SLWA have had many celebrations over the last few weeks that we would like to share with you.


Back, CEO of Conway Hall Dr Jim Walsh, Moira Jarvis, Melissa Budasz. Front, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Chrissy Thirlaway, Jackie Brown



 The Big Draw Awards, Painters' Hall, City of London

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On 18 May 2015 we collected The Big Draw Award runners-up prize at Painters' Hall, home to the Worshipful Painter-Stainers in the City of London for our collaborative drawing Hidden Narratives Dangerous Erasions. The artist Jessica Voorsanger created a live drawing installation and there were presentations from the artist Bob and Roberta Smith and the film director Mike Leigh, both advocating the need for drawing in education and throughout our lives. The Big Draw 2014 had over 1800 participating groups, individuals, schools and other institutions who had entered the competition from all over the world. The project, devised by Melissa Budasz and Laura Moreton-Griffiths comprised of 18 storyboards referencing over 30 female artists from neolithic cave paintings to current time - some well known artists, others less well known, connected to and operating at times of influence. Thank you to all the SLWA artists that took part as we drew with sharpie pens over 10 days on our hands and knees in the foyer of the Albany Theatre, Deptford. This project was part of the 2014 Deptford X Festival.

Participating artists: Julie Bennett, Gillian Best-Powell, Jackie Brown, Melissa Budasz, Liz Charsley-Jory, Robina Doxi, Chantal Gillingham, Margaret Higginson, Moira Jarvis, Beata Kozlowska, Jennie Merrell, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Lesley O'Mara, Marnie Pitts, Selena Steele, Paula Stevens-Hoare, Chrissy Thirlaway, Mary Thomas-Rodriguez, Eithne Twomey


The SAF Awards, Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge 

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On 25 June Southwark Arts Forum hosted the SAF Awards at the Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge. SLWA's Finders Keepers Losers Weepers residency, art-trail, symposium and educational workshops were nominated in two categories - the Community Arts Project Award and the Visual Arts Award. We were honoured to be there, having won the Visual Arts Award the previous year for I'm Inside Ring the Bell, we were shortlisted for the Visual Arts Award once again, but missed out on the award this time. 

Participating artists: Maria Beddoes, Julie Bennett, Gillian Best-Powell, Kate Bowe, Jackie Brown, Lisa Brown, Melissa Budasz, Bula Chakravarty AgboLiz Charsley-Jory, Leonie Cronin, Karin Dahlbacka, Reema Dreaming, Gin Dunscombe, Edori Fertig, Chantal Gillingham, Pia Goddard, Jane Higginbottom, Moira Jarvis, Pat Keay, Beata Kozlowska, Christine Landreth, Jennie Merrell, Paola Minekov, Carol Mish, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Jasmine Pradissitto, Marnie Pitts, Lucy Soni, Chrissy Thirlaway, Kim Thornton, Eithne Twomey, Caroline Underwood, Susan Wood


Conway Hall Time Capsule Installation, Holborn

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Finders Keepers Losers Weepers marked an exceptional time for SLWA. 34 selected members explored abstract notions around being, knowing, time and space and not only responded to the theme - the archaeology of mind and memory, but also the history and physical space of Conway Hall itself. The exhibition ran around the entire building from the roof to the basement, in walkways, corridors and windows, offering a unique experience to visitors and staff.

The five curators Jackie Brown, Melissa Budasz, Moira Jarvis, Laura Moreton-Griffiths and Chrissy Thirlaway returned to Conway Hall on 23 June 2015 to install a time capsule that commemorates the four months South London Women Artists artworks occupied Conway Hall and the symposium and educational workshops that took place. The time capsule contains fragments from the exhibition itself which have been placed in a special archive room for future generations to find. 


Conway Hall time capsule selected contributions:



Kate Bowe an Angel card from Slight of Hand installation

Jackie Brown  human hair, Pia's lasting to the end of time, holding profound knowledge of its identity. Used to weave Hair Brain-Pia

Melissa Budasz study fragment for States of Consciousness series - collage of wax, milkweed, human hair, textured paper used for Sex My Brain circular painting

Joan Byrne poem Curating the Laundry read at Symposium Archaeology of mind and memory 20 November 2014

Pia Goddard made to accompany the large photographic piece Rocking Horse which was part of the Finders Keepers Losers Weepers show, this little rocking horse is the dream come true, and, therefore, broken

Moira Jarvis study for Composting and Natural Patterns of Thought, small sewn canvas with wire and willow

Laura Moreton-Griffiths A Hyena in a Petticoat archival pigment print of original drawing of Mary Wollstonecraft, radical, proto-feminist, writer and philosopher

Eithne Twomey section of print on vinyl taken from Traces of No 41 Under seat No 12

Chrissie Thirlaway ivory cow from Consequences installation

A5 exhibition/symposium flyer Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

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Paper Time Capsule created by a child from an Educational School workshop held at Conway Hall on 27 February 2015