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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in East London

 

1-31 March 2019

 

Contemporary women artists, activists, writers and performers, women’s groups and community organisations present a diverse programme of events and exhibitions in galleries, venues, libraries and institutions across East London.

 

ARTSADMIN

Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB  Aldgate East tube

www.artsadmin.co.uk  020 7650 2350

ON AKKA’S SHORE

Thursday 7 March 7.30pm FREE

Cinematic performance by Artsadmin Bursary artist Umama Hamido combining film, text, and sound, exploring the chaos of memory in relation to personal and collective history, touching on themes of dislocation and remembrance. Featuring Tareq Al Jazzar with dramaturgy by Graeme Miller and Nikki Tomlinson.

MISHANDLED ARCHIVE

Thursday 14 March 7.30pm  £8/£5concs

Through a year of making 365 daily micro-performances Tara Fatehi Irani has disseminated an archive of her family photographs and documents across the continents, in parks, shops, streets, deserts, and forests. This playful live performance is a coming together of the experiences, histories and dances encountered throughout the year.

UNCHAINED NIGHTS

Thursday 28 March 7.30pm  £8/£5concs

Poet Lady Unchained hosts another edition of sell-out event ‘Unchained Nights’ – an artistic platform for artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system. Having served time in prison Lady Unchained wants to challenge the ex-offender label through creativity.

BERTHA DOCHOUSE

Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1N 1AW Russell Square tube

www.dochouse.org  033 3321 0104

MAIDEN + Live satellite Q&A

Thursday 7 March 6.15pm

A documentary detailing the inspirational story of Tracy Edwards who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

BOW ARTS

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road E3 2SJ  Bow Road tube, Bow Church DLR

www.bowarts.org  020 8980 7774

Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

DOREEN FLETCHER : A Retrospective

Until 24 March FREE

Doreen Fletcher’s atmospheric urban landscapes have only recently captured an audience when the discovery of her paintings , made between 1983 & 2004, revealed a distinctive vision of the changing capital. This exhibition brings the majority of her work together under one roof in the home of their making – the East End. Curated by The Gentle Author.

DOROTHY RENDELL : Painter

Thursday 14 March 6pm-9pm £5/£3concs

Join The Gentle Author for an illustrated talk on the work of the little known East End painter Dorothy Rendell who lived in Mile End and taught at the Harry Gosling School for years, yet her evocative paintings of East London were barely known in her lifetime.

DALSTON CLR JAMES LIBRARY

Dalston Square, Dalston Lane E8 3BQ  Dalston Junction overground

www.hackney.gov.uk   020 8356 6292

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

WOMEN IN THE 21st CENTURY

1-31 March FREE

All kinds of photographers contributed to this creative collection of images for the Photomonth Photo-Open Exhibition  portraying  diverse women of today. The exhibition will be screened daily in the Foyer of the Library.

Photographers include ; -Sarah Ainslie, Frederic Aranda, Giulia Baldorilli, Florent Barth, Shahid Bashir, Mhari Bell- Moodie, Heloise Bergman, David Cantor, Nicholas Cobb, Charlotte Colenutt, Rebecca Dann, Matt Dever, Suke driver, Julio Etchart, Gweniver Exton, James Fell, Tom ferrie, Guillaume Flandre, Simon Gill, Billy-Ray Gilliam, Juneko Haga, David Hoffman, Douglas Lander, Tom Law, Anna Lerner, Jenny Matthews, Heather McDonough, Venetia Menzies, Ade Oklarin, Frank orthbantJakub Pasierkiewicz, Ann Petruckevitch, Lais Pontes, Farlon Rahaman,Natalie Robinson, Juan Rodriguez, Jane Ross, amber Shormans, Christian Sinibaldi, Marie Sleigh, Sofia Sopiadou, Ania Stochmal, Christiano Takatsch, Robert Timothy, Dougie Wallace.

DELLASPOSA GALLERY

2A Bathurst Street W2 2SD  Lancaster Gate tube

www.dellasposa.com  020 3286 1017

Tues- Fri 10am-6pm  Sat 10am-5pm

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

19 March-3 May

Artists Alicia Paz, Tahnee Lonsdale, Ethryn Torrell and Gail Olding exhibit paintings, textiles and sculpture with their vision of the future.

EAST END WI

St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road E2 9PL

www.eastendwi.blogspot.com

‘THE STEPNEY DOORSTEP SOCIETY’

Thursday 21 March 7pm  Mems FREE, Non Mems £5

Talk by author Kate Thompson accompanied by some of the women featured in the book which tells the vivid and moving stories of the matriarchs who took over the London Underground, stood up to the Kray Twins and crawled out of bomb sites and who remain the backbone of the East End today.

EAST LONDON OUT PROJECT

Event at Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar E14 6TL  Westferry DLR/Mile End tube

www.poplarunion.com  020 3039 3333

MOVEMENT & MINDFULNESS

Saturday 9 March 12noon-1pm FREE

Workshop for LBT women for National LBT Women’s Health Week. Led by Rachel Sparks.

HACKNEY MUSEUM

1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ  Hackney Central overground

www.hackney.gov.uk   020 8356 2509/2838

Tues, Wed, Fri  9.30am-5.30pm Thurs 9.30am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm

HACKNEY’S DIVA OF COLOUR celebrates International Women’s Day. Presented by Up Your Street.

Thursday 7 March 11.30am-1pm FREE

Linking to the herstories of BAME women, Hyacinth Myers shares her ways to empower senior women, and Museum staff introduce the current exhibition highlighting women of colour then and now.

ROOTS, RHYTHMS & RECORDS

Until 16 March

From making beats in bedrooms to performing on stage, enjoying sounds and shebeens to looking sharp for the club, this exhibition explores the history and celebrates the legacy of African and Caribbean music in Hackney and beyond. Through objects, images and people’s own words, this exhibition brings together stories of musical innovation, distribution and enjoyment.

HALF MOON THEATRE

43 Whitehorse Road E1 OND   Limehouse DLR

www.halfmoon.org.uk  020 7709 8900

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-4.30pm FREE

IMPRINTED

Until 18 April

London based female printmakers Tiff Howick and Justine Ellis exhibit a collection of their hand made screen prints. Tiff’s vibrant images of wildlife are influenced by childhood picture books and fashion illustrations, Justine’s prints are inspired by mid-century art, architecture, textiles and ceramics.

RICH MIX

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA  Shoreditch High Street overground

www.richmix.org.uk   020 7613 7498

EVERYONE A MAKER

Sunday 3 March 11am  FREE

‘In My Name’ Family workshop inviting women of different generations to discuss, make and create through words and images how they describe themselves. With theatre maker Sue Mayo and carnival artist Mia Harris.

JAWDANCE

Wednesday 20 March 7.30pm FREE

Apples & Snakes invites you to join them for a special edition of Jawdance, London’s biggest Open Mic night, for a stellar women only line-up. Presenting some of the most acclaimed poetry and music feature acts and the renowned Open Mic draw for all women poets, part time poets, partial-to-an-open-mic poets, and even I’ve-written-what-I-think-is-a-poem-but-I-am-not-a-poet poets. Sign up on the night at 7pm to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw – 10 slots up for grabs, max 3 mins each.

OLIVIA GATWOOD

Monday 25 March 7.30pm doors  £20

The poet and educator to watch performing live in East London. Her second book ‘Life of the Party’ will be published later in 2019 but you can preview it tonight at her first ever London headline show. Expect reflections on life, love, and feminine power from this clear-eyed, sharp-tongued, punch-packing performer. You saw it here first !

GET ACTIVE

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:-

 

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 

Lose the Lads Mags www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

Demand the Impossible www.demandimpossible.wordpress.com

Counterfire www.counterfire.org

Object www.object.org.uk

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

Occupy www.occupylondon.org.uk

Muslim Women’s Network UK helpline www.mwnhelpline.co.uk

Change www.change.org

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 Equality Party www.womensequality.org.uk

Pussy Hat Project www.pussyhatproject.com

Women Activists in East London www.bishopsgate.org.uk/library

Women’s Grid www.womensgrid.org.uk

50:50 Parliament www.5050Parliament.co.uk

#MeToo www.theguardian.com/metoo-movement

#TimesUP www.timesupnow.com

LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY

Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG  Leytonstone tube

www.worldbytes.org 020 8985 5435

WOMEN : A SUCCESS STORY

Friday 8 March 7pm £5/£2.50 concs

On International Women’s Day this film produced by WORLDwrite suggests women’s equality today is something to celebrate and that contemporary ‘victim culture’ does women a great disservice. Forged as a timeline, interwoven with archive, 40 women give us a fresh perspective, telling us we have nothing to fear and can do anything. Followed by a Q&A with director Ceri Dingle.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK in Tower Hamlets 2019

4-10 March

Women’s groups and community organisations across the Borough will be celebrating with a wide range of events and activities following this year’s theme of ‘GENDER EQUALITY’.

Groups and organisations involved include : Black Women’s Health & Family Support, Shapla &

St Paul’s Schools, One Housing, Bromley by Bow Centre, Mohila Ongon Association, St Hilda’s East Boundary Women’s Project, St Peters Community Wellbeing Projects, Women’s Environmental Network, Limehouse Project, Somali Integration Team, Spitalfields City Farm, Friends of Island History Trust, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi & Bangladesh Mohila Sangsta, Neighbours in Poplar, Account 3, Taal Taranga, Saudha Society & Nari Chetona, Mulberry School.

KINGS PLACE

90 York Way N1 9AG  Kings Cross tube

www.kingsplace.co.uk  020 7520 1490

THE BREAKUP MONOLOGUES

Friday 15 March  7.30pm £9.50

A chat show and podcast recording hosted by award-winning comedian, author, and accidental relationship guru Rosie Wilby. She and an all female panel of acclaimed performers and writers including Emily Hill author of ‘Bad Romance’ look back at their best and worst romantic breakup stories and discuss ghosting, divorce parties, open relationships, the history of dating and more.

RIO CINEMA

107 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB  Dalston Kingsland overground

www.riocinema.org   020 7241 9410

OF LOVE AND LAW + Q&A

Friday 1 March 6.30pm  £9-£12.50

‘Of Love and Law’ follows Fumi and Kazu who are partners in love and Law, they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers driven by their own experience of being outsiders, they attract a range of clients who reveal the hidden diversity of a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness, and conformity. Director Hikaru Toda.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets Council.

 

www.alternativearts.co.uk    info@alternativearts.co.uk

SCREEN25 CINEMA

Harris Academy South Norwood, 2 Cumberlow Avenue SE25 6AE   Norwood Junction Station

www.screen25.com/visionary-women

VISIONARY WOMEN

In celebration of Women’s History Month Screen25 is pleased to present a season of films dedicated to sharing stories, voices, struggles and successes of women across the globe.

Wednesday 1 March 7.45pm ON HER SHOULDERS Documentary about the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad. Dir Alexandria Bombach

Wednesday 6 March 7.45pm WARU Groundbreaking drama directed by eight female Maori filmmakers.

Friday 8 March 7.45pm BATCHELOR PARTY : A Spotlight on the Animated World of Joy Batchelor. A special presentation for International Women’s Day with a curated programme of short animations and her feature ‘ANIMAL FARM’ followed by a panel discussion with animators Kim Noce & Lizzie Hobbs and Batchelor’s daughter and director of The Halas & Batchelor Collection.

Saturday 9 March 1pm-4pm FAMILY FILM CLUB with screening of Disney’s MULAN  and a shadow puppet workshop.

Friday 22 March 7.45pm THE HATE GIVE Based on the novel by Angie Thomas is a bold take on the growing tensions in the USA. Dir George Tillman Jr.

Friday 29 March 7.45pm WIDOWS An edge of your seat thriller about women taking the lead in a male dominated genre. Dir Steve McQueen.

GENESIS CINEMA

93-95 Mile End Road E1 4UJ  Whitechapel / Stepney Green tube

www.genesiscinema.co.uk  020 7780 2000

OF LOVE & LAW Preview and Q&A

Thursday 28 February 9pm £5.50-£9

Fumi and Kazu who are partners in love and law run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. Driven by their own experience of being outsiders they attract a range of clients who reveal their hidden diversity in a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness and conformity. Director Hikaru Toda.

TOWER HAMLETS IDEA STORES and LIBRARIES

www.ideastore.co.uk  020 7364 2649

Presenting a special series of events and exhibition for Women’s History Month

 

CUBITT TOWN LIBRARY

Strattondale Street E14 3HG  Crossharbour DLR  020 7987 3152

THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF NELLIE CRESSALL

Thursday 7 March 10.30am-12noon FREE

The Friends of Island History Trust talk about the struggles and achievements of Nellie Cressall, a prominent member of the Suffragette movement who was imprisoned for her activities in the 1920s.

She spent her last years on the Isle of Dogs, where she has an apartment block named after her.

 

IDEA STORE BOW

I Gladstone Place, Roman Road, E3 5ES   Bow Rd tube/Bow Church DLR  033 3370 4700

Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

THE MODERN SUFFRAGETTE

2-31 March

Inspired by the photographs of Suffragettes and photographer Norah Smyth, seven women have produced images on the theme of ‘What would the Suffragettes have photographed today?’ Learning to use analogue cameras and traditional black and white darkroom techniques at Four Corners the group have taken and printed their own photographs for this exhibition.

 

IDEA STORE CANARY WHARF

1 Churchill Place, E14 5RB  Canary Wharf tube/DLR  020 7364 1262

Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

WOMEN IN HISTORY

1-31 March

An exhibition of cartoons by female cartoonists, curated by the Professional Cartoonists Organisation. The work of many of these cartoonists is regularly published in the press, publishing and broadcast media.

 

IDEA STORE CHRISP STREET

1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road E14 6BT  All Saints DLR  020 7364 1736

Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun10am-4pm

WOMEN IN THE 21st CENTURY

1-31 March

All kinds of photographers contributed to this collection of images for the Photomonth Photo-Open Exhibition portraying diverse women of today. The exhibition will be screened daily in the Foyer of the Idea Store. Photographers include:- Sarah Ainslie, Frederic Aranda, Giulia Baldorilli, Florent Barth, Shahid Bashir, Mhairi Bell-Moodie, Heloise Bergman, David Cantor, Nicholas Cobb, Charlotte Colenutt, Rebecca Dann,Matt Dever, Suke Driver, Julio Etchart, Gweniver Exton. James Fell, Tom Ferrie, Guillaume Flandre, Simon Gill, Billy-Ray Gilliam, Juneko Haga, david Hoffman, Douglas Lander,

Tom Law, Anna Lerner, Jenny Matthews, Heather McDonough, Venetia Menzies, Ade Okelarin,

Frank Orthbant, Jakub Pasierkiewicz, Ann Petruckevitch, Lais Pontes, Farlon Rahman, Natalie Robinson,

Juan Rodriguez, Jane Ross, Amber Shormans, Christian Sinibaldi, Marie Sleigh, Sofia Sopiadou,

Ania Stochmal, Christiano Takatsch, Robert Timothy, Dougie Wallace.

WOMEN A SUCCESS STORY – A Liberating Tale for a New Generation

Tuesday 19 March 6.30pm FREE

This film, produced by WORLDwrite, suggests women’s equality is something to celebrate and documents the great advances made by women over the past 100 years, confronting myths and prejudices. Forged as a timeline, interwoven with archive, 40 women give us a fresh perspective,

telling us we have nothing to fear and can do anything. Followed by a Q&A with Director Ceri Dingle.

 

IDEA STORE WATNEY MARKET

260 Commercial Road E1 2FB  Shadwell tube/ DLR  020 7364 3804

Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm

STARGAZING – Women Observe the Universe

1-31 March FREE

Jane Roberts has combined her current interest in astronomical imagery with an invitation to show her work during Women’s History Month. She has created a large scale piece presenting scientific photographs of Nebulae – the birthplace of the stars – to celebrate Women Astronomers over the last 1,500 years.

INDIAN SUFFRAGETTES Talk by Julie Begum

Thursday 7 March 6.30pm-8.30pm FREE

Although popular Suffragette legend might have you believe only white women were entrenched in the cause for women’s suffrage, there were a number of Indian Suffragettes and Suffragists who took part. This talk will shed some light on their contribution fighting for suffrage in the 1900s to 1910s.

HAVE WOMEN ACHIEVED EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE?

Thursday 21 March 6.30pm-8pm FREE

Join Angelina Weatherbarrow Business Development Manager and Chair of Romford Constituency Labour Party, and Hasina Zarman who became one of the first young women of Bangladeshi heritage to work for Tower Hamlets Council as a youth and community worker, sports leader and later on a welfare advisor in the early 1980s. They will be celebrating women’s achievements, exploring how far gender roles have changed over the last 40 years and the impact the ‘Women’s Lives Matter’ campaign has had on equality.

 

IDEA STORE WHITECHAPEL

321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU  Whitechapel tube/overground  020 7364 7492

Mon-Thurs (9am-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

HOLDING THE BABY On the Record

1-31 March  FREE

A travelling oral history exhibition and podcast by Rosa Schling, sharing stories of childcare and parenting from London’s East End. Discover tales of love and worry, family support and postnatal depression, working mums and stay-at-home-dads.

WOMEN WRITERS IN HISTORY

Saturday 9 March 2pm-4pm FREE

Workshop with Charlotte Latimer designed to help you learn about women writers in history and think about how their work could inspire your own writing, with the opportunity to create a piece of writing yourself.

FAMISHED : A Musical Poetry Reading by Cherry Smyth

Thursday 21 March 6.30pm  FREE

Belfast poet and art critic Cherry Smyth explores the female contribution to surviving the Irish famine in an extract from a long poetic sequence, with accompanying music.

TURN YOUR PAIN INTO POWER

Saturday 23 March 3pm-5pm FREE

Marzana Rahman will share her story about how her determination not to be defined by her abusive past led her on a journey of battling loneliness, learning about self-love, empowerment and advocacy, which gave her the courage to challenge the uptight attitude to divorce and domestic violence in the South Asian community. This talk and workshop will teach you how a positive mind-frame is the first step in achieving anything you want in life.

 

SHADWELL CENTRE

455 The Highway E1W 3HP  Limehouse DLR

PRINT WORKSHOP – Empowering Women

Friday 1 March 6pm-8.30pm  FREE

Creative print workshop exploring how women have been portrayed in the past and how female identity can be used as an empowering message. Produce a poster that encourages women to feel empowered.  The resulting posters will be displayed at the Idea Store Watney Market. Book via Eventbrite at https://print-workshop.eventbrite.co.uk

WOMEN’S CRAFT DAY – A Full day Workshop

Saturday 9 March 10am-3.30pm  FREE

A day filled with crafting encompassing Decoupage, Quilling and Gift Cards. Materials supplied.

All welcome. Book via Eventbrite https://craft-day.eventbrite.co.uk

 

TOWER HAMLETS LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

277 Bancroft Road E1 4DQ  Stepney Green tube  020 7364 5978/1290

Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm, Tues 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm (1st & 3rd Sat of the month only)

SARAH CHAPMAN, MATCH GIRL – Story of a Strike Leader

8-29 March First floor landing  FREE

Sarah Chapman was a local working class girl from Mile End who was part of the famous Match Girls Strike of 1888. She was among the factory workers who met with the Directors of Bryant & May and courageously argued for better terms and working conditions. Sarah’s legacy continues today, but her role has been largely unnoticed until now. This exhibition illustrates the life of this lesser-known political leader and TUC delegate. Curated by Gaby Morris with support from Sarah Chapman’s descendants Sam Johnson and family.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH  Friday 8 March 6pm-7.30pm  All Welcome

Join us for this Preview and welcome from Sam Johnson, a poetry reading by Anne Cooper and storytelling by Sinead O’Brien. Email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk if you intend to come.

AN EVENING WITH CATE TUITT

Thursday 14 March 6.30pm-7.30pm  FREE

Cate Tuitt became the first female black councillor in Tower Hamlets in the 1996. She started out as an activist in the 1980s, campaigning to investigate racial discrimination and deaths in police custody. Cate became interested in the law when she was appointed a trustee at CAPA (Community Action Police Accountability). At 16 she was the youngest member of the board. Join us for what is bound to be a fantastic discussion of reflection and insight. No booking required.

DISCOVERING SARAH CHAPMAN

Thursday 21 March 6.30pm-7.45pm  FREE

Sam Johnson, the great-granddaughter of the 1888 Match Girls Strike leader and Ana Robinson, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London will share their journey in discovering the vital but largely unnoticed story of political activist Sarah Chapman.

KATHLEEN WRSAMA – Film Screening.

Thursday 28 March  6pm-7.45pm  FREE

A participatory session hosted by Numbi Arts exploring rare film archive and library materials to piece together the  incredible story of Kathleen Wrsama who came from Ethiopia via Yorkshire to set up one of the first lodging houses for Somali seamen in the East End and, in the 1950s, helped to establish the Stepney Coloured People’s Association. At 6pm there will be the opportunity to view relevant materials from the collection including the archive of Stepney social activist Edith Ramsay. The documentary screening will begin at 6.30pm followed by a Q&A. No booking required.

CHISENHALE STUDIOS

Chisenhale Arts Place, 64-84 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ  Bethnal Green or Mile End tube

www.chisenhale.co.uk  020 8981 1916

SALON FOR A SPECULATIVE FUTURE

Sat 16 & Sun 17 March 12noon-6pm FREE

Celebrating Women’s History Month by paying homage to key female figures who have made major contributions to society and culture. The participating artists present extrapolations for a speculative future based on their chosen figures and their ideas. The exhibition will transform the space into a performative, discussive and auto-poetic platform including performances, readings, presentations and a final discussion.

THIS PAPER IS SLIPPING A BIT

Sat 23 & Sun 24 March 2pm-6pm FREE

Artists Sophie Buxton and Fritha Jenkins will be working with archival material from various sources including the writings and texts of the late industrial landscape painter Edna Lumb and science writer Angela Croome. Alongside an exhibition there will be archive material present in the space for the public to handle and  explore. The weekend will unfold as a live textural performance allowing for potential alternative narratives to slip, tumble and spill over amongst carbon copies, datings, queer histories, women’s lives, sightings, and citings. All welcome.

BLOW THE FUSE

www.blowthefuse.com  07904 069509

Blow the Fuse celebrates 30 Years with their new season RESISTANCE

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with CAROL GRIMES  Blues, Roots, Words & Grooves

Friday 8 March 7.45pm Tkts £15 in advance www.wegottickets.com/event/459355

St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES  Stoke Newington overground

Carol Grimes is a towering presence in the UK music scene; from busking in the streets to touring internationally with contemporary classical group ‘The Shout’ and her two solo rock albums in Memphis, Carol is a truly genre-busting artist. Having turned to jazz and blues, her music embraces drama and love. She is joined by an all star band of Annie Whitehead, Jessica Lauren and Alison Rayner. Plus FREE SPIRIT a new duo featuring two of the UK’s top guitarists Deirdre Cartwright & Kathy Dyson.

DEIRDRE CARTWRIGHT’S PLAY GROUP

Thursday 21 March Doors 8pm First set 8.45pm Tkts £12 in advance www.wegottickets.com/event/459700

Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Street N16 8JH  Dalston Kingsland overground

Deirdre Cartwright’s PLAY group – exciting original contemporary jazz fusion with Deirdre Cartwright/guitar, Louise Elliott/sax & flute, Alison Rayner/double bass

BRENTWOOD ROAD GALLERY

Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, Brentwood Road, Romford RM1 2RR  Romford DLR/overground

www.fbaok.co.uk/brentwood-road-gallery   01708 447368

Open by appointment 9am-3pm weekdays

MARCH !

4 March-5 April

A joint exhibition by female artists including Jacinta Appleby, Jeanette Barnes, Clare Dorber,

Denise Hickey, Fabienne Khial, Billie Lynch, Fungai Marima, Sam Mussenden, Kirsty Packer,

Charlotte Trower, Lisa Walker, Sue Withers.

CROSSRAIL PLACE ROOF GARDEN

Canary Wharf E14 5AB  Canary Wharf tube/DLR

www.canarywharf.com/arts-events/

TOUGH WOMEN IN SPORT AND ADVENTURE

5 March-5 April Open daily FREE

Nyla Sammons exhibits her photographs of the phenomenal achievements of ‘Tough Women in Sport and Adventure’. Her portraits give us a snapshot of their lives, demonstrating their ambition, achieving the extraordinary, winning medals and breaking world records. Each image captures the stories and skills of these women with the aim of inspiring others.

PARASOL UNIT

14 Wharf Road N1 7RW  Old Street tube

www.parasol-unit.org   020 7490 7373

Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12noon-5pm

HYON GYON

Until 31 March FREE

Known for her intricate and highly expressive paintings and sculptural installations, Hyon Gyon explores themes of sociocultural identity, grief, anger and sexual politics associated with growing up in a male dominated society in South Korea. Her assemblages are a powerful fusion of vivid colour and emotion. This is her first solo exhibition to be shown in the UK and Europe.

 

POPLAR UNION

2 Cotall Street, Poplar E14 6TL Westferry DLR / Mile End tube

www.poplarunion.com   020 3039 3333

WOMEN IN FOCUS FESTIVAL

Fri 8, Sat 9, Sun 10 March FREE

Following the theme ‘perception’ and taking place over three days this festival is open to all and provides a space to enjoy top quality cabaret, music, dance, film workshops and talks. This year we present contributions from Magic Me, The East London Out Project, British Bengali women’s group Nari Chetona and the Saudha Society, plus the young creative talents of Spotlight Sounds.

Friday 8 March 7.30pm-10pm  Spotlight Presents : A Women’s Perspective.

Saturday 9 March 10am-11.30am Film Screening : ‘BRAVE’ Cert PG Dirs: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell. 2pm-3pm ELOP Movement & Mindfulness Workshop for LBT women with Rachel Sparks.

7.30pm Doors 8pm Show Cabaret on the Canal – Women in Focus Edition.

Sunday 10 March 11am-1pm Sunday Assembly – Women in Focus Edition. 1pm-5pm Magic Me present :

In My Name workshop. 2pm-3pm Capoeira. 4.30pm-8pm Nari Chetona and the Saudha Society present

an evening of colourful dance, captivating music, haunting poetry, with success stories, an intellectual interpretation of feminism, and a documentary by Nilini Amin.

SOROPTOMIST INTERNATIONAL East London

Woodfield Memorial Hall, 209 High Road E18 2PA  South Woodford tube

www.facebook.com/SIEastLondon/   www.sigbi.org/east-london

INDIAN SUFFRAGETTES AND THE STRUGGLE FOR VOTES FOR WOMEN IN THE UK

Tuesday 19 March 7.15pm FREE

Talk by Julie Begum, chair of the Swadhinata Trust, about Princess Sophia Duleep, daughter of the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria who helped lead marches and played up her perceived ‘exoticness’ in order to bring attention to the Suffrage Movement.

 

TOYNBEE HALL

28 Commercial Street E1 6LS  Aldgate East tube

www.toynbeehall.org.uk  020 7392 2920

WOMEN OF TOYNBEE HALL

Sunday 17 March 11.30am  FREE

Guided Tour by Sinead O’Brien focusing on the history and work of the female residents and staff over the last 100 years and celebrating the co-founder Henrietta Barnett. This immersive experience shines a light on the valuable and often unseen contributions women have made in the fight for social change. With 44% of people in Tower Hamlets still living in poverty, their vital work continues today .

UP YOUR STREET

www.upyourstreet.wordpress.com  07762178941

Events for members. Apply to join ‘Up Your Street’ at gillianmuir@aol.co.uk

UP YOUR STREET TWELVE YEARS YOUNG

Café in the Park, Cann Hall Park E11 3NN

Friday 8 March 11am-1pm

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 and 12 years of Seniors meeting up at cultural venues, workshops and all sorts. Organised by Gillian Lawrence, founder of Up Your Street. Elevenses at the counter. Complimentary IWD cloth brooches from Ragworks.

ROYAL TAPESTRIES and OTHERS

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL  South Kensington tube

Thursday 14 March 3pm-5pm  £3 donation

Senior and amateur guide Paddy Williams shows Seniors around the tapestries she has researched with reference to their Royal connections.

DOWN THE LANES

215 Dames Road E7 0EA  Forest Gate or Wanstead Park overground

Thursday 21 March 4.30pm-6.30pm  FREE

Seniors Walk at dusk discovering the history of the roads parallel to Ramsay Road.

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX   Aldgate East tube

www.whitechapelgallery.org  020 7522 7888

Tues – Sun 11am-6pm Thurs 11am- 9pm

WRITER IN RESIDENCE – Sophia Al-Maria:BCE

Until 28 April Galleries 5&6

Marking the culmination of a year long collaboration as the Whitechapel’s Writer in Residence, this new project from artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria draws on feminism and radical queer politics to consider themes of history and narrative. BCE presents two distinct creation myths side by side – one ancient, one new and it celebrates Al-Maria’s collaboration with artist Victoria Sin who contributes a new creation myth in a specially commissioned film.

SWEET FEAST : Ulla von Brandenburg

Until 31 March Gallery 2

This major new film and sculpture commission takes the previous Whitechapel Gallery exhibition ‘Sweets’ (1973) as its inspiration. Marking Britain’s entry in to the European Common Market it featured confectionary from nine countries of the enlarged EU Community. At the close of the show, children were invited to sample a selection of sweets. In their enthusiasm, they devoured the exhibition.

Von Brandenburg filmed a re-enactment of this unexpected feast with 100 children from a local primary school Arnhem Wharf. The collaboration with the school enabled a timely conversation about our current changing relationship with the European Union.

VESTRY HOUSE MUSEUM

Vestry Road Walthamstow E17 9NH  Walthamstow Central tube

www.vestryhousemuseum.org.uk  020 8496 4391

Wed-Sun 10am-5pm

MOTIVE / MOTIF : Artists commemorate the Suffragettes

Until 9 June FREE

In collaboration with the London College of Fashion Vestry House Museum exhibits 20 embroidered handkerchief designs by renowned and emerging artists responding to the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which, for the first time, gave some women the right to vote. These contemporary embroideries will be shown alongside a piece of cloth embroidered in 1912 by 78 Suffragettes who were imprisoned in Holloway Jail. This object has been generously loaned by the Women’s Library @LSE.

WOMEN’S LIBRARY @LSE

Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Clements House, Aldwych, WC2A 2AE  Hoplborn/Temple tube

www.lse.ac.uk/library  020 7107 5472

WOMEN AND THE CITY

Friday 8 March 6.30pm FREE  Book via Eventbrite: https://womeninthecitylse.eventbrite.com

On International Women’s Day 2019 LSE Library launches its programme around Women at WORK to commemorate 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act which removed the barriers of sex or marriage from official appointments and professional occupations such as the legal profession. Three female leaders in business and finance share their experiences from their varied careers. Pavita Cooper – Director of More Difference, Bronwyn Curtis – a member of the Office for Budget Responsibilty, Elizabeth Stheeman – a member of the Bank of England Financial Policy Committee and LSE Alum. Chaired by Dr Grace Lordan, Associate Professor, Dept of Psychological and Behavioural Science LSE.

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AUTOGRAPH

Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA  Shoreditch High St overground

www.autograph.org.uk   020 7729 9200

Tues, Wed, Fri 11am-6pm Thurs 11am-9pm Sat 12noon-6pm

THE SPACE BETWEEN THINGS : Phoebe Boswell

Until 30 March FREE

Boswell’s multidisciplinary art practice is anchored to a restless state of diasporic consciousness.

She creates layered, deeply immersive installations to  centre and amplify histories which – like her own – are often systematically marginalized. In ‘The Space Between’ Boswell reflects on the rupture of her physical, spiritual and emotional health.

BARBICAN CENTRE

Silk Street EC2Y 8DS  Barbican or Moorgate tube

www.barbican.org.uk    0845 120 7550

Sat-Wed 11am-8pm Thurs & Fri 11am-9pm

DARIA MARTIN : Tonight the World

Until 7 April in The Curve FREE

London-based artist and filmmaker Daria Martin presents her first solo commission for a major public gallery as part of the Barbican’s 2019 season ‘Life Rewired ‘, which explores what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. Combining film and computer gaming Martin creates an atmospheric environment exploring the vivid memories of her grandmother who fled from the Holocaust.

LOVE and ANARCHY : The Films of Lina Wertmuller

6-31 March in Cinemas 1&2

Celebrating the work of Italian director Lina Wertmuller who made a string of brilliant satires and black comedies in the 1970s and was the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. Despite her early success, her work is almost unknown in the UK, and this is a rare opportunity to see some of her best films on the big screen. This programme marks the start of our ‘Hidden Figures’ series.

URSULA MARTINEZ : A Family Outing – 20 Years On

27-30 March 7.45pm in The Pit

Twenty years after its opening in Edinburgh, Ursula Martinez attempts to recreate the show, without her father and with a mother who struggles to remember her lines.

FILM-WORK AS DREAM-WORK

Thursday 28 March 6.30pm in Cinema 3

Writer and art critic Dr Maria Walsh curates a programme of artists’ films and speaks to filmmaker

Daria Martin, whose installation ‘Tonight the World’ is in the Curve, about translating dreams into film.

BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE

230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH  Liverpool street tube

www.bishopsgate.org.uk  020 7392 9200

ARCHIVES TOUR – Feminism and Women’s History

Thursday 28 March 6.30pm £7/£5concs

Bishopsgate Library holds a variety of collections relating to feminist and women’s history. These include ephemera from protests and campaigns, papers of pioneering individuals, and records of women’s organisations. The extensive archives provide an exciting and comprehensive exploration of activism and radical thinkers.

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EAST END PRINTS

234 Brick Lane E2 7EB  Shoreditch High Street overground

www.eastendprints.co.uk  020 7241 1118

SHE’S MY TYPE

Thursday 7 March 6pm-9pm FREE

Launch of limited editions prints from designer Basil & Ford and exhibition of feminist and female forward prints of work by artists including Tree Abrahams and Sophie Ward.

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V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD

Cambridge Heath Road E2 9PA  Bethnal Green tube

www.vam.ac.uk/moc  020 8983 5200

Open daily 10am-5.45pm

LITTLE HAPPENINGS : Dorothy Bohm

Until 5 May FREE

Dorothy Bohm has taken her camera with her throughout her life, over many decades and across most of the globe. This exhibition focuses solely on her photographs of children and the experiences that make up childhood. Dorothy’s work is uniquely placed to explore the universal qualities of childhood because her photographs hold within them many of the qualities and questions that we all experience. As we grow up we seek out friendship and happiness, and sometimes feel sadness and loneliness. Dorothy has managed to capture these moments, these little happenings in so much of her photography – these twenty pictures show us what connects us all through childhood, and how there is more that is similar between us than is different.

DIFFERENT SHADES OF PINK – Spring Concert

Saturday 30 March  3.30pm Adults £15 Children free.

Family Concert of classical and crossover music with Eva Hurt/harmonica & voice, Ana Ivanova/violin, Gemma Katteb/piano, Jurand Jakub Zygadlo/guitar

 

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4COSE SHOP

7 Vyner Street E2 9DG  Bethnal Green tube

www.4cose.co.uk  07809 422880

ANNELIE FRANKE

1-31 March  Thurs-Sat  10am-6pm FREE

Little ceramic drawings.

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