Women of Colour Index Project: Gillian Elinor Donation

Profile of Rita Keegan

Profile of Rita Keegan

We are extremely excited and pleased to announce the commencement of the Women of Colour Index Project which has been made possible by the kind donation of Jonathan Rosenhead in the name of Gillian Elinor, a feminist activist and arts educator responsible for Feminist Arts News and contributor and supporter of Women’s Arts Movement, Women  Artists Slide Library (now the Womens Art Library located in Goldsmiths Special Collections) and the Head of Art and Design at UEL.

This is a 12 month project focused upon a collection within the Women’s Art Library charting the emergence of Black Women’s art in the UK during the ‘Critical Decades’ of the 1980s and 1990s. The collection comprises ephemera, press cuttings, exhibition catalogues and slides of individual artworks and installations. The project will create archival records of the material to be widely shared online through our own Archive databases and Archives Hub. In addition the collective X Marks The Spot in collaboration with original coordinator Rita Keegan will explore new connections and themes that have emerged in the subsequent years and relaunch the Women of Colour Index. The final phase will be an event celebrating the Women of Colour Index Project and The Gillian Elinor Donation.

Regular updates on the project will be available through the Library blog, for more information please contact Althea Greenan a.greenan@gold.ac.uk

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