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Conversation Event: Speaking Volumes #3: Commonplacing

21st April, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Close up photo of people standing in a room reading books.

Close up photo of people standing in a room reading books.The third Speaking Volumes event we would like to welcome you to join us in the library for an evening of commonplacing.

Speaking Volumes is a collaborative project by Glasgow Women’s Library and My Bookcase for the world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art Glasgow International of Festival of Visual Arts (GI). For the 2016 edition of GI (8th to 25th April), My Bookcase and Glasgow Women’s Library have teamed up to create a space where reflection on the influential role of women in art is activated through the object of the book.

Speaking Volumes #3: Commonplacing, Thursday 21st April, 6pm to 7.30pm

The practice of commonplacing became significant in Early Modern Europe as a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. As such, commonplacing techniques have their origins in antiquity: in the idea of loci communes – which freely translates into ‘gathering what can be shared’. In the most general sense, a commonplace book contains a collection of significant or well-known passages that have been copied and organized in some way.

We would like you to invite you to help us write a contemporary Common Place book on the occasion of Speaking Volumes. Bring along to the library a book by a woman writer that has been relevant for your life and practice with a selected excerpt to be shared with us. This can be a short paragraph or a short chapter which will be then captured in the Common Place Book, discovering and foregrounding the women that have been of relevance to our community.

Speaking Volumes continues 8th to 25th of April with more associated conversation events.

Exhibition, 8th to 25th April, Daily from 10am to 5pm

Exhibition Launch, 7th April, 6pm to 7.30pm

Conversation Events Series:
Thurs 14 April, 6pm to 7.30pm
Sun 17 April, 2pm to 3.30pm
Sun 24 April, 2pm to 3.30pm


This event is open to all and is free to attend. Please book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.

Speaking Volumes is part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2016 and is supported by GI and Dinesen.

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21st April, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267