The next public event as part of our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund supported electronic music heritage project will be on Tuesday 5 December 2017. The free event will take place at Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cambridge Street, Manchester from 6-9pm. This is a partnership event with Digital Womens Archive North.
Entitled “For Interest Only” the event is intended as an informal and lively forum for discussion and presentation of ideas, actions and concepts to forward the visibility and recognition the archiving and documentation of the work female artists.
We decided to call the event “For Interest Only” as there is a recording of Delia saying this in one of her make-up tapes in the Delia Derbyshire Archive housed in John Rylands Library in Manchester. We find this potentially throw away comment interesting as Delia’s work was part of the development of early electronic music in the UK and it seems Delia was an integral member of the creative community expanding the possibilities of music at that time (1960s & 1970s). Which is certainly of interest to us. Added to that is the norm of women not valuing their own work enough or being included in the narratives of electronic music heritage and history of arts generally. We therefore want to highlight the wonderful work of female artists and craftspeople such as Delia as we feel her work, working methods and archive are a rich source of education and inspiration. Our education work and commissioned creative responses support this claim with the word inspiring cropping up often from schoolchildren learning about Delia, commissioned artists expanding their skills and audience members attending our events.
“For Interest Only” will explore the following question:
What can practitioners contribute in terms of new content, interpretation, methods of knowledge creation, and ways of working within archival narratives of preservation and access?
This event is designed and delivered in partnership with DWAN – Digital Women’s Archive North. DWAN is a community interest company working around archives and gender, developing strategies for disruption to address inequalities and actively co-create an inclusive digital archive.
This will be our second partnership event with DWAN. The first took place in the week leading up to Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 at HOME Arts Centre in Manchester in Jan 2016. Over 100 people attended and lively discussions took place. With thought provoking presentations by organisations such as Brighter Sound and Manchester Digital Music Archive alongside performances by balladeer Jennifer Reid, Little She Girls (Karen Shannon, Janet Wolstenholme and Rose Niland) and a film by Kevin Burke of Instigate Arts, this researchers meets practitioners and archivists mix echoes the approach of Delia Derbyshire Day and DWAN who are interested in reflective arts practice grounded in research and archival materials.
Delia described herself as a post-feminist before feminism began so we don’t think she will mind us exploring questions around the importance and value of documenting women’s technical and creative work.