We’re thrilled to announce that MadLab is working with Digital Women’s Archive North C.I.C. ([DWAN]). We’ll be exploring new models for creative online curation. This will involve a series of hacking events: bringing together artists, curators and archivists, digital technologists, and women’s community groups to explore new approaches for digitally curating collections and digital spaces for women’s cultural production. Outputs will include a series of co-created prototypes (aesthetic, immersive, interactive).
Receiving an R&D grant from Arts Council England is the first stage of developing DWAN’s innovative online archive space built on a model of collaborative practice. Project Lead, Dr Jenna Ashton (Creative Director, [DWAN]) will introduce the project at The National Archives DCDC2016 conference, where she’ll be discussing the archive in the context of digital heritage practice and grassroots Cyberfeminism.
Digital Women’s Archive North C.I.C. is an arts and heritage enterprise, delivering a programme of community-based projects and research relating to gender (culture, heritage, spaces, equality, social participation, wellbeing). [DWAN] unlocks women’s histories in archives and collects cultural memories. They use feminist curatorial practices (material and digital) to support women’s services in Manchester – encouraging women’s active citizenship and self-empowerment.