Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tamsyn Challenger | Monoculture Exhibition @ Beaconsfield


Tamsyn Challenger

20 February – 13 April 2013
Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-5pm

Exhibition opening event:
Friday 22 February, from 6pm


Challenger’s venue-wide exhibition combines participatory sculptural objects with digital projection and a small farm.

Concerned with mass objectification of the self, the artist asks us to join her in questioning the level of control being wielded by a supposedly ‘free’ environment like the internet. Themes of habitual performance, viral infiltration and feminine identity link earlier forms of human control by pseudo-sexual torture (exacted upon women who asserted their individuality) with cultural homogenisation on a global scale.

This exhibition premieres new works developed by Tamsyn Challenger during the artist’s residency with Beaconsfield since June 2012.

Monoculture expands beyond the galleries and works on the public in a truly viral way through online interaction and a series of related time-based events off-site.

The Monoculture exhibition opening event forms part of the South London Art Map LAST Fridays late openings:
Beaconsfield hosts February’s  Bankside Afterparty with bar open late.

22 Newport Street, Vauxhall, London SE11 6AY
+44 (0)20 7582 6465


One Billion Rising UK | 14 Feb 2013


OBR UK Art Festival | 14th Feb 2013

​One Billion Rising,
the new initiative of Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, is a campaign that seeks to end violence towards women and girls. OBR UK Art Festival brings together artists, performers, dancers, poets and playwrights, in unity against violence. Once we are aware of something we can begin to change it.

The 14th of February 2013 will mark the 15th anniversary of V-day, Eve Ensler’s foundation to help women victims of violence around the world. One Billion Rising celebrates that day making a stand against violence towards women, which is why this year we are reaching out to as many organizations as we can. This year we will be working with museums and galleries across the nation, putting on exhibitions that highlight the issues at stake.

​We will be having dance parties in institutions, and cultural centers in unity against violence. Working with established seminal artists such as Judy Chicago, as well as emerging talent OBR UK Art Festival will be putting on exhibitions, film screenings and a series of talks, using art and culture to help us rethink our social structures. JOIN US!

One Billion Rising, the new initiative of Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning author of the Vagina Monologues, is a global campaign, a grassroots movement that from Lima, to Paris, New Delhi to Kinshasa, Manila, to Bahrain is clamoring, loud and clear, for the end of violence towards women and girls. On February 14th, 2013, One Billion women and the men who love them will rise up on the planet, joining Eve Ensler and the activists of her foundation V-Day to strike, dance, shake the world and shift the energy, empower women and girls and break the cycle of violence.

Art has long been a vehicle of protest and an agent of change. Art is the most powerful the most direct and visceral way of speaking to people across boarders, and barriers. Art Motivates, art empowers, art opens people minds creating new ways of thinking. This is why I have wanted the OBR UK Art Festival as part of the campaign to bring together artists, performers, dancers, poets, playwrights, art lovers and the public in unity against violence. Once we are aware of something we can begin to change it.

Nadja Romain, Chair OBR UK Art Festival


Bodies of Silence #2

Tue. 12th Feb.2013,4.00pm-8.00pm  @ The Royal College of Art, 15-25 Howie Street, Battersea, London, SW11 4AS

Organised by CUNTemporary as part of the symposium “State and Statuses in art and cultural production” at the Royal College of Art.

BODIES OF SILENCE is a special project curated in support of ONE BILLION RISING London Art Festival, which includes international artists Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Sukran Moral (Turkey) and Pilar Albarracín (Spain). Some of the emerging artists selected have been the result of an open call for work that stresses the ethical and political implications of silence as a by-product of traumatic crime.

Women, Violence, Chastity and Titian

Wed. 13th Feb. 2013 11.00am@ The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

At The National Gallery curator Minna Moore will be offering a tour of the Titian paintings with an eye to addressing the subject of violence towards women. Spaces on this tour are limited please email to reserve a place


Putting the Heart back into Art with OBR and VDay

Thu. 14th Feb. 2013,From 10.30am to 6.00pm @Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

For one day only the Dan Graham Drop-in-Centre, at The Hayward Gallery, will become a hub of intelligences as activists, community organizers, political thinkers, commentators and professions are brought together to reach out and discuss what they do with each other, as well as with visiting artists, art lovers and the public. Join Us!

Bodies of Silence #3

Thu. 14th Feb. 2013, 7.00pm to 11.00pm @ PLATFORM café bar & terrace, 1-7 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

When Words Are Made Flesh

Organised by CUNTemporary

BODIES OF SILENCE is a special project curated in support of ONE BILLION RISING London Art Festival, which includes international artists Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Sukran Moral (Turkey) and Pilar Albarracín (Spain). Tickets: £5.00

Women Art Revolution & One Billion Rising Films

Mon. 18th Feb. 2013, 1.00pm @ The Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX

Lunch time screening of Women Art Revolution and a screening of Nina Menekes specially made short film to celebrate One Billion Rising.

Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and violence, the Feminist Art Revolution radically transformed the art and culture of our times

I Dream of Congo:

12th – 23rd Feb. 2013,(showing on selected dates) @ Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Narratives from The Great Lakes

A major exhibition that aims to shed new light on a country gripped by the world’s longest running war ‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.

Fans of Feminism

15th-23rd Feb. 2013 @ Cass Gallery, London Met University Central House, 159 Whitechapel High Street, London E17 4NP

Feminism is about equality and many world issues are considered by emerging, established and student artists. Work by Oriana Fox and Sarah Maple and 35 other artists. Free Entry

project ANNA

Sun. 24th Febr. 2013, 4.00pm @ Vibe Gallery, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG London

project ANNA is an artistic collaboration between Ewa Bathelier and Paulina Palian. It is a series of 10 dresses which symbolise evolution that ANNA undertakes from the moment she puts on the white wedding dress. Journey starts from the dress which almost unable her to move to the ultra mini black dress. All the dresses in between are a diary of the transformation. Each creation is shorter and braver; the white is gradually taken over the black. et just because dresses are lighter and smaller doesn’t mean ANNA has more freedom in them. Gradually the weight of the fabric taken from her body is added to the weight on her head. ANNA won’t ever become free…


6th-17th March 2013 Private Views: 9th & 16th March, The Old Police Station, 114-116 Amersham Vale, New Cross London SE14 6LG

While the binaries suggest an opposition of one thing against another,  this exhibition is wondering if the notion of Either/or could give way to Either/and…Mixed-media works by 38 artists .Free Entry



FREEDOM: Pussy Riot punk prayer commemoration event, London

Pussy Riot benefit London FEB 2013





Time: 6pm – 11pm *Set times coming soon…

Entry: Advance tickets £5 ( / on door £6.


SHATTERJAPAN ( and POPULAR ( present this special non-profit event.

On 21 February 2012, members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot performed a “punk prayer” in a Moscow church for which they were arrested, detained for several months and eventually sentenced on 17 August 2012 to 2 years imprisonment. With two of the three members remaining imprisoned (Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha“ Alyokhina), SHATTERJAPAN and POPULAR have collaborated to bring you a whole evening of entertainment, including people from the international music, film and political worlds, to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the punk prayer performance and to celebrate freedom of expression.



Led by the hauntingly melancholic vocals of Elizabeth Heaton, Edinburgh-born and Manchester-based Midas Fall have sculpted a distinctive sound, combining elements of electronica and post-rock to create taut, shimmering soundscapes. Their 2010 debut LP “Eleven. Return and Revert” enjoyed critical acclaim internationally, with the opening track featured on the BBC drama “Lip Service.” This year sees the release of their long-awaited second album “Wilderness” on the eclectic Monotreme Records label

Au Palais are a brother-sister duo from Toronto operating in London. They are currently completing their debut LP, an expansion of their dark, brooding, pop music that they first revealed on their Tender Mercy EP. Canada meets the UK…

One of the most exciting new all-girl bands in the UK and representing the capital city, these Riot Grrrls know how to roar!

Deriving their name from a kick ass cat and a cowardly bear, Cat Bear Tree are a London-based trio whose indie, melodic, sometimes poppy, sometimes punky tunes nod to indie alt acts like Sleater-Kinney, Electrelane and Warpaint. They’re currently gigging across London and beyond whilst preparing for the release of their debut EP.



This brilliant Glasgow electro band are set to take the UK by storm, having recently made it to the last five in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, and are about to embark on their headlining UK tour. The music world is CHVRCHES’ oyster. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry joins us on this special evening. Lauren also co-founded TYCI, a collective run by women with a blog, zine, radio show and monthly live event in Glasgow ( – check it out!

Swedish electro genius Karin Park released her fantastic album “Highwire Poetry” in 2012, a year when she supported Gary Numan and enjoyed a UK headlining tour. Karin brought the house down with her DJ set at Hoxton last year – we’re looking forward to her shaking that roof again.

This seminal London band plays with clichés and transforms ordinary ideas into savage beasts, never afraid to make fun of themselves and their immediate environment. Their EP “EMPIRE OF TIN” will be released end of March 2013.

Singer Sarah Nag and guitarist Richard “Rusty” Ruston make up this dark electro pop duo from London, who have supported the iconic likes of Peaches, Grimes and The Ting Tings, also remixing for MEN (JD Samson), Kool Thing and Au Palais.

Six-piece London band who are on the up and up



Kerry studied Russian, Politics and Linguistics at Liverpool University. Elected as the MP for Bristol East in 2005, Kerry is now a Shadow Foreign Minister. Her portfolio includes human rights, migration, international crime and the drugs trade, as well as UK relations with China, the Far East, South East Asia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Kerry is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Russia, and as part of her work on human rights she attended the Pussy Riot trial in Russia in August last year. Since the imprisonment of Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, Kerry has been working closely with the Performers’ Alliance and is one of Pussy Riot’s strongest advocates in the UK.

Mike Lerner is a 2012 Academy Award-nominated producer/director (documentary “Hell and Back Again”) and co-producer/director of 2013 Sundance award-winning film “PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER.” Over the course of six months, Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin filmed this documentary feature, telling the incredible story of the three Pussy Riot members Nadya, Masha and Katya who were given a two-year prison sentence for their 40-second “punk performance.” With unparalleled access, the film looks at the real people behind their now-famous colourful balaclavas. We will screen a clip of the exclusive footage at this event.

Masha Karp is a trustee of Rights in Russia and a London-based freelance journalist with a special interest in relations between Russia and the West. Masha was Russian Features editor (1997-2009) and a producer (1991-1997) with the BBC Russian Service.

— Protect your arts communities and FREE PUSSY RIOT!

Yeastie Girls’ exhibition and call for submissions @ Cultivate, Vyner Street


YestieGirls_Flyer2YEASTIE GIRLS’ – a group show curated by CULTIVATE VYNER STREET


‘That girl thinks she’s the queen of the neighborhood. I got news for you, she is!’ (Bikini Kill ‘Rebel Girl’)

The YEASTIE GIRLS show re-visits the ethos of ‘Riot Grrrl’ – the
underground feminist punk rock movement that took place in early
nineties west coast America.

The show aims to bring together today’s riot grrrl inspired creativity;
art, music, writing, zines……. Is riot grrrl still relevant 20 years
on? Are women now more empowered and supportive of one another?

The 90s riot grrrl movement allowed women their own creative space to make political statements about the issues they were facing in the
male oriented punk rock community, as well as in society; to express
their views on issues such as rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, and
female empowerment. As Tobi Vail (drummer with Bikini Kill) said, the
purpose of the Riot Grrrls was to fight against the things that kept
women divided, to start a discourse and to give importance to women and the things that they do.

So, has anything changed in the last 20s years? What issues should we be addressing now? Can we still make our voices heard? What form does Riot Grrrl creativity take in 2013?

We will be inviting artists to take part, but would love to hear
from ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, ZINE MAKERS, ART COLLECTIVES etc. who want to get involved; please CONTACT US with your ideas. All ideas are welcomed…….and no, you don’t have to be female, it’s open to everyone

– “We’re not anti-boy, we’re pro-girl” (Molly Neuman, Bratmobile)

For more info or ot get involved contact Emma at Cultivate via the usual e.mail address

Girls Get Busy: In Colour! online exhibition & e-party


Girls Get Busy: In Colour! online exhibition & e-party


Girls Get Busy have an exciting new online exhibition of colourful contributions that were originally printed in b&w in Girls Get Busy Zine on @rt b@by g@llery from 16th February – 16th March 2013

♡ ARTISTS ♡ – Mimi Sotudeh, Josephine Edwards, Hannah Hill, Jasmin Risk, Lee Rey, Camilla Carè Bethany Lamont, Jodie Skilton, Sasha Cresdee, Amanda Dias, Kate Rolison, Beth Siveyer, Rebecca Cooper, Hannah Le Feuvre, Melanie Jane, Arvida Byström Adee Roberson, Joanna Simpson, Holly Lucas, Delilah Rosier. Curated by Beth Siveyer


Just log in using Facebook or Google at the web address and you’re in:
(the link won’t go live until 16th Feb)

You can chat & make new friends, virtually dance to music videos played by our artist DJs and have a cute animal avatar.
DJs to be announced!

The live link to the party chat room will be shared on the 16th Feb, and the party starts at 8pm GMT!

Poster art by Camilla Care