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|| Update April 27, 2005
On Sunday, April 24th a group of participants from the "A
Woman's Place"... project, including Adrienne Munro,
Tusa Shea, Tina Lowery, and Jan Gates, along with Sylvia Van
Kirk, Mollie Newman, Theresa Molinaro and project co-director
Jennifer Iredale, presented talks to a gathering of members
of the Old Cemeteries Society and the public on local artists
Hannah Maynard, Martha (Douglas) Harris, Emily Carr, Dolly
Helmcken, Fanny Mable Pirrie, Petronilla Bossi, and Kathleen
O'Reilly. A highlight of the tour was Mollie Newman's inspired
reading of an unpublished Emily Carr story about the day her
father took her and her sisters to pick out the family plot.
|| Update Jan. 31, 2005
UVic Cultural Resource Management student Kate Daley was
awarded a six-month internship at Kew Gardens, where she will
be working with the ethnobotony collection and studying pharmaceutical
plants. Kate initially worked as an enthusiastic volunteer
researcher on the "A Woman's Place"... project,
and was hired as a curatorial assistant through a Young Canada
Works grant in the summer of 2004. Kate provides a summary
of her experience working for CURA in her article "Working
with 'A Woman's Place': A Behind the Scenes Look at the Exhibit"
in the Spring 2005 issue of the Maltwood Journal. She
also recently finished an internship at the Royal BC Museum.
||Update Jan. 17, 2005
| In late December, Shaw Cable
aired a segment on the "A Women's Place"...
exhibit, which featured interviews with project directors Jennifer
Iredale and Dr. K. Anne Finlay. The latest issue of the Maltwood
Journal (Spring 2005) also features an article, "Working
with 'A Woman's Place,'" by Cultural Resource Management
student Kate Daley, who worked as a curatorial assistant on
Recently reviewed in the Times Colonist newspaper
(Dec.19/04), Robert Amos calls the "A Woman's Place":
Art and the Role of Women in the Cultural Formation of Victoria
BC, 1850s-1930s exhibition catalogue "a delightful
and informative book." Although the show ended on Jan.
11, 2005, the 130-page catalogue is still available at the
Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery.
Community interest in this project continues with a Cemetery
Tour of Women of Victoria, hosted by John Adams, planned for
April 24, 2005. The tour will feature short talks by some
of the researchers who worked on the "A Woman's Place"...
Other UVic media outlets that featured this CURA project
Art & Women Shaped Victoria from UVic Communications
- a summary of the November 28, 2004 symposium - and the Ring's
puts her own touch on Maltwood exhibit.
|| Sept. 1 2004 - Jan. 11 2005
Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria
The CURA research project on women artists in Victoria, from
the 1850s to the 1920s, culminated in an exhibition at the
Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, which ran until January 11th,
2005. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue asked questions
such as: Why did women make art in colonial (1851-1871) and
early post-colonial Victoria? How did they learn to make art?
What sorts of art did they make? Who were they? Above all,
what role did women's art activity play in Victoria's dramatic
transformation during this period?
The "Women and Art in Early Victoria Symposium,"
held at the University of Victoria Senate Chambers on Nov.
28th, generated a large audience and featured talks by John
Adams, Kathryn Bridge, Kerry Mason, Jan Gates and Adrienne
|| Posted Jan. 17, 2004
A Woman's Place: Art and the Role of Women in the Cultural
Formation of Victoria, BC, 1850s-1920s
The co-directors of a research project on women artists in
Victoria between the 1850s and 1920s are hoping that the Victoria
community will help them in their investigations. Dr. Karen
Finlay, History in Art Department, University of Victoria,
and Jennifer Iredale, Curator, B. C. Heritage Branch, are
seeking information about a number of women artists and various
organizations with art connections. Culminating in an exhibition
at the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery at the University of
Victoria in the Fall of 2004, the research project was initiated
over two years ago and addresses several fundamental questions.
Why did women make art in Victoria between the 1850s and 1920s?
How did they learn to make art? What art did they make? And
who were the artists? The project organizers have adopted
a broad definition of art that encompasses a wide range of
mediums, from painting and drawing to porcelain painting and
pottery, to lace-making and liturgical embroidery, to weaving
and basket-making, to photography, architecture and hand-made
books, to landscape and interior design. They are also hoping
to illuminate women’s art practice in Victoria from
a multi-ethnic perspective. The artists about whom they are
seeking information include (but are not limited to): Georgina
de l’Aubinière, Eleanor Fellows, Doris Holmes,
Margaret Maclure, Emily Woods, Mary Daniell, Alice Pooley,
Petronilla Bossi (Quagliotti), the Mallandine sisters, Alice
Ravenhill, Mrs. Noble Pirrie, and Ethel McMicking. The organizations
that Dr. Finlay, Ms. Iredale, and their student assistants
are presently researching include: the Victoria Fall Fair
(art committee); Victoria Sketch Club; Art Union; Victoria
Horticultural Society; the Protestant Orphan’s Home;
and Local Council of Women of Victoria (f. 1894).
Kindly contact Karen Finlay at 370-2982 or Jennifer Iredale
at 387-4696 with any information you might like to share concerning
unpublished resources or artifacts by women artists in the
Victoria community between 1850 and 1930.
The project is funded by a Community-University Research
Alliance (CURA) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada.
|| Oct. 3 - 25, 2002
207 Government St., Victoria, BC
Presented in the childhood home of British Columbia's pre-eminent
female artist, this exhibit of decorative arts focused on
trying to associate the artists' name with their work. Artists
included Martha Harris (nee Douglas), Emily Carr, Edith 'Dolly'
Higgins (nee Helmcken), Dorothea McKenzie, Wilhelmina 'Goodie'
McKenzie, Rosie Charlie (nee Guterriez), Annie Lee (nee Gilmore),
Susan Paul James (nee Kalelse) and Emma Florence.