Ashkaamne (matrilineal inheritance), 2019, by Wendy Red Star, a born-digital work produced for the 2019 Art+Feminism Call to Action Art Commission

Ulster Museum to host feminist Wikipedia editing event

Alex Stevens, 10.04.2019
Events aims to improve representation and build skills
The Ulster Museum will host Northern Ireland’s first Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on 11 April, as part of a wider effort to better represent women in the museum’s collections.

Art+Feminism’s communal editing events aim to improve the coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. 

Around 10%-15% of Wikipedia's editors identify as women, says the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that hosts Wikipedia, and this “causes important flaws and biases in its encyclopedic content”.

The editing session will run from 10am to 3pm and will include two tutorials for beginner editors, at 10am and 1pm, run by Rebecca O’Neill of Wikimedia Community Ireland.

The event was easy to set up, says organiser Anna Liesching, the curator of art at Ulster Museum. “Art+Feminism have a framework and toolkit in place that we just needed to apply. Then it was as simple as securing a publicly accessible meeting room for around 15 people with Wi-Fi access.”

Liesching curated the temporary exhibition Making Her Mark, which runs until 20 October, and the museum launched its initiative to improve the representation of women in art history in 2018 with a programme of events called Hear Her Voice. 

“This work will continue with programming, exhibitions, publications and collections development that focuses on redressing the imbalance of how women are represented in art history,” says Liesching.

“I’m excited about the variety of entries that could be created from this event; some attendees will be focusing on one artist or genre, while others will be wanting to bring light to a specific media or practice.

“For me personally at this stage it is about acknowledging that women artists were very much part of the fabric of art history, by making sure they are listed in alumni of art schools, movements and exhibition groups. I will be taking a lot from my extensive research for Making Her Mark, as so much about the amazing women featured in the exhibition is unknown.

“The flexibility of this event is also key: we are running two demonstration sessions on the day so that people can attend for a short time if they are busy. We are hoping this is the first of many edit-a-thons across National Museums NI.”

Pictured: Ashkaamne (matrilineal inheritance), 2019, by Wendy Red Star, a born-digital work produced for the 2019 Art+Feminism Call to Action Art Commission

Links and downloads

Ulster Museum: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 

Wikimedia Commons: Ashkaamne (matrilineal inheritance), 2019, by Wendy Red Star