Wednesday, 21 September 2011

women and work poster project

Found via Justseeds...

Workforce Development’s Art of Labor project seeks Graphic Posters made by women with the theme “Women and Work.”
Please interpret this theme as you desire and send existing artwork is encouraged.

*5 finalists will receive:
• $100 prize
• Professional prints of your poster (amount TBD)
• One set of winning posters.
• Premiere exhibition at WDI’s Women’s Initiative conference on March 2012
• Distribution though WDI
• Your poster design (digital and print) will be archived in NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Archives.

*All poster submissions (1 per artist) will be exhibited at March event & archived at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Archives in NYC

About WDI: Our mission is to improve the lives of working families across New York State by gathering workforce intelligence that is used to develop programs in education and training, economic development, family support, disabled and dislocated worker services, and cultural enrichment.
About Art of Labor: WDI sponsors Art of Labor. These workshops create positive images of workers across New York State, teaching communication skills, building a community within the Labor Movement, and encouraging worker dignity.

Please submit your bio and one design per artist with the following specs to:
300 dpi jpeg
medium poster size of 18” x 24”


Here’s a link to past poster contest winners:

For more questions please contact:
Victoria Kereszi
Cultural Program Coordinator

Sunday, 18 September 2011

spill the zines review

Thank you to the nice folks at Spill The Beans, who gave 'Shape & Situate: Posters of Inspirational European Women' zine a nice little review on their website:

zine fest, gent

From my inbox, from Nina (Echo):

Feminist DIY Media Festival

When? Saturday October 15th – Sunday October 16th 2011
Where? Laurent Delvauxstraat 11 in Gent (Belgium)


SATURDAY October 15th: at 12:00
workshops about:
- alternative media and zines
- making feminist posters
- writing fiction
- writing articles

SUNDAY October 16th: at 13:00
- making a zine together (or make your own zine)


- infostands of zines (let us know if you want to have a table to sell zines!)

- exhibition of feminist posters

Registration: mail to to let us know you’re attending the Zine Fest (easier for us to know how many people will come)

Free entrance!

More info:

At Zine Fest Gent, a festival about feminist alternative media, you can learn how to write articles or stories for blogs and zines, how to lay-out a zine and how to make feminist posters.

The Zine Fest is georganised by FEL and ECHO.

FEL organises monthly feminist reading groups, talks and actions in Gent and publishes brochures and the Feminist Starter Kit.

ECHO published feminist zines and comix.

sarah maple exhibitions

From my inbox, from Sarah Maple:

VPRO in The Netherlands filmed a half hour documentary about my work back in April, which aired last night.
To view here is the link!

In conjunction there will be an exhibition of work at KochxBos Gallery in Amsterdam which opens on Saturday. The exhibition will be on from 17th September - 18th October. Also look out for my work at AAF Amsterdam this October!

I also currently have my first solo exhibition in Paris this month. It's at the wonderful new gallery 'INCEPTION'.
This runs from 10th September - 8th October.

Thank you! Sarah

zine about sexist experiences

From my inbox, from Nina...

Call for contributions for zine about sexist experiences


do you have sexist experiences that you want to talk about, write about or draw about? Do you have tips for how to deal with them? Do you want to express you anger and frustration in text and/or image? Let us know! We're working on a zine* about sexist experiences and we're looking for contributions!

Sexism still exists, even after decades of feminist struggle! That's what we want to show with this zine and at the same time we want to inspire and motivate each other to keep fighting sexism.

The zine will be printed in black/white on A5-formaat. Your contribution can be 1 or more pages. Send text in .doc or .odt and images or photos in f.e. .jpg, .tiff or .png. Pay attention that photos and images will be clear when copied in black/white.

Thee deadline is postponed to September 30th 2011. Contact us at

You can forward this call to others who are interested!


* A zine is a self-made and self-published booklet or magazine. It's a low-budget, but often creative publication because there is cmplete freedom in content and form. Feminists make zines too, sometimes called “grrrl zines”. More info:


Oproep: bijdragen voor zine over seksistische ervaringen


Heb jij seksistische situaties meegemaakt waarover je wil vertellen, schrijven of tekenen? Heb je tips voor hoe er mee om te gaan? Wil je je woede of ergernis uiten in tekst en/of beeld? Laat ons iets weten! Wij zijn namelijk bezig met een zine* over seksistische ervaringen en we zijn op zoek naar bijdragen!

Seksisme is helaas nog lang niet de wereld uit, zelfs na decennia van feministische strijd! Dat willen we aantonen met dit zine en tegelijk willen we elkaar en anderen inspireren en motiveren om tegen seksisme te blijven vechten.

Het zine zal in zwart/wit en op A5-formaat gedrukt worden. Je bijdrage mag 1 of meer pagina's bevatten. Stuur tekst in .doc of .odt en afbeeldingen of foto's in bv .jpg, .tiff of .png. Let erop dat foto's en afbeeldingen duidelijk zijn als ze in zwart/wit worden gekopieerd.

De deadline is verlengd tot 30 september 2011. Contacteer ons via

Je mag deze oproep doorsturen naar andere geïnteresseerden!


* Een zine is een zelfgemaakt en zelf gepubliceerd boekje of magazine. Het is een low-budget, maar vaak creatieve publicatie omdat er volledige inhoudelijke en vormelijke vrijheid is. Ook feministes maken zines, soms “grrrl zines” genoemd. Meer info:


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

all is not lost exhibition

From my inbox... This looks great!

The opening/preview of All is Not Lost exhibition at the Café Gallery, London on 18th September 2011 from 2 to 5pm.

Cafe Gallery is pleased to announce ALL IS NOT LOST an exhibition of artworks by emerging and established female artists presenting a philosophy of optimism and resilience featuring the work of Zoe Brown, Rebecca Glover, Rachael House, Manu Luksch, Olivia Jane Ransley, Martina Schmücker, Rosalie Schweiker, Jessica Voorsanger, K. Yoland. This exhibition is curated by Emily Druiff.

Leaning towards an anarchic aesthetic of protest and DIY culture, ALL IS NOT LOST represents the potential of art to inspire change, with each artist revealing an individual approach to this in the form of confrontation or observation.

Full details, here


submissions for shape&situate zine #3 are now open

EDIT **** (30/1/12) For those who are still interested: Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational Women zine #3 is still accepting posters. I haven't got enough to fill a full zine at the moment, so please, if you were thinking about it but were put off by the deadline, do send me a message & we'll work something out - I'd love to see your posters, even if it takes a little longer :) xox *****

Shape & Situate: Posters of Inspirational European Women zine #3


Shape & Situate is a zine of posters made by artists and DIY creative folk within Europe, each poster highlighting the (often hidden) history and lives of radical inspirational women and collectives from Europe, as a way of connecting us with the past, the present, and to help us to make sure that there will be a future which contains such creative and pioneering female action and activity. The zine aims to activate feminist cultural memory, to inspire in the present and to visually bring women’s social and political history to life.

Are you from Europe? Would you like to be part of Shape & Situate zine #3 by making a poster on an inspirational European woman?
The deadline for contributions to issue 3 is the very end of January 2012 (I hope that gives you plenty of time).

What I'm looking for:

- A black & white poster (to be emailed as a Jpeg, or posted to me so that I can scan the original if that's easier for you)

- The poster will be reproduced in the zine at A5 size (in case that affects how you'd like to present your work?)

- The poster will tell the history of or share information on a radical or inspirational *European* woman (or women's collective) in poster-form. I'm looking at European women as a focus with this zine, as very often a lot of projects similar to this one have been so American-heavy and I feel it really omits a lot of amazing European women from being discussed (this is not to say that women outside of Europe are not inspirational, obviously).

- By 'woman' I mean female-identified.

- Where possible, the poster will take as its subject somebody/a collective who isn't already readily documented within our history. I would love for the zine to raise awareness of amazing women (living or deceased) who have largely gone under the radar, or who are within our own communities.

- All the information you want to share about your subject must fit within the confines of your poster so that each page stands alone.

If you’re interested, drop me a line with your idea(s) of who you’d like to make a poster about, so that I can check that there’s no duplications with other peoples ideas and suggestions.

Previous issues have featured posters on/about:
Paula Rego, Olivia Plender, Diane Leather, Louise Bourgeois, Marie Curie, Maya Evans, Boudica, Claude Cahun, Rote Zora, Grace Roe, Pat VT West, Helen Chadwick, The Red Wheelies, Claudia Jones, Liz Naylor, Dolly Wilde, Anais Nin, Anne Boleyn, Dolle Mina, The Anonymous Authors of the Fat Dykes Statement, Jo Spence, Anne Lister, Selina di Girolamo, Ari Up, Poly Styrene, Durbahn/Bildwechsel, Joana Vasconcelos, Angela Carter, Monica Sjoo, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bunnies On Strike, Louise Michel, Granuaile, Susan Golombok, Nana Mouskouri, Claire Fontaine, The Women of Bletchley Park, Jayaben Desai, Liz Ely, Olave Baden Powel, BJ, Breyer P Orridge, Sophie Blanchard, Stella Vine, Sheila Rowbotham, Florence Nightingale.

I’m looking forward to putting together another great issue, and I hope that this is something you'll be interested in being a part of. Let me know if so - I'd love to hear your ideas!
Please feel free to cut&paste and share this info with anybody else from Europe who you think may be interested too.

Many thanks,
Melanie xox

(m_k_maddison at

Any questions? Just ask.

p.s. I'd love for Shape & Situate to feature posters of as many different sorts of women as possible, so while I'm keen to receive posters of well-known or 'famed' inspirational women, I'm just as, if not more keen to feature posters of women who are lesser or un- known; women who have been largely hidden within our history, or written out of it entirely (until now!) Perhaps this is somebody in your community, an acquaintance, somebody inspiring you have become aware of? I'm open to many ideas! xox


p.s. If you’re interested in checking out the first two issues of Shape & Situate, a list of stockists of issue 1 can be found here:
& stockists of issue 2 can be found here:

If you know of anywhere that may be interested in stocking/distroing issue 2 of the zine, please let me know!