DAYLIGHTING is a series of public programmes exploring the interconnections of art, activism, performance, politics, health and print, with a live printing workshop, discussions, readings and collective writing.  Programmed events will consider how we can challenge existing archives and systems of knowledge, change narratives and amplify new voices. 

At DAYLIGHTING‘s core is the production of DAYLIGHT, a collaborative artwork in the form of a newspaper that explores the presence of womxn through their art, thinking and speculations.

DAYLIGHTING seeks, in Adrienne Rich’s words, to imagine “the faint, improbable outlines of unaskable questions” and then attempts to make them more manifest in our current landscape, to phrase them in bold letters, shining a light on women’s history, carving more space for our future.

DAYLIGHTING investigates the authority of the printed form as we live print pages in response to history’s ongoing omissions, exploring cracks in the narratives and daylighting new ones. Letterpress as a medium for printed artwork takes time and care, assembling letters, making decisions, physically handling, moving, setting type to create deep impressions on the page and in the archive.

Daylighting printing press

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Curated by Madeleine Hodge, Clare Qualmann, and Amy Sharrocks

Designer: Charlotte Hauser

Letter press queen: Jenny Oliver

Written contributions: Diana Damian Martin, Feminist Duration Reading Group.  Ivor MacAskill,  Jade Montserrat and Meenakshi Thirukode

Text and Image contributions:  Audrey Amiss, Elena Carter, Claire Collison, Catherine Hoffmann, Clare MacDonald, OOMK, Grace, Grace, Grace, Jenny Moore, Wellcome Collection Archives

Public programme: Jenny Moor and F*Choir, OOMK, Women of Colour Index Reading Group with Joy Gregory, Lesley Hall (Sex Historian), Nic Cook and Loesja Vigour (Zine Club), Alice White and Kelly Foster (Wikimedians), Donna Harraway and Fabrizio Terranova