About

The Women Artists of the North East Library brings together research and donated material to form a cultural resource that contributes to the history of women* artists working in the North East of England. 

The Library’s collection includes publications, audio, images and other forms of documentation that record historic and current artistic practice and programming across the North East of England. 

Through research, commissions and events the Library traces the influence of women artists who practiced, lived, studied, taught or exhibited in the North East of England. 

The project creates new contexts for exploring the character and legacy of the North East’s art scene in relation to the work of women artists. It offers a re-appraisal of artists less visible in current narratives, but who have shaped the region’s cultural history and identity. The project situates itself within the arts and in doing so is committed to imagining with other artists and cultural workers the re-constituting of an a non-discriminatory, non-violent, anti-racist, anti-elitist, caring and welcoming arts sector.

Women Artists of the North East Library exists as a physical collection, a public programme and on-going research process. It is open to donations and works collaboratively with artists, communities and cultural organisations to expand and share its collection. 

The library is led by artist Holly Argent and hosted at The Northern Charter (Newcastle upon Tyne). Tess Denman-Cleaver works as the Library’s Producer. 

*inclusive of women-identifying and trans women.

Women Artists of the North East Library at Workplace Foundation, 2018

Press about the Project

Women Artists of the North East Library Reading List, Art Licks, Issue 24, October 2019

Group Show: Episode 5, podcast with Caitlin Merrett-King – available on Spotify and Itunes

In Conversation: Holly Argent, Paul Moss, George Vasey, Art Licks, Issue 23, October 2018. 

The Everyday Political, CGP London, by Piers Masterson, This is Tomorrow, 4th September 2018

The Everyday Political, CGP London by Lauren Velvick, Art monthly 419, September 2018

Interview: Women Artists of the North East Library, Narc Magazine, December 2017 – In print and Online