#Still Seeing Things June 2020: Maud Sulter & Sheila Hicks

At GWL, we have a group called Seeing Things. The Seeing Things group get together to explore cultural events across Glasgow, such as (but not limited to!) art, music, theatre or comedy. Since the start of 2014, the group has visited exhibitions, art and performance events in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Since April 2020 we have taken Seeing Things online and despite the fact we’re staying at home we’re #StillSeeingThings and showcasing the work of women creatives from around the world.

Every other Wednesday afternoon at 12.30pm a GWL Volunteer takes over @womenslibrary Twitter (and sometimes Instagram!) to guide a virtual visit to an online exhibition or museum archive. No prior knowledge or interest is necessary and all are welcome to ask questions and share thoughts.

As it’s easy to miss things that happen on Twitter we’re gathering together the resources from each ‘trip’ so you can catch up in your own time… here’s what we saw in June!


Mattie and Mairi introduced us to Maud Sulter’s beautiful artworks

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Noir et Blanc: Deux (Black and White: Two), 1993. Original photomontages, 15.1 x 19.3 cm. From the series Syrcas, 1993. Courtesy of The Maud Sulter Estate. © The Maud Sulter Estate. In Noir et Blanc, from the series Syrcas, using photomontage a set of four postcard-perfect images of Alpine landscapes – lakes, mountains, forests, chalets – are overlaid with African masks and fertility dolls, in the foreground. Syrcas combines large-scale constructed images with classical painting, technicolour post-card landscape photography, sculpture and black-and-white cut-outs of African masks and icons – to present Sulter's overall picture of the African presence in European history and culture. The words of Maud Sulter’s 1994 poem Blood Money accompanied her photomontage series Syrcas (1993). Recited on repeat in a lilting Scottish voice, the poem tells the story of Monique, “a woman of African and European descent”, who left Cameroon for France in 1926, at the age of 12. Loosely based around the concept of a circus, it was called 'Syrcas' for the Welsh-speaking gallery for which it was commissioned. Maud Sulter devoted her career (which spanned art, poetry, curating and publishing) to restoring black women to the centre of the frame, “both literally within the photographic image, but also within the cultural institutions where our work operates”. #StillSeeingThings #BlackLivesMatter #MaudSulter

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Louise took us on a tour of MOMA and the work of Sheila Hicks



If you have any trouble reading Twitter threads, here are the links to each of the threads I have posted and you can copy and paste them into the Thread Reader App and that should help to make their content clearer:

10th June: Mattie and Mairi, Maud Sulter https://twitter.com/womenslibrary/status/1270679723983679488

17th June: Louise, Sheila Hicks, MOMA https://twitter.com/womenslibrary/status/1273216830111387649

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