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Meg Torwl collection
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- Textual record
- Graphic material
- Moving images
- Sound recording
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CA SVE MT
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1984 - 2013 (Creation)
- Meg Torwl
Physical description area
Approx. 1.5 m of textual records and other materials.
500 GB of textual records and other materials.
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Archival description area
Name of creator
Meg Torwl was an artist and activist worked in video, new media, audio, photography, writing, performance and arts advocacy. Her work has been exhibited, broadcast, published and performed in her native New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She produced five new media projects – meditative colour and water photography based installations: Singing Bowls (2004), AQWAI (2006), TIARIKA (2008), Going Coastal (2010), and PORTAL/PORTAGE (2011), and directed three documentaries distributed by Video Out: Act Your Age!? (2000), where have all the lesbians gone? (2001), and Towards the day…we are all free (2007). Meg also worked in radio, producing 50 half-hour programs with Radio New Zealand National’s One in Five disability community program (2007/8), with a focus on youth, art, multiculturalism and policy. She worked for arts organizations in community outreach and project coordination for the National Film Board of Canada (2004), CBC TV (2006), KickstArt Disability Arts and Culture (2009/10), and BC Regional Integrated Arts Network (2010). Meg was a visual artist, a graduate of The Writers Studio (2011) at SFU, and published numerous books of poetry.
This collection is in remembrance of the cultural and activist practice of Meg Torwl, New Zealand-born artist, performer, and advocate who made Canada her home for approximately 14 years, until her death on June 21, 2013. The Meg Torwl collection at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives was prepared by Moira Simpson, with the support and assistance of Chris McDowell and Catherine Asher, Meg’s aunt. The “MEGACY” as they playfully refer to it, was donated in May 2014. We are grateful to Meg’s family and friends for responding so positively to our request that they expand on their original donation of Meg’s video tapes, to include writings, documentation, and other media, so that her legacy would be represented in her adopted home. In some cases, this meant donating personal treasures; in all cases it meant a deep commitment in time. We are grateful for their efforts.
Scope and content
The collection consists of a selection of Meg Torwl's artworks, and the documentation of her artworks, including video and audio, writings (poetry, scripts, and essays), performances, and drawings/paintings. It also includes publicity, biographies, resumes, and proposals. The collection also consists of materials of commemoration, written by people close to Meg following her passing, along with documentation of the 2013 BOLD Fest Woman of the Year Award, bestowed upon Meg posthumously. Finally, the collection includes photographs, primarily snapshots of Meg throughout her life along with her partner Adrienne Bradley. The collection is divided into 6 series:
- Performance Documentation
- Drawings and Paintings
- Personal Binders
Further information about individual items can be found at: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/the-meg-torwl-collection/.
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Availability of other formats
Many of the materials within the collection are also available digitally at Meg’s Integrial Media Blog (http://integrialmedia.blogspot.ca/) which was active September 2009 – June 10, 2013. Some works of video art and documentation of poetry readings can be seen at her Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/MegTorwl/videos).
Restrictions on access
Access to digital materials located on Meg Torwl's hard drive is restricted. Consult the archivist for details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Some materials are under copyright. Consult the archivist for details.
An extensive collection of Meg’s life and work is being created for LAGANZ- Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand, in Wellington, New Zealand.
No further accruals are expected.