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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.




Toynbee Studios

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.





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.

Sabotage Live

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


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.


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.



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.



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

Headscarves 1950

2-30 March

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





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





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.



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.

Gauhar Jaan

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.



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.

Exhibition Histories

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:-


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

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



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.


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.stewart@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Monday 7 March 5.30pm-9pm Entry £3.50

Whitechapel Leisure Centre, 55 Durward Street E1 5BA forthegirls@gll.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 holly.penwarden@gll.org

Dance Aerobics, Circuits, Sport Relief Challenges.

4pm-5.30pm Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road E1 5AW alema.akthar@osmanitrust.org

Free health check, Healthy Eating showcase and workshop.

6pm-9pm York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road E2 9PJ yorkhall@gll.org

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 alkad.ali@tower.ac.uk


Thursday 10 March 6pm-8pm FREE

Osmani Sports Hall, Vallance Road E1 5AD alema.akthar@osmanitrust.org

Basketball taster session.

Friday 11 March 12noon-5pm FREE

Attlee Youth & Community Centre, 5 Thrawl Street E1 6RT Tania.shaikh@atleecentre.org

Aerobics, Badminton, Table Tennis.

Saturday 12 March FREE EVENTS

10am-2pm Mile End Leisure Centre, 190 Burdett Road, E3 4HL pauline.stewart@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Women & Girls Basketball Tournament. (Entry fee for teams £8).

2pm-4pm Osmani Sports Hall, Vallance Road, E1 5AD alema.akthar@osmanitrust.org

Badminton & Football.



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

1-31 March

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.

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5-12 March

Women's groups across the borough will be celebrating with a wide range of activities following this years theme Making It happen - Women and Equality. Organisations involved include Society Links, Nari Diganta, Limehouse Community Association, LARG0Lincoln Area Regeneration Group, Black Women's Health & family Support, Boundary Women's Project, Praxis Community Projects, HEBA Women's Project, East London Chinese Community Centre, Mohila Ongon Association, Women's Environmental network, Spitalfields City Farm, Women's Health & Family Services, Neighbours in Poplar, Poplar HARCA, Limehouse Project, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Account 3.


For full programme contact info@alternativearts.co.uk

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www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 2649

The Idea Stores are presenting a series of events for Women’s History Month.


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.


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.

Women’s Stories

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.


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.

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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

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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.

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Women’s History Month in East London is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts www.alternativearts.co.uk info@alternativearts.co.uk










On the First Thursday of every month, over 150 galleries in east London come together and run free events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and private views during a special late opening. Explore galleries, artist run spaces and studios in east London using our online map to guide you. Be inspired by our latest Top 5 selected galleries and exhibitions, buy a ticket for the Art Bus Tour or follow one of our recommended Walking Tours to make the most out of your First Thursday.




159 Bethnal Green Road E2 7DG

Bethnal Green tube, Shoreditch High St Overground

www.espaciogallery.com 07941 684853

Eves & Liliths: An Exploration of Women’s Identity

1-6 March Tues-Sat 1-7pm, Thurs 4-7pm, Sun 1-5pm

This multimedia exhibition curated by Ana Cockerill examines the portrayal, treatment and identity of women throughout history up to today.

Artists include: Carmen Aleman, Lizy Bending, Ana Cvejic, Sinclair Lewis, Liz Derbyshire, Kevin Derbyshire, Gaelle Garbani, Jonathan Graham, Liz Kent, Mark Nelson, Les Lismore, Lawrence Mathias, Noonie Minogue Elspeth Penfold, Fabiana Righi, Beryl Robinson, Danela White, Marie-Lois Rodriguez, Meliha Guneric, Women in Motion (Brazilian women’s group).


Saturday 5 March 7.30pm-10pm FREE

An evening of performance art presentations that explore issues facing women in contemporary societies.

Artists: Lizy Bending, Limor Collins, Kristina Georgiou, Marcia Mar, Lawrence Mathias, Mark Duffield, Terry Crew, Bethan Mathias, Ana Milovanovic, Sabine Kussmaul, Mark Sheckey, Jones Tensini.




121 Roman Road E2 0QN

Bethnal Green tube

www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk 020 8981 6111

Four Photographers

Thursday 17 March 6.30-8.30pm FREE

Lisa Byrne, Maria Kapajeva, Mira Loew, and Fiona Yaron-Field show and discuss their work in relation to current feminist debates.





100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ

Forest Hill tube & rail

www.horniman.ac.uk 020 8699 1872

Open daily 10.30am-5pm

Project Tobong

Until 10 April FREE

Theatrical portraits of the Ketoprak Tobong Kelana Bakti Budaya, one of the last remaining nomadic theatre troupes in Yogyakarta, Java, taken for a collaborative photographic project led by British Hackney artist Helen Marshall with Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono. www.projecttobong.com




British Museum, Great Russel Street, WC1B 3DG

Russel Square tube

Among the Believers

Wednesday 9 March 6pm

UK premiere of the multi-award winning film by Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqri. An unsettling and eye-opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan. Screening followed by panel discussion & Q&A.

The Film Benefit marks the start of the 2016 Human Rights Watch London Film Festival which runs from 9-18 March in several venues throughout London.

Tickets and further information www.hrw.org/london




Southbank centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX

Waterloo tube/rail

www.southbankcentre.co.uk 020 7921 0713

A packed programme of talks, debates, workshops and panels as well as a separately-ticketed series of evening events including, Caitlin Moran, Annie Lennox, Bridget Christie and more.




www.centricprojects.org 01908 667750

Equality Exhibition

Topical and inspiring touring exhibition covering the History of Sexual Equality and Racial Equality.

16 February – 5 March Tues-Sat 12noon-5pm FREE

18 Piries Place, Horsham RH12 1NY

8 March 3pm-4pm FREE

Dukes Keep, Marsh lane, Southampton SO14 3.

14-18 March 12noon-5pm FREE

Norwich Union House, 96 St George Street, Croydon CR9 1BU




Local intergenerational arts charity Magic Me is looking for Tower Hamlets women of all ages to take part in a creative dance project to be performed on International Women’s Day. No previous experience is necessary and all types of mobility are welcome. To find out more email info@magicme.co.uk or call Katherine on 020 3222 6064. Visit www.magicme.co.uk for details.




192-196 Hanbury Street E1 5HU Whitechapel tube

www.paulahaughney.co.uk 020 7364 7900

Mon-Fri 9am-7pm Sat 10.30am-5pm

I Thought I’d Live Forever

1-31 March FREE

Retrospective show of acclaimed artist Paula Haughney with a range of work from the last few decades which attest to the qualities of the materials used in her sculpture, and her skill in carving in both stone and wood to reveal a stunning array of sculptural forms.




‘Mary on the Green’ is a campaign to raise funds for a monument to Mary Woollstonecraft who wrote ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ in 1792 and who lived in Newington Green. The aim is to establish her place in history and inspire investigation into her impact on all our lives. To find out more visit www.maryonthegreen.org 




11 Gillett Square N16 8AZ Dalston Kingsland/Dalston Junction Stn

www.vortexjazz.co.uk 020 7254 4097

Juliet Kelly/vocals, Tori Freestone/sax, Alcyona Mick/piano

Tuesday 8 March 8pm-11pm £10/£12 door

Celebrating International Women’s Day with a new group featuring the talents of three acclaimed female performers.

Blow the Fuse presents ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet plus Rachael Cohen/Bruno Heinen Duo

Wednesday 9 March 8pm-11pm £10 Adv/£12 Door

The first event of 2016 for Blow the Fuse’s celebrated Tomorrow the Moon seasonwith Alison Rayner/bass, Steve Lodder/piano, Deirdre Cartwright/guitar, Diane McLoughlin/saxophones, plus Rachael Cohen/saxphones, Bruno Heinen/piano www.blowthefuse.com

Anita Wardell

Sunday 27 March 7.30-10pm £10

Jazz vocalist Anita Wardell performs with her band.




Millfields Lodge, 201 Millfields Road, E5 0AL

Hackney Central Station, Bus 242

www.worldwrite.org.uk 020 8985 5435

Bloomberg Masterclasses: Learning from the professionals

27 February, 5 & 12 March 1.45pm-5pm

Practical, hands-on masterclasses led by a Bloomberg professional, allowing volunteers to explore print news in more detail and get tips on everything from how to write succinct news stories to provocative opinion pieces. To be eligible you need to be unemployed, low paid, studying and aged 16-25 or working with WORLDbytes.

To apply email world.write@btconnect.com




The East End Prints Shop

Railway Arch 359 Westgate Street E8 3RN, London Fields Overground

www.eastendprints.co.uk 07985 440385

Finding 50 Fridas

17 March – 3 April Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat & Sun 10am-5pm FREE

50 of the very best portraits of FRIDA KAHLO made in all mediums will be exhibited in this Women’s History Month show. The work has come from international artists, painters & designers, as well as our own Jenny Camilleri, Chris Wharton, Tracie Andrews and Kris Tate. We even asked the local London Fields Primary School to create a piece. The exhibition celebrates the life of Frida Khalo and how her works mean so much to so many people. A percentage of the sales from the work inspired by Khalo will be donated to the UK women’s charity Margaret’s Fund. Preview Thursday 17 March 6pm-9pm.



Unit 2A, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick E9 5EN

Hackney Wick Station


Made Visible

15 March – 9 April Mon-Sat 8pm £15/£12.50 concs

A new play written by Deborah Pearson and directed by Stella Odunlami about how white people don’t know how to talk about racism. Described as ‘funny and cerebral’ and in part written and devised with performers, based on a ‘real encounter’ in Victoria Park.




7-15 Greatorex Street E1 5NF

Whitechapel tube

BEING IN TIME: Susan Butler and Susan Tangmar Video works

Thursday 3 March 6-9pm FREE

The sun and the moon are our constant companions, giving us the measure of our days, months, and years within the cosmic time of the planets. Their respective movements are described in different ways in the two video works on show. Susan Butler’s 92 Million Miles from the Sun tracks the shadow of a windswept tree cast on a bedroom wall by the rising sun. The slow development invites the viewer to be absorbed in the appearance of time through the sun’s movement, or to be lost in the subjective time that observing shadows can induce. Lunar Tides, by Susan Trangmar, reflects upon the changing relationship between the moon and the earth over time, which affects the ocean tides. The revolving text draws us into a narrative that through its emergence and disappearance, seems to stretch and contract our experience of time. The work points to a possible future time, beyond our human centered existence. Susan Butler is an artist and writer living in London. Susan Trangmar is an artist living in London. She is currently Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.


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