Group Work: Contemporary Art and Feminism

“Group Work: Contemporary Art and Feminism” is a research project that explores the legacies and histories of group work in art since the 1970s, with a focus on feminist practices. Questions under consideration include: what would a (feminist) art history look like if it refused to tell a history of individual artists? And how did the collectivity inherent in much feminist organising in the 1970s and 1980s feed into artistic practice? This project thinks through the legacies of consciousness-raising in art, as well as other political group work that intersect with feminist politics, including the peace movement, anti-racist and women of colour activism, and lesbian, gay and transgender activism. The emphasis will be on feminist-influenced art practices from the 1970s onwards, exploring UK feminist communities and their international connections.

This research network will hold a series of events to consider the implications of approaching the art world from the point of view of the relationships, collaborations and networks that support artistic production, display and reception.

There have been two seminars held at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London to launch the network, in January and May 2019. The next seminar will take place at the University of Cambridge in Autumn 2019. 

The group is led by Dr Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr Amy Tobin (University of Cambridge/ Kettle’s Yard) and Dr Rachel Warriner (Courtauld Institute of Art).

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