The Women of Colour Index (WOCI) Reading Group was set up in 2016 by artists Samia Malik, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman, and meet on a monthly basis to discuss work within the Women of Colour Index . The Women of Colour Index is a unique collection of slides and papers relating to the emergence of Black women artists in the UK in the 80s. The collection, curated by the Black British-American artist Rita Keegan, is now housed in The Women’s Art Library (WAL) at Goldsmiths, University of London.
WOCI Reading Group will be exploring, activating and indexing the Panchayat Special Collection in Tate Library today (April the 27th) and again on 25th of May. Tickets are free but can be booked , and anyone is welcome if capacity allows (probably too late for today’s event!).
The Panchayat Collection consists of documentation and reference library material relating to the cultural activities and activism predominantly in Britain, mainland Europe, North America and SE Asia between the 1980s and 2003. It is focused on the interactions within a globalising artworld of Black and Asian artists, as well as documenting their commitment to the intersection between race, class, gender, policed sexualities, and (dis)ability. The collection was donated to the Tate Library in 2015. Details of accessing Tate Library Special Collections at other times can be found here.