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Art + Feminism edit-a-thon

International Women's Day

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Sunday 5 March 2017
2 — 5pm

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Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, 1934

Dame Laura Knight standing in front of her painting ‘Lamorna Birch and his Daughters’ in Gallery IV on Members’ Varnishing Day. Dame Laura Knight was the first women elected as a Royal Academician, in 1936.

Photographed by The Topical Press Agency. Photo: Collection of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Join us for our first ever edit-a-thon and help us improve the coverage of female Royal Academicians on Wikipedia.

Since 1768, the RA has elected a total of 60 female Royal Academicians to its membership, including the two founding members Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser. For International Women’s Day 2017, the RA, together with Wikimedia UK, hosts its first ever Art + Feminism edit-a-thon. Come along and find out about our past and present female Royal Academicians and participate in communal updating of Wikipedia’s entries on these artists.

Women make up only 17% of the biographies on Wikipedia. Female editors are even rarer, making up under 15% of Wikipedia’s regular editing community. Art + Feminism aims to tackle this by contributing and amending meaningful information on female artists, hosting events around the world creating and editing Wikipedia pages.

This event is an opportunity to delve deep into the RA Library and Collection and explore the vast collection of books, press cuttings, reviews of exhibitions and works sold at auction. You’ll also have access to the Grove Dictionary of Art, which includes biographical entries for many of the female RAs.

Please note you will be required to bring your own laptop. Should you be unable to do so please contact the Ticketing Team on 020 7300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk.

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Sunday 5 March 2017

2 — 5pm

The Library, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

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