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The National Museum of Women in the Arts

www.nmwa.org The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To fulfill its mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a quarterly magazine and books on women artists and supports a network of state and international committees.

The Library and Research Center

NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines. The Library and Research Center of the NMWA aims to educate and inform the public about the contributions of women to the visual arts by sharing its resources with library users and visitors. The Library's resources include more than 18,500 books and exhibition catalogues, periodicals, multi-media resources and artists' books, along with the Archives on Women Artists  and a number of special collections, including artists' papers. Clara: database of Women Artists provides access through a user-friendly, searchable interface to biographic and demographic information on close to 18,000 historic and contemporary women artists from around the world.

NMWA Internships The National Museum of Women in the Arts offers paid and unpaid internships for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates seeking valuable experience in the heart of Washington, D.C.  Internship opportunities are available seasonally in the fall, spring, and summer in a variety of departments. Unpaid interns must make a minimum commitment of 20 hours (2.5 days) per week for three months; time commitments for paid internships vary. Deadlines:

  • Summer Term (June–August): March 15
  • Fall Term (September–December): June 15
  • Spring Term (January–May): October 15

For information see: http://nmwa.org/about/internships

The New Hall Art Collection (part of New Hall, a women's college of the University of Cambridge) www.art.newhall.cam.ac.uk

This Collection of artwork by women has been fortunate from its foundation in receiving a few valuable donations and loans of works of art, but a new development began in 1986 when we were able to acquire, with the generous help of the Eastern Arts Association and of the artist herself, Mary Kelly's work Extase, following her stay as artist-in-residence at New Hall and Kettle's Yard. It spurred us to hope that it might be the nucleus of a permanent collection of twentieth century art by distinguished women artists.

By the generosity of over a hundred artists (and offers are still coming in) the College has gathered for permanent display a collection which is already providing enormous interest and pleasure to all who see it. By virtue of its size and specialisation the collection bids fair to be regarded as unique in this country and it is being visited, consulted, written about and photographed by art historians and others excited by the talent and originality displayed by so many contemporary women artists.

South London Women Artists www.southlondonwomenartists.co.uk

South London Women Artists is a new website, open and free, where women artists can post a profile of their work. It was launched in late April by Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Inspired by the wealth of women artists in the area, South London Women Artists decided to offer a website where women artists living or working in the Gallery area, that is in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham,  can display three images of their work, publicise themselves with an artist's profile and provide a contact address.  The website features over 20 artists and attracts regular enquiries from artists wishing to add their profiles.

The Women's Library at the LSE www.lse.ac.uk/library/newsandinformation/womenslibraryatLSE

The Women’s Library @ LSE is Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women and is a key part of British heritage. LSE has a number of proposals in place to ensure that The Women’s Library @ LSE continues to grow and flourish.

These include ambitious plans to digitise the collections, such as The Women’s Library Timeline, the Emily Wilding Davison Online Exhibition, and Women’s Walks, making the collection more accessible to global audiences in the digital age.

The Women’s Library @ LSE will also further enrich teaching and research available at LSE, enhancing the University’s already world-class events programme.

The Women's Art Library at Goldsmiths www.gold.ac.uk/make/

As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, the Women's Art Library continues to collect slides, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues, and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms. We welcome donations from women artists to help us develop this collection.

The Birds Eye Women's Film  Festival www.birds-eye-view.co.uk

Birds Eye View celebrates and supports international women filmmakers. Founded as a short film event in 2002, it became a charity in 2004, launched the UK’s first major women’s film festival in 2005, and is now developing an all-year-round activity with the First Weekenders Club, BEV Labs, touring programme and online community.

ELF/The Great East London Art Audit The East London Fawcett Group (‘ELF’) would like to make East London the best example of a gender equal community in the UK.  ELF aims to do this through a programme of inspiring events and activities, aimed to engage women and men with the progressive ideas, campaigns and policies of the group. http://elf-audit.com/

The Society of Women Artists The SWA is a unique Society in that its rich mix of oil painters, water colourists, sculptors, printers and ceramicists is able to showcase one of the most diverse shows in London today.

Glasgow's Women's Library:  a vibrant information hub housing a lending library, archive collections and contemporary and historical artefacts relating to women’s lives, histories and achievements.

The Black - E:connecting artists and communities.  Britain's first community art centre, located in Liverpool, whose purpose is to share history as well as to share and gift ideas.  Online archive includes the history of their women's exhibitions, events and workshops.  Plus, an online marketplace including books and digitised photographs.

Women of the World Festival at Southbank

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