Leading Ladies: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Courtney Johnston, Director of the Dowse Art Museum, leads a free workshop in helping to get artists better represented online through Wikipedia. Join us on Sunday 21st January from 12pm in Te Uru’s Learning Centre for an afternoon of research and collective contribution as Courtney takes us through how to create, edit and expand a Wikipedia page.

Springboarding from the Leading Ladies exhibition, the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will begin looking at early female ceramic artists Briar Gardner, Elizabeth Matheson, Minnie F. White, Olive Jones and Elizabeth Lissaman and continue with a focus on female artists working with ceramics with the aim of improving the balance of artists represented online. This follows in the footsteps of the international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon that was held in 2014.

We will have a range of books and resources to get you started, but please bring your own laptop and any relevant research materials that might help on the day. Make a headstart on the Wikipedia tutorials page and find other handy online resources below.

Art and Feminism editing kit

Wikipedia projects blog at The Dowse

Digital New Zealand

Find NZ Artists

Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Courtney Johnston has been director of The Dowse Art Museum since 2012. In 2015 she oversaw a Wikipedia project at The Dowse which created or enhanced more than 100 entries related to craft and craft artists in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a big proponent of using sites like Wikipedia to create digital pathways into our art history and contemporary practice.

Image: Potter Eizabeth Lissaman and her kiln. Freelance photographic prints and negatives. Ref PAColl-0785-1-109-006. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

21 January, 12-4pm