Flying the Flag for GWL

Three woman standing holding a flag that drapes over a marble balcony. The flag is pink with a yellow banner and the words 'Glasgow Women's Library' and 'It's for me' are written on the flag.
(L-R )Sue John, Lord Provost Eva Bolander and Councillor Susan Aitken. (c) Jeanette Lang, Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library today announced the launch of a new, specially designed flag that will be ‘flown’ at locations across Scotland as part of their campaign to become Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018. The only Scottish museum to make the shortlist this year, a range of sister organisations and individuals across Scotland are showing their support by flying the flag for GWL. The launch of the flag’s journey took place at Glasgow City Chambers on Monday 18th June when Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander and Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of the Council, showed their support by flying the flag inside the historic Glasgow City Chambers. The next stop on the flag’s tour is Orkney Library.

Though organisations such as Jupiter Artland and Kelvingrove Museum have been nominated for the award in the past, a Scottish museum has yet to be crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year.

Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements and is a Recognised Collection of National Significance. Since the announcement of the shortlist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 in May this year, GWL has been mobilising its supporters with their #MyMuseum public engagement campaign. Through this campaign, supporters have been recording short films articulating just why GWL is a worthy winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 accolade, and why the museum is a place for all.

The newly designed flag, created by GWL’s Designer in Residence Jyni Ong, is an extension of this campaign. The flag features the slogan ‘Glasgow Women’s Library: It’s for me’ emblazoned within a yellow banner on a pink background. It’s an eye-catching design that the organisation hopes will reinforce that GWL, which works across Scotland and welcomes all, is for everyone.

Adele Patrick, Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager, said:

“The flying of this flag symbolises everything Glasgow Women’s Library wants to say about its unique offer to local, national and international visitors. GWL offers something totally beyond the ‘interesting day out at the museum’ and our Flag underscores that, even for those that find cultural institutions off putting or ‘not for them’, GWL offers a potentially life changing experience for all.  Many people from very different backgrounds have been proud to claim GWL as their own and we want everyone who hasn’t yet discovered us yet to feel warmly welcomed, feel inspired and discover themselves in our remarkable museum resource.”

Glasgow Women’s Library appears on the shortlist alongside Brooklands Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, The Postal Museum, and Tate St Ives.

The winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 is announced at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 5th July.


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