Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fawcett Society Demo || Don’t Turn Back Time on Womens Equality

Fawcett Society Day of Action ||

Saturday 19 November 2011
@Temple Tube 12.00pm


On average, women earn less, own less, and are more likely to work and retire in poverty than men.

The government’s approach to cutting the deficit will widen the gap between women and men:

-Female unemployment is rising as jobs are cut in public service
-The benefits and services women rely on more are being slashed
-Women on low incomes are becoming poorer
-The pay gap looks set to widen
-Women’s access to vital support services is being undermined
-Increasing numbers of women are being forced to give up work as cuts to childcare support means their jobs no longer cover the family’s care costs

The government’s approach to cutting the deficit is turning back time on women’s equality. This can’t go on.
On November 19th, join us on the ‘DON’T turn back time’ March in London or host your own ‘DON’T turn back time’ tea party to help us tell David Cameron:



1950’s THEME: DRESS UP! To send the message that women don’t want to be catapulted back to the levels of inequality of yesteryear.
Your costume can be as simple (maybe just a head scarf) or as complicated (think full 50’s get-up complete with rubber gloves and chains to chain yourself to the kitchen sink with!) as you like.
‘ATTEND’ the event on Facebook(
Spread the word on Twitter using hashtag #dontturnbacktime, and better still,
March Details:

12 noon – march congregates at Temple tube, Victoria Embankment.

12.30 – march sets off down Embankment, across Horse Guards Avenue, down Whitehall past Downing Street.
13.30 – march finishes with a rally on King Charles Street.

Download our march poster, print if off and stick it up everywhere!

Check back here or sign up for our free e-bulletin to receive up-to-date information on the latest speakers confirmed for the rally.


For those of you who aren’t able to attend the march in London, or would rather hold your own mini-action, you can host a ‘DON’T turn back time tea party’ to raise awareness and generate media coverage of the issues in your local area!

Download our template invitations and ‘Tea Party campaign pack’ for information on how to go about organising your party and on how to generate media coverage.

Don’t forget to tell us what you are planning!
For further information see document downloads to the left, or email to get involved.





FEM 11 | UK Feminista’s National Conference

FEM 11 | UK Feminista’s National Conference

12 November
10.00am – 5.30pm
@Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ
Join hundreds of activists and campaigners to debate key issues facing women today and how to build a feminist future!
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS:Featuring workshops and seminars organised by leading feminist organisations, including: Fawcett Society, Abortion Rights, OBJECT, Southall Black Sisters, Women for Women International, Imkaan, Women’s Resource Centre, Platform 51, Rights of Women, Centre for Women and Democracy, Women’s Environmental Network, End Violence Against Women coalition, Imkaan, Women for Refugee Women and the White Ribbon Campaign.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Sandi Toksvig (Radio 4), Shami Chakrabarti (Liberty), Zoe Williams (the Guardian), Carlene Firmin (writer), Samira Ahmed (broadcaster) and Bea Campbell (author and journalist).

MAYORAL ELECTION HUSTINGS: FEM 11 will also feature a pre-election debate with candidates for the Mayor of London.

Book your place at

BACKGROUND TO FEM 11: It’s an exciting time for feminism in the UK, with activism on the rise and protests hitting both the headlines and the streets. But it’s also a time of immense challenges. Abortion rights are under attack and the cuts are eroding women’s economic independence. Women are relentlessly objectified throughout the media and the female power vacuum at the heart of government stubbornly persists.

FEM 11 will bring together leading feminist organisations and campaigners to debate key issues facing women today and how the burgeoning feminist movement can work to build a feminist future.


VV Collective | Call for Submissions: “Show Your Face” @ Cultivate, Viner Street Jan 2012


‘Show your face’
Cultivate,Vyner street, London, E2 9HE

Theme: Self Portrait. Medium: All
Last Thursdays: PV Thursday 26th January 2012
Exhibition runs: Friday 27th January-Wednesday 1st February 2012.

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)

Dear VV members,

We aim to provide a platform for emerging female fine artists; as they are a highly underrepresented and often over-looked group.

Our 2012 members showcase exhibition will therefore be centred on the theme-the self portrait. In so doing we aim to curate a show that not only highlights your artistic talents, but that also examines the way in which female artists perceive themselves.

We cordially invite you to SHOW YOUR FACE*.

Submission deadline: 12pm 11th December 2011
Notification of success: 8th January 2012

How to apply: Applications should be sent to:
Subject heading: SHOW YOUR FACE
Attach a JPEG of the work(s) and a brief statement about the work(s) (max 150words)

Up to 30cmx40cm: £10**
Above 30cm x 40cm: £15**
Maximum size for a piece: 85cm x 75cm***
Applicants may submit more than one piece.

Payment will only be requested from successful applicants.
Place in exhibition only guaranteed once monies have been exchanged. Payment will be received via Paypal.

*This call for submissions is open only to VV members
If you are not yet a member of VV you should download the FREE membership form from our website ( and return it via email with jpegs before making your submission.
**Please note a fee applies to successful applicants only – VV is a not for profit organisation and all monies go to the rental, invigilation and private view costs.
***Negotiable only in exceptional circumstances

!Women Art Revolution Sreenings @ The Whitechapel Gallery

!Women Art Revolution Screenings @ The Whitechapel Gallery

Sunday 30 October, 3pm
Sunday 13 November, 3pm
Sunday 27 November, 3pm
Sunday 11 December, 3pm

Free, no booking required.

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

For over forty years, Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.

!Women Art Revolution elaborates the relationship of the Feminist Art Movement to the 1960s anti-war and civil rights movements and explains how historical events, such as the all-male protest exhibition against the invasion of Cambodia, sparked the first of many feminist actions against major cultural institutions. The film details major developments in women’s art of the 1970s, including the first feminist art education programs, political organizations and protests, alternative art spaces such as the A.I.R. Gallery and Franklin Furnace in New York and the Los Angeles Women’s Building, publications such as Chrysalis and Heresies, and landmark exhibitions, performances, and installations of public art that changed the entire direction of art.

New ways of thinking about the complexities of gender, race, class, and sexuality evolved. The Guerrilla Girls emerged as the conscience of the art world and held academic institutions, galleries, and museums accountable for discrimination practices. Over time, the tenacity and courage of these pioneering women artists resulted in what many historians now feel is the most significant art movement of the late 20th century.

Carrie Brownstein composed an original score to accompany the film. Laurie Anderson, Janis Joplin, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip, Erase Errata and Tribe 8 are some of the gifted musicians who contributed to our soundtrack.

CLIT ROCK | Music event raising awareness of Female Genital Mutilation

CLIT ROCK | Raising awareness of Female Genital Mutilation
20 November
@The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road N1 9JB
The very first CLIT ROCK is an event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters of Eve an organisation committed to preventing, fighting and ultimately ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Join us in hopeful celebration!
Live Acts:
Dark Moon

Gaggle Art & DJS
Music Is My Boyfriend DJs
Spoken Word artists Colleen Allen & Fran Lock

Daughters Of Eve

£5 advance ticket link coming soon


East London Fawcett Group || Update October

Storm in a Teacup are excited to announce our involvement in the East London Fawcett Society and their upcoming fundraisers. SIATC has been involved in organising one of the first in a series of Seminars tackling feminist issues in East London. ELF Seminar | ART will be taking place on Wednesday October 19th at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green- get the date in your diary and keep your eyes and ears peeled for when we announce the lineup of speakers very, very soon! Also worth noting is the ELF fundraiser at Stav Bees liqour bar on Saturday 15th October.

October 12th tune into RESONANCE FM 104.4FM between 18.30pm – 19.30pm to the Enemies of Good Art show with Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup, Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Hannah and Rachel from the East London Fawcett group discussing feminism and Art to gear up for the ELF Talks: Art on the 19th of October.
Also don’t miss the first ever ELF fundraiser at Stav Bees liqour bar on Saturday 15th October.

ELF fundraiser
Saturday 15 October, From 7pm
stav B’s Liquor Bar, (off) Broadway Market

Wednesday 19 October, From 7pm
The Gallery Café, Bethnal Green
Gemma Rolls Bentley chairing a panel discussing the most pressing challenges facing women in the arts in East London

Fawcett Society AGM
Saturday 22 October, From 10 am (until lunch)
The Resource Centre, N7 6PA

“Dont Turn back Time on Women’s Equality” Fawcett Society Demo
Saturday 19 November, From 12 pm. Dress up: 1950s Theme!
Outside Temple Tube The East London Fawcett Group will be organising a contingent so please contact for more info!

East London Fawcett group is relatively new and launched in June 2011 so there are plenty of ways to get involved.
Email: to join the mailing list and to find out more.
Or visit the wordpress: or
visit facebook group:

Le Cinema des Femmes presents | Break My Fall

Our wonderful friends at Le Cinema des Femmes next event;

Break My Fall screening + Q&A @ the bootleg bus: Hit and Run Weekend Fundraiser

Friday 7th October

Ticket price: £6
Doors: 7pm


Venue map:
Nearest tube: Angel (Northern Line)

IMPORTANT: Ticket numbers are limited, so to avoid disappointment please email and secure your seat.

TRUST – you won’t want to miss this one…

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**Le Cinema des Femmes is very proud to present Kanchi Wichmann’s critically acclaimed BREAK MY FALL**

Officially selected for both the East End Film Festival and the 25th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, this provocative ode to the 24 hour party culture and the lives and loves of London’s East End will be screened alongside an exclusive Q&A with the director and cast members.

A rare opportunity to see this gutsy, heart-laid-bare piece of cult film-making in the presence of its uber-talented makers…



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Dir. – Kanchi Wichmann

Starring – Kat Redstone, Sophie Anderson, Collin Clay Chace, Kai Brandon Ly

**Official Selection, East End Film Festival**
**Official Selection 25th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival**

Featuring music from emerging UK independent music talent: Plug, Micachu, Wet Dog, Peggy Sue, Sam Amant, Alan MX & more.

Due for DVD release on 10th October

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**the bootleg bus: Hit and Run Weekend**
40 St Peters Street, Angel, N1 8JT

A one-off pop-up party weekend full to bursting with art, cinema, a super delicious BBQ cafe, and lots of beer, in aid of raising money for the bootleg bus’ community verite work.

For more info on the weekend’s activities, clickety-click here: