A Driving Force: Women of the London, Ontario Art Community 1867-2017

Launch: April 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at London Central Library, 251 Dundas St. London, Ontario

A handful of male artists dominate written and oral histories of visual art in London, Ontario. In the long shadow of these iconic few, a complex ecology of artists, patrons, collectors, donors, writers, critics, administrators, educators and volunteers were the driving force of the art community. And they were mostly women.

A Driving Force: Women of the London, Ontario Art Community 1867-2017 is an online resource that documents their largely untold stories. In addition to artists, the project will chronicle the contributions of supporters, collectors, donors, curators, writers, critics, administrators, educators, and volunteers. Each woman will have her own page including biographical information, specific contributions, and images. Some will be accompanied by video interviews. This dynamic, interactive platform will encourage public participation in content development. Visitors to the site can submit information about women and the visual arts in London. More names, images of art, and archival documents will be added as they become available.

Join project manager and McIntosh registrar Luvneet Rana and McIntosh curator Catherine Elliot Shaw for a demonstration of Driving Force on Friday, April 6th at the London Central Library.

As part of the Driving Force project, McIntosh Gallery, with the support of an anonymous donor, will launch a new, electronic version of Nancy Geddes Poole’s landmark publication, The Art of London 1830-1980. Long out of print, this prescient publication from 1984 included a chapter about women artists and documented the contributions of many of the donors, patrons, curators, and writers who comprise Driving Force. Join Nancy and digital book editor Debra Rogers at the launch and download your free copy.

For more information, contact James Patten at jpatten2@uwo.ca

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