Disobedient Women: Defiance, Resistance and Creativity Past and Present

Image: Trudy Williams, 1990. Photo courtesy Georgina Nelson.

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

October 18 – January 21, 2018

Curated by Dr. Darlene Clover (Faculty of Education, Leadership Studies) with Kathy Sanford, Project Co-lead and Graduate Assistants: Karin Zylstra, Zuzanna Szkudlarek and Tracey Murphy

In response to the Government of Canada’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this exhibition addresses missing narratives of the lives, struggles and creative acts of women who have for decades overtly and covertly disobeyed, resisted, challenged and subverted patriarchal and colonial authority and power, and gender injustices and constraints.

The multi-media exhibition profiles a selection of the activist practices, objects, stories, artworks, imaginings, writings, photographs and other works of women from Vancouver Island, British Columbia and beyond. It draws on ‘disobedient’ works housed in the University archives, created arts-based workshops, and from the studios of contemporary artists.

Click here to read a short article about the exhibition and to view photos of the exhibition openings at the Victoria Arts Council (2017) and the Legacy Maltwood (Oct. 2017).


Opening Reception Disobedient Women
Thursday, October 19 | 5 – 7pm

Rm A025 – at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library

Join us for the opening reception featuring performances – drumming, songs, skits and words- by some of the disobedient women in the show including the Raging Grannies. West Coast League of Lady Wrestlers, and Indigenous women drummers.

Workshop Oppose/Propose: Intersections Between Art and Activism
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 | 10:30am – 4:30pm | Facebook Event Page

Is there something you have always wanted to see changed, but don’t know where to start?

Join artist activists Kemi Craig and Kim Croswell to work through ideas and share in discussion about how to oppose problematic social forces and build alternatives through collaborative actions. This activities-based workshop will offer artistic strategies to overcome internal resistance, create dialogue toward possibilities, and engage in creative deconstruction/reconstruction. This day is for anyone who sees opportunities for change and wants to apply inspired solutions. We will be using smartphones, so please bring one with full battery power, and approximately 500 MB to 1 GB of storage space, or room for 3 minutes of film. If you do not have access to a smartphone, please bring a small printed photograph.