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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Sun March 19, 2017 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Part of the programming for Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary


In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female, while only 15% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies are about women. As part of the Art + Feminism global initiative to get more content related to women in the arts on the world’s largest online encyclopedia, join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on notable Canadian women, trans and/or gender non-conforming  artists, scholars and historians in art, craft and design.

Our Edit-a-thon kicks off at 11:00 am with a conversation on contemporary feminism, ceramics, and community featuring artists Janet Macpherson and Helen Cho, and moderated by curator Karine Tsoumis. Following the discussion, participants are encouraged to form breakout groups and spend the afternoon ensuring a gender inclusive history within Wikipedia’s vast database.

Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. No Wikipedia editing experience required—a workshop for newcomers will be provided as well as one-on-one coaching. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcomed to attend.

In partnership with Art + Feminism.

About Art + Feminism

Art and Feminism is an annual worldwide edit-a-thon to add content to Wikipedia about female artists. The project, founded by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak has been described as “a massive multinational effort to correct a persistent bias in Wikipedia, which is disproportionally written by and about men.”

About Janet Macpherson

Janet Macpherson began studying ceramics at Sheridan College in 1999 while living in Toronto, Ontario. For six years she maintained a studio practice in Toronto, making functional ceramics, participating in exhibitions, and selling her work at various Toronto galleries. In 2008 she began her MFA in ceramics at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where she explored a more figurative approach to ceramics.  She has shown her new work extensively in exhibitions across the United States.

Janet held an artist-in-residence/faculty position at Sheridan College in the 2012 Fall Semester, and was an artist in residence at the Harboufront Centre in Toronto from 2011 – 2014. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, given by Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario, and in 2014 she was artist in residence at the Zentrum Fur Keramik in Berlin, Germany. She has work in the collection of the Gardiner Museum of Ceremic Art in Toronto, ON, and the Burlington Arts Centre in Burlington, ON. Janet lives and works in Toronto, ON.

About Helen Cho

Helen Cho is an artist based in Toronto. She received a MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK). Her artworks have been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Kunstverein Wolfsberg, Berlin; Kumho Museum, Seoul; National Musuem of Contemporary Arts, South Korea; Artspeak, Vancouver; Articule, Monteral; Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam;Galerie Magnus Müller, Berlin; G Gallery, Toronto; Onomatopee, Eindhoven, among others. She has participated in artists-in-residences at Ssamziespace, Seoul; the Banff Centre, Banff; and European Ceramic Work Centre, Oisterwijk, the Netherlands.

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