Kelly, Mary (7 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-13, 2004-09-14

  • Recording locations

    The British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Kelly, Mary, 1941- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: Tape 4: Side B: MK talks about broader context of The Women's Movement issues. Difference between MK's socialist/feminist projects and biological/cultural essentialism in work of Judy Chicago. Background to Miss World Contest Demonstration presented by Bob Hope and influence on LM's thinking on the theory of 'woman as spectacle'. Refers to JM's book “Psychoanalysis and Feminism”. MK's membership of and involvement in Berwick St. Film Collective [BSFC] including James Scott, Humphrey Trevelyan, Marc Karlin. Refers to Sheila Rowbotham. Details of filming of “The Nightcleaners” [NC] and writing on it by Paul Willeman and Clare Johnston. Describes discursive sites represented in the documentary NC. Refers to May Hobbs, spokesperson; empathy with women in labour force. Recalls Project 1973 “Women & Work: a Document on the Division of Labour in Industry”; involvement with Trade Union Movement and 1972 start of “Artists' Union” with Stuart Brisley, Gustav Metzger, Barry Barker, Conrad Atkinson, Tina Keane, Elona Bennet; talks about nomination procedure for Chair of Artists' Union. MK's feelings about being elected Chairman and influence of this on career. Refers to TGW (Transport and General Workers) and ATT [Artists, Teachers and Technicians]. Mentions Willis as figurehead of movement. MK remarks on need to enlarge Artists' Union and become part of TGW. Recruitment at Hayward Gallery; refers to Richard Cork and creation of institutional critique, mentions Daniel Buhren. MK's observations on male/female interview responses during Women & Work Project with Kay Hunt, later Fido, and Margaret Harrison.

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