Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ladyfest Leeds 2013 | 19 October

Ladyfest Leeds

LADYFEST LEEDS

Saturday 19th October

Ladyfest Leeds will be taking place on October 19th 2013 at Wharf Chambers.

We have a host of wonderful speakers, workshops and bands ready to inspire you to release your inner activist, get creative and have a wonderful time.

Our panel list includes;

Rosie from Object!, talking to us about their latest campaigns and how these changes affect Leeds.

Carol Robson will be performing “Finding Me” where she talks about and reads her poetry that relates to her life and coming to terms with her Gender Identity and Sexuality. With sincere honesty and fun; ‘Just saying how it is’

Kristin Aune the co-author, with Catherine Redfern, of the groundbreaking Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today. Who will also be selling and signing copies the new edition of her new book.

Chella Quint will be joining us to inspire activism through zine making.

Leeds Roller Dolls will be talking about how you can get involved with a female dominated sport, whether you want to strap on roller skates or become a non skating member of the league. Feeling part of a team can be extremely rewarding.

Workshop details TBC

Our bands for the evening include

Etai Keshiki

Nervous Twitch

Esper Scout

The Three Amigos

Ticket options and prices are £8 day & night. £5 day ticket. £4 evening ticket.   12pm start for the day panel and workshop events.                                                                7pm start for the evening gig.

TICKETS: http://www.leedsladyfest.bigcartel.com/

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/505109659581311/?fref=ts

Honest Lies: Premiere and discussion @ Amnesty International UK | 14 October

Honest Lies

 

Honest Lies: Premiere and discussion

14 October @ Amnesty International UK                                                                                17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA                                                                                                  7PM £8.00

The premiere screening of this short film based on a story written by a woman previously involved in prostitution during volunteer-led workshops. This film has been 100% funded by Kickstarter pledges: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/19446085/honest-lies

Following the screening will be a discussion of the challenges facing women exiting prostitution, ways in which they can be supported, and a clear message of support for a change in UK law, calling for those who are prostituted to be decriminalised.

Panelists:

Fiona Mactaggart MP (Slough)

Cheryl Stafford (Eaves for Women)

Ruth Jacobs (Writer & Campaigner)

Kat Banyard (Founder of UK Feminista & Author of “The Equality Illusion”)

Chair: Gabriella Apicella (Producer of “Honest Lies”)

Proceeds from ticket sales will cover the hire of the venue and outstanding production costs, and remaining funds will be used to support women exiting prostitution, and to enter the film into film festivals.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/232267423594306/

BOOKING NOW OPEN: https://honestlies.eventbrite.com/

North East Feminist Gathering NEFG13 @ Newcastle | 12 & 13 October

NE FEMINIST GATHERING

North East Feminist Gathering @ Westend Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle

12 & 13 October

In only its second year North East Feminist Gathering is back on October 12th & 13th with a packed programme of workshops, panel discussions and even a feminist open mic event. The gathering is designed to raise awareness of discrimination and injustice and to provide a space and network of feminists in the North East, where according to the NE Women’s Network report; austerity measures are cutting particularly viciously. Their aim is to combine opportunities for discussion, learning and planning with creative and artistic elements. Offering a broad choice of workshop sessions across three strands; activism, creativity and skill sharing. Workshops include; “Accessing our rights to Justice”, “What is Feminist Activism?”, “Using Social Media in Feminism”, “Welfare Rights for Women and the Austerity Measures” and “Finding our Voices; Public Speaking for Feminists”. As well as the evening social event “Open Mary” an opportunity for anyone to get up and speak or perform; open mic feminist style. The North East Feminist Gathering is taking place at Westend Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle.

Westend Women and Girls Centre, The Stephenson Building, 173 Elswick Road, the no. 30 and 31 bus stop right outside the doors from central Newcastle.

Minimum Age: 18                                                                                                                           Date: 12th Oct 2013 10:00am                                                                                                 Last Entry: 12:00am

The venue is fully accessible and has a creche facility.

Entry Price: £15 waged, £10 student, £5 unwaged                                                        Entry Price (Members/NUS): £15 waged, £10 student, £5 unwaged

TICKETS: http://www.skiddle.com/events/11918748?skcampaign=fbe      MORE INFO: http://www.nefeministgathering.com/the-programme.php    SEE ALSO:

* Provisional Programme: http://www.nefeministgathering.com/programme-13.php

* Registration http://www.nefeministgathering.com/book-a-place.php

Carousel @ Power Lunches | 11+12 October

Carousel

Carousel proudly presents its first event. Two whole nights of merriment and noise…

[Carousel is a new platform which promotes equality in the arts and showcases emerging and underrepresented talent. We will be holding more one-off happenings, workshops and exhibitions in the coming months, before moving into a permanent home next year. Come see us at www.twitter.com/thisiscarousel]

Friday 11th October
A power-punching noise-pop duo, a dose of post grunge, psych surf and some songs about bodies and blood.

The Hysterical Injury – www.facebook.com/thehystericalinjury
H Grimace – www.facebook.com/pages/HGrimace/247309995353932
Oh Boy – www.facebook.com/ohboyboyboy

Saturday 12th October
A post-punk, DIY riot. ‘Primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass.’

Shopping – www.facebook.com/weareshopping
Cat Bear Tree – www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand

And we’ll be dancing til dawn to a DJ set from the girls are (they have promised the likes of The Slits and Bikini Kill) http://www.thegirlsare.com/

Only £4 per night – pennies to be paid on the door.

[Carousel is a new platform which promotes equality in the arts and showcases emerging and underrepresented talent. We will be holding more one-off happenings, workshops and exhibitions in the coming months, before moving into a permanent home next year. Come see us at www.twitter.com/thisiscarousel]

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629940890373342/

She Grrrowls : SPACE @ Gallery Cafe | 2 October

She Grrrwls

SHE GRROWLS : SPACE

Wednesday 2nd October @ Gallery Cafe, E2

SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: SPACE. Every first Wednesday.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/522414891170772/
www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls

HOSTED BY CAT BROGAN
COMEDY FROM HELEN KEEN
POETRY FROM HANNAH CHUTZPAH AND EBELE
MUSIC FROM HANNAH ROSE TRISTRAM

Just £5!

All ticket sales go towards the payment of artists and producers with an even door split.

The Gallery Cafe is part of St Margaret’s House which supports the local community in a variety of ways and allows free hire for events. – www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk

Follow  on Twitter: @shegrrrowls
www.shegrrrowls.tumblr.com

SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER

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SIATC *UPDATE* SEPTEMBER

Dear Teacups,

Storm in a Teacup have been busy organising a University Tour for the Lets Start a Pussy Riot book (published by Rough Trade in June this year and in collaboration with Pussy Riot). We will have lots more exciting news to share with you in next month’s update with details on the lectures, seminars and events we have in the pipeline. Next weekend Lets Start a Pussy Riot have been invited by Tim Burgess (of The Charlatans fame) to run a workshop at Tim Peakes Diner part of Festival Number 6. in Portmeirion, Wales on Saturday 14th of September. To keep up with all the latest news on Pussy Riot please visit; Freepussyriot.org

Storm in a Teacup are also excited to announce that we have partnered up with the Feminist Times, a PR & ad-free magazine, website and membership group. It’s a not for profit organisation that aims to be a real alternative to “women’s” magazines. Anyone can become a member and be a part of this exciting publication and community – links below. We will be announcing more next month!

Become a Member

Follow on Twitter

Like on Facebook

Join the Mailinglist

There are so many exciting feminist art events and exhibitions happening in September some of the highlights include; the launch of She Grrrowls spoken-word on the 11th of September, an event showcasing female comedians and poets in Bethnal Green. Collagism and friends present an exhibition of collaged screen prints in support of Freedom for Pussy Riot at The Vestible, E2 from 5th- 29th September. Also coming up; Feminism in London and Space Station Sixty-Five present ‘FiLia; an event and exhibition on the 20th of September celebrating art by women to fundraise for Feminism in London Conference on October 26th.

There are also some exciting events happening nationally in September; with the Nottingham Womens Conference on 21st September and also Clitrock III: Rise of the Cliteracy fundraiser in Brighton also on the 21st of September – fundraising for Daughters of Eve – anti Female Genital Mutilation campaign.

Looking ahead- October is an exciting feminist month with the launch of the Feminist Research Centre (FRC) at Goldsmiths University (10th & 31st October), Feminism London Conference and Reclaim the Night March (October 26th) and History of Feminism Network Conference at the British Library- ‘In Conversation with the Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational Histories of Second Wave Feminism’ on 12th October. Also happening across the country with Ladyfest Leeds on October 19th and the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle from 12-13th October. *Please note October listings are not published in this month’s update – watch this space!

Please see below for the latest Feminist Art event and party listings for London and beyond! If you would like your event listed – get in touch; storminateacup2009@gmail.com

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT     The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags.                                           Make your voice heard!.Tweet Tesco’s shareholders now via the Lose’ the Lads Mags website.                                                                                                                                         For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have just been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                       FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE:    http://freepussyriot.org/

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

ELF is recruiting for the following:                                                             All Women Mentoring: If you are interested in receiving this training and joining our group of mentors, please apply online at http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/mentor.html.                                                                 Group Coordinator : coordinating the team, meetings and ELF updates               Sports Campaign Manager: after 2 successful events and press interest, would you like to take the lead on a campaign around women and sport?

Please also get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in campaigns for Politics, Heartbreak Launderette, Are Men Doing It?, Art or Sport. Do get in touch if you have any other ideas.               WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

GIRLS GET BUSY ZINE : OPEN SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE 25TH SEPTEMBER 2013

If you’d like to contribute any art / words / photos / drawings / whatever to Girls Get Busy #20, please email your submissions to girlsgetbusyzine@gmail.com

Girls Get Busy Zine #18 and #19 are available to read online for free at http://issuu.com/ggbzine

MORE INFO: http://girlsgetbusyzine.tumblr.com/

CUNTemporary & QUEER ARCHIVE ITALY: OPEN SUBMISSIONS

DEADLINE 14 SEPTEMBER 2013

NATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR

1) QUEER ART PRACTICES: performance, video, installation, sculpture, painting, new media, sound and other

2) ORGANISATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, CURATORS, GALLERIES etc. that have engaged in the past or intend to engage with ‘queer’ aesthetics, theoretical and/or political endeavours in their exhibition and curatorial process.

MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/169674276552141/

STORM IN A TEACUP collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2013 and beyond and always looking to collaborate – so contact us  if you would like to get involved.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com

SEPTEMBER

September-October || TATE Modern “Identity Politics” @ TATE Modern. Level 3: Room 8, The Peter Simon Gallery. This display brings together a group of artists who, emerging in the late 1980s and early 1990s, were concerned to highlight issues of inequality and identity politics in their work. Based in New York, these artists often exhibited together.  The works in this display address some of the key issues around identity and politics in the United States at that time, including racism, the AIDS crisis, feminism and economic inequalities.                                                                                                                               MORE INFO:  http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/display/identity-politics

5-28 September || Collagism: Free Pussy Riot @ The Vestibule, E2 7DJ Collagism and friends present an exhibition of collaged screen prints in support of Freedom for Pussy Riot. Private View Thursday 5th September 6pm – 9pm       MORE INFO: www.collagism.com

7 September || East London Fawcett – Exhibition Tour and Artists Talk @ Richard Saltoun Gallery, 11 Great Tichfield Street, W1W 6RY. ELF members are invited on a tour of Richard Saltoun Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition of the work of Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence. The tour will be accompanied by an exclusive talk from Spence’s long term collaborator Terry Dennett. The exhibition brings together important and rarely seen feminist work from the 70s and 80s. Active at a time when women artists were underrepresented in the art world, Hunter and Spence used their work to act out personal traumas and shift gender assumptions and cultural stereotypes.  To register for this free event please email events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk   MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

8 September || International Day Against Russian Homophobia/Transphobia London Protest @ Trafalgar Square As part of the International Day Of Solidarity for Global LGBT Equality some 40 cities around the world will be speaking out against Article 6.13.1, the anti-LGBT laws in Russia. In London we invite you to gather from 5.30pm in Trafalgar Square for one lovely great big Queer Kiss at 6pm!                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/702719909754237/

8 September || York Lesbian Arts Festival 2013 @ Merchant Taylors Hall, Aldwark, York. Promoting lesbian and GBTQ arts – music, performance, reading, writing and visual arts both from the UK and overseas.                               MORE INFO:  www.yorklesbianartsfestival2013.co.uk

10 September || Shoreditch Sisters – Knit & Natter @ Leon, Spitalfields Market. Join the Shoreditch Sisters (WI) for a lovely evening of knitting and chatting as the seasons begin to turn. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you can already knit or not, or if you are a member of Shoreditch Sisters WI or not.This month we will be encouraging people to join in on knitting adorable little hats for the Innocent Big Knit. This year is their 10th anniversary and they have raised over £1 million for Age UK since they started the campaign. For every bottle they sell with a little hat on they donate 25p to Age UK, which funds a range of winter initiatives including home visits, befriending and lunch clubs.                                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/191251244381126/

11 September || She Grrrowls Spoken Word Launch Party @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. 7.30pm, £5.00 SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: POLITICS.HOSTED BY JOELLE TAYLOR, COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI, POETRY FROM AISLING FAHEY AND MOMINA MELA, MUSIC FROM SUNSHINE IN MAE                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/331862040280233/

11 September || Boi Box Launch @ Candy Bar, Soho.  Back once again with the renegade Drag King. Its a live performance night for anyone who loves a bit of variety Cabaret, and if you’re up for it you can join in too! Variety of Drag King performances!                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/201639350012314/

12 September || Under Her Skin @ Atomica Gallery,  E8 2BT  Atomica Gallery is delighted to announce their first exhibition of original artwork: Under Her Skin, in association with Things&Ink, the magazine embracing female tattoo culture. Celebrating the magazine’s first anniversary and launch of the new issue The Art Issue, the exhibition is curated by Things&Ink and will include work from twelve female tattoo artists.                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/401850659926963/

14 September || Lets Start a Pussy Riot workshop @ Festival Number 6, Wales. Tim Peakes Diner – Timings TBC.                                                                                   MORE INFO: http://www.festivalnumber6.com/

14 September || East London Fawcett: All Women Mentoring – Training for Mentors @ 111 Great Tichfield Street, W11 6RY. 10am – 4.30pm.There are 2 final places remaining for prospective mentors at the next training session, which takes place in a private space in Bethnal Green on Saturday 14th September.  If you are interested in receiving this training and joining our group of mentors, please apply online a thttp://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/mentor.html.                                                         MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

14 September || CUNTemporary arts CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Queer Archive Italy. Deadline 14th September.NATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR        1) QUEER ART PRACTICES: performance, video, installation, sculpture, painting, new media, sound and other                                                                                        2) ORGANISATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, CURATORS, GALLERIES etc. that have engaged in the past or intend to engage with ‘queer’ aesthetics, theoretical and/or political endeavours in their exhibition and curatorial process.                   MORE INFO: http://cuntemporary.org/

14 September || Club Debbie @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. 10pm – 3.00am. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Wonder Women. Love, Pop, Power. This Saturday September 14th we celebrate the music of STEVIE NICKS and FLEETWOOD MAC. Dress Code: Gypsy, Ancient Queen, Sister of the Moon, Black Widow, White Winged Dove, Gold Dust Woman. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/284003491742718/

14 September || Twat Boutique Warehouse party @ Netil House, E8 3RL. East London club for Queers and friends. DJs:THE KILLS, ZEBRA KATZ (live), SULK, Julie Chance /KOOL THING. 10pm onwards. £10.00                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/508613635881445/

19 September || T-Club is Olympiad @ Dalston Superstore. 9PM – 2.30am  T Club is for trans, drag kings, gender queers and everyone in between! THEME: SPORTS. DJs: HUG THE DJ, CHEEKYHALF, WESTLAKE. PERFORMANCE: ADAM ALL. PHOTOGRAPHS: OSKAR MARCHOCK. SCREENING:PERSONAL BEST                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/139452322932016/

20 September || ‘FiLia’ Fundraiser Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five,  SE11 4PS. Feminism in London and Space Station Sixty-Five present an extraordinary fundraising event and exhibition celebrating art by women. A diverse range of artists will be showcased, from prominent professionals, to women in prison, to women emerging from vulnerable backgrounds. Painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and performance art will all be featured. Opening event and auction: 20 September, 6.30-8.30pm. Recommended donation: £5 Exhibition runs: 21 Sept, 12-6pm                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/649604381726030/

20 September || Traumfrau The Equality Dance Party @ The Blind Tiger, Brighton. Queer dance party. It’s the end of a summer of great debates and historical achievements. But are they? And who is equality for? We want the chance to dance off our disagreements to some fine tunes. Tickets on the door £6.Tickets online £5 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/238078           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/712463722103857/?ref=2

21 September || Unskinny Bop @ Star of Bethnal Green. 9pm onwards. Disco dancing opportunities for girls, gays and misfits. After two years away the Bop returns to 359 Bethnal Green Road, where we spent seven dreamy years. Come welcome us home, dance yrself silly, and get a free badge or zine or cake or all three! Bring smiles and come early to be sure of getting in.£5 on the door (£3 before 10 pm / concessions)                                                                                        FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/419088184866501/

21 September || Nottingham Women’s Conference @ The Atrium, Nottingham. Nottingham Feminist Action Network (NFAN) announces ‘Nottingham Women’s Conference’, a women only event, to be held on Saturday 21st September 2013. The conference aims to focus on the key issues that face women today. The three main themes of the conference are the objectification of women, violence against women and girls, and women, poverty and power. MORE INFO:http://nottinghamwomensconference.wordpress.com/

21 September || Clit Rock III: Rise of the Clitarcy @ Cowely Club, Brighton. 8pm. £4.00 donation. Clit Rock returns to the Cowley Club for more lashings of riot grrrl. This time featuring: Husbands n Knives, DRAG (Dressed As Girl, Hate Fuck, Esme Lila Sarfas Fundraiser for Daughters of Eve – Anti FGM campaign (http://www.dofeve.org/)                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/386359694819905

29 September || Young Marble Giants @ Union Chapel, London. JULIE TIPPEX PRESENTS… YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS + support: THE LOVELY EGGS. Twenty-nine years after its release, Young Marble Giants’ legendary ‘Colossal Youth’ (Rough Trade, recorded in 1980 in five days and mixed in 20 minutes) remains a landmark in post-punk music, an enigma of its own, acclaimed by musicians and audience over the years.                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/366678683451613/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                                     Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                         Feminist Arts Collective                                                                         http://joinourteaparty.org

Festival Number 6 || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot – Workshop

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Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales

Next weekend Lets Start a Pussy Riot have been invited by Tim Burgess (of The Charlatans fame) to run a workshop at Tim Peakes Diner part of Festival Number 6. in Portmeirion, Wales on Saturday 14th of September. Exact timings to be confirmed. Jade French from Lets Start a Pussy Riot will be representing our collective and delivering the workshop.

Lets Start a Pussy Riot are also currently organising a University Tour, where we will be visiting Universities in the UK to deliver workshops, seminars and events. More details to be announced in October.

To keep up with all the latest news on Pussy Riot please visit; Freepussyriot.org

BUY THE BOOK @ ROUGH TRADE RECORDS

She Grrrowls Spoken Word – Launch Party

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The official launch of She Grrrowls Spoken Word! 

Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm

SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: POLITICS.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/331862040280233/

HOSTED BY JOELLE TAYLOR

COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI

POETRY FROM AISLING FAHEY AND MOMINA MELA

MUSIC FROM SUNSHINE IN MAE

Just £5! All ticket sales go towards the payment of artists and producers with an even door split.

The Gallery Cafe is part of St Margaret’s House which supports the local community in a variety of ways and allows free hire for events. – www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk

Future events will take place every first Wednesday of the month from October 2013.

Follow us on Twitter: @shegrrrowls

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JOELLE TAYLOR

Joelle Taylor is a professional spoken word artist, published poet and playwright, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships administered by the Poetry Society. Her new poetry collection Ska Tissue was released in June 2011.

“As addictive as the most uncensored gossip. Thrilling.”

– The Stage

“Every second is crammed with dense dazzling word pictures.”

– Time Out

www.joelletaylordotorg.wordpress.com

MOMINA MELA

Momina Mela is a Pakistani poet from Lahore, based in London, studying BA English from Goldsmiths. She has been published in magazines and journals such as Astronaut Zine and Thrice Fiction Magazine. Momina has performed in various spoken word events such as Poetry Unplugged and is a poetry workshop facilitator. Her work mainly centres around cultural identity and urban life.

www.twitter.comMominaMela

BISHA ALI

Currently a semi-finalist for the Funny Women Award 2013 – the competition is on going. Bisha Ali also completed the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. She wowed us at the pilot for She Grrrowls as part of IYAF in Kingston, so we had to have her back!

“Bisha was fantastic – can she do another set please?”

– Audience member at She Grrrowls festival pilot at IYAF.

www.bishaka.com

AISLING FAHEY

Aisling Fahey is a poet who has performed in various locations across England and America. She is winner of the London Teenage Senior Slam and Slambassadors UK, run in association with the poetry society. She is also a member of the Burn After Reading collective and has run workshops in secondary schools throughout London.

“Talented, outstanding, original.”

“Different turns, everyday happenings, and objects on their heads – transforming them with her unique viewpoint.”

www.twitter.com/_AislingF

SUNSHINE IN MAE

Sula Mae is a singer-songwriter based in London. Sula Mae’s resonant songs tell of living, loving and longing. Up until 2010, Sula Mae would perform with a deliberately naive keyboard playing style, but then met George Deane, a classically trained guitarist, at university. Their music, like their friendship, has grown and flourished. Today, Sula Mae has gathered around her a small eclectic group of musicians, becoming ‘Sunshine in Mae’. Her clear intention ultimately is to fully follow her passion and take her band on the road full time.

“Sula Mae always performs great, catchy songs and melodies and has become a firm favourite at all of our nights.”

– Zaid Joseph, Zarathustras Live Events

www.sulamaemusic.com

SHE GRRROWLS INFO: http://shegrrrowls.tumblr.com/

East London Fawcett – Training for Mentors

All Women Mentoring ElfAll Women Mentoring – training for mentors

Saturday 14th September: 10am-4:30pm

111 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 6RY

There are 2 final places remaining for prospective mentors at the next training session, which takes place in a private space in Bethnal Green on Saturday 14th September.

Do you have time once a month that you would like to spend speaking to another woman about how she can move towards her hopes and aspirations? If so, you may be interested in the All Women Mentoring programme, which is run by women for women, particularly those that find themselves in a new working or cultural environment. For example, women refugees and those who are the first members of their families to go to University.

More information on the All Women Mentoring scheme can be found hereand please scroll down to find out about the next training session for prospective mentors and to register.

If you are interested in receiving this training and joining our group of mentors, please apply online athttp://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/mentor.html.

ELF is recruiting for the following:

Group Coordinator : coordinating the team, meetings and ELF updates

Sports Campaign Manager: after 2 successful events and press interest, would you like to take the lead on a campaign around women and sport?

Please also get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in campaigns for Politics, Heartbreak Launderette, Are Men Doing It?, Art or Sport. Do get in touch if you have any other ideas.

MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/mentoring.html

CUNTemporary Arts | Call for Submissions for Queer Archive Italy

Cuntemporary arts
OPEN CALL: QUEER ARCHIVE ITALY
DEADLINE 14 SEPTEMBER 2013

NATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR
1) QUEER ART PRACTICES: performance, video, installation, sculpture, painting, new media, sound and other
2) ORGANISATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, CURATORS, GALLERIES etc. that have engaged in the past or intend to engage with ‘queer’ aesthetics, theoretical and/or political endeavours in their exhibition and curatorial process.

CUNTemporary, a non-profit London-based organisation that creates and curates artistic and cultural feminist-queer events, has been invited to make a contribution and participate in the ArtVerona contemporary art fair (Italy) as part of the fair’s Independents section during the period 10-14 October 2013. As the curator Cristiano Seganfreddo explains, the selected ‘Independents’ find themselves “out of the schemes that we already know” and as the subjects characterised by “will, passion and vision”. It is with this will, passion, and vision that CUNTemporary intends to give rise to the “Queer Archive Italy”, an alive, dynamic, up-to-date platform on queer Italian artistic, theoretical, and political engagements. The project will live a double reality: a virtual one (in a form of an online, web-based platform) and a physical one, within the space that has been dedicated to us at the Verona art fair.

Although cognisant of numerous challenges that any attempt to define the term ‘queer’ poses, we draw on the queer theorist Elizabeth Freeman’s articulation of “queer” to define it as “a set of possibilities produced out of temporal and historical difference’”, which as such represents that which “has not entered the historical records, and what is not yet culturally legible … often encountered in embodied, nonrational forms…” (Freeman, GLQ, 13, 2007: 159). It is indeed The Queer Archive Italy’s desire to comprehend and elaborate these non-normative logics and organisations in relation to the concepts of community, sexual identity, embodiment, and activity in space and time (J. Halberstam, In a queer time and place, 2005: 6).

The project aims to produce, over the course of four days of the exhibition, spatial and temporal conditions for the possibility of an unconstrained emergence of Italian and queer artistic realities, which will involve (but will not be limited to) a discussion of the current and evolving projects, their on-going potentials as well as struggles. In order to participate in the Italian queer archive making, whether via the online platform or at the fair itself, it is not necessary to have exclusively dealt with queer themes but it is sufficient to have touched them during one’s artistic/curatorial/exhibitive career.

Those who will be selected from the open call (together with the ones that will be invited by the organisation) will be part of the Queer Archive Italy, which has an online presence. Then these will also be able to candidate themselves for exhibiting their works during the art fair in order to talk about their projects or to realise performances, workshops and other activities in ArtVerona.

In order to send your application to the Queer Archive Italy please send an e-mail to info@cuntemporary.org with the following information:
– NAME of the artist/group or organisation/institution/curator/space
– place of birth
– address
– e-mail
– an IMAGE that represents the artist/work/organisation/institution/curator/space
– website/blog or other online links
– PDF portfolio or a document that illustrates the work or the activity that one wants to present for the Queer Archive Italy (*compulsory in the case there is no online presence)

In order to apply for a project to be held at Independents, in the physical space of ArtVerona, please include, apart from the information above requested, also the following details:
– Project for ArtVerona
– Necessary time (also include the time for rehearsals, if needed)
– Technical necessities
– Provenience of the artist/work

For further information or questions please contact the curator Giulia Casalini giulia.casalini@cuntemporary.org

The application is not restricted to the Italian “citizens” but it is open to anyone who lives and works in Italy, as well as to those who have worked there in the past or that have upcoming projects for the Italian territory.

Please send your application by Saturday 14th of September 2013. The results of the selection will be revealed in the following seven days.

Please forward this national Open Call as far as you can!

For more information on Independents visit the website: http://independents.artverona.it/
For further information on CUNTemporary visit our website:http://cuntemporary.org/