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At the beginning of SLWA's post summer activities a small but enthusiastic group of us gathered to discuss our art practice at the vibrant gallery space and cafe Canvas & Cream, in Forest Hill. This was the third meeting of its kind to be held here; the idea being to provoke dialogue through sharing objects or influences that inspire our work. It is not meant to be a 'crit' but more a way to move our ideas forward through giving them a voice.

The evening contributions were as diverse as the artists present - ranging from quotes about civil unrest in 18th Centrury, to flint axes found in Norfolk from 950 BC, from a ghostly 1920's style outfit made by the artist out of felt and paper, to the influence of the artist Elizabeth Peyton, and a chapter of the Lotus Sutra!

Interestingly, we sat surrounded by Chris Hawtin's very masculine show, whose paintings of spaceships hanging like massive insects above blasted land wastes posed the question of our relationship to nature in this hyper technological world.

Continuing our discussion, as women artists, we became aware of our common thread - a desire to re-integrate the past and maybe relcaim some humanity as we feel our way to forming new work.

Ilinca Cantacuzino

September 2012

Joan Byrne takes some snaps of SLWA members who are showing work at SNAP!

gin studio-webGin Dunscombe, Photo by Joan Byrne

Gin Dunscombe
Gin Dunscombe, whose studio is in Peckham, works across a range of media including film, photography, screen printing and installation. Her current work spans a spectrum from obsolete artefacts and redundant technology to birds of prey. She is studying for an MA (Fine Art) at Camberwell College of Art and Design.

susan-webSusan Wood, Photo by Joan Byrne

Susan Wood
Susan’s studio is full of light and curiosities. Often her glass pieces are inspired by natural objects, perhaps found on a seaside amble. Apart from her unique glasswork, she has paintings and all sorts stacked or hung in her studio.

pia webPia Randall-Goddard, Photo by Joan Byrne

Pia Randall-Goddard
The photo was taken in the Blue Mountain café in North Cross Road, which can surely lay claim to being Pia’s other studio. Over many a cappuccino, she has cooked-up manifold projects from photographic to upcycling to bug boxes.

joan-webJoan Byrne, Photo by Pia Randall Goddard

Joan Byrne
Pia Randall-Goddard turned the camera on Joan who is in her studio/office/dumping area. Photos, notebooks, drawings, a Buddha and a copy of President Nixon’s resignation letter comprise some of the backdrop to her creative endeavors.


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South London Women Artists (SLWA) present snap! at Bankside Gallery, Hopton Street, London SE1 from 2 to 7 May 2012. This second major exhibition of members work will cross reference contemporary female art with the history of feminism. There will be a display of archived Women Artists’ Diaries lent by The Women’s Art Library collection at Goldsmiths University, including the 1999 edition featuring SLWA member Jackie Brown. SLWA will be producing their own diary for the academic year 2012/13 which will join this collection and be archived for posterity.

The theme of the exhibition snap! is inspired by important feminist art events WOW (London, 2011 and 2012) and WACK! (Los Angeles, 2007). Following their lead it examines the foundations and legacy of the development of women’s art and presents a snapshot of women’s art today.

The exhibition will be selected and hung by a team of prestigious curators: Althea Greenan, curator of The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University of London; Dr Lara Perry, Principal Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Brighton with a special interest in the histories of feminism and art curating; and Sarah Sparkes, artist and curator.   The curators all have strong interests in the history of women’s art.

There will be a programme of talks and events, an art performance and a series of art workshops with local schools during the exhibition.



Marcia's work was shown in the archived International Women's Art Diary 1993. She is also showing work in SLWA SNAP! Exhibition at Bankside Gallery 2-7 May 2012


Listing information

Exhibition title:  snap!

Venue:              Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH

Dates:              2-7 May, 2012

Opening times:  10am-6pm, admission free

Private view:      Wednesday 2 May, 6-9pm


Editor Notes


South London Women Artists (SLWA) was launched by the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery in June 2008 to provide support to the enterprise of women artists living or working in South London.  Since its launch the group has expanded its membership to 100 artists and has held a number of successful exhibitions. In addition to offering an online presence, SLWA supports its members through workshops, critiques and talks and provides a forum for discussion.  It is an inclusive community with a wide range of members from all backgrounds, which aims to help women artists to raise their profile and to develop their art and entrepreneurial skills. SLWA also offers an education programme to the community.


Althea Greenan

Althea Greenan is curator of The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University of London.

Althea has worked within The Women's Art Library since 1989, when it was primarily an artists' organization collecting and archiving its members' slides and publishing a magazine which appeared under the title 'Women's Art Magazine' and later 'Make, the magazine of women's art'. The Women's Art Library ceased operating as an arts organization in 2002, but the collection is now held at the Library at Goldsmiths University of London where it remains accessible to the public and continues to collect documentation on women artists. Althea's various roles within the Library included a decade of writing in the magazine and managing the research resource, which was gifted to Goldsmiths. She continues to work with the collection as part of the Library team, with a particular emphasis on developing The Women's Art Library collection. She facilitates a range of events and projects that center on the collection, including a writer's residency in 2007 and the forthcoming WAL/Feminist Review Research Bursary in spring 2009.

Dr Lara Perry

Dr Lara Perry is Principal Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Brighton.

One of her current projects is to explore the histories of feminism and art curating, and she is co-editor of a book on the subject (with Angela Dimitrakaki) titled Politics in a Glass Case, forthcoming from Liverpool University Press. Lara is also part of the Leverhulme funded International Research Network on Feminism and Curating, which is hosting a symposium on feminist and queer curating - Civil Partnerships? – at Tate Modern on 18/19 May 2012.

Sarah Sparkes

Sarah Sparkes is an artist and curator.

Sarah is currently engaged in research centred on the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature. She is interested in magic in the domestic and everyday, both as supernatural force and as legerdemain. Her work explores the belief systems we adopt and the powers we invest in the material to protect ourselves from our deepest fears.

Sarah co-runs the arts and interdisciplinary project "GHost" and hosts an annual art and performance event "The Chutney Preserves" for Camberwell Arts Festival. Recent exhibitions include: "GHost" at the Folkestone Triennial, London Art Fair, "The Infinity Box" a site-specific work made for the Belfry of St John Bethnal Green, London, "Cult of the Harvester at Supermarket Stockholm”, "Fate and Freewill" at Riverside Contemporary Art Space, California, USA.




Edori's work was shown in the archived Women Artists Diary 1988. She is also showing work in SLWA SNAP! Exhibition at Bankside Gallery 2-7 May 2012





Liz Charsley Jory Cathedrale GroveLiz, had you studied the Group of Seven at school? If so, did you have a favourite?
Yes, it was sort of compulsory art history in Canada. I always liked Tom Thomson the best when I was younger, as his work was the most distinctive. These days I am more partial to JEH MacDonald's work, if I had to make a choice, as it shows a greater artistic maturity  and more devotion to overall composition.

Had you yourself seen many original works by the Group of Seven before this exhibition?
I visited the McMichael Collection when I was quite young with my family, but hadn't seen the works up close since then. I've seen them reproduced many times in books.
Are you particularly familiar with any of the landscapes depicted?

I lived in Ontario until I was 12, then in British Columbia until I was 24, so I'm very familiar with all of the landscapes depicted, apart from the icebergs of the Arctic.
Do you feel there is a strong north/south divide in the works?

No, as the artists employed the same use of bold colour across all their landscapes. The abstract works of Lawren Harris are distinctively set apart from the others, but only because the rest of them were more realistic and accessible. His other landscapes had the same feel as the rest of the group.

On Friday 7 October SLWA hosted a film night at Bespoke Space in East Dulwich. Filmmakers got together to show their work and articulate their practice to an audience of peers resulting in some lively discussions.   The films shown were diverse in subject matter but linked surprisingly well together with shared themes of repetitive tasks, memory/nostalgia and identity, frequently revealing political and social dimensions.