“Our aim is to provide practice expertise using all forms of the media with the intention of creating an alternative to male-defined cultural propaganda. To create an expanding network of information and education by and for women. To provide and make accessible through outreach work our facilities to all women and, in doing so, to bridge the gap-dividing women by class, race, education, age, occupation, ability and sexual orientation. We hope to offer a friendly and relaxed workspace in which women can use the media resource” (Women’s Media Resource Project Archive, 1983).
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History: The Women’s Media Resource Project (WMRP) also known as WEFT (taken from weaving), was initiated by a group of women filmmakers and activists inspired by the feminist activism at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. The word WEFT was taken from a Greenham song.
Established as a charity in 1983, the WMRP offices were initially at the Metropolitan Workshops before they moved to working with the Rio in 1984-1994. The group received funding from the Greater London Council (GLC) Women’s Committee, Hackney Borough Council, Greater London Arts and the British Film Institute. They delivered an integrated practice, hosting with film screenings and workshops and training in sound and video.
In July 1986, The Sound Kitchen was launched, the UK’s first women-only 16 track recording studio housed in the basement of the Rio. In 1987, they organised the first National Women’s Video Festival, that was based at the Women’s Centre in Wild Court, Covent Garden, and ran across multiple London venues including the Rio Cinema.
Dates at Rio Cinema: 1984-1994
People: Siobhan Cleary, Vicky Grut, Mary Fahey, Linda Flint, Cathy Lane, Miriam Ludbrook, Kate Meynell, Ruth Novaczek, Jo Neylin, Ann Robinson, Maggie Thacker, Pat Thomas, Marian Urch, viv acious, Pier Wilkie
Material in the archive: Flyers, monthly programme notes, posters, images, t-shirt/poster, festival brochures, meeting notes, films, video, interviews.
The Sound Kitchen was the UK’s first women-only 16 track recording studio, housed in the basement of the Rio Cinema. Funded by Hackney Council and Greater London Arts. It opened on 24th July 1986. The WMRP organised training for women in vocal, studio engineering, electronic music.
Dialogue, Re-imaginations & Reflections Now:
Film screening + discussion with some of the WMRP
Community archiving project with WMRP to identity material archive at the Rio Cinema
Oral History interviews