To honour 100 years of the global celebration of International Women's Day South London Women Artists (SLWA) are holding their 5th exhibition at Dulwich Library from Sunday 27 February to Saturday 26 March 2011. This year the theme of the exhibition is Women and Books, drawing on the invaluable contributions that women have made to books and libraries over the years and the inspiration they receive from them.
SLWA has already been associated with books through it’s progamme of talks also held at Dulwich Library. In 2009 Althea Greenan of the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s College explained how the organisation functions as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Rebecca Fortnum, Camberwell College of Art, talked about her interviews with 20 internationally recognized women artists from her book “Contemporary British Women Artists: In their own words”. More recently Dr Lara Perry who is co-editing a book on feminism and art curating presented her research “What place has feminism in contemporary practice?” to the group.
The Women and Books exhibition will look at books written by women, for women, about women or which inspire women and joins International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March when thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Throughout the month long exhibition a number of local schools will attend SLWA education events organized for them by artist members. There will also be free tours of the exhibition led by a SLWA member and a chance to meet some of the participating artists on Wednesdays 2 and 16 March at 3.30pm.
Over the past two years South London Women Artists have staged numerous shows including a hugely successful exhibition at Bankside Gallery in 2010. Dulwich Library is fast becoming an established venue to view and buy original SLWA artworks and the group is delighted that books will also be the theme of the show. The works will ‘bookend’ the library bookshelves, thus connecting the thoughtful experiences of library browsing and art contemplation.The exhibition will take place at Dulwich Library from 27 February to 26 March during normal opening hours and entrance is free. There will be a private view on Thursday 3 March from 8 to 10pm.
Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB
Open: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9am to 8pm, Tues10am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 5pm, Sun 12pm to 4pm.
Private view Thursday 3 March, 8 to 10pm.
Free exhibition tours Wednesday 2 & 16 March at 3.30pm.
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Give some time to yourself!
PPD is a series of talks specifically for SLWAs.  Aiming to enhance the personal and professional development and artistic practice of contemporary women artists, especially those who are balancing career and family. We have eight great speakers, one talk a month, on a range of topics.
Held at Dulwich Library from 6-9pm they are informal, fun and informative. Read this review of the first event, here.  Keep the first Monday evening of the month free for YOU. Topics include time management, women in visual culture, the creative process, effective networking, selling work, exhibition submissions, and more.
As the 4th exhibition of work by SLWA at Dulwich Library approaches we are pleased to announce our distinguished selection panel, Mella Shaw, Maria Chevska and Emily Druiff who will also curate the show.


South London Women Artists (SLWA) have developed an education programme for local primary schools as part of their regular exhibition at Dulwich Library which runs from 31 October to 27 November 2010.
During November, Year 5 school children from St Anthony’s and other local Primary Schools will visit the library and make their own artwork inspired by what they see in the exhibition. A team of SLWA artists will engage with the pupils to introduce them to the work of women artists past and present and help the children to create their own pictures. Some of the work produced in these sessions will be on display in the library during the exhibition.

Thanks to SLWA's Kim Thornton for documenting this big moment in SLWA's history.For ALL Kim Thornton's images of the Bankside submission day go to our flickr pages here>
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