The life and legacy of artist, activist, eco-feminist and writer Monica Sjöö (1938-2005)

Event Details
Date: , 2023
Time: to
Location: Events Suite Level 2
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free
With: Maggie Parks, Annie Johnston, Su Fahy
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2023

The Women For Life on Earth march took place in 1982 and as we pass 2022, 40 years later we are drawn back to the work of Monica Sjöö, artist, activist and writer, who continued to hope that the struggle, courage and sacrifices, particularly of women imbued with Her trust in the Goddess would make the difference to our protection of Gaia, our Earth Mother.

Monica was a Swedish born visual artist, resident in Bristol and her paintings and writing were foundational to the development of feminist art in Britain, beginning at the time of the women’s liberation movement around 1970. A Blue Plaque (Green in Bristol!) was dedicated to her in November last year marking her residency in the city, in Princess Victoria Street, Clifton Village, known as Bristol’s Bohemia in the 60s and 70s.

Her legacy work is held by the Family Estate in Bristol and at Feminist Archive South (FAS) as part of the University of Bristol Library’s Special Collections. In this talk we celebrate her life and work and open up her legacy as a Bristol artist in a city she both lived and worked in, contributing to its socio – political history.

With Annie Johnston (Monica Sjöö Family Estate), Maggie Parks OBE, and Dr Su Fahy (Monica Sjöö Curatorial Collective).


Canvas of Monica Sjöö painting "Mother Earth in Pain" with tree in background
Image©️Family Estate. All Rights Reserved.’Mother Earth in Pain’ displayed as part of an improvised altar outside the main gate of the Long Ashton Research Station. March 1999.


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