#SexistAds discussion #BBC


Yesterday Creative Director of DWAN, Dr Jenna Ashton, spoke to Chelsea Norris at BBC Radio Manchester about the recent ASA CAP report “Depictions, Perceptions and Harm: A report on gender stereotypes in advertising”.

Reflecting on the content and findings of the report, Dr Ashton discussed the damaging influence of stereotyping and gender representation in the mainstream media on young people’s wellbeing, sense of identity and aspirations. Dr Ashton also suggested we need to think intersectionally around gender, and also consider representations of class, race, disability, age and sexuality. Dr Ashton disagrees with an element of the report’s conclusion which misguidedly suggests that sexualisation and representations of the body (i.e. too fat/too thin) is a separate issue from gender stereotyping.    

The report is welcomed by DWAN for its contribution to the discussion around social responsibility of corporate advertising, but feels we need to go further than simply offer new legislation. We need a culture shift in wider education around gender, stereotypes and its harmful normalisation across many areas of visual and media culture. 

From 2:09:40 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057syhc#play

Upcoming *stuff*

So DWAN will be making an appearance at the following. More info to follow soon …

Women on the Verge: Transformations in Literature, Gender and Society, 16 June 2017, University of Manchester

Manchester International Festival: Imagined Homeland, 1 July, HOME Mcr

Women’s History in the Digital World, 6 – 7 July 2017, Maynooth University, Ireland

Edinburgh Festival (with the Institute for International Cultural Relations, Uni of Edinburgh), August 2017

Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland, Annual Conference, 30 Aug – 1 Sept 2017, Hilton Hotel

Artist Archives, 5 Dec 2017, Anthony Burgess Centre, part of Delia Derbyshire Day Festival

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Arts #Archives: Catalysts for Change

The wonderful Heather Roberts (archivist extraordinaire) has written this great piece about our recent work together:

At the RNCM Archives, I’ve been poking at the idea of arts archives as arts resources. A lot of the collection at the College is either manuscript music, drawings, programmes or photographs. It’s a dream for outreach and engagement because so much of it created specifically to be engaged with. Music is for listening to, art […]

via Arts Archives as Catalysts for Change: DWAN collaborate — HerArchivist


Rebel Dykes, screening of the film in progress was shown at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017. This queer-punk documentary is in post-production, and HOME screened the work-in-progress cut which sold-out at BFI Flare in March 2016 and we’re very pleased that it sold out Home’s biggest cinema screen too! Created by a Manchester-based queer film crew, Rebel Dykes […]

via Rebel Dykes, screening of the film in progress shown at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017. Sell Out!! — Instigate Arts

Listen again on soundcloud ….


Whose Festival is it Anyway? Wonder Women 2017 Whose Festival is it Anyway? Was a conversation, discussion and debate held at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 March 2017. As the 2017 Wonder Women festival drew to a close, Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] and Instigate Arts brought together 2017’s contributing artists, producers, curators and groups for a lively and provocative […]

via DWAN & Instigate Arts Curate ‘Wonder Women; Whose Festival Is It Anyway?’ Hear the full audio of the conversation here. — Instigate Arts

Wonder Women Festival 2017

Whose Festival is it Anyway? at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 March 2017, free entry – 2pm

Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781124205548012/

As the 2017 festival draws to a close, Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] and Instigate Arts bring together this year’s contributing artists, producers, curators and groups for a lively and provocative panel discussion asking if feminist festivals are an act of disruptive activism in their own right, raising consciousness and introducing young activists to key moments in the history of their own movements and causes?

It will look forward to 2018 and set out a bold vision for how Wonder Women might grow to become a fitting Manchester tribute to the 100 year anniversary of the first votes for women. How might the city of suffragettes live up to the legacy of those original disruptive activists; capture public attention and support creative practitioners with a feminist ethos?

Panel Participants:

Sarah Perks (Artistic Director of HOME Mcr, Film Producer and Professor of Visual Art, Manchester Met University)

Rosanne Robertson (Artist and Co-Director of The Penthouse, Manchester)

Julie Ward (Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England, Member of Parliament’s Culture & Education Committee, Member of the Regional Development Committee and the Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights.)

Francine Hayfron (Cultural Park Keeper, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester)

Dr Louise Platt (Senior Lecturer in Festival and Event Management, Manchester Met University)


Dr Jenna Ashton (Creative Director, [DWAN] Digital Women’s Archive North, Manchester)

Anne Louise Kershaw (Curator, Wonder Women Festival 2017, Co-Director, Instigate Arts, Manchester)

Come and have your say.

Starts 4pm



THRILLED we are part of this project!!! Date for your diaries: 5 Dec 2017 – DD Day and Digital Women’s Archive North (DWAN) symposium event at Anthony Burgess Foundation 6-9pm (time TBC) – with guest speakers, archive sharing and open forum discussion.


Announcing funding of £42,600 awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a programme of activities and events to celebrate the late Delia Derbyshire’s 80th anniversary year.

via Announcing: Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project — Delia Derbyshire Day

Global #Cyberfeminist #Archiving

An exciting next step from the global Women’s March comes in the form of the “Women’s March on Washington Archives Project”; a global participatory project led by archivists from the SAA Women Archivists Section (WArS) to evidence and capture the events of 21 Jan 2017. The aim is to build a global digital resource sharing and preserving materials. This project is aligned with [DWAN]’s cyberfeminist archiving activity. As such, we’ll be supporting the project and collaborating with other UK archivists/ archives/ heritage orgs to support the project – digitizing the wonderful placards and collecting imagery (with consent) and oral testimony from those who marched!! This will be MASSIVE in terms of a process of global feminist archiving – probably the largest ever undertaken … and hugely exciting!!! Watch this space, and in the meantime follow the project here: @WMWArchivesProj #Solidarity

[DWAN] @ Wonder Women 2017

“Whose Festival is it Anyway?”

 Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 March 2017, 4pm, Free entry

Near the close of the 2017 festival Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] and Instigate Arts will bring together key contributing artists, producers, curators and groups who have featured in Wonder Women in a panel discussion explore the role of the festival as a mode of disruptive activism and archiving. It will look forward the festival in 2018 and ask how it might evolve to be a distinctive Manchester tribute to the first votes for women – and support creative practitioners with a feminist ethos. Starts 4pm