New project to record, curate and archive 50 years’ worth of feminist stories
Titled ‘Feminist Art Making Histories’, the ambitious digital humanities project aims to unearth ‘hidden’ and ‘untold’ stories of feminist art across both islands from the 1970s to the present day, so the transformative and radical advances of this generation are never forgotten.
The three-year-long project, valued at almost £600,000, is supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Irish Research Council*, and will be led by Professor Hilary Robinson, of Loughborough’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Dr Tina Kinsella from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire.
“I welcome this notable investment in the digital humanities, which will be a basis for new conversations and discoveries across these islands. This major award reflects IADT’s strength in critical, historical and contextual research in visual arts and digital media. The funding will allow us to lead on the development of new methods and means of communication, which will make neglected histories accessible to new audiences and to future generations. The IRC/AHRC award is continued recognition of IADT as Ireland’s leading practice-led institution specialising in the creative, cultural and technological sectors.”
David Smith, IADT President
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Press release reference number: 21/159
Professor Hilary Robinson said: “I am delighted that this project has been funded. It will allow us archive presently untold histories of the meeting of feminism and art in and between these two countries and explore new ways of gathering and presenting the material that honours the feminism, the art, and the artists. This is an urgent project: some brilliant feminist artists have already left us. It is an opportunity of capture the memories, stories and pre-digital ephemera of that extraordinary movement while we still can.”
Dr Tina Kinsella said: “It is extremely encouraging that the IRC and the AHRC are funding this important research. I hope that the creation of this unique archive, which will be stored in the Digital Repository of Ireland, will be an invaluable resource for anybody involved in, associated with or interested in the Creative Arts sector. Most importantly, I am really thrilled that we will be able to capture, and store in perpetuity, the experiences of feminist artists from both Ireland and the UK and, in this way, honour their legacy”.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.
Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022.
Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.
The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.