Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures

People

This project is a collaboration between academics, women’s history archivists and feminist filmmakers.

Kate Dossett, from the University of Leeds, is a historian who specialises in women’s and gender history, African American history, and the construction of feminist knowledge through Feminist Archives and Women’s Libraries.

Gina Denton, the post-doctoral intern on the project, is a historian specialising in women’s and gender history, particularly the history of women’s social protest movements and maternalism.

Jalna Hanmer is a founder member of Feminist Archive North (FAN).

Al Garthwaite and Catherine Mitchell co-founded the feminist production and training organisation Vera Media in 1985. During the next 25 years, they produced 150 films and taught over 5,000 people the basics of film-making and other creative media. Many of these were women, usually unemployed, sometimes disabled or speaking English as an additional language, and living in deprived areas of Leeds. They also set up South Leeds Community Radio. Today Al, a Feminist Archive trustee, continues to direct Vera Media, running creative media and other courses in the community, while Catherine works for the Arts Council as a Relationship Manager in Combined Arts for the north, with a focus on arts centres, festivals and participatory practice.

Terry Wragg is an artist and film-maker, and for over three decades has been a director of Leeds Animation Workshop, which she helped to establish in the late 1970s. Leeds Animation Workshop was set up to produce and distribute animated films on social issues with a feminist agenda, and remains an independent, not-for-profit collective. For over 35 years, it has organised film screenings, run countless short training courses, and produced around 40 animated films and DVD resources to international broadcast standard. Subjects include violence against women, sexism, racism, homophobia, and many other issues: equality at work; poverty and famine; climate change; parenting; child abuse; bereavement; prison; and support for people with learning disabilities. Thousands of copies are distributed throughout the UK and around the world. They have been translated into many languages and broadcast in various countries, but are primarily designed for an educational or campaigning context, to raise awareness and promote positive messages in an engaging and accessible way.

Sharon Hooper is a senior lecturer at Leeds College of Art, who specialises in representations of women in film. She is also a documentary filmmaker.

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