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Moving Targets – Feminist Archive South at Arnolfini this Summer!

Feminist Archive South are delighted to be contributing archive material for Arnolfini’s summer exhibition, Moving Targets.

Moving Targets will ‘draw on Bristol’s independent spirit and explore punk as an attitude that has more than one history and meaning.’

The exhibition title is taken from and dedicated to Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour’s chapbook ‘Punk is a Moving Target’.

Our material will be displayed in the galleries from 8 August-11 September.

A researcher reads in the Feminist Archive South

The exhibition and accompanying event programme offer a much needed counterpoint to white, western and male dominated narratives of punk history.

These one-dimensional stories continue to be perpetuated, even in 2016.

Viv Albertine, who you should know as a member of the Slits, recently defaced storyboards at the British Library’s punk exhibition in order to re-insert ground-breaking female acts that were excluded from the exhibition.

A folder of archive material full of papers

Materials displayed from our collection include Bristol WLM newsletters, fliers, badges and anarcha-feminism/ punk ephemera.

Bryony Gillard Arnolfini Curator Reads in the Feminist Archive South

We hope our presence at Moving Targets will help raise awareness about the Feminist Archive South, and encourage more people to visit us in the future.

A reader researches the history of anarcha-feminism and its relationship to the WLM

For now, enjoy these images of us rooting through the collections!

Copies of the Bristol WLM Newsletter from 1976 Feminist Archive South

Born in Flames at Watershed Sunday 12 October @ 6pm!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Born in Flames on Sunday 12 October at Watershed. It is part of the Afrofuturism season curated by Edson Burton taking place throughout October.

Independent filmmaker, artist and critic Lizzie Borden (yes, her real name!) made her feature debut with this bold and brilliant fusion of sci fi and feminist politics, a comic fantasy of female rebellion that we welcome to Bristol for this extremely rare screening. It’s 10 years after a socialist revolution in the United States, and the leader of the Woman’s Army is mysteriously killed, setting off a seemingly impossible coalition of women – crossing all lines of race, class, and sexual preference – to take down The System.Born_in_flames_poster

Whistle blowing female bicyclists swoop down on would-be rapists, male construction workers protest that their female colleagues are monopolising the best jobs, and there are funny and thrilling encounters between groups of women ranging from militant black lesbians to white punks.

Screening with Pumzi, Kenya’s first science fiction film, a poetic and imaginative vision of a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. It tells the story of Asha, a young botanist who risks everything as she escapes to the outside world to nurture a precious plant.
With an introduction and Q&A from Chardine Taylor-Stone, writer, DJ, and founder of black speculative fiction book club Mothership Connections.

The FAS on Shout Out

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Feminist Archive South Trustee Deborah Withers was the guest on Bristol Community FM‘s LGBT radio show Shout Out on Thursday 25 April 2013.

She talks about the current workshop programme, and the wider Heritage Lottery Funded project to catalogue Ellen Malos’ archives.

Feminist Archive South – dates for your diary

As part of the Heritage Lottery project we are holding 8 workshops related to Ellen Malos’ archives and the holdings of the Feminist Archive South. These workshops are free to attend and open to everybody.

The workshops will be an opportunity to explore archive materials and learn about feminist history along the way.

You don’t have to have any prior experience or knowledge (but if you do this is also fine!) We want to create a space where people can bring their own experiences and knowledge to explore what these archives mean today.

We will post more information about the workshops soon, including information on how to book a place. All workshops will be taking place at MShed, the people’s history museum in the centre of Bristol.

A lot of the workshop content will be decided on by participants – we want you to explore the treasure trove that is the Feminist Archive South and learn about what matters to you. You may have a passion for feminist media or Greenham Common peace camp, for example. Or you may want to learn about the campaign for equal pay, the struggle for abortion rights, anti-imperialism, or how feminists used the arts to agitate and inspire.

This is an opportunity to delve deeper into the heritage of an inspirational, revolutionary, challenging and complex social movement, the struggles of which are still being played out today.

In the first workshop on Tuesday 16th April we will explore the question ‘What is an Archive?’ to get us going on our journey. Hope to see you there!

Here is a list of dates of the other workshops.

Sunday 12th May – 1 to 5pm

Thursday 23rd May – 7 to 9.30pm

Sunday 9th June – 1 to 5pm

Tuesday 18th June – 7 to 9.30pm

Thursday 27th June – 7 to 9.30pm

Saturday 6th July – 1 to 5pm

Saturday 20th July – 1 to 5pm