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Events across the South East in 2017
Throughout the year we will be holding a series of events with our partners supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. These events are intended to be fun, creative and informative with female equality providing the contextual backbone.
As details are confirmed we will add bookings links so please check back, and sign up to our mailing list for updates.
Celebration of Elizabeth Carter, Deal Town Hall
To commemorate the 300th anniversary of Deal born poet and member of The Bluestocking Society, Elizabeth Carter, comes a celebration of her vitality and relationship to the town by artist Colin Priest.
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September, Deal Town Hall, High St, Deal CT14 6TR
Stirred by the unexpected acquisition of the memoirs of the life of Mrs Elizabeth Carter with poems by Rev. Montagu Pennington, and curiously typed 19th century letters from her relatives regarding her portrait in Deal Town Hall, Priest will present an atmospheric site-specific tableau of found material, film and texts in the Town Hall Chamber 8th/9th September 2017.
The English term “bluestocking” evolved in the mid-to-late 1700s. Elizabeth Carter wrote of the society: “As if the two sexes had been in a state of war, the gentlemen ranged themselves on one side of the room, where they talked their own talk, and left us poor ladies to twirl our shuttles, and amuse each other, by conversing as we could. By what little I could overhear, our opposites were discoursing on the old English poets, and this subject did not seem so much beyond a female capacity but that we might have been indulged with a share of it.” Priest recently worked with pupils from Goodwin Academy, Deal, Kent on an Onomatopoeia Workshop.Each were given a character from the WORKBOX to recreate the image and sound of the sea using ink and the parchment provided. Completed drawings, were transformed into a stop motion animation to be screened at the celebration inside the Town Hall.
Colin Priest is a London-based artist, architect and educator at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London his mixed-media site-specific works combine intervention, sculpture, writing, moving image and performance, with an ambition to construct site specific encounters engaging heritage narratives.
In conversation at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
OVERLAP : RELATIONSHIPS, REPUTATION AND LEGACY OF WOMEN ARTISTS
Saturday 3 June, from 11.30am - 12.30pm
The panel will have an honest and frank conversation about the legacy of women artists and how their art is often overlooked in favour of their relationships to male artists.
Saturday 3 June, from 11.30am - 12.30pm Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, TN34 3DW
£10 (£8 for Jerwood Gallery Members)
Jessica Voorsanger’s art practice looks at the construct of self, often through humorous installations or performances which unpick popular and celebrity culture. Voorsanger has exhibited extensively internationally, and is married to Patrick Brill (AKA the artist Bob+Roberta Smith).
Carol Jacobi is Curator of British Art 1850–1915 at Tate. Her research is centred on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British painting, sculpture and photography. She has backgrounds in science and literature, preferring an interdisciplinary approach, and has a long term commitment to challenging the canon and investigating the legacy of overlooked women artists.
Booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 01424 728377 during gallery opening hours. Events may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not reached, in which case you will be notified in advance of the date.
In conversation at Turner Contemporary, Margate
Unpicking the narrative: difficult women, difficult work
Thursday 27 Apr 2017 11am – 5pm Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG
Day+Gluckman in conversation with Freddie Robins for The Matter of Material symposium, hosted by Turner Contemporary in collaboration with the International Textile Research Centre University for the Creative Arts.
Using examples of her work and exhibition profile we will consider how her career and practice has developed as an artist working with textiles and whether she consciously considers it to have a feminist voice; whether gender still has a pivotal role in how textiles are read and how Freddie’s work continues to contribute to that debate. The conversation will look at how textiles have been curated into exhibitions , for example FABRIC (2014) and Entangled (2017). It will examine curatorial hierarchies and whether there is a perceived or actual fear in displaying objects that don’t hold their shape. We will also discuss the propensity of echo chambers in the art world and beyond - are we only talking to each other? How as artists and curators do we identify our audiences and is there a gendered snobbery about the ‘right type’ of audience?
Other event partners for 2017 include:
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (Save the date: June 3rd 2017)
New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College Cambridge: Talk and a study day
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne : Day+Gluckman in conversation with artist Tai Shani, talking about her major project Dark Continent: "A gesamtkunstwerk braiding narratives, fictions and mythologies, a Dionysian descent into rapture, ideology, language and flesh into the bottomless pit told through a neanderthal hermaphrodite, a medieval mystic and the woman on the edge of time" .
The University of Sussex in partnership with Gender Studies and Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research Centres: Rachael House's Feminist Disco will be in town!
The Depot Cinema, Lewes: A night of screenings and conversation.
Communities and Families Events
We are planning a series of workshops for 2017 which lead into the major programme of activity at Knole produced and managed by the National Trust.
We will shortly be recruiting someone to work with us to develop this exciting part of the programme.
Please do get in touch is you would like to be involved as a participant, a host, or want to find out more about working with us.