Our friends at Trowelblazers are working on an amazing project to celebrate women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology in the past and present. Raising Horizons, created in partnership with photographer Leonora Sanders, will be a multimedia exhibition which pairs a modern woman with a historic counterpart.
Raising Horizons logo featuring modern women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology.
We are delighted that Jacquetta Hawkes is one of the trowelblazers. Her partner is Dr Colleen Morgan of the University of York. They have in common their “explorations of archaeology, its practice and meanings across many different channels, from academic articles to artistic endeavours”. Find out more about both of them and the other trowelblazing partners in this blog post and this Guardian article about the project.
Help support Raising Horizons through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
I wrote about photographer Fay Godwin recently: her exhibition of photographs at the National Media Museum in Bradford has much in common with the ideas about landscape Jacquetta Hawkes expressed in A Land and in poetry and film. In today’s Guardian, Margaret Drabble writes about Godwin’s life, links with authors, and her concerns about the ways landscape is harmed and restricted. The exhibition is up until 27 March so there is still plenty of time to catch up with it! Entry is free.
Fay Godwin (1931-2005) photographed and wrote about landscape in a way that reminds me of Jacquetta Hawkes’s work. An exhibition which opened recently at the National Media Museum in Bradford revisits Godwin’s 1985 exhibition and book Land, a series of black and white images of British landscapes. Curator Colin Harding said that she “was able to capture the differing moods and textures of the British landscape with remarkable sensitivity and without sentimentality”.
Godwin photographed and worked with well-known writers including Ted Hughes and Angela Carter. She was president of the Ramblers’ Association in the late 1980s, campaigning for greater public access to the British countryside. Her book Our forbidden land (1990) combines her photography with a detailed and passionate argument against the closure of the countryside.
Further information about the exhibition, which is open till March 2011.
Website about Fay Godwin. Includes biography, lists of her exhibitions and books, and an essay by Philip Stokes reflecting on her work on the politics of land use.