Events

Events across the South East in 2017 / 2018

We will be holding a series of events with our partners supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. These events are intended to be fun, creative and informative with equality providing the contextual backbone.

As details are confirmed we will add bookings links so please check back, and sign up to our mailing list for updates.

Women & Activism Season, Various Events, The Depot, Lewes (25 - 30 August 2018)

Women & Activism Season

The Depot, Lewes, BN7 2JS

25 – 30 August 2018

A Woman’s Place is delighted to be contributing to the Women and Activism season of films and events sharing feminist stories of revolution.

 

Making Change: workshop with Alinah Azadeh

Sat 25 July

As part of the programme Alinah Azadeh will be running two more Makers of Change workshops exploring issues of womanhood and feminism through craftivism (crafting in the service of social, political or environmental change).

A hands-on creative workshop exploring and celebrating how art and craft have been used in the struggle for social and political change.

Inspired by the pioneering, creative campaigns of the Suffragettes, as well as current feminist and other equality campaigns globally, participants will take a visual ride through history and be invited to reflect on and share what matters to them in the current climate, transforming this into small-scale piece of craftivism (crafting for social or political purposes) to take home. Ticket price includes all materials.

Minimum suitable age 14+

Ticket price: £10 available through the Depot website.

 

The Girls

Tues 28 August

Dr Helen Eastman will introduce The Girls by Mia Zetterling and show her short film Lysistrata, After Aristophanes (10 mins),  along with Hairpiece: A Film for Nappy Headed People (8 min) by Ayoka Chenzira.
For more information, prices, and to book a ticket visit the Depot website.

A Woman's Place at Knole, various events, at Knole, Sevenoaks (July - September 2018)

A Woman’s Place at Knole 

Knole, Sevenoaks, TN15 0RP

July – September 2018

Walk and talk with the curators
Saturday 21 July, 12.30–3pm

Meet Lucy Day and Eliza Gluckman, curators of A Woman’s Place, for a walk and talk through Knole’s showrooms and courtyards. Discover more about the six contemporary art installations and learn about the artists and the inspiration behind the project. This event is free to attend, however normal admission prices will apply if you wish to visit Knole house and grounds outside of the walk and talk.

Please meet at 12.15pm at the Visitor Reception.

In accordance with showroom conservation policy, there is a possibility two walk and talks may be scheduled subject to attendance.

Performing the toilette
Tuesday 7 August, 1.30–3.30pm

A performer will demontrate the toilette – the ritual of dressing and preparing for the day – beside Emily Speed’s art installation in the Orangery. She will perform her maquillage (body make-up) to become part of the work and environment, until both architecture and inhabitants meld into the history of Knole. Normal admission prices apply.

Join us for a picnic
Saturday 1 September, 12.30–2pm

Join the curators of A Woman’s Place for a child-friendly picnic in Knole Park. Bring your own and share! Normal admission prices apply.

A Woman’s Place panel discussion
Saturday 1 September, 3–4.30pm

Project curators, artists and invited speakers will discuss the context and ideas behind the artworks in A Woman’s Place at Knole.

Adult £7.50 Ticketed event, booking essential. To book your place, click here.

Supported through Trust New Art – National Trust’s contemporary arts programme inspired by our place.
Normal admission prices to the showrooms apply.

image credit: Lindsay Seers, 2052 selves (a biography), 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

One Day, with Alinah Azadeh, produced by Quiet Down There: Workshops and activities, Gravesend, Kent (April 2018)

One Day with Alinah Azadeh, produced by Quiet Down There: Workshops and activities

Supported through A Woman’s Place Quiet Down There and artist Alinah Azadeh have organised three One Day retreats in Kent during April 2018 with the intention of supporting women – and those identifying as women – to explore and build emotional strength and resilience, creativity and self-care.

One Day is a programme of three day-long free events for 12 women in Gravesend, Kent centred on a toolkit devised by the artist using creative materials, playful discussion, creative writing and shared reflection to explore a ‘sense of place’. Each one will take the format of a ‘day retreat’, providing a supported space, food and a small subsidy for travel and/or childcare. The retreat offers participants a full day to focus on themselves, their place in their family, community or workplace, and a chance to work creatively on new or existing projects with others in a safe space.

Quiet Down There work with the galleries, venues, high streets and local authorities to produce relevant, meaningful and accessible work across artforms. They have worked with artists and communities across the southeast and London on projects funded and commissioned by organisations such as Brighton Festival, Camden Council, Arts Council and Lighthouse.

Alinah Azadeh is an artist, writer and performer, using textile, interaction and storytelling to open up fresh ways of reflecting on our social and cultural identities. She is interested in interdisciplinary ways of working that enable creative, social and political agency in others. Over the last two decades, her public artworks have invited thousands of people to take part in installations and live works on subjects ranging from grief, loss and debt to gender equality and migration. Commissions include The Gifts (2010, Bristol Museum), Westminster Hall (Magna Carta Anniversaries Banners, 2015), Hull City of Culture (Revolutionary Makers, WOW Festival, 2017) and Burning the Books (2011-15).  She is Associate Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre and the RSA.

www.alinahazadeh.com

Image courtesy of Alinah Azadeh.

Unpicking the narrative: Difficult women, Difficult work at Turner Contemporary , Margate (27 April 2017 )

Unpicking the narrative: Difficult women, Difficult work

Thursday 27th April 2017 11 – 5

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Day+Gluckman in conversation with Freddie Robins for The Matter of Material symposium, hosted by Turner Contemporary in collaboration with the International Textile Research Centre University for the Creative Arts.

Using examples of her work and exhibition profile we will consider how her career and practice has developed as an artist working with textiles and whether she consciously considers it to have a feminist voice; whether gender still has a pivotal role in how textiles are read and how Freddie’s work continues to contribute to that debate. The conversation will look at how textiles have been curated into exhibitions, for example FABRIC (2014) and Entangled (2017). It will examine curatorial hierarchies and whether there is a perceived or actual fear in displaying objects that don’t hold their shape. We will also discuss the propensity of echo chambers in the art world and beyond  – are we only talking to each other? How as artists and curators do we identify our audiences and is there a gendered snobbery about the ‘right type’ of audience?

Images credit:

Overlap : Relationships, reputation and legacy of women artists at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (3 June 2017)

Overlap : Relationships, reputation and legacy of women artists

Saturday 3rd June 2017 11.30 – 12.30

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, TN34 3DW

Day+Gluckman, artist Jessica Voorsanger and Tate Curator and art historian Carol Jacobi, will discuss the complex relationship of a woman artist to her personal biography.The panel will have an honest and frank conversation about the legacy of women artists and how their art is often overlooked in favour of their relationships to male artists.

Jessica Voorsanger’s art practice looks at the construct of self, often through humorous installations or performances which unpick popular and celebrity culture. Voorsanger has exhibited extensively internationally, and is married to Patrick Brill (AKA the artist Bob+Roberta Smith).

Carol Jacobi is Curator of British Art 1850–1915 at Tate. Her research is centred on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British painting, sculpture and photography. She has backgrounds in science and literature, preferring an interdisciplinary approach, and has a long term commitment to challenging the canon and investigating the legacy of overlooked women artists.

Image credit: Jessica Voorsanger, Claude Monet (from the Bald Series) 2013, shown in Liberties 2015 and 2016. Photo credit: Steve Tanner.

Celebration of Elizabeth Carter

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017

Deal Town Hall, High St, Deal CT14 6TR

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of Deal born poet and member of The Bluestocking Society, Elizabeth Carter, comes a celebration of her vitality and relationship to the town by artist Colin Priest.

Stirred by the unexpected acquisition of the memoirs of the life of Mrs Elizabeth Carter with poems by Rev. Montagu Pennington, and curiously typed 19th century letters from her relatives regarding her portrait in Deal Town Hall,  Priest will present an atmospheric site-specific tableau of found material, film and texts in the Town Hall Chamber 8th/9th September 2017.

The English term “bluestocking”  evolved in the mid-to-late 1700s.  Elizabeth Carter wrote of the society: “As if the two sexes had been in a state of war, the gentlemen ranged themselves on one side of the room, where they talked their own talk, and left us poor ladies to twirl our shuttles, and amuse each other, by conversing as we could. By what little I could overhear, our opposites were discoursing on the old English poets, and this subject did not seem so much beyond a female capacity but that we might have been indulged with a share of it.” Priest recently worked with pupils from Goodwin Academy, Deal, Kent on an Onomatopoeia Workshop.Each were given a character from the WORKBOX to recreate the image and sound of the sea using ink and the parchment provided. Completed drawings, were transformed into a stop motion animation to be screened at the celebration inside the Town Hall.

Colin Priest is a London-based artist, architect and educator at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London his mixed-media site-specific works combine intervention, sculpture, writing, moving image and performance, with an ambition to construct site specific encounters engaging heritage narratives.

Images credit : Elizabeth Carter  (16 December 1717 – 19 February 1806) by Joseph Highmore (1692–1780) Photo credit Deal Town Council

All images courtesy of artist, Colin Priest

Rachael House’s Feminist Disco, University of Sussex, Brighton (10 November 2017)

Rachael House’s Feminist Disco

The University of Sussex in partnership with Gender Studies and Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research Centres

Friday 10th November 2017

6 – 9pm

Room 76, Falmer Bar, The University of Sussex, BN1 9RH

Rachael House’s Feminist Disco- putting the ‘disco’ into ‘discourse’ 

Welcome one and all to the feminist art project you can dance to, in a perfect venue, a place of learning with a radical history of protest and disruption.

This is an art project calling itself a disco. Rachael House plays records on two dansette record players and calls it DJing. The records are by bands featuring women Rachael decides are feminist, made between approximately 1976-1983.

These were turbulent years. During the so-called second wave of feminism, punk and post punk, The Grunwick Strike, Thatcher Government, Spare Rib, Rock Against Racism and The National Front. Rachael House’s Feminist Disco does not wallow in nostalgia. It looks at this time as one might peek under a plaster- is it healed yet? Is there shiny new skin? Pressing tender spots to check if they still hurt. Do we still have the same problems, or has someone smashed the glass ceiling? Are the arguments that made schisms between so called second wave feminists any closer to being resolved?

The disco/discourse includes the academic, the historic and up to the minute. Providing discourse on this occasion Rachael is pleased to welcome Dr. Nicola Streeten and Professor Lucy Robinson for our edification and delight.

Lucy’s powerpoint presentation will cover what fan girls have taught her about feminism. This will touch on One Direction, Taylor Swift and a bit of Kathleen Hanna.

Always contentious, comic artist/writer Nicola will wrestle with how and why as a feminist she laughs at things that shouldn’t be funny and doesn’t laugh at things that should. She will refer to the ‘gross out decade’ of the 1990s and illustrate her talk with references to the work of zinester Lucy Sweet and the Viz cartoon The Fat Slags.

You will have an opportunity to play traditional feminist party games such as Pin the tie on Patti Smith, and to contribute a drawing to Typical Girls- A feminist gallery. You may even suck on a feminist boiled sweet. No one need leave empty handed.

To bring the feminist politics bang up to date a raffle will be held in aid of a local grassroots feminist organisation, Sisters Uncut. Fittingly feminist raffle prizes will be made by Rachael House.

An invitation is also extended to YOU to bring a record or two that you consider to be feminist. Some time will be set aside for guest DJs.

We look forward to seeing you!

Step free access across the whole venue; all facilities readily accessible by lift.

Rachael House’s Disco and A Woman’s Place are trans-embracing, intersectional spaces, and we welcome people of all genders to this event.

Please note: Under 18s are very welcome to attend the event from 6pm. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, they will be unable to remain on the premises past 8pm.

Images credit: Rachael House, Feminist Disco

All images courtesy of Rachael House. Photographer: Jo David

In conversation with Erika Tan and Dr. Lara Perry at the Royal Pavilion Brighton (16 November 2017)

In Conversation with Erika Tan and Dr. Lara Perry, University of Brighton

Brighton Museum, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 1E

Thursday 16th November 2017

2 – 4pm

Artist Erika Tan and Dr Lara Perry, Brighton University School of Humanities, discuss Tan’s recent series of films which focus on the minor historic figure of Halimah binti Abdullah, an expert weaver who participated in the 1924 Empire Exhibition (London). Halimah, along with 19 other Malayans, lived and worked in the Malayan Pavilion. By day they were demonstrating their crafts and selling souvenirs at the exhibition; by night living behind the displays in an ex-army hut. In the same year that she came to London, she contracted pneumonia and died, aged 60. She was buried in Brookwood Cemetery in Woking and given a muslim burial. This is where her story ends. Tan’s project  is interested in trying to resurrect her story as a way of approaching questions around colonial exhibition tropes, ideas of cultural ambassadors or martyrs, the parameters of a developing ‘Singapore art canon’, and the difficulties of retracing the forgotten in an ever incomplete archive.
Tan will be showing some of her processes, research and final works, alongside conversation with Dr Lara Perry. Tan’s work resonates with historian Dr Perry’s interest in issues of the unrecorded, or unevidenced life and events.

Places are limited so to reserve your FREE ticket now, click here.

A Woman’s Place is a trans embracing, intersectional organisation and we welcome people of all genders to work with us and participate in our events.

Images credit: Detail of installation: The ‘Forgotten’ Weaver, Erika Tan, Diaspora Pavilion, Venice 2017.

Image © 2017 Anthony Lam


Talk and Study Day at New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College Cambridge (23 November 2017)

Looking Further, Looking Harder

A series of discussions around collecting

#1. Women of Colour

23rd November, 2-5pm

Fellows Drawing Room

Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF

A round table discussion of invited attendees

As the New Hall Art Collection works towards Accreditation status this series of round table meetings are aimed at generating conversation around areas of collecting; issues that arise both from the historical growth of a collection to the responsibility of representation going forward.

A small group of invited guests (25) will meet at Murray Edwards College for a discussion about the New Hall Art Collection and representation of BAME artists, specifically women of colour (WOC), in Collections.

We are looking at the Collection from different perspectives – students, alumna, artists, curators – and asking what it means to address, and how to constructively address, representation, or lack of in, in Collections.  We hope to interrogate the language and current dialogues.

The discussion will be recorded and uploaded to our website and those of our partners.

This event is held in collaboration with A Woman’s Place project, a South East wide two-year project which presents a series of participatory events in 2017 before launching six new artists commissions at National Trust’s Knole, Sevenoaks in 2018.

Related programme, New Hall Art Collection

 

9/16/23 November – Artist Barby Asante hosts workshops with students who identify as women of colour.  Part of Barby’s project, ‘As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence: For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa,’ takes its title from Ama Ata Aidoo’s poem.

The poem speaks of independence in terms of the political rupture  between Africa and it’s colonial rulers, and through the personal break up of lovers. Dedicated to the poem’s protagonist Ama it presents the possibility of a woman defining her own political, cultural and social agency.

Attendees:

Barby Asante                     Artist, currently working on a series of workshops at Murray Edwards College for the New Hall Art Collection (see below)

Maria Azcoitia                    New Hall Art Collection

Ashleigh Barice                 Arts Professional

Amy Botfield                      Arts Council England

Lucy Day                              A Woman’s Place Project

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi           current Wysing artist in residence

Eliza Gluckman  Curator, New Hall Art Collection

Sarah Greaves                   College Administrator, Murray Edwards College

Lotte Juul Petersen         Curator, Wysing Arts Centre

Permindar Kaur Artist (work in New Hall Art Collection)

Wanja Kimani                    Artist

Harriet Loffler                    Curator (contemporary), Norwich Castle and Chair of NW Cambridge Public Art Panel

Semine L-Callensen         Student, Murray Edwards College

Ali MacGilp                         Independent Curator

Stephanie Moran             Library and Information Manager, Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library

Sophie Niang                      MEC student

Eleanor McGrath              Senior Programmes Manager (Acquisitions), Art Fund

Precious Oyelade             Alumna, Murray Edwards College, current student at SOAS in African Studies

Nadia Romain                    Collector, writer, producer, strategic consultant and founder of Everything I Want

Bee Tajudeen                    Founder and Creative Director, Black Blossoms

Christine Takegny            Contemporary Art Society

Seana Wilson                     Artist, Curator (New Hall Art Collection)

Apologies

Gayle Chong Kwan, Artist (work in New Hall Art Collection)

Melanie Keen, InIVA

Mattie Loyce, Project Mission Gallery

Hammad Nasar, Paul Mellon Senior Fellow/BAM

Ashai Nichols, Arts Council England

Harold Offeh, Artist

Deborah Smith, Independent Curator

Dr. susan pui san lok, Artist, contributor Black Art and Modernism

Jessica Taylor, Curator (Diaspora Pavilion, Venice) – cannot attend will extend to network

 

 

AGENDA

 

2.05-15

5 min Intro from Eliza – about New Hall Art Collection and A Woman’s Place project

5 min group introduce themselves – warm up

2.15-40

LABELS – what’s in a name – Diversity/ BAME/ Women of Colour…

suggested contributions (5 mins)

Generational overviews/ (inter)National perspectives

Barby Asante

open table (Chair Permindar Kaur, artist)

2.40-45

Personal perspective –  Bee Tajudeen                       

Founder and Creative Director, Black Blossoms

 

2.45-3.10

STATISTICS – what do the numbers tell us?

suggested contributions (5 mins)

Seana Wilson – will ref the ArtNews article ‘What is Curatorial Activism’ stats by Maura Reilly and read the stats on women artists from the 2013 Great East End Art Audit

susan pui san lok stats from the Black Art and Modernism findings

Funders – ACE, Art Fund etc

open table (Chair? volunteer needed)

3.10-15

Personal perspective – Precious Oyelade (Phd topic and being a student at MEC)

3.15-3.45

Cup of tea and a quick trip up to the Dome to see some works

3.50-4.00

Personal perspective – artist Permindar Kaur

4.00-4.35

Collections / Collecting

Eliza on conversation at MEC last week with Anthea Hamilton

Christime Takengny – Contemporary Art Society

Valeria Napoleone XX fund, for which CAS acquired work by Martine Syms and acquisitions of BAME female artists whose work CAS gifted to collections. The questions and discussions I have with museums around this. Also, we recently acquired South African artist Dineo Bopape at Frieze and I can talk about this as well and the work acquired by Lubaina Himid for Gallery Oldham. (5-10mins)

Ali MacGlip – will discuss the Leeds CAS women in collections study day and also mention the What Should White Culture Do? Symposium at the RCA last weekend. (5 mins)

open table (Chair? volunteer needed)

4.35-40

Personal perspective – IF TIME

4.40 -5.00pm

WRAP UP – identify main concerns, opinions and actions

 

 

 

New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College

University of Cambridge

The New Hall Art Collection is the largest collection of works by women in Europe.  The Collection is housed within Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge and began in 1986 with the acquisition of a work by Mary Kelly.  Historically women artists have been excluded from academic research, art historical books and institutional museum programming; an issue currently on the agenda of most international art institutions. With over 500 works, a third on public display, the New Hall Art Collection has an emphasis on modern and contemporary art.

 

 

Makers of Change, at The Depot, Lewes (21 April 2018)

Makers Of Change

Saturday 21st April

The Depot, Lewes

“When and where have you experienced gender equality – and gender inequality – at home, school or at play? What is there to celebrate, what is there to change? What are your everyday niggles? Who or what inspires you?”

What do you care about deeply or want to protect or defend – on a personal, social, political or global level? ‘

These were some of the questions discussed by participants at our recent Makers of Change event, held at the Depot funded through the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.

Artist Alinah Azadeh, presented the session which acted as an introduction to handmade work through craftivism (crafting in the service of social, political or environmental change). Inspired by the pioneering, creative campaigns of the Suffragettes, as well as making connections to current campaigns by women globally, each person created small-scale pieces of craftivism to take away.

Participants to both of the free workshops were sourced through peer connectors with the ambition to encourage women who may not usually attend an event like this to come along and take part. A morning session was held for mothers of school age children and the afternoon session involved fifteen 14–16 year-old young women from Lewes and surrounding areas.

As a result several women plan to form a regular monthly group , and the young women plan to tackle sexism and misogyny at school.

It has inspired me to make smaller/quicker changes to make a big impact…

 

I will probably go home and stick endless Beyoncé quotes into my clothes.

 

Being able to speak freely with other girls felt special.

 

It has shown me that here are places where people (like me) can talk.

 

Hearing from each other’s experiences in a group was a positive and thought-provoking experience. 

 

I was surprised that such a small item (badge/stitching) could make such a difference.