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Print! In Conversation: Practitioners & Provocateurs at Somerset House

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Time 20:00
Date 25/06/18
Price £10

Join a line-up of female practitioners and provocateurs as they share insight into their roles in representing and regenerating ideas, identities and opportunities for and with their communities.

Whether as writers and publishers, designers and printmakers, academics archivists and activists, each speak as leaders in their field.

Drawing on art, design, education and the socio-political power of print we look to discuss the evolution of an independent uprising fuelled by females, the impact this has had on changing perspectives past and present, and the shift in empowerment through action.

Panellists include: Dr Althea Greenan Special Collections and Archive Curator at Goldsmith’s Women’s Art Library, Shaz Madani Designer and Art Director of Riposte magazine, Sofia Niazi resident Artist at Somerset House Studios and Editor of OOMK Zine, and Teal Triggs Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean of Royal College of Arts School of Communication. The evening’s discussion is chaired by Ruth Jamieson, Writer and Author of Print Is Dead. Long Live Print.


Dr Althea Greenan is Special Collections and Archives Curator at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works with artists and academic researchers to help realise new projects based on the Women’s Art Library collection, in particular those that position the collection in contemporary practices. She has written on the work of women artists and the Women’s Art Library since the 1980s appearing in a range of publications including magazines and critical anthologies. Her doctoral research focused on the Women's Art Library slide collection as a feminist post-digital space.

Shaz Madani is a designer and art director running her own independent practice. Her work ranges from publications and editorial, to identities and exhibitions, working with clients such as The Wellcome Trust, Thames & Husdson, MoMA, Giles Duley, and UAL. Shaz is also the creative director of Riposte, a magazine which profiles and celebrates women working within the fields of design, art, politics, science and music. Riposte was nominated for the Design Museum Designs of the Year Award, and awarded Gold at the European Design Awards.

Sofia Niazi is an artist, illustrator and editor of OOMK Zine. With an interest in education and the arts, she co-curates DIY Cultures, an annual festival of zines, talks and exhibitions exploring the intersection of art, self-education and activism. She currently runs Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph printing press in East London, with studio mates Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara. She delivers workshops and talks about her work in community, gallery and academic settings.

Teal Triggs is a Professor of Graphic Design and Associate Dean, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured and broadcast widely and her writings have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications. Triggs’ research focuses primarily on design pedagogy, criticism, self-publishing, and feminism with recent projects exploring a history of graphic design exhibitions and the role of design in the future of the library. She is Associate Editor of Design Issues (MIT Press) and was founding Editor-in-Chief of Communication Design (Taylor & Francis/ico-D). Her recent books include: co-editor with Leslie Atzmon of The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury), author of Fanzines (Thames & Hudson), and the children’s book The School of Art (Wide Eyed) which was shortlisted for the ALCS 2016 Educational Writer’s Award. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Society of Arts.

Chair Speaker Ruth Jamieson is a London-based writer and the author of Print is Dead Long Live Print, an exploration of the new wave of independent magazines showcasing over 50 of the world's most exciting indie mags. She also writes about magazines for The Guardian and the US design blog Eye on Design. She is a guest lecturer at the London College of Fashion and is regularly on the judging panel for the Stack Magazine Awards.