21 Revolutions

21 Revolutions book cover

21 Revolutions germinated from a desire to promote and celebrate 20 years of Scotland’s sole women’s library archive and museum, showcase the best of women’s contemporary visual art and writing and highlight the unique museum, library and archive resources at Glasgow Women’s Library.

This ongoing project has resulted in 41 fantastic newly commissioned works, exhibitions, readings, a beautiful coffee table book and the Library being awarded the Arts & Business Scotland ‘Enterprising Museum of the Year’ Award 2013 for all its work.

In 2011 (ahead of our 21st birthday in September 2012) GWL commissioned 21 artists and 21 writers to create new work inspired by our diverse and remarkable collections. Some of the most significant names in Scottish art and literature including Turner Prize nominees and lauded authors responded with new texts and artworks, from Janice Galloway to Denise Mina, Claire Barclay to Sam Ainsley.

Ruth Barker, A Scarf for GWL (welcome salmon, palms wide), 2012
Ruth Barker, A Scarf for GWL (welcome salmon, palms wide), 2012

The resulting limited edition prints (each of the works being sold as part of our developing social enterprise) have been sold at our exhibitions at Intermedia Gallery at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (Summer 2012) and the Royal Scottish Academy (Summer 2013) and through our website, and many have been acquired for public collections.

The launch of the 21 Revolutions Exhibition at CCA
The launch of the 21 Revolutions Exhibition at the CCA in September 2012

Free downloadable podcasts were created of all the writers reading their works, with a new podcast released every month for 21 months on the GWL website and iTunes.

Some 21 Revolutions Artists and Writers at GWL gathering
21 Revolutions Artists and Writers at GWL

The 21 Revolutions publication (launched in March 2014), brings together the work of these 21 world renowned women artists and 21 of Scotland’s foremost women writers, along with the GWL collection items that inspired them and specially commissioned essays. We are now taking orders online and in the Library, so be one of the first to get your hands on it!

The publication of the 21 Revolutions book was made possible by support from Creative Scotland, our co-publishers Freight Books, and everyone who helped us reach our Kickstarter campaign target. Many thanks to all our backers!

Find out more about 21 Revolutions

The Kickstarter Campaign and Backers

21 Revolutions on Kickstarter
Glasgow Women’s Library: Two Decades of Changing Minds
21 Revolutions: The Artists
21 Revolutions: The Writers
The 21 Revolutions podcast
Buy the 21 Revolutions artworks through our website
Buy the 21 Revolutions publication