Please go to our new website at www.alternativearts.org.uk
to view our current programme
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in East London
1-31 March - 2020
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB Aldgate East tube
www.artsadmin.co.uk 020 7247 5102
STEAKHOUSE LIVE – Slow Sunday
Sunday 1 March 1pm-9pm £18/£20/£30
For one day only Steakhouse Live takes over Toynbee Studios with a bold programme of live performances ranging in duration from 10mins to 6 hours.
RADAR – Budget Lines
Wednesday 25 March 2.30pm-6pm FREE
A workshop looking at producing art through a financial lens, focusing on budget brainstorming, managing budgets, and creating a budget that is as flexible as the project it outlines.
230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH Liverpool Street tube/rail
www.bishopsgate.org.uk 020 7392 9200
THE INDIAN SUFFRAGETTES
Saturday 14 March 11am-1pm £22/£16 concs
Presented by Julie Begum. Although popular belief is that only white women were involved in the cause for women’s suffrage in Britain, there were a number of Indian suffragettes and suffragists who took part. Hear stories of trail blazing figures such as Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria, who helped lead marches in order to bring much needed attention to the movement.
IN THE RESISTANCE
Friday 20 March 7pm-10pm £5
A woman’s place is in the resistance. Join our rebellion celebration of Women’s History Month and explore the array of protest-related pamphlets and posters in the Institute’s archives with pop-up talks from key activists looking to the future of women’s rights including Manuela Campbell / The Fawcett Society, Hannah Swirsky / Centenary Action Group, Marchu Girma / Women for Refugee Women, and Charlotte Cranidge / artist, and then create your own protest paraphernalia.
ARCHIVE ALIVE – THE DAWSON FAMILY
Wednesday 25 March 7pm-9pm £16
Come to the launch of a new life drawing collaboration with Art Model Collective. Costumed life models will bring characters from our archive to life, posing and reading from texts in the collections, and enjoy exploring a pop-up archive display and bar. For this session we will be drawing the Dawson Family – educators, feminists and suffragists.
18-22 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Dalston Junction & Dalston Kingsland overground.
Saturday 7 March Doors 6.30pm Show 8.30pm £12
Najma Akhtar, Tania Caroline Chen, Stewart Lee & Steve Beresford, Mark Sanders & John Butcher, Angharad Davies & Max Eastley. DJ Howard Williams.
An interactive set based on the spirituality of the voice.
DALSTON CLR JAMES LIBRARY
Dalston Square, Dalston Lane E8 3BQ Dalston Junction overground
www.hackney.gov.uk 020 8356 6292
HACKNEY FILM CLUB
THE PIANO (dir: Jane Campion, 1993, 121mins, cert 15)
Saturday 7 March 2pm FREE (No booking necessary)
Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel star in Jane Campion’s beautifully shot and eerily toned period drama
about a mute pianist sent from Scotland to New Zealand for an arranged marriage. A film about oppression, love and the creative spirit. In 2019 BBC Culture voted The Piano the greatest ever female directed film.
MADE IN DAGENHAM (dir: Nigel Cole, 2010, 110 mins, cert 15)
Saturday 21 March 2pm FREE (No booking necessary)
Set in Ford’s Dagenham plant at the end of the 60s, Jaime Winstone, Rosamund Pike, Sally Hawkins and Miranda Richardson lead a cast of British screen favourites in this lively comedy-drama about the striking female factory workers who helped pave the way for the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
EAST END WI
St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road E2 9Pl Bethnal Green tube
TALK by RACHEL CROSSLEY Director of the East End Women’s Museum
Thursday 19 March 7pm for 7.30pm start. FREE to members of EEWI and visitors are asked for a £5 donation. Includes refreshments.
The East End Women’s Museum is due to open in 2021. Rachel Crossley will give an outline of the history of the museum from its unique beginnings through to future ambitions, as well as offering an opportunity for us to give feedback on the emerging plans for the museum’s design.
EAST END WOMEN’S MUSEUM
Opening in 2021 we aim to create a new, permanent home for the country’s first dedicated women’s museum. We currently record, research, share and celebrate the extraordinary stories of East London women. We challenge gender stereotypes, offer new role models, spotlight lives otherwise unknown, amplify diverse voices and empower people to tell their own stories and make positive change inspired by women who have gone before. We do this through exhibitions, events, projects, and sharing stories online. Our building will open in Barking Town Centre in late 2021.
THE WOMEN’S WALK
This year we have created a new self-guided trail around East London for you to discover the ‘brilliant women of Whitechapel, Bow and Barking’, taking in the remarkable stories of activist Mala Sen, dancer Josie Woods, ‘Matchgirl’ Sarah Chapman, the East London Federation of Suffragettes, and more. It ends at the site of the new museum and the trail can be downloaded at www.eastendwomensmuseum.org.heritagetrail or paper copies are available on request.
121 Roman Road, E2 0QN Bethnal Green tube
www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk 020 8981 6111
ANOTHER EYE: Women Refugee Photographers in Britain After 1933
28 February – 2 May Tues-Sat 11am-6pm FREE
This exhibition brings together Dorothy Bohm, Gerti Deutsch, Lotte Meitner-Graf, Elizabeth Chat, Edith Tudor Hart, Laelia Goehr, alongside lesser known women photographers who came to Britain as refugees in the 1930s, with portraiture, photo-slides and East End street photography. The show reflects these artists representations of ‘Britishness’, considering how their experience as outsiders shaped their images. The exhibition will be accompanied by a Public Talks Programme in collaboration with Fast-Forward Women in Photography. See website for further details.
MARY ON THE GREEN
A permanent statue commemorating the ‘foremother of feminism’ Mary Wollstonecraft is to be erected on Newington Green where she lived. Over 4,000 people have signed a petition in support of the statue designed by acclaimed artist Maggie Hambling.
WOLLSTONECRAFT WALKS APP
Follow in Mary Wollstonecraft’s footsteps. Fragments & Monuments Performance and Film Company and Scary Little Girls Performance Hub present a new app to join Wollstonecraft Walks. Check out the podcast series, read the heritage research, get to know the artists backstage and learn about Wollstonecraft’s legacy. Spread the word www.wollstonecraftwalks.netlify.com
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK in Tower Hamlets
7-14 March 2020
Women’s groups and community organisations across the borough will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a week long programme of events and activities following this year’s theme ‘WOMEN & POWER’.
Groups and organisations involved include:- Poplar Union, Muslim Women’s Collective, Udichi Shilpi Ghosti, Saudha Society and Nari Chetona, Black Women’s Health & Family Support, Leaders in Community, Mohila Ongon Association, St Hilda’s East Boundary Women’s Centre, Swadhinata Trust, Trapped in Zone One, Harry Gosling Primary School and Shapla and St Paul’s Primary Schools, Neighbours in Poplar, Limehouse Project, St Peters Community Wellbeing Project, Account 3, Friends of Island History Trust, Women’s Environmental Network, Women’s Inclusive Team, Tower Hamlets Sports Development, Tower Hamlets Cycling Club. For more info contact [email protected]
7 Vyner Street E2 9DG Bethnal Green tube
Instagram 4Cose 07809422880
WITH EACH OTHER
1-31 March Thurs-Sat 10am-6pm FREE
Majella Dowdican – work in progress
Janet Hodgson – film about her private daily encounters with Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Installation created as a continued working collaboration between Charlotte Cullinan, Jeanine Richards and Peter Fillingham.
Thursday 26 March
Dinner / Soiree to celebrate the birthday of Elizabeth Jane Howard.
For further information contact [email protected]
1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ Hackney Central overground
www.hackney.go.uk 020 8356 2509
LOST HISTORIES OF SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN
Presented by SASS (South Asian Sisters Speak), Hackney Museum and East End Women’s Museum
Saturday 7 March FREE
11am-12.30pm: Ayahs in London
SASS present a panel of speakers including Rozina Visram and Dr Florian Stadtler exploring the role of Ayahs in London during the 20th century and discussing why South Asian histories are often left untold in the UK.
1pm-2pm: The Yoniverse Poetry Workshop
Exploring through poetry the personal hidden histories of South Asian women. Bring pen and paper and all your most powerful stories.
3pm-4.30pm Yoniverse poetry Performance and Open Mic.
An afternoon of poetry to explore the histories of Ayahs with the Yoniverse Poets and an open mic inviting you to share your stories.
MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS
No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay E14 4AL West India Quay & Westferry DLR, Canary Wharf tube
www.museumoflondon.org/docklands 020 7001 9844
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March 12noon-4pm FREE
An equal world is an enabled world.
Join us for an exciting weekend developed by young people from the Osmani Trust in Whitechapel. Celebrate International Women’s Day while exploring the experiences of British Bangladeshi women and children in East London. This lively and thought provoking festival will be full of creative activities for all ages. Free talks and tours will celebrate women through history.
LONDON ON WHEELS – EAST END WOMEN
Sunday 15 March 1.30pm-5pm Guided tour starts and ends at the Museum. 16+ £30/ Friends
& concs £25
Celebrate Women’s History Month and join Rachel Kolsky, author of ‘Women’s London’, aboard a vintage Routemaster as we explore the extraordinary lives of East End women. Learn about their legacy from Matchgirls to Suffragettes, social workers to nurses and royal rebels, to artists and authors, East London has them all. Includes an exclusive tour of Kingsley Hall and complimentary refreshments.
Wednesday 18 March 3.15pm-5.30pm & 6.30pm-8.45pm Age 16+ Book in advance £18/ Friends
& Students £15
Join artists Shelia Ghelani and Sue Palmer for a round table show and tell performance of their ground-breaking new show Common Salt. Challenging our collective amnesia around colonial history, the show will uncover the story of the East India Company exploring trade, borders and enclosures both at home and in India. Travel with our shared past through a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories, accompanied by the music of an original shruti box. Followed by a tour of the Museum galleries.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets Council.
www.alternativearts.co.uk [email protected]
Sojourner Truth Centre, 161 Sumner Road SE15 6JL Peckham Rye / Queens Road overground
www.feministlibrary.co.uk 020 7261 0879
HER STORIES BOOK CLUB
Wednesday 4 March 7pm English Language Book Club
Wednesday 11 March 7pm Polish Book Club
Wednesday 25 March 7pm Spanish Language Book Club
For more information contact [email protected]
FEMINIST LIBRARY AGM and Birthday Party
Saturday 14 March AGM 5pm followed by party. Come and celebrate our 45th Birthday in style and see our new space. For more details of our guests and entertainment see our website.
FEMINIST LIBRARY RUNNING CLUB
Monday 16 March 6pm
Lets get together and go running! This club is for any ability with a real focus on beginners.
Email [email protected]
FEMINIST VOICES IN TECHNOLOGY workshop
Saturday 21 March FREE for more information email [email protected]
HOWL – Reclaiming 50 Years of Women’s Liberation
Tuesday 24 March 7pm
Did you know that the very first Women’s Liberation group in Britain started in Peckham? Have you ever wondered how we organised ourselves before the internet? What was it like to be the only woman working on a building site or in a motor mechanics workshop? Come and explore these and other fascinating bits of history with HOWL – a group of women working together to gather the History of Women’s Liberation to make sure that our generation doesn’t get hidden from history again!
BLOW THE FUSE
St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ES Stoke Newington Stn
CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH MARTHA & EVE
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm £17 Booking essential www.wegottickets.com
These ‘Mediterranean Madams’ started out as the comedy/music duo ‘Donna & Kebab’ in the late 80s. Since 1995 they have concentrated on their music and songwriting partnership. On stage their personalities are irresistibly honest, raw, and humorous and their gigs always have an emphasis on communicating with the audience with their music and lyrics emanating from personal experience. Accompanied by the Deirdre Cartwright, Diane McLoughlin and Alison Rayner Trio – aka ‘The Dada Dandies’.
BRADY ARTS CENTRE
192-196 Hanbury Street E1 5HU Whitechapel/Aldgate East tube
www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/arts 020 7364 7900
WE STAND TOGETHER – Women’s Photography of Women
2-28 March Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm FREE
Sarah Ainslie, Julie Cook, Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, Rachel Ferriman, Chris Kelly, Daniele Lamarche, Jenny Lewis, Marketa Luskacova, Patricia Niven, Moyra Peralta, Tamara Rabea Stoll, Hussina Raja, Paula Roush. Curated by Sarah Ainslie.
This group show of photographers brings together a collection of women’s photographs of women who have been living and working in the East End of London.
90 York Way N1 9AG Kings cross tube
www.kingsplace.co.uk 020 7520 1440
THE BREAKUP MONOLOGUES
Friday 20 March 7.30pm £9.50
Comedian and author Rosie Wilby presents a live recording of two episodes of her acclaimed podcast as recommended by The Observer, Metro and Time Out. Rosie and a panel investigate the chemical and technological future of love through a queer feminist lens.
LADY LANE MARKET
Wentworth Street E1 7AL Aldgate East tube
www.ladylanemarket.co.uk 020 7364 2932
LADY LANE MARKET WOMEN TRADERS
6, 13, 20, 27 March 10am-3pm and every Friday throughout the year.
Lady Lane Market is London’s pioneering women-only market located in the historic Petticoat Lane Markets area. The market has been set up to help local women start their own business and become market traders. Selling unique and handmade crafts, clothing and gifts produced by local mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers.
LADY LANE MARKET – How To Start Your Own Business
Wednesday 25 March 11am-2pm FREE
Christian Street Community Hub, 30 Challoner Walk E1 1QN
Have you ever wanted to start your own business but don’t know where to begin? Come along and hear how to do this from women who have done just that. This event will showcase Lady Lane women market traders with motivational talks, social media tips and workshops on how to make products. There will also be a business support speaker, social media consultant and refreshments. [email protected]
Frances Bardsley Academy, Brentwood Road, Romford RM1 2RR Romford Stn
MOTW/MOTIF – University of the Arts London
2-27 March 9am-3pm daily Booking essential
LCF invited 20 renowned and emerging artists to each create an image which was embroidered on to a handkerchief to mark Women’s Suffrage and the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The starting point for this was a handkerchief embroidered in 1912 by women suffragettes who were imprisoned at Holloway Prison. Most of the women who signed the handkerchief participated in demonstrations in March 1912 organised by the WSPU. They were denied the status of political prisoners and were force fed. The 20 handkerchiefs were created in collaboration with the specialist embroidery team at LCF. The artists include Mona Hatoum, Peter Kennard, Sarah Lucas, Helen Storey and Rachel Whiteread. A full list is on the website.
APPLES & SNAKES
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA Box office 020 7613 7498
Shoreditch High Street overground www.apples&snakes.org
Wednesday 18 March 7pm £4 in advance/£6 on door
Join us for London’s biggest spoken word night. In 2020 we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Jawdance and this programme for Women’s History Month features a headline set from Grenadian-British legend Malika Booker supported by Salma El Wardany. Hosted by the inimitable Yomi Sode. Plus the renowned open mic slot.
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS Barbican/Moorgate tube
www.barbican.org 020 7392 9200 / 0845 120 7550
Sat-Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 11am-9pm
FEMINISTS LOOK AT MASCULINITY
Thursday 6 March – Art Gallery 6.30pm £15
Feminists of all genders and generations are invited to reflect on resistant representations of masculinity in a participatory event involving discussion and live writing.
TONI MORRISON: The Pieces I Am
Friday 6 March – Cinema £12
Documentary film with author Toni Morrison leading a group of her peers, critics and colleagues in an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.
KELLY MORAN and MISSY MAZZOLI
Friday 6 March – Milton Court Concert Hall 7.30pm £20
Composer/multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran and composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli collaborate in a concert that includes solo sets, a new collaborative piece and special guest violinist Etienne Abelin.
HER LENS, HIS STORY: Female Directors and Masculinities
Until 10 March – Cinemas 1&3 £12
Programme exploring complex and often provocative takes on men and masculinity by female directors.
Wednesday 18 March – Milton Court Concert Hall 7.30pm £15-£31
Acclaimed trumpeter Alison Balsom performs Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain with the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra.
TOYHIN OJIH ODUTOLA: A Countervailing Theory
26 March – 26 July – The Curve FREE
Enter into Ojih Odutola’s first ever UK exhibition, an epic cycle of new work unravelling an imagined ancient myth, drawing on an eclectic range of references from history to popular culture.
ANNA FOX and KAREN KNORR in Conversation
Thursday 26 March – Frobisher Auditorium 7pm £10/£5 mems
Join photographers Anna Fox and Karen Knorr in a discussion exploring the aesthetic questions of socio-political issues brought to bear by two important series of work in the Masculinities : Liberation Through Photography Exhibition in the Barbican Art Gallery.
YUJA WANG IN RECITAL
Thursday 31 March – Barbican Hall 7.30pm £15-£66
A highly anticipated solo recital with an imaginative and eclectic programme of works from Scriabin, Bach, Berg and Brahms.
BREACH THEATRE It’s True, It’s True, It’s True
31 March – 9 April 7.45pm Barbican Theatre £18
Award winning dramatization of the 1612 rape trial of painter Artemisa Gentileschi by her tutor Agnostini Tassi interweaves jaw-dropping court transcripts with history, myth, contemporary insight and moments of satire to ask : how much has really changed?
ORLANDO Schaubuhne Berlin
Thurs 2 – Sun 5 April 7.45pm, 4pm only on Sun £16-£60 Age guidance 16+
Virginia Wolf’s ground-breaking novel about gender fluidity is given a fresh look by Katie Mitchell and Alice Birch as Orlando travels across 400 years. Performed in German with English subtitles. (contains sexual content, nudity, violence, and scenes that some audiences might find upsetting)
MASCULINITIES: Liberation Through Photography
Until 17 May – Art Gallery £15/£17
Explore how central photography and film have been to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture, includes the work of artists Anette Messenger, Marianne Wex and Lauren Anderson’s 1973 project documenting the men who cat-called her as she walked through New York’s Lower East Side.
EAST END PRINTS
234 Brick Lane, E2 7EB Shoreditch High St overground
www.eastendprints.co.uk 020 7241 1118 Open 10am-6pm daily
EAST END PRINTS 10th BIRTHDAY
Thursday 5 March 6pm-8pm FREE
Come and celebrate our 10th Birthday! We are having a party for the women that power our small company and for the artists that have made East End Prints what it is. Meet us at our shop for art print chat, drinks, nibbles and birthday cake. We will be welcoming in exciting work with a feminist-current from artists Caitlin Keegan and Karli Florence Fallon.
EASTSIDE EDUCATIONAL TRUST
Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly W1V 9LB Piccadilly Circus tube
www.eastside.org.uk/i-know-i-wish-i-will 020 7033 2380
I KNOW I WISH I WILL from 11am on Monday 20 March until 12noon on Tuesday 21 March (World Poetry Day).
Tkts £6/£3.50 www.criterion-theatre.co.uk/iknowiwishiwill?eventid=5201
Be part of an incredible world-record-breaking spoken-word poetry marathon performed by the country’s finest young poets. Young artists, aged 5-25, selected from across the nation will come together to perform their own original spoken word poetry. This 25-hour event will be live streamed around the world to celebrate World Poetry Day like never before. The marathon will be divided into sequences of 75 minute sessions. You can buy tickets to one or multiple sessions and for an extra special night out we are offering an ‘all nighter’ ticket running from 12.30am to 7.45am with free tea and coffee available throughout.
THE CASS School of Art, Architecture & Design – LMU
Calcutta House, Old Castle Street E1 7NT Aldgate East tube
www.londonmet.ac.uk/events 020 7133 4200
HERSTORY (The Library is Open – Reading is Fundamental)
3-29 March Mon-Fri 8am-12midnight, Sat & Sun 11am-7pm FREE
Cass photographers showcase their work, reconsidering knowledge and experience of femininity
in a site-specific window installation that can be viewed directly from Goulston Street in the Lounge window of the Cass Library and from inside the Library. Curated by Heather McDonough and
CHISENHALE ARTS PLACE
Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ Bethnal Green/Mile End tube
www.chisenhale.co.uk 020 8981 1916
SALON PROTEST – Event & Exhibition
Preview Sunday 29 March 2pm-6pm
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Salon for a Speculative Future is hosting a special event of film screenings, live performances and an exhibition of placards and banners. The performance programme will be posted on social media. www.instagram.com/salonforaspeculativefuture www.facebook.com/Salon-for-a-Speculative-Future-105664860902253
181 Bow Road E3 2SJ Bow Church DLR / Bow Rd tube
www.bowarts.org/nunnery 020 8980 7774
POWER OF PRINT – Talk
Thursday 5 March 7pm-9pm £5/£3
Talk by Jess Baines. As part of the Lighthouse and Lettering project, which explores the printing industry in East London, this talk looks at radical and community presses, many of which were more open to women working there than traditional printing firms. Jess Baines – Senior Lecturer at the London College of Communication – will explore the variety of these alternative printing initiatives between the early 1970s and 1990s, putting these often radical and social movements into a wider cultural and political context.
PARASOL UNIT – Foundation for Contemporary Art
14 Wharf Road N1 7RW Old St & Angel tube
www.parasol-unit.org 020 7490 7373
Until 26 March Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12noon-5pm FREE
The French artist Christine Rebet’s first UK solo exhibition comprising six hand-drawn animated films that address traumas of personal and collective histories, illusion and the destruction of our shared history and environment.
99 High Holborn WC1V 6LF Holborn tube
www.pizzaexpresslive.com www.najmaakhtar.com 020 7439 4962
FIVE RIVERS – Najma Akhtar’s latest album launch
Wednesday 1 April Doors 6.30pm, Show 8.30pm £22
Najma Akhtar, renowned vocalist, and her band take us down the Ganges, Niger, Thames,
Shannon and Mississippi with her ‘Five Rivers’ project. Vocals & Indian Harmonium / Najma Akhtar, Bass / John Deemer. Violin / Chris Haigh, Guitars / Ramon Goose, Percussion / Matt Fisher.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA Shoreditch High St overground
www.richmix.org.uk 020 7613 7498
ACTIVE STAY & PLAY
3, 10, 24, 31 March 1.45pm3pm FREE
Regular sessions for you and your child to play, explore, get active and develop skills in an exciting environment where you can have fun in a safe, soft play area.
TARABBAND presented by the AWAN Festival
Saturday 7 March 9pm £12
A six piece band led by Iraq-born musician Nadin Al Khalid whose stories of struggle and survival punctuate her Jazz, Persian and Latin influenced sound. Part of the Arab Women Artists Now Festival.
SONGS & STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION
Monday 16 March 7.30pm £10 / £8 concs
Blind women’s voices from around the world
JAWDANCE presented by Apples & Snakes
Wednesday 18 March 7pm £4 in advance, £6 on door
Join us for London’s biggest spoken word night celebrating its 10th anniversary with a headline set from Malika Booker, the Grenadian-British legend and Salma Ei-Wardany giving voice to people history has ignored. Hosted by the inimitable Yomi Sode. Plus the renowned open mic slot.
Wednesday 18 March – The Studio 7.30pm £12 / £10 concs. Age guidance 14+
Poetry, movement and original beats underscore this story about learning to accept yourself and saying goodbye to a love turned sour. ‘Pink Lemonade’ is Mika’s debut show. Part of the And What? Queer Arts Festival.
UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday 25 March – Sunday 5 April
Check out Tongues on Fire’s annual UK Asian Film Festival showing the very best contemporary South Asian films with the theme ‘Uprooted’ featuring stories of change and immigration.
LET DRUM BEAT’s ‘LUA CHEIA‘ Album Launch Party
Friday 27 March 8pm
This London-based band launches their new album ‘Lua Cheia’(full moon) taking you through their roots and musical heritages from Afro-Brazilian to West African and Scottish influences offering a true voyage of rhythms and original songs.
BECAUSE WE’VE READ
Sunday 29 March 1pm
Come and discover Sultana’s Dream – an utopian story written in English by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein, a Muslim Bengali feminist, in colonial Bengal and first published in 1905.
ST MARGARET’S HOUSE
21 Old Ford Road E2 9PL Bethnal Green tube
www.stmargaretsouse.org.uk 020 8980 2092
INSPIRING WOMEN WORKSHOP
Saturday 28 March 12noon-1pm FREE
Join Freshwater Theatre for this fun-filled immersive drama workshop through herstory. Time travel alongside the Greek Goddess Hera and meet some of the most inspiring women and discover how their activities have shaped the world as we know it.
Harris Academy, South Norwood, Cumberland Avenue SE25 6AE
Norwood Junction stn www.screen25.com
VISIONARY WOMEN SEASON
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Screen 25 is proud to present a season of cinema dedicated to showcasing womanhood from across the globe. Visionary Women is series of screenings that represent the strength and power of women on and off the screen. From documentaries to retrospectives the season intends to spark conversation about the innovation, importance and inspiration of women worldwide.
A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE (15) + Q&A. Dir: Staten Eliot (2019)
Wednesday 4 March 7.40pm-10pm £9/£7 concs, under 25s £5
Bold, beautiful and brutal, we kick off with this deliciously dark British horror-comedy about a self-help addict embarking on a road trip with a life coach who happens to be a serial killer. Q&A with the amazing Screen Queens, the film’s director and lead actors.
JUDY (12A) + short film. Dir: Rupert Gold (2019)
Friday 6 & Saturday 7 March 7.40pm £9/£7/concs, under 25s £5
A moving biopic offering a glimpse into the life of beloved singer-actress Judy Garland, featuring a stunning performance by Renee Zellweger, as she grapples with the perils of fame.
HUSTLERS (15) + short film. Dir: Lorene Scafaria (2019)
Friday 13 March 7.40pm £9/£7concs, under 25s £5
Daring crime comedy based on the true story of a group of NY strippers who begin drugging and robbing wealthy businessmen in their club, led by an outstanding all female ensemble cast.
THE FAREWELL (PG) + short film. Dir: Lulu Wang (2019)
Wednesday 18 March 7.40pm £9/£7 concs, under 25s £5
An American-Chinese family arrange one final gathering after learning that their grandmother only has a few months to live, but decide not to inform her of her illness.
MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (U) + short film. Dir: Vincent Minelli (1945)
Friday 20 March 7.40pm £9/£7 concs, under 25s £5
A Technicolor classic starring the effervescent Judy Garland, this musical masterpiece paints a vivid portrait of the American Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century.
UNDERDOCS: THE CAVE (15) + short film. Dir: Feras Fayyad (2019)
Wednesday 26 March 7.40pm £9/£7concs, under 25s £5
Our strand dedicated to independent and underrated documentaries journeys to war-torn Syria to follow a dedicated team of female doctors as they treat casualties in the face of systematic sexism.
SOROPTIMISTS EAST LONDON
East London Centre, Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford E15 1NT Stratford tube
ECO-HEROINES OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY: Celebrating Women and the Environment
Tuesday 17 March 7.15pm-9.15pm Donations
Kate Metcalf, Co-Director of the Women’s Environmental Network, gives a talk on ‘What’s being a woman got to do with the environment? And what can women do about climate change?’ The answer is a lot – and women have been doing a lot! So it’s time to celebrate and learn about our local, national and international Eco- Heroines of Yesterday and Today, and find out about what you can do to help our environment and explore why climate change is a gender issue, looking at the impact on women.
TOWER HAMLETS LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
277 Bancroft Road E1 4DQ Stepney Green tub
www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 5978/1290
THE BETHNAL GREEN TUBE DISASTER: A woman’s perspective.
2 March – 4 April Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm, Tues 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm (1st & 3rd Sat of the month only)
During the London blitz of the Second World War many tube stations were used as underground shelters. On 3 March 1943 an air raid warning sounded and locals rushed for cover at Bethnal Green tube station. More than 170 people were crushed to death when the entrance to the station became blocked including 84 women and 62 children. This exhibition offers a unique focus on women’s perspectives, including that of survivor Babs Clark. Curated by the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster Committee. Please book for the following events at [email protected]
Thursday 5 March 6pm-7.45pm FREE
Join us for the launch of this unique exhibition. At 7pm we will welcome Sandra Scotting MBE (Honorary Secretary of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust) and Harry Paticas MBE (Architect and Designer of the Bethnal Green Memorial) to reflect on the journey of commemorating the Bethnal Green tube disaster.
THE BETHNAL GREEN TUBE DISASTER: In Conversation with Babs Clark
Saturday 7 March 2.30pm-4pm FREE
Babs Clark survivor talks about her first hand experience. Introduced by Sandra Scotting MBE.
A CENTURY OF LIFE IN BETHNAL GREEN: Women and Two World Wars
Thursday 12 March 6pm-7pm FREE
Joyce Hampton (Author of Looking Back and The Story of the Huguenots) journeys through the decades covering social changes and two World Wars.
IN SEARCH OF THE MATRIARCH OF RUSSIA LANE- An evening with Kate Thompson
Thursday 19 March 6pm-7.30pm FREE
Sarah Richards interviews Kate Thompson (author and newspaper columnist) forming an engaging discussion on the richness, power and complexity of matriarchal life in wartime East End.
DESIGNING THE BETHNAL GREEN TUBE DISASTER MEMORIAL
Thursday 26 March 6pm-7pm FREE
Architect Harry Paticas MBE talks about how and why he designed the Memorial and believed it needed to be built to honour the worst civilian disaster of World War 2.
UP YOUR STREET
Images of women in acrylic on joined up canvases.
TAKE YOUR HEART AWAY
The Pineapple Room, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane E8 3DF Dalston Junction overground
Friday 6 March 11am-1pm FREE 60+ seniors only
Senior women as poets reading their works to each other.
RAGWORKS ‘Evil Women’
Jenny Hammond Primary School, Earlsham School, Leytonstone E11 3JH Forest Gate Stn/ Leyton tube.
Friday 13 March 11am FREE
Viewing of exhibition by Gillian Lawrence for senior citizens. Textile art using recycled cloth depicting evil women from children’s global nursery stories and world-wide folklore.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX Aldgate East tube
www.whitechapelgallery.org 020 7522 7888
Tues-Sun 11am-6pm, Thurs 11am-9pm
VOICES THAT MATTER
Women living locally are welcome to participate in our ‘Women’s Forum’, a social group meeting regularly, using art and creativity to explore issues in our lives and communities. This project is run in partnership with City Gateway, Numbi and Women’s Environmental Network. ‘Postcards from the Diaspora’ is a monthly Reading Group series that engages with texts and speakers on themes that relate to multilingualism, decolonisation, intersectionality and diasporic thinking. Checkout the Whitechapel Gallery website for details.
YOUTH FORUM : Duchamp & Sons
Regular events for young people. Checkout Twitter/Instagram : @Duchampandsons
RACHEL PIMM: Plates
Until 9 April – Galleries 5&6 FREE
Based on fieldwork undertaken in Ethiopia by artist Rachel Pimm with soundtrack by Lori E Allen creating visual and sonic topography with words, images and sounds.
IN THE EYE OF BAMBI
Until 19 April – Gallery 7 FREE
‘La Caixa’ Collection of Contemporary Art selected by Veronica Gerber Bicecci about the environment, by artists Concha Garcia, Victoria Civera, Carmen Calvo, Sophie Ristelhueber, and Bleda y Rosa. An enlarged eye looks out at the world. It is revealed as the eye of Disney’s plucky fawn Bambi orphaned by the destructive actions of humans depicted by the artists.
RADICAL FIGURES: PAINTING IN THE NEW MILLENIUM
Until 10 May – Galleries 1, 8, 9 £9.50/ £7.50/ Free to members
See the work of artists including Cecily Brown, Nicole Eisenman, Dana Schutz, Tala Madani, Sanya Kantarovsky, Christina Quarles, Tschabalala Self revitalising the expressive potential of figuration and charging their canvases with social and political undertones.
ARTISTS FILM INTERNATIONAL
Until 22 March – Zilkha Auditorium
Works by Rhea Storr, Vika Kirchenbauer, Yu Gou.
WOMEN’S LIBRARY @LSE
Portugal Street, WC2A 2HD Holborn/Temple tube
www.lse.ac.uk/library/whats-on 020 7107 5472
SOCIAL REVOLUTION: Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation in the 1970s & 80s.
Until 3 April – Library Gallery Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm FREE
Exhibition marking 50 years since the beginning of two significant social movements in the UK: the first Women’s Liberation conference and the first UK meeting of the Gay Liberation Front at LSE. The exhibition explores how the movements mobilised thousands of people to believe that they could change the world through speaking out and challenging the status quo. With material from the Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Women’s Library it shows how activists used and transformed publishing, performances and visual imagery around gender.
SISTERS DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES : An Introduction
Wednesday 18 March – Education Room 6pm-7.30pm FREE
An introduction to the project run by the Women’s Resource Centre looking at the history of the women’s voluntary and community sector after Erin Pizzey set up the first women’s refuge. Find out about the oral histories recorded from key women figures, and feminist leadership training.
SAVRITI HENSMAN: Activist & Writer
Thursday 26 March – Education Room 6pm-7.30pm FREE
Saviti will talk about combining her Christian faith with her sexuality, working at the Black Lesbian & Gay Centre and being chair of LGCM (Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement).
THE PENELOPE PROJECT: an investigation into gender politics and sexual inequality.
Saturday 28 March – Education Room 11am-4pm FREE
An interactive art project considering gender and inequality by artists Helen David and Isabel Castro Jung. Through a programme of performance, visual art and workshops, Helen and Isabel wish to explore the continuing issues of gender inequality that, despite #MeToo, is still largely prevalent throughout our society.
www.alternativearts.co.uk [email protected] 020 8800 6665
Join a campaign or start you own. Learn more about activism from some of the following organisations:-
Women Activists of East London www.bishopsgate.org.uk/library
End Female Genital Mutilation www.endfgm.eu www.theguardian.com/end-fgm
Who Needs Feminism www.whoneedsfeminism.com
No More Page 3 www.nomorepage3.org
Daughters of Eve www.dofeve.org
Everyday Sexism www.everydaysexism.com
Loose the Lads Mags www.losetheladsmags.org.uk
Demand the Impossible www.demandimpossible.wordpress.com
Equality Now www.equalitynow.org
End Violence Against Women (EVAW) www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk
Million Women Rise www.millionwomenrise.com
Black Feminists www.blackfeminists.org.uk
Just the Women www.justthewomen.com
The Women’s Room www.thewomensroom.org.uk
Karma Nirvana www.karmanirvana.org.uk
Muslim Women’s Network UK helpline www.mwnhelpline.co.uk
London Feminist Network www.londonfeministnetwork.org.uk
UK Feminista www.ukfeminista.org.uk
The Fawcett Society www.fawcettsociety.org.uk
Women’s Resource Centre www.wrc.org.uk
Equality and Human Rights Commission www.equalityhumanrights.com
Women’s Grid www.womensgrid.org.uk
Women’s Equality Party www.womensequality.org.uk
50:50 Parliament www.5050Parliament.co.uk
The Pin Protest www.pinkprotest.org
24 Ashwin Street E8 3DL Dalston Junction & Dalston Kingsland overground
www.arcolatheatre.com 020 7503 1646
SHE ALSO WROTE PLAYS: Putting Women Centrestage
Sunday 29 March 3.30pm £15/£12 concs
Presented by Unfinished Histories with Susan Croft, Katherine O’Reilly, Brig Bennet, Nora Connolly, Lucie Regan.
Women Playwrights go back to at least the 10th Century but have often struggled to be produced and accepted.
The feminist theatre companies that emerged in the 1970s began to challenge this, aiming to put women’s
experience centre stage and empower women to make their voices heard. This event celebrates the ground-
breaking work of that era through an illustrated talk and staged readings of extracts from key plays including
Jane Arden’s Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven, Monstrous Regiment’s Scum: Death, Destruction and Dirty
Laundry and Theatre of Black Women’s Pyeyucca. It marks the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain and the key Ruskin College conference of 1970 which launched it.
This event has been cancelled. For details of rescheduled performances or other Unfinished Histories /
SuffrageArts events please email: [email protected]
WE STAND TOGETHER – Women’s Photography of Women
This group exhibition curated by Sarah Ainslie was first shown at the Brady Arts Centre and brings together a collection of images of women by women photographers who have been living and working in the East End of London.
Photographers:– Sarah Ainslie, Julie Cook, Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, Rachel Ferriman, Chris Kelly, Daniele Lamarche, Jenny Lewis, Marketa Luskacova, Patricia Niven, Moyra Peralta, Tamara Rabea Stoll, Hussina Raja, Paula Roush, Marie Sleigh.
SARAH AINSLIE – Emily Shepherd
SARAH AINSLIE – Ruhela
JULIE COOK – Kitty Velour
JULIE COOK – Stacey Clare
LUCINDA DOUGLAS-MENZIES – Lutfun Hussein
LUCINDA DOUGLAS-MENZIES – Val Wilmer
RACHEL FERRIMAN – Alison Light
RACHEL FERRIMAN – Lucy Yates
CHRIS KELLY – Anwara Begum
CHRIS KELLY – Manda Helal
JENNY LEWIS – Sonia Florenca
JENNY LEWIS – Xanthe + Louie
MARKETA LUSKACOVA – 3 Girls
MARKETA LUSKACOVA – Two Women Street Musicians
MARKETA LUSKACOVA – 3 Girls
PATRICIA NIVEN – Jagir Kaur
PATRICIA NIVEN – Jagir Kaur
MOYRA PERALTA – Mary reading Big Issue
TAMARA RABEA STOLL – Angelique
TAMARA RABEA STOLL – Leigh Mayo
HUSSINA RAJA – Akuc Bol + Bel Odawa
HUSSINA RAJA – Mehreen Ahmed, Mohona Qadar, Riamaz Saich
PAULA ROUSH – Blackchapel Flaneuse 1
MARIE SLEIGH – Flossie
MARIE SLEIGH – Linda and Carol