Are you coming to our Edit-a-Thon?
Thinking about taking part in our Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon? Here's a list of New Zealand artists who you could 'adopt' for the day.
On Saturday 7 March we're taking part in an international movement to improve the presence of women artists on Wikipedia by running an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon here at The Dowse. So far we're the only place in the whole of Oceania to take part, so by coming along you'll be part of a pretty special thing!
We're running the day in such a way that everyone from complete newbies to experienced editors will be supported:
Newbies 10am–12pm A crash course in how to sign up, edit and upload articles to Wikipedia.
Get inspired 1pm Join curator Bridget Reweti on a tour of Nuku: Symbols of Mana, with its particular focus on mana wahine (women’s empowerment).
Edit-A-Thon 2–5pm: Come along and add to the store of information about women artists or New Zealand art more broadly in a friendly communal environment. And if art's not your thing but Wikipedia is, we'd still love to have you along.
If you want to put in a little prep for the day, here are some suggestions. You could identify an artist and start doing some research in advance.
ARTISTS WHOSE WIKIPEDIA PAGES NEED EXPANDING
ARTISTS WHO DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE A WIKIPEDIA PAGE
GOOD INFO TO COLLECT FOR AN ARTIST PAGE
- Major life moments - date and place of birth/death, where the artist lived at different times.
- Details such as significant relationships if you believe this is important to people’s knowledge of the artist.
- Education - where and what they studied, qualifications gained
- Major exhibitions - title, location and date of major exhibitions
- Career - information about how the artist’s career and work developed: major milestones, descriptions of their work, quotes from them or authoritative figures
- Publications - books and journal articles about the artist
- Collections - public galleries and museums that hold examples of the artist’s work
- Awards and recognitions: prizes, residencies, honours.
At The Dowse, we tend to draft our entries using Word or Google Docs. We start with a list of headings, and then use books and periodicals to fill them out. For each statement we make, we provide a reference. So our entry for Cornish for example starts like this:
Born Wellington 1945 (Find NZ Artists http://findnzartists.org.nz/artist/3387/)
Parents separated at 3, moved to Napier, Taranaki, attended Hawera Technical High School (Mudlark book pages 16-18)
Enrolled Wellington Poly to study design (Virginia Were article http://www.artnews.co.nz/autumn-2014-profile/)
WE'RE THERE TO HELP
Bridget and I will be there all day to help out. We've got plenty of ideas to help get people past the initial learning curve and quickly into making real contributions. We look forward to seeing you there!