charter Graduate Bursary, the project now exists as a collection of donated material and a rolling programme of events centring on the archive and artists that make up the library.
Some previous events have included: Sandra Lahire’s Anti- Nuclear trilogy (film screening) with political poster exhibition at Star and Shadow cinema, Newcastle; Women Artists of the North East Library, an evolving exhibition and 5 week public programme at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; and Walking Library for Walking Women in Newcastle with Dee Heddon and Misha Myers.
*Woman-identifying and non-gender binary
Women Artists of the North East Library
113 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 8UR, UK