The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Conference Working Party are excited to introduce this year's keynote speakers, Ingrid Pollard, Althea Greenan, and Sarah Bodman.
Ingrid Pollard is a multi-media artist, photographer, researcher and lecturer. Pollard has developed a social practice concerned with representation, history, and landscape with reference to race, difference, and the materiality of lens-based media. Her work is included in numerous collections including the UK Arts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate. Recent works include a residency and exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library as part of Glasgow International. This forms part of a series of examinations of independent, individual and state-sponsored, archives.
In 2020, Ingrid Pollard and MK Gallery were awarded the Freelands Award, and, in 2022, she was a Turner Prize nominee for the exhibition Carbon Slowly Turning. In 2019, Pollard was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.
'Althea Greenan, Costumes for Curators no 3', Amelia Hawk.
Photo: Julian Hughes, 2013.
Dr Althea Greenan works in Special Collections and Archives at Goldsmiths, University of London, curating the Women’s Art Library collection. Her work with the collection began in 1989 as a volunteer with the Women Artists Slide Library, the artists’ organization that became the Women’s Art Library in 1993. She now works with artists, students, and academic researchers to help realise new art and curatorial projects that develop alongside the collection. This includes the Women’s Art Library/Feminist Review Art in the Archive Bursary. She has written on the work of women artists since the 1980s, publishing reviews, interviews, and creative pieces in a range of publications from art magazines to academic journals. Her recent doctoral research focused on the WAL slide collection and aspects of digitization to ask: What can an artists’ slide collection do besides represent artwork? Her findings recover the text produced by slide-making and the feminist network that the slide collection continues to reproduce today.
Current projects include the Animating Archives research project, co-convened with Dr Catherine Grant and Professor Patrizia Di Bello, and the 2023 Exhibitions Hub Alumni Commission Award, partnering with Goldsmiths Art Department. She is on the Advisory Board of Feminist Art Making Histories (FAMH), an oral history, digital humanities project, funded (2021-2024) by the Irish Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Sarah Bodman is an artist and researcher at the Centre for Print Research, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK. Sarah is also Programme Leader for the MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking course at UWE. She is editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook, Book Arts Newsletter, and The Blue Notebook, a journal for artists’ books.
Her recent artworks include Read With Me, which builds upon the experimental book project Read to Me, where the artist told stories to objects which were then ‘read’ back by a psychometric reader. Read With Me is the result of a performative drawing event (2019), readings by the psychometric reader, collages made during lockdown, and words assembled from the dissected readings. It was created in tribute to Susan Hiller’s Sisters of Menon (Coracle Press for Gimpel Fils, 1983).