Art + Feminism

a global initiative which addresses the gender gap on Wikipedia by improving content on ‘women in the arts'

The Heritage Lab has been spearheading the campaign in India since 2017 with a two-fold aim of improving public awareness about women artists of India and increasing female editorship on Wikipedia. Here are some ways to participate!

find out more about women artists with this interactive timeline

1. Join an Editathon

Edit / create pages on women in Indian arts to make them more visible on the internet. Editing workshops will be conducted for beginners (online and at museums! ) All you need to have, is a laptop, a working internet connection and lots of positive vibes! This is a community effort after all. We promise a good time, coffee and food (even if you're participating online!) The best contributions get some Wiki + Art Swag !

Attend at JNAF Mumbai

March 20, 2021

Attend at DAG Museums, Kolkata

March 27-28, 2021

Edit Wikipedia

Tutorials for the beginner

2. create

Celebrate women artists in a format of your choice : re-tell their stories through zines or comics, re-interpret their art digitally or submit an article about a female artist that you think needs to be visible on the internet! Submit your entries by March 31, 2021. Selected entries will be featured and the 3 most creative entries will win graphic art tablets from XP PEN India + books from Niyogi Books!

Read about women in art and history

why we do what we do

Why this is important

Globally less than 15% of Wikipedia's editors identify as women. In India, this number is even lesser. Without enough representation from women in the preservation of their own stories, we get skewed content on Wikipedia that misses the mark on the value and existence of womens' impact on history.

The Art + Feminism India Campaign

Since 2017, we have partnered with institutions like the National Museum, Delhi; Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art; Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh; Kerala Museum; Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune; Sarmaya Mumbai; etc. We have created pages on artists such as Sunayani Devi, Atasi Barua, Chitranibha Chowdhury and more.

Impact

In 2019 alone, we involved more than 100 participants across 7 cities and 9 institutions to create 27 new articles, edit 157 articles and upload 67 images. All of these articles and images are about women artists / women in history and have garnered 209.61K views in a span of 10 months.

Participants at an Art+Feminism Editathon at the Danish Culture Institute, New Delhi | Photo by Sumita Roy Dutta
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