WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in East London
1-31 March 2016
Women’s groups, artists, activists, performers, writers, arts, media and community organisations are celebrating WOMENS HISTORY MONTH in East London, and International Women’s Week in Tower Hamlets, with a remarkably diverse range of events and exhibitions.
28 Commercial Street E1 6AB
Aldgate East tube
www.artsadmin.co.uk 020 7247 5102
Rosalie Schweiker: Bra Talk
Thursday 3 March 7.30pm FREE Booking essential
‘We all have a story of a terrible bra fitting’.
Rosalie Schweiker invites you to an informal and enlightening evening about bras. She will present her extensive research with how to use art resources to open a DD+ bra shop, a project supported by her Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary. Special guests to be announced.
Quilla Constance: #QC Symposium
Thursday 10 March 7.30pm FREE Booking essential
A symposium in response to #QC, a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance, exploring discourses of over-identification, dis-identification and the post-human. This event, chaired by Manik Govinda will include presentations, a panel discussion and an audience Q&A.
Nando Messias: The Sissy’s Progress
Thursday 17 March 7.30pm & Fri 18 March 7pm & 8.45pm. £10/£8 concs.
Nando Messias was beaten up only yards away from Toynbee Studios in an act of homophobic hatred. After years of dreaming his response, he presents The Sissy’s Progress, a spectacle of surprise, questioning and hyperflamboyance. Part installation, part dance-theatre, part walking performance, the evening engages the violence of city life and the contradictions of East London.
Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA Shoreditch High St Overground/Liverpool St tube
www.autograph-abp.co.uk 020 7729 9200
Maud Sulter: Syrcas
15 January-2 April Tues, Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Thurs 1am-9pm, Sat 12noon-6pm
Installation of the sixteen original photomontages of Syrcas, a seminal body of work created by Maud Sulter (b. 1960-d.2008) during the early 1990s. Sulter was an influential visual artist, poet, playwright and curator of Scottish – Ghanaian descent. Throughout her career and across different media, Sulter questioned the lack of representation of black women in the histories of art and photography.
BACKYARD COMEDY CLUB
231 Cambridge Heath Road E3 0EL Bethnal Green tube
www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk 07788 722907
An Evening of Unnecessary Detail: Void Your Warranty
Tuesday 29 March 7.30pm £6-£11
An event where we ask enthusiasts, scientists, miscellaneous experts and comedians to talk about whatever they want. Tonights show features Katie Steckles and her floppy disc orchestra, Geek Songstress of Alaska Marian Call and regular performers Helen Arney and Timandra Harkness.
Wednesday 30 March 6.45pm £5-£8
A version of the successful Radio 4 Extra Show, but not bound for the airwaves. Featuring Candy Gigi and some of the best up and coming acts Sabotage prides itself on being a comedy show for comedy fans; a unique event where acts love coming to perform, and the fans seek out.
230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH Liverpool St tube
www.bishopsgate.org.uk 020 7329 9200
Women in the 19th Century – The Fight for Human Rights
22 February – 4 April Mondays 6.30-8.30pm £103/£77 concs for 6 sessions
At the outset of the 19th century, the legal, civic and political systems were governed solely by men. Women were restricted to the domestic sphere, their lives trapped in dependence and powerlessness. After centuries of silence, women began to agitate for the vote, rights over their children, bodies and finances, and equality of education. Discover how women fought for The Cause. Course suitable for all with Caroline Ings-Chambers. (No class on 28 March)
Five Centuries of Women Artists
1 March – 5 April Tuesdays 2.30pm-4.30pm £102/£76 concs for 6 sessions
The work of women artists has often been hidden or unnoticed. Many published art histories make no mention at all of women artists, and public collections still only represent a tiny minority of women working prior to the 20th century. This course will explore five centuries of women artists, and consider the contribution of women to the arts. We will also explore the work of the feminist art historians of the 1970s, who strove to bring these women artists to our attention. Course suitable for all with Al Johnson.
Find out more about all the creative courses at Bishopsgate Institute at www.bishopsgate.org.uk
BRENTWOOD ROAD GALLERY
Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, Brentwood Road
Romford, RM1 2RR
www.fbarts.co.uk 01708 447368 x 238
Open by appointment Wed-Fri 10am-3pm
More Than A Woman
8-24 March FREE
Paula Duggan, Dawn Finn, Marianne Fern, Jacinta Appleby, Jeanette Barnes, Ellie Burkett, Katie Henderson, Lynne Blackburn, Fabienne Khial.
A collection of print work made by influential women artists who have strong local connections and have inspired many students to go on to be artists in their own right.
CHISENHALE ARTS PLACE
64-84 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ Bethnal Green/Bow tube
www.chisenhale.co.uk 020 8981 1916
Unfolding and Fulfilling our Creativity: A Woman’s Experience
Saturday 19 March 2pm-3.30pm FREE
Alina Kisina will share her experience as a photographic artist, how she develops ideas, the organic nature of her approach to making work and her enthusiasm for the medium of photography – the way it enables us to see and explore the world from new perspectives. These topics will be discussed with the audience in the context of how women relate to their creativity, explore their own artistic expression and cultural self confidence.
39 Deptford Broadway SE8 4PQ Deptford Bridge DLR
www.deptfordcinema.org 07956 889643
Landscapes of Girlhood
Tuesday 8 March 7.30pm (Doors 7pm) £5/£3.50 concs + booking fee.
A night of short films celebrating the diverse and unconventional voices of young women. Three of the filmmakers will be talking about their work.
EAST END WOMEN’S MUSEUM
When a proposed women’s history museum in Cable Street in the East End of London turned out to be an excuse to cash in on the popularity of a misogynist serial killer, we decided to make the missing museum a reality. We are building a museum to share the rich history of women in East London. We need your help, and we want your voice. Please sign up to the website.
7 Vyner Street E2 9DG Bethnal Green tube
http:/4cose.co.uk 07809 422880
The Barbara Brush Calendar
Fri 11 & Sat 12 March 10am-6pm FREE
Triangular Brush, Joanne Newman, Jojo Hynes, Annelie Fawke
The artists will create a conventional looking calendar with some added interventions for a year way into the future. Inspired by the Annie Leibovitz/ Pirelli calendar there will be an image for each month showing what we might become – the nudist Hungarian, the arsonist fisherwoman and so on. 4COSE is a grocery shop positioned in front of our studio where the calendar will be for sale.
HACKNEY CENTRAL LIBRARY
1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ Hackney Central Overground
www.hackney.gov.uk 020 8356 3000
Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm
Gillian Lawrence has spent a year researching and interviewing British women who are now over 70 about their headscarf wearing in the 1950s and has produced a series of paintings as homage to this generation of women. www.upyourstreet.wordpress.com
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ Lambeth North/Waterloo/Elephant & Castle tube
www.iwm.org.uk Open daily 10am-6pm
Lee Miller: A Woman’s War
Until 24 April
This exhibition looks at the photography of Lee Miller, one of the most important female war photographers of the twentieth century. It shows the unique perspective Miller had as a female
photographer during and after the Second World War, featuring a number of items never before seen on display, and will address for the first time her vision of gender.
LON-ART Seeds of Creativity
www.lon-art.org 07446 612107
Women at the National Gallery
Saturday 5 March 2pm
An introductory and interactive visit looking at gender and women’s roles in the history of art with art educators Maria Gonzalez and Sarah Lopez.
Why are so many of the images of women we see in Museums of nudes? Why are there so few women artists? What role have women played in the history of art? All these questions and more will be discussed during our visit.
Registration £5 www.lon-art.org/events
MILLION WOMEN RISE
Saturday 5 March
Join us for the biggest International Women’s March against male violence in all its forms.
MEET from 12noon in Central London in Duke Street next to Selfridges. MARCH sets off at 1.15pm along Oxford Street. RALLY in Trafalgar Square 3pm. A woman’s right to live free from violence and/or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked, exploited, and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. If you think this needs to change, then join us on this women only critical mass. ‘If we all stand together we cannot be ignored’.
Bessant Drive, Kew, Richmond TW9 4DU Kew Gardens tube
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson 020 8876 3444
Beyond the Guns: Experiences of women in the First World War.
Thursday 17 March 7pm-8.30pm £6
Ruth Sillers – creator of poetry anthology ‘War Girls’ – will read from a selection of records from the National Archives together with contemporary poetry by women, exploring and highlighting the variety and emotive reality of women’s experiences.
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF Cutty Sark DLR
www.rmg.co.uk 020 8858 4422
Women Making Waves
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March 11am-4pm FREE
Whether involved as wealthy sponsor, devoted wife, intrepid traveler, exotic muse or subject of western desire or revulsion women’s roles in maritime history are often under explored. To mark Women’s History Month the National Maritime Museum will be hosting a weekend festival of talks, workshops, guided tours and children’s activities investigating the role of women in this traditionally male narrative.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoredicth E1 6LA
Shoreditch High St Overground/Liverpool St Tube
www.richmix.org.uk 020 7613 7490
Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN)
Wednesday 2 March FREE
Launch of the AWAN festival taking place on 12 March.
6-7.30pm Exhibition Preview
8pm Performance by Juliana Yazbeck combining poetry and music with tribal beats, smooth harmonies, her songs tell stories focused on gender, war, displacement and love.
Alsarah & The Nubatones
Friday 4 March 6pm doors £15/£12.50 advance
Alsarah is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist whose inspiring & innovative voice has become a trademark for the burgeoning scene of ‘East African retro-pop’.
Arts Canteen presents Iness Mezel
Thursday 10 March 8pm £14/£12 advance
French-Algerian artist Iness Mezel performs North African-blues fusion with elements of jazz, soul & funk and the Berber sounds of her Kabyle roots.
Show Me The Money
Friday 11 March 7.30pm £7/£5 concs
Performance about the relationship artists have with money, exploring the financial precariousness artists live with, applying for funding, and the variety of other sources of income that artists survive from.
Arab Women Artists Now – AWAN
Saturday 12 March from 11am day events, 8pm evening concert
One day festival showcasing talented Arab women artists working in the UK and beyond. The event includes spoken word, music, two exhibitions of contemporary art and films, panel discussions and free open workshops.
Saturday 19 March 3pm FREE
Based on the life and legend of Gauhar Jaan, the gifted and eccentric young courtesan from Kolkata who made history as one of the first artists in India to have her music recorded and commercially released. A new work from the Mukul and Ghetto Tigers.
Unfurling Bangladesh: The Picture Through Her Eyes
Wed 23 March-Sat 2 April 10am-10pm FREE
Lower Café Gallery
Showcasing elements of the reality seen through the eyes of the surfer girls of Cox’s Bazar and garment factory workers in Dhaka, images realised through a series of participatory photography projects.
ROSEMARY BRANCH THEATRE
2 Shepperton Road, N1 3DT Old St/Highbury & Islington tube
www.rosemarybranch.co.uk 020 7704 6665
The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole
9, 10, 11 March 7.30pm £12/£10 concs
Performed and written by Cleo Sylvestre Directed by Judith Paris.
Acclaimed one woman show based on the extraordinary life and travels of Jamaican doctress Mary Seacole who worked in disease ridden regions and war torn battlefields all over the world. This year Mary Seacole will become the first Black woman to have a statue erected in England in honour of her life and achievements.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX Aldgate East tube
www.whitechapelgallery.org 020 7522 7888
Tues-Sun 11am-6pm Thurs until 9pm
Artists’ Film International: Rachel Maclean & Ruhini Devasher
29 Jan-3 April FREE
Rachel Maclean’s pastel coloured dystopias explore parallel worlds as a glamorous female protagonist becomes increasingly paranoid about the omni presence of microscopic germs.
Ruhini Devasher imagines the interconnectedness of things as we look up from Earth through a decametre wave radio telescope at the Gauribidanur Observatory near Banglore, India.
Heather Phillipson: more flinching
12 Feb – 17 April FREE
Through video, music, sculpture and live and recorded speech, artist and poet Heather Phillipson’s work oscillates between conceptual distances and the intimacy of the body.
Thursday 3 March 7pm £9.50/£7.50 concs
Lubaina Himid discusses three seminal exhibitions she curated in early 1980s London: ‘Five Black Women’ at the Africa Centre (1983), ‘Black Women Time Now’ at Battersea Arts Centre (1983-4) and ‘The Thin Black Line’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1985)
Political Animals: 21st Century Feminist Cinema
Saturday 5 March 11.30am-6pm £15/£12.50 concs
Sophie Mayer launches her major new study as a writer and activist curating a global survey of feminist film-makers who link personal and political revolution, with screenings, readings, discussion and special guests.
How to write about art
Friday 11 March 10am-5pm with refreshments £195/£150 concs
Gilda Williams offers a guide on writing for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a review, catalogue essay, website copy, academic essay and museum panel.
Gilda Williams: ON & BY Andy Warhol
Thursday 17 March 7pm £9.50/£7.50concs
Andy Warhol invented such 21st century staples as reality TV, selfies and computer art. Author of the best selling book ‘How to Write About Contemporary Art’ Gilda Williams discusses her new publication ‘ON & BY Andy Warhol’
Working with Archives
Wed 23 & Thurs 24 March £350/£320 concs
Two day course offering an introduction into the Gallery Archive and exploring key questions and areas surrounding it with Curator Nayia Yiakoumaki and expert guest speakers Dr Renata Peters, Pamela Sepulveda & Naomi Korn.
There are a wide ranging number of important issues confronting women today – so get active and join a campaign or start your own! Here are a few suggestions and organisations that can help:-
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
READING MATTERS recommended recent publications:-
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary/Anita Anand/Bloomsbury
Extraordinary story of a forgotten British-Indian suffragette
My Life on the Road/Gloria Steinem/One World
Understanding the past 50 years of feminism
Get it Together/Zoe Williams/Hutchinson
Politics explained in a funny, clever and insightful way
Do It Like a Woman/Caroline Criado-Perez/Portobello
A reminder of how awesome women are
My Brilliant Friend/Elena Ferrante/Europa
An account of a friendship between 2 girls growing up on a poor neighbourhood.
I Call Myself a Feminist/Virago
Essays by 25 young women writers with a diverse range of opinions
A Manual for Cleaning Women/Lucia Berlin/Picador
Spirited mini-tragi-comedies set in laundromats, detox clinics, prisons and bus stations.
A Book for Her/ Bridget Christie/Century
If you are interested in comedy and feminism then this is definitely the book for you.
TOWER HAMLETS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
6-12 March Sport4Women
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sports 020 7364 2433 / 07956 456743
In celebration of women/girls we present a special series of sports/leisure activities across Tower Hamlets. You can book in advance or just turn up and register.
Sunday 6 March 10am-12noon
Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road E14 7TW
Cycling. Booking Pauline.email@example.com
Monday 7 March 5.30pm-9pm Entry £3.50
Whitechapel Leisure Centre, 55 Durward Street E1 5BA firstname.lastname@example.org
Badmington, Rebound, Basketball, Circuits, Smoothie Bike, Sport Relief theme challenge.
Tuesday 8 March FREE EVENTS.
9am-12noon Tiller Leisure Centre, Tiller Road, E14 8PX email@example.com
Dance Aerobics, Circuits, Sport Relief Challenges.
4pm-5.30pm Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road E1 5AW firstname.lastname@example.org
Free health check, Healthy Eating showcase and workshop.
6pm-9pm York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road E2 9PJ email@example.com
Badmington, Table Tennis, Core Stability taster, Fitness Challenge, Smoothie Bike, Taster Swimming Lessons, Aqua Jogging, Water Aerobics, Sport Relief theme challenge.
Wednesday 9 March 5pm-8pm FREE
Tower Hamlets Community College, 116 Poplar High St E14 0AS firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 10 March 6pm-8pm FREE
Osmani Sports Hall, Vallance Road E1 5AD email@example.com
Basketball taster session.
Friday 11 March 12noon-5pm FREE
Attlee Youth & Community Centre, 5 Thrawl Street E1 6RT Tania.firstname.lastname@example.org
Aerobics, Badminton, Table Tennis.
Saturday 12 March FREE EVENTS
10am-2pm Mile End Leisure Centre, 190 Burdett Road, E3 4HL email@example.com
Women & Girls Basketball Tournament. (Entry fee for teams £8).
2pm-4pm Osmani Sports Hall, Vallance Road, E1 5AD firstname.lastname@example.org
Badminton & Football.
TRAVELLING THROUGH CULTURE CLUB
131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE Waterloo tube
www.travellingthrough.co.uk 020 7633 9279
9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Fri 11am-5:00pm – Sat Closed on Sundays
Room of a Thousand Butterflies
An art installation by Renee Rilexie celebrating the beauty of transformation in women, the strength, courage, hope, survival and endurance in the lives of women worldwide. Visitors can contribute their thoughts by adding a butterfly to the installation.
Event 8 March 2pm-5pm Chat Circle with afternoon tea.
Supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Alternative Arts and all the participating venues, projects,
artists and performers.
TOWER HAMLETS IDEA STORES
www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 2649
The Idea Stores are presenting a series of events for Women’s History Month.
IDEA STORE BOW
I Gladstone Place, Roman Road E3 5ES Bethnal Green tube 020 7364 4332
Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm
Women of Bow: An Exhibition
1-31 March FREE
Exhibition portraying women who live in and around Bow today telling stories from their lives and which women have inspired them.
Art Attack: Women’s History Month
Sundays in March 3.15-4pm
For ages 5-11 years. Join our month of special art attack sessions based on the work of influential female artists.
IDEA STORE CHRISP STREET
1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road E14 6BT All Saints DLR 020 7364 1505/6
Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm
What is Feminism?
Tuesday 22 March 5pm-7pm FREE
How can feminism be interpreted in modern society, and how can we all benefit from it? Come along to a discussion group to learn more about its history and struggles and about the different ways of approaching feminism. From writers such as Simone de Beavoir to Emma Watson or Malala Yousafzai, discover the struggles that have taken place and still continue today.
Tuesdays 2pm-3.30pm FREE
Enjoy a shared reading experience as we read stories and poems together. Talk about the issues and topics raised over tea and biscuits. During March we will be reading a variety of short stories and poems written by female authors:-
1 March – Katherine Mansfield, 8 March – Penny Fenney & Vernon Scannell, 15 March – George Elliot, 22 March – Dorothy Whipple, 29 March – Charlotte Bronte.
IDEA STORE WHITECHAPEL
321 Whitechapel Road E1 3BU Whitechapel tube 020 7364 1736
Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 11am-5pm
Women’s Employment & Enterprise Day
Tuesday 8 March 12noon-4pm FREE
Bringing together local employment and enterprise partners to promote services to local women. Interview training and a CV writing workshop will provide practical support. The event will also promote the importance of developing skills, experiences and aspirations through training and volunteering.
Inspired by Jahanara Iman
Saturday 19 March 2pm-4pm FREE
Julie Begum of the Swadhinata Trust invites you to come and be inspired by Jahanara Iman, a Bengali writer and political activist that inspired a generation of Bangladeshis for justice and find out about her other achievements. Bring your own inspirational stories by women writers to share and discuss.
TOWER HAMLETS LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARY
277 Bancroft Road E1 4DQ Stepney Green/Mile End tube
www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 1290
Tues 10am-5pm Wed 9am-5pm Thurs 9am-8pm Fri closed Sat (1st & 3rd of the month) 9am-5pm.
The Match Women’s Strike 1888: Alison Marchant’s 1988 ‘Wall Paper History’ revisited.
23 February – 7 May
In 1888 over a thousand women and girls employed at the Bryant & May match factory in Bow successfully went on strike to improve their working conditions. In 1988, East End artist Alison Marchant marked the centenary of this pivotal moment in feminist and labour history with an exhibition and a range of public installations across the local area. In 2016, to mark Women’s History Month, Alison Marchant and the Library are restaging the 1988 exhibition which includes original prints, etchings and collages inspired by archival imagery. A programme of talks & events will explore women’s history in the Victorian East End and provide a platform to explore and discuss feminist cultural activism in the 1980s and today.
Exhibition Launch with Alison Marchant and Professor Sarah Edge.
Saturday 5 March 2pm-3.30pm Drop in.
History Talks focussing on East London Suffragettes with Sarah Jackson, and Minnie Lansbuy with Janine Booth
Saturday 19 March 2pm-4pm Drop in
Feminist Printmaking Workshop with Rudy Lowe inspired by feminist themes within the archive collections.
Saturday 2 April 1pm-4pm Booking Essential
Exhibition Tour with artist Alison Marchant
Thursday 7 April 6pm-7pm Booking essential
History Talks exploring The Matchwomen’s Strike of 1888 with Louise Raw and A History of Work in the Home with Frances Holliss.
Saturday 16 April 2pm-4pm Drop in
WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY
Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Walthamstow Centre
www.wmgallery.org.uk 020 8496 4390
Wed & Sun 10am-5pm FREE
Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
20 February – 29 May
This exhibition explores how the printed and factory-woven textiles of Eastern and Southern Africa mirror the changing times, fashions and tastes of the region and reveals how these fabrics express the social, political, religious, emotional and even sexual concerns of the people who wear them. Fabric plays a central role in all major rite-of-passage ceremonies in women’s lives.
Women’s History Month in East London is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts www.alternativearts.co.uk email@example.com