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SIATC *UPDATE* MAY 2014

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Dear Teacups,

Tis the merry month of May and this month we are particularly excited about the national cinematic release of “The Punk Singer: the story of Kathleen Hanna” on May 23rd. Kathleen will be attending Q&A sessions in London at preview screenings hosted at the ICA (and Julie Ruin are also playing a sold out show on Thurs 22nd of May at The Dome, Tuffnell Park) and Siri Anderson will also be doing a live Q&A via Skype at the Rich Mix screening.  Find out where the screenings are being held across the UK in the listings below!

This month, don’t miss two fantastic self publishing events; The London Radical Book Fayre & Alternative Press Takeover at Bishopsgate Institute on the 10th of May and DIY cultures event at Rich Mix on 25th of May –  both boasting great lineup of exhibitors and workshops, there will be some great DIY feminist publishers there – so come along and be inspired!

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their book tour – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk and discussion at Central St. Martins on the 12th of May. We look forward to seeing you there! Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol and we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

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           WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

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. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. 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

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmail.com

COMING UP IN MAY

May – June || The Punk Singer, a film about Kathleen Hanna | Screenings across the UK Kathleen Hanna, will be in London for two very special Q&A screenings of The Punk Singer. If you are not London based, don’t fret- there are lots of events happening up and down the country coinciding with the cinema release- full listings below. The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on May 23rd, we are really excited to hear that Kathleen will be attending a Q&A session following special preview screenings of the film at the Curzon Soho on 13th May at 6.30pm, hosted by Lauren Laverne, or at the ICA cinema on 14th May at 6.45pm. Director- Siri Anderson will be doing a Skype Q&A for the screening at Rich Mix on Thursday 15th of May.

Synopsis:  Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews, The Punk Singer tells the story of Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. Kathleen Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became the most famously outspoken feminist icons in music.

BOOK TICKETS: Dogwoof.com/thepunksinger

MORE INFO:  Dogwoof.com/thepunksinger

National screenings;

Friday 09 May

Derby – Derby Quad – Derby Film Festival

Tuesday 13 May

London – Curzon Soho

Sheffield – Showroom – Preview

Wednesday 14 May

London – ICA

Thursday 15 May

London – Rich Mix – DocHouse Preview

Friday 23 May

London – ICA

Bristol – Cube Cinema

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Saturday 24 May

London – ICA

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Sunday 25 May

London – ICA

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Monday 26 May

Bristol – Cube Cinema

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Tuesday 27 May

Bristol – Cube Cinema

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Wednesday 28 May

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Thursday 29 May

Dublin – Ifi

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

Friday 30 May

Cardiff – Chapter

Saturday 31 May

London – Rio Cinema

Cardiff – Chapter

Monday 02 June

Cardiff – Chapter

Tuesday 03 June

Cardiff – Chapter

Wednesday 04 June

Cardiff – Chapter

Thursday 05 June

Cardiff – Chapter

Leeds – Hyde Park Picture House

Monday 16 June

London – Riverside Studios

Thursday 26 June

Staffordshire – Stoke Film Theatre

1-31 May || W*NK: Erotic art exhibition by Sophie Crow @ Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, Hoxton, London. Coming just in time for International Masturbation Month, artist Sophie Crow’s début London exhibition of drawings, W*NK, features frank and erotic illustrations of women’s most intimate moments garnered from real life experiences. Men must be accompanied by a woman, except on Tuesday evenings.                                             Opening night: 1st May 6pm – 8pm.                                                                                   Exhibition continues until 31st May. Opening times: Mon-Sun 12pm-8pm  MORE INFO:www.sophiecrow.tumblr.com

8 May – 7 June || Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze @ Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland. Opening night; Thurs 8th May from 7pm-9pm. Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze will feature work from a number of emerging artists based in Cork and London. Their work will engage with themes such as identity construction online and alter egos; consumerism; the body as capital; fragmentation of self; teenage obsession; and how the internet can provide a positive alternative to male-dominated areas of artistic tradition. MORE INFO:  http://bunnycollective.com/                  FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/423417864469849/

10 May || The London Radical Book Fayre & Alternative Press Takeover @ Bishopsgate Institute, London. Radical booksellers and publishers / comics and zine makers / artists and activists / book fair / small press fair / exhibitions / talks / workshops / book awards. In the first event of its kind, AP will be bringing the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and bookselling. Spread across three floors, artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints. MORE INFO:www.alternativepress.org.uk   FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/257491244425198/?

12 May || Fans of Feminism @ Cass School of Art and Architecture. Panel Discussion: Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design Fans of Feminism invite you to discuss: Fighting the art establishment or creating a new one: How can we achieve equality?’ The art establishment in Britain is a hostile environment for under represented artists. Despite encouraging statistics showing a gradual rise in the number of women artists showing in galleries, we are by no means near achieving equality. This panel seeks to tackle some of the issues that women and other under represented artists face, and discuss what we can do to drive change.An interactive discussion With Panelists: Dr Mo Throp, Helena Reckitt, Martina Mullaney, Phoebe Collings-James and Maria Kheirkhah. 17:30 -21:00pm                                                                                                        MORE INFO:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Feminism/305108512965710

12-19 May || Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring her Pussy and little else! @ Soho Theatre, Dean Street. Time Out recommends: In 2013 Adrienne Truscott’s Foster’s Panel Prize-winning political, satirical and experimental solo show got the Fringe set talking. Now she’s taking over Soho Theatre for a 19-date run of her acclaimed part-stand-up, part-performance and part lecture. Rape culture apologists Todd Aiken and Daniel Tosh don’t escape Truscott’s logical and belly achingly funny social commentary on laws surrounding date rape and the controversial ‘what were you wearing’ argument. Truscott is fearless in her commentary on the prevalence of rape joke culture, it’s set to pop music, and oh yeah, she’s starkers from the waist down and ankles up. £10-£17.50                       MORE INFO: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/adrienne-truscottandrsquo-s-asking-for-it-a-one-la/

16 May – 13 July || Cherchez La Femme @ SPACE gallery, London. There exists a rich history of radical, pioneering feminist video collectives in France that is largely unknown to Anglophone audiences. These activists produced videos at a time when society did not expect women to embrace technology, and by sharing sources, equipment, technical skills, common goals and interests they strove to produce new representations of female behaviour.  The videos in this presentation are just a small selection of the hundreds in the collection of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir,and they are meant to introduce marginalized forms of feminist organisations in France and to look for the women who resisted normativity by creating their own identities. Open weekdays 10am – 5pm / Weekend Midday – 6pm                                                     PREVIEW EVENT: 15 May 6-9pm                                                               MORE INFO:http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/cherchez-la-femme

16 May || Women’s Spaces and Feminist Politics- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow @ Queen Mary University of London. This one-day conference will explore the role of women’s spaces in feminist politics, focusing on women’s centres and other women’s spaces in the past, present and future. During the past decade a new generation of feminists has started to campaign against the objectification of women in the media, the expansion of pornography, sexism in the workplace and on the street, the lack of representation of women in public life and the sexualisation of young children. This new generation of feminists is largely organized via social media rather than in physical spaces. Admission: £38.00. 9.30am-5.00pm.                                               MORE INFO:http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/newsevents/events/126674.pdf

16 May || What the Frock! 2nd Birthday Party @ The Maurentania, Bristol. Join Bristol’s award-winning all-female comedy night as they celebrate their second birthday, with a night of fabulous comedy. With Cerys Nelmes at the helm all night, the team welcome back the return of the larger than life Jayde Adams to the headline spot, as well as cabaret from Ada Campe and stand-up from Hatty Ashdown. There is also a star prize raffle. Tickets: £12 adv, £15 on door. TICKETS:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/265802

17 May || Rosie Wilby ‘Nineties Woman’ @ Watershed, Bristol. Award-winning performer Rosie Wilby uses live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photos to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens. Against a backdrop of John Major and riot grrrl she tells a ‘hilarious adventure story involving a blurring of personal and political history grounded by a good dose of twenty-first century cynicism’ (The F-Word). In association with What The Frock! Comedy and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.Tickets £7.00.                                       TICKETS:  http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/4744/rosie-wilby-nineties-woman/

17 May || Sally Heathcote ‘Suffragette’ singing @ Gosh Comics, London. Time Out recommends;  In the 1990s graphic novels were at the helm of the riot grrrl movement, and have provided a medium for gender commentary that’s prolific today. ‘Sally Heathcote, Suffragette’ is a beautifully illustrated but cruelly insightful chronicle of the loyalty, courage and feminist militancy ingrained in the campaign for suffrage including the rallies on the streets and debilitating hunger strikes. Mary and Bryan Talbot and illustrator Kate Charlesworth will be signing copies of ‘Sally Heathcote, Suffragette’ at Gosh! Comics. MORE INFO:http://www.goshlondon.com/2014/04/sally-heathcote-suffragette-signing/

17 May || Bitter Women: Gals who like real ale and craft beers @ The Craft Beer Pub, EC1N 7TR. Hello and welcome to BITTER WOMEN a Real Ale social group for women who like Real Ale and Craft Beer.  We gather upstairs from 6pm (nice early start for an early finish!) to sample the beer and enjoy friendly banter, good conversation, meeting of minds and sharing of friendships. Come join us, bring friends and have an amazing social with gals who love real ale.                                                                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/239472816256650/

17 May || Unskinny Bop @ The Star of Bethnal Green.Party times in Bethnal Green for all kindsa misfitz, fagz, fatz, freakz & wallflowerz. £5 on the door / £3 before 10.30 and concessions. Deets including exciting playlists for your aural pleasure at. 9.30pm – 2.00am                                                                           MORE INFO:   http://www.unskinnybop.co.uk/                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506466329581319/

18 May || T-Club is Sunday Best @ Dalston Superstore, London.The T club is a safe and inclusive night for transgender, genderqueer and anyone in between. DJs Bamboo Herman, Uncle Stan. Performance: Jai Bernarde. Screening: Paris is Burning. Photographs: Paul Grace. Every third Sunday.              FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/689722421074679/

19 May || She Grrrowls: Lost & Found @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, London. She Grrrowls showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Lost and Found. Every third Monday of the month. Guest hosted by Leanne Moden, Poetry by Sabrina Mahfouz and Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, Comedy by Mia Lane, Music by Mama Tokus. Just £5 on the door, £4 when booked in advance online. 7.30pm MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/SheGrrrowls                            FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/568507323257302/

22 May || HOMETRUTHS Conference 2014 ‘Womb to Womanhood’ @ The Meadow, Swindon, Wiltshire. HOMETRUTHS is an independent, community based specialist service for survivors of domestic violence and abuse aged 16+ living in Swindon and Wiltshire, who have experienced domestic violence and abuse including stalking and harassment from partners or ex-partners. This is our 2nd Conference and we are pleased to welcome presentations from local and national speakers, looking at the impact of domestic abuse on women and their children MORE INFO:http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/hometruths-conference-2014-womb-to-womanhood-swindon/

25 May || DIY Cultures 2014 @ Rich Mix, London. 2nd Edition of DIY Cultures – A day-long festival of zines, artist books, comics, artists-run spaces, talks, films, animation, poetry, video art, exhibition, workshops – the spirit of independence, autonomy & alternatives. Programmes of events including talks on mental health, prison creative and solidarity networks, fashion industry. For full list of workshop and exhibitors please see facebook event. 12.00pm – 7.30pm FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/1452959404937771/

25 May || Laughing Cows Comedy @ The Frog & Bucket, Manchester. Laughing Cows hosted by Kerry Leigh with Jo Enright, (Lab Rats / Ideal / The Job Lot) Jenny Ross (The Sunday Show) and Hawkeye & Windy. 7.00pm. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/729850423711694/

Coming up in June

10–11 June || Thinking Afresh – Feminism and Youth Work @ Hinsley Hall, Leeds. The fourth ‘Youth and Policy’ Thinking Seriously conference will be a women only event focusing on the subject of feminism and youth work. The 2014 conference, Thinking Afresh: feminism and youth work, will give particular emphasis to current issues of gender inequality and difference as they impact upon girls and young women and female youth workers. It will seek to develop a critical feminist understanding of current policy agendas and the particular professional specialisms associated with work with girls and young women.                                                                                                       MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/thinking-afresh-feminism-and-youth-work/

Over and Out,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* APRIL 2014

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Dear Teacups,

After a mad March with a full calendar of feminist events – April seems a lot calmer in comparison. Still lots happening across the country! 30th of March until 5th of April is Anti-Street Harassment week. Rape Crisis South London are asking everyone in the UK to take a photo next to a landmark alongside a message of support for loving our streets but hating street harassment. Please post your photos on the Facebook event, and find out more about this International campaign here.

This month, don’t miss Clit Rock 4 on Friday 4th April at Underbelly, Hoxton Square. An annual music event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. A celebration of women who rock, including live bands; Dana Jade, Blindness, and Big Joanie.

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their book tour with dates at Central St.Martins coming up – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk and discussion at The Feminist Library on the 26th of April. We look forward to seeing you there! Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol and we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

The latest on Pussy Riot. Nadia and Masha made an appearance at the UN general assembly talking about the Ukraine crisis. Last month -the original Pussy Riot collective announced e that they consider Nadia and Masha no longer members of the collective. This announcement came just before Nadia and Masha made an appearance at an Amnesty International gig along side Madonna in New York. Nadia and Masha have since returned to Russia and made news headlines when they were arrested numerous times for staging performances around Sochi and the Olympics. They released a new music video “Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland” with footage of them being whipped and beaten by Russian Cossack police. For a balanced and reflective view on the Pussy Riot collective split please read this article posted on The Feminist Times “Pussy Riot split confusion: cultural action always has blurred lines.” My personal view is optimistic and I support both groups in their activism going forward.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

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 WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:

Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too

Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page

Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

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. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

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

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmail.com

COMING UP IN APRIL 2014

30 March – 5 April || International Anti-Street Harassment Week @ Worldwide. Organised by Rape Crisis South London. As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (30th March – 5th of April 2014), we are asking anyone who wants to help end street harassment to take a photo of one of London’s many stunning landmarks alongside a message of support for loving London streets but hating street harassment. We have an event on Facebook where you can post your photos: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405046029753784/                                            MORE INFOhttp://www.meetusonthestreet.org/

26 March – 16 April || Expectation by Maddie McGowan & Talia Ranall @ Studio Theatre, Roundhouse, London. Part of Circusfest 2014. Circus performance meets spoken word in a beautiful and surreal journey that delves into what it means to be a woman. Performed by aerialist Maddie McGowan and writer Talia Randall, Expectation is a 20 minute immersive performance in which the audience is called upon to look, judge, laugh and celebrate the different faces of femininity. Join them as they build, push and squeeze The Perfect Woman until she falls flat on her face and disappears. 7pm. MORE INFO: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/circusfest-2014/expectation/

2 April || Spring Cleaning @ Power lunches, London. LIVE BANDS: TRASH KIT , My Therapist Says Hot DamnTilted Acres, Black Fungus. 8pm FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/589617804455703/

2 April || Birmingham Fems @ Cafe Blend, Birmingham. Craft feminist banner making. Calling beginners, experts, and women in between, to join us for an evening of fabric, felt and wool crafts. Birmingham Fems have at least 2 bags full of supplies and some embroidery skills to share, and will also bring guides and instructions on a few different ways to make mini banners for your chosen feminist slogans. 6pm – 9pm.                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/832539780095563/

3 April || Clam Jam #9 @ Dalston Superstore, London. Ninth Spring Edition of Lesbo Fest Retreat Resort That is cLAM jAM. Get Your Sunnies, Your Bikinis and Your Sun Cream Ready Ladies, this One is Gonna Be HOT Playing: MDMX (http://soundcloud.com/mdmx), PACKIN’ C ( aka CATHAL ) (https://soundcloud.com/cathal-1) FREE ALL NIGHT                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/685823374808967/

4 April || Beyond the Sheets: Sexualities in the Age of Digital Reproduction @ Goldsmiths College, University of London. The representation of sexuality within culture has become deeply contested. Sexual imagery is ubiquitous in contemporary media, and yet writers often struggle to write convincingly about sex. The internet has democratised pornography and exotic dancing is the new jazzercise. While many are concerned about the sexualisation of childhood, others lament that adulthood is being neutered. Within this confused and pressurized atmosphere, writing about sex remains notoriously difficult and is becoming increasingly risky.This interdisciplinary conference will bring together writers and thinkers for a one-day event that includes keynote speakers, academic papers, discussion panels, performances, and all forms of creative writing.                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/257214714455564/

4 April || UWE Graduate Philosophy Conference 2014:  Feminism, Embodiment & Technology @ UWE, Bristol. Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Margrit Shildrick, Linköping University, Sweden. The aim of this conference to explore, through feminist perspectives, the philosophical, political and sociological impact of technology’s relationship to the body. Please register (registration is free) by emailing uwegraduateconference2014@gmail.com. 10am – 4.30pm                           MORE INFO: http://www.uwephilosophy.org.uk/royal-institute-of-philosophy.html

4 April || CLIT ROCK # 4 @ Underbelly, Hoxton, London. LIVE BANDS: Dana Jade, Blindness, Big Joanie. DJs; Sina Sparrow. A celebration of women who rock! Music events to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. £5.00                                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393578667568745

5 April || UK Feminista; Scotland Activist Training @ The Albany Learning & Conference Centre, Glasgow. This event is perfect for anyone organising for a world without sexism, from seasoned campaigners to those looking for confidence to get started. It’s a great opportunity for those involved in women’s and feminist groups as well as individuals to learn and share ideas and skills to make change happen. FREE                                                                           BOOK ONLINE: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/scotland-activist-refresher/

5 April || Wotever World presents; Queer Fayre @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London. Theme: Spring. A great afternoon packed with friendly customers and friends… During the day there will be music, coffee and chats..1pm – 6pm. Entry: £2                                                                                                             FACEBOOKEVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/771002999593930/

5 April || Choose Yr Own Adventure – opening night @ Redemption Bar, London W10. London’s first ever sober LGBT club night. CYOA is a queer+LGBT dance party in West London for people who want a nite out without alcohol/intoxicants. Suggest Entry: £4.00                                                              FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/634290623303608/

5 April – 23 May || Fans of Feminism present; STIR! @ Marsh Ruby restaurant, Waterloo, London. STIR! is a feminist art exhibition featuring artists are from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design)  and we are showing some good paintings, prints and mixed media art, all based around the issue of women and feminism.Come and meet the artists on Saturday 5 April 2014, 1 – 4 PM,                                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1382400935371946/

8 April || Voice for Choice: The demonising of women’s choices: how should we respond to attacks on reproductive rights? @ Lift, Islington, London. 6.30pm – 9.00pm. You are invited to join us for an evening of conversation about current ethical debates and political challenges in the field of abortion law and access. This meeting is aimed at people who identify themselves as pro-choice including: academics, activists, advocates, feminists and journalists.                                                                                                                              MORE INFO: http://demonisingwomenschoices.eventbrite.co.uk

9 April || Red Balloon Music & Shatterjapan present; De Looze and The Witch Hunt @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester. DELOOZE from London and THE WITCH HUNT from Leeds will co-headline at THE CASTLE HOTEL MANCHESTER, with special guests FACTORY ACTS and CHERIE BEBE. This is a special preview show to promote the 2-dayECLECTICA event due to be held on 2-3 August at Kraak Manchester to launch the new ECLECTICA PROJECT helping to showcase female talent in the industries.  7pm. £5 advanced. £7 on the door.                                                                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: www.facebook.com/events/582552588508416

8-13 April || Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 @ Various venues including; Barbican, BFI Southbank and ICA. The Festival will also feature UK premieres, cutting edge features, insightful personal documentaries, live music, silent film and special events featuring some of the world’s leading female filmmakers and rising new talents. There will also be industry training opportunities supported by the British Council and Creative Skillset. Full programme to be announced on 8th of March. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/JlHZUH

11 April || Revisiting the Sadeian Woman – Postgraduate Conference @ Swansea University, Wales. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture.This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? CONTACT: swanseagenderconf@gmail.com

11 April || What the Frock! Comedy Awards @ Maurentania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. The all-female What The Frock! Award returns for a second year. Last year, all the places were filled within 24 hours of the competition being announced, and this year they were filled within 10 hours! This is one of only two all-female comedy awards in the UK, and is free to enter. Our compere for the evening will be Cerys Nelmes, and we will have a performance from Annabel O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2013. Tickets £10.00                                       MORE INFO: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

11-14 April || Fringe! Film Fest @ Various Venues, London. Fringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone.  From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2014 will be a signature blend of eye opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, we’ll be packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs MORE INFO: http://fringefilmfest.com/

12 April || Queer Filmmaking workshop @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London. Love queer film? Want to make a queer film but don’t have fancy equipment or know how? Have the equipment and knowledge but want to develop your skills further? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above then this workshop is for you! This two day, DIY film-making workshop will provide you with the basic skills, contacts and support necessary to make a short film. You don’t need a gazillion-pound camera, just something that shoots film – a phone, small camera, camcorder, computer…and if you don’t have any of these things, you can still turn up. The emphasis is on sharing, teamwork and making the best of the resources we do have. £10, £15 and £20 price bands.                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/511950935584176/?

12 April || Dick and Fanny – Fringe! event @ Dance Tunnel, Dalston, London. Dick and Fanny, the club night for homosexuals of all persuasions returns for its April edition on Saturday April 12th 2014 at Dance Tunnel. This time we have teamed up with our friends from Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest to host the official party Fringe! Spring Fling.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/606107792814295/

16 April || The Fawcett Society present; Story Tellers: Why Women’s fiction deserves a price @ Holt International Business School, London. A special evening event in Central London on 16 April, as part of our Fawcett+ scheme, which you can read about by clicking here.Renowned and inspirational writers will discuss the contribution of women’s fiction to writing and wider social change, and the importance of continuing to celebrate and profile this. To speak and lead the debate will be Kate Mosse OBE (international bestselling author of novels Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel and founder of the Orange Prize, now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction); and writer and campaigner Lisa Appignanesi OBE (author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including Trials of Passion to be published in April, and editor of 50 Shades of Feminism).  6.15-9.30pm. Tickets: £20                                                                                                                             TICKETShttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fawcett-story-tellers-tickets-7311772709

17 April || Feminist Whores? Exploring Feminist Debates Around Violence, Sex Work & Porn @ Middlesex University, London. The Crime and Conflict Research Centre at Middlesex University is delighted to present this year’s annual conference theme with Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh and Dr Lucy Nevill. The conference will have academic speakers, sex worker activists, and third sector practitioners speaking about these issues – we welcome everyone who is interested in exploring these issues in a respectful and engaging setting. 10:00am to 17:00pm. FREE                                                              TICKETShttp://goo.gl/SE1Lp3

17 April || Garconne – Bank Holiday Special @ Peckham, London. Garçonne brings you an eclectic mixture of talented and predominantly LGBTQ+ musicians, performers and artists to delight and inspire, plus some serious dancing fun. If you love to dance like no one’s watching, in the company of a curiously queerful crowd, then join us. £5 advance / £7 on the door             FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/612227322181025/

19 April || Unskinny Bop @ The Star of Bethnal Green, London. DIY disco for fat fagz & krispy queers now into our 11th year!!!!! Come dance to pop bohemoths, wet-the-bed sensitive indie and all the bits in between. Bring smiles, pep and heart. £5.00 on the door.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/1573529789538136/

21 April || She Grrrowls: Bodies & Beyond @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, London. She Grrrowls showcases a range of talented women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Bodies and Beyond. Every third Monday of the month.7.30pm. £5.00.                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479533438934827/

22 April || Feminist Fusion @ The Fortescue Pub, Plymouth. Feminist Fusion is an initiative in support of women’s arts and to explore feminist philosophies & politics. It runs bi-monthly, on a Tuesday night, in different venues. This month features, Poetry, Music, Politics. Donation. 6.30pm. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/600007753422805/

25-27th April || Pussy Whipped Festival @ The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh. Pussy Whipped presents a full weekend of queer/LGBTI+ and feminist underground shenanigans in the form of live music, dancing, films, workshops, poetry and performances! All designed (of course) to shit all over queerphobias and sexism with great big smiles on our faces. Decent people of all genders and sexualities welcome! Funded by Awards for All Scotland. All events are held at Wee Red Bar besides the Saturday workshops.                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/502028353250998/

26 April || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ The Feminist Library, LondonLet’s Start a Pussy Riot is a creative response founded by Free Pussy Riot, Girls Get Busy, Not So Popular and Storm In A Teacup. A collective of collectives whose aim was to bring together voices from the arts in support of Pussy Riot. “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” was published in June 2013 by Rough Trade Records. At the Feminist Library we will be discussing the story of Pussy Riot (their motives, their influence and the future of Pussy Riot), exploring the context – Russian State and the Orthodox Church, the degradation of LGBT rights in Russia and encouraging all to use the idea of “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” to create their own forms of collective activism.                                                                               MORE INFOhttps://www.facebook.com/FeministLibrary

26 April || LaDIYfest Sheffield present; LaDIY Through This @ The Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield. Celebrating twenty years since the release of Hole’s album Live Through This. We’re planning to celebrate LTT’s coming of age with a special birthday party. Expect: covers of songs from the album and by Hole’s contemporaries, DJs and dancing ,FANCY DRESS: prize for the best Courtney Love. LIVE BANDS: Annette Berlin, Hysterical Injury, Kinky, Nervous Twitch. Suggested donation £4                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475543615997850/

26 April || Bloody Icecream @ The Grosvenor, Stockwell, London. Bloody Ice Cream continues the Sarf London revolution with its sixth installment on Saturday 26th April 2014! Joining us on the night to entertain the socks off you lovely people are garage rock gang Wolf Girl, Midlands punk rockers Bad Vibes and punk rockabilly two piece Spanking Machine.              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/557945670980237/

30 April || Rights for Women training: The Asylum Process and Financial Support for Asylyum-seeking women, EC1, London. 10am – 4pm. FREE. With delivery in partnership with the Asylum Support Appeals Project, this course is a comprehensive examination of asylum support (Home Office financial subsistence and accommodation) options open to women who are seeking asylum and failed asylum seekers. Featuring practical exercises and discussion of actions support workers can take, book this course to compliment your asylum claim knowledge or as an introduction to supporting asylum-seeking women. MORE INFO: http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/training.php

COMING UP IN MAY

1-31 May || W*NK: Erotic art exhibition by Sophie Crow @ Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, Hoxton, London. Coming just in time for International Masturbation Month, artist Sophie Crow’s début London exhibition of drawings, W*NK, features frank and erotic illustrations of women’s most intimate moments garnered from real life experiences. Men must be accompanied by a woman, except on Tuesday evenings. Opening night: 1st May 6pm – 8pm. Exhibition continues until 31st May. Opening times: Mon-Sun 12pm-8pm MORE INFO: www.sophiecrow.tumblr.com

8 May – 7 June || Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze @ Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford, Ireland. Opening night; Thurs 8th May from 7pm-9pm. Bunny Collective: The Young Girl’s Gaze will feature work from a number of emerging artists based in Cork and London. Their work will engage with themes such as identity construction online and alter egos; consumerism; the body as capital; fragmentation of self; teenage obsession; and how the internet can provide a positive alternative to male-dominated areas of artistic tradition.                                                                                                                             MORE INFO:  http://bunnycollective.com/                                                      FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/423417864469849/

10 May || The London Radical Book Fayre & Alternative Press Takeover @ Bishopsgate Institute, London. Radical booksellers and publishers / comics and zine makers / artists and activists / book fair / small press fair / exhibitions / talks / workshops / book awards. In the first event of its kind, AP will be bringing the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and bookselling. Spread across three floors, artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints. MORE INFO: www.alternativepress.org.uk  FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/257491244425198/?

22 May || HOMETRUTHS Conference 2014 ‘Womb to Womanhood’ @ The Meadow, Swindon, Wiltshire. HOMETRUTHS is an independent, community based specialist service for survivors of domestic violence and abuse aged 16+ living in Swindon and Wiltshire, who have experienced domestic violence and abuse including stalking and harassment from partners or ex-partners. This is our 2nd Conference and we are pleased to welcome presentations from local and national speakers, looking at the impact of domestic abuse on women and their children MORE INFO:http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/hometruths-conference-2014-womb-to-womanhood-swindon/

Over and Out,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

The Suffragette1

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

Dear Teacups,

Its that time of the year again and looking back it’s been another landmark year for Feminism in the UK with many finally heralding the fourth wave of feminism. With campaigns like Lose the Lads Mags and No More Page 3 covered by mainstream media and opening up a debate across the country including fantastic support from UK universities. Debate and awareness around FGM has gained momentum this year and just this week GirlGuiding UK published a report on what girls think about Equality in the UK today. The report was based on a survey of more than 1,200 girls and young women aged seven to twenty one and found that sexisim is still widespread in the UK and affects “most aspects” of the lives of girls and young women. Read the full report here. If anything the report highlights the ingrained sexism in our society and how it affects our young girls – as feminists we have so much to fight for, and still a long way to go to progress the media, culture and society for all young women, no matter what background, ethnicity and sexuality. Despite all this so much progress is being made and so many more young women identify as being a feminist. Let us all keep making waves in the areas we specialise, get involved in activism on a local level and keep feminist issues in the spotlight in 2014!

In June this year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

This year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

Become a Member                                                                                                                          Follow on Twitter                                                                                                                                  Like on Facebook                                                                                                                                  Join the Mailinglist

NATIONAL

From the 25th of November until the 10th of December there are lots of local events happening across the country in support of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. 16-Days is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute conference sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Over 2,000 organizations in approximately 156 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991. This year’s theme is “Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”. There are lots of ways to get involved whether you want to go along to a local event or raise awareness within your own networks –Amnesty International have some great resources and activist toolkit available on their website. There are lots of events happening locally across the country.   Please see below a list of events for 16 Days – coming up in December. For a full Calendar of Events please visit Womensgrid

LONDON

December is normally a quiet month for our SIATC listings but there are lots of feminist friendly events happening this December. Get your Christmas presents at BUST magazine’s annual Bust Craftacular at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 8th of December, with 65 stalls of the hottest of craft and homemade with DJs. The Gender Institute at London School of Economics co-hosts the Feminist Review annual panel discussion on representations of feminism in the media on the 10th of December. Also don’t miss “NOT FOR SALE” an event at The Feminist Library on the 2nd of December exploring fighting sexism in advertising and toys with an appearance from member of the French feminist collective CCP.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED                                                      

THE FEMINIST REVIEW: Submit your papers on “The politics of austerity” Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a special issue on ‘The Politics of Austerity’. The financial and economic crises of the last four years, together with an ascendance of conservative politics, have had far-reaching material and discursive consequences in regards to deepening social and economic inequalities. As capitalism seeks to reinvent itself in order to survive a crisis of its own making, austerity politics exacerbate divides of class, gender, race, ethnicity and disability at local, regional and global levels. In this special themed issue, we invite contributions that will provide new feminist analyses of the origins, modalities and effects of this contemporary economic, political and social crisis.

PDF DOC: Please read the full Call for Papers [PDF,22KB] for details on suggested submission topics.                                                                                           DEADLINE: 15 December 2013.                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.feminist-review.com/

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

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                 WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:                                                                       Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                                                         Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                      Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.

SIGN PETITION:http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/page/s/tell-theresa-may-to-guarantee-minimum-standards-for-women-s-services-in-the-uk

MORE INFO: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100100027&sectionTitle=Istanbul+Convention

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. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. 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 been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                                    FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

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

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SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP 5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30) DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-061213#Overview

PERFORMANCE ART LAB We will explore the theme of Alice in wonderless (Franca Rame), the feminine voice, ritual and sexuality. We aim to present participants with an opportunity to create a 7 minutes solo/ duet or group performance by the end of three days of work where we will discover the body, its infant memories, fears, and understanding of gender, its playfulness and hedonistic movement. A physical approach to text and character combined with composition of movement through external and internal stimuli, to create a language of collaboration between the fields of dance and theatre, the concrete and abstract. HOW TO APPLY: anabaldas2002@yahoo.com                       DEADLINE 15th December 2013

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                                                MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. Very limited places for this event! MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

1 December – 21 December ||  Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne. A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell MORE INFO: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/inspirational-women-north-east.html

2 December || NOT FOR SALE: Fighting Sexism in Advertising and Toys @ The Feminist Library. Both the advertising and toy industries are powerful tools in the subjugation of women and shaping ideas of femininity. The former spreads the lies that women are inferior objects and commodities to be consumed, while the latter indoctrinates girls to accept roles of passivity and submission. What can be done to resist that? The Feminist Library is hosting an event with members of the French feminist collective CCP (Collectif Contre le Publisexisme – the Collective Against Sexism Through Advertising), which, since 2001, has fought against sexism in advertising and toys using a variety of tactics. The collective prioritises direct action (with sit-ins in department stores and sticker bombing poster ads, among others), and have produced two books of theory and research to back their actions. 6.30pm onwards.                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/596284507093456/

2 December || Feminisms in Scotland : Our Journey @ University of Edinburgh, Trevoit Lecture Theatre, Medical School.  Feminisms in Scotland. Our journey” . Feminism is a huge umbrella term, and one size doesn’t fit all. So what does feminism mean to individuals? How can we learn from each other? What does it mean to work in solidarity? And how do we be a movement that moves? In this evening panel discussion, co-hosted with Edinburgh University Students’ Association, we’ll hear from feminist activists sharing their experiences of feminism and campaigning. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session to explore issues raised. 6pm -8pm. FREE                 MORE INFO: http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/news-events/events/feminisms-scotland-our-journey

4 December || Martha Mosse: Body Sculpture @ Debut Contemporary, Nottinghill. Body Sculpture is an innovative performative installation lasting 2 hours. An analysis of the female form striving for perfection, the work is a feminist exploration of the lack of control women have over their own bodies in contemporary society and examines how the ideal of perfection is used to oppress, define and limit women’s individuality and personality in the 21st century. 7.30pm -10pm. MORE INFO: http://www.debutcontemporary.com/artists/martha-mosse/#.UptHY8TwnSl

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey (fashioneditoratlarge.com) and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/432015683576488/

5 December || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore, E8 2PB. Fourth “Christmas Special” Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/615583315167407

5 December ||  Fundraiser for Edinburgh Women’s Rape &  Sexual Abuse Centre, Edinburgh University.Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre is going through a massive funding crisis, has a 12 month waiting list & is at risk of losing 75% of its funding next year. On the 5th of December we are having a fundraising & awareness raising event through the Ragged University as part of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women Campaign. This will take place at Edinburgh Uni & includes a Ted style talk & a charity auction with over 50 prizes.                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.ewrasac.org.uk/

6 December || TEDx Whitehall Women -@ BAFTA, London. TEDx Whitehall Women will explore the theme ‘Invented Here’ and speakers will be invited to explore how women and girls are reshaping the future.We’ll hear from women who are innovating in business, social enterprise and government; and women who have reinvented themselves or their organisations. Participants will come away with ideas, inspiration and connections to help them in their personal and professional lives. MORE INFO: http://www.tedxwhitehallwomen.com

8 December || Bust Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green. Over 65 stalls of the very hottest in handmade. Craft Workshops and DJs! From 12.00pm- 6.00pm. £2.00 admission                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572877636115743/

10 December || Feminist Review Annual Panel: Women in the Media @ The Gender Institute, LSE. This panel will interrogate current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention. Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is Free at theguardian.com. Lola Okolosie is a writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists. Tracey Reynolds is a reader in social and policy research at London South Bank University. 6.00pm-8.00pm MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/12/20131210t1830vSZT.aspx

11 December || n.paradoxa feminist art salon @ Beaconsfield, SE11 6AY.    n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (a specialist visual arts journal, published in London: http://www.ktpress.co.uk) has started a regular monthly salon in London for women artists, writers and curators. The salon is a networking and exchange event for contemporary women artists (visual arts), writers, critics and curators who readily identify themselves with feminist art practices and would like to discuss feminist ideas, recent and/or future opportunities and art projects.TICKETS: http://www.ktpress.co.uk/salon.asp  MORE INFO: ktpress@ktpress.co.uk

12 December – 28 February || ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ @ Richard Saltoun Gallery, W1W 6RY. On the 40th anniversary of ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ – a groundbreaking show curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann in 1974 – Richard Saltoun Gallery announces a re-proposition of the original exhibition, that will reunite all the artists, in London. This is the first such reunion to commemorate the exhibition which deals with the aesthetics of desire and sexuality through travesty and drag performance. 6pm- 8pm                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/204540389730477/

14 December || Club Debbie – Lady Gaga Party @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. 10pm – 3.00pm.                                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/171793549695869

16 December || She Grrrowls: Birth :@  Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green.  SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: BIRTH HOSTED BY SOPHIA BLACKWELL,POETRY FROM SOPHIE FENELLA ROBINS AND AMY ACRE, COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI, MUSIC FROM TONIA THORNE. £5.00. 7.30pm – 10.30pm                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/532308006849864

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/305914566213768/

20 December || So Tough! So Cute! @ Waiting Room, Stoke Newington. Indiepop, Soul, Pop Punk & Girl-Groups. So Tough! So Cute! returns to London and the Waiting Room to raid the top shelf cookie jar filled with handpicked roarin’ soul sounds, arse kicking teen queens and girl-groups, jangly twee as fuck indiepop, rioting grrrls, snotty garage pop. £4.00 entry. 10pm – 4am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/418590541576352/

31 December || Traumfrau New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Phoenix, Brighton. 7:30pm Italian Folk Aperitivo – eat with the traumfrau family to welcome the new year – free Italian food and live folk music! Meanwhile: BUNTY: free vocal improv workshop – join in and be part of the show later! 9:00pm – 4:30am: A Queer Dancefloor – that’s when the serious fun begins 11.00pm -Live: Bunty. TICKETS: £7/9                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/46821043996663

31 December || Girl Germs New Year’s Eve party @ Power Lunches, E8 4AE. Bands: Shopping, My Therapist Says Hot Damn, Giant Burger, Actual Crimes. DJs: Girl Germs, Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, Vampire Sushi. 9pm -4am .£10.00 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383078671933740/

COMING UP IN JANUARY

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

Over and Out,

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

NOT FOR SALE with CCP @ The Feminist Library

CCPNOT FOR SALE – Fighting Sexism in Advertising and Toys

2nd December @ The Feminist Library

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/596284507093456/

Both the advertising and toy industries are powerful tools in the subjugation of women and shaping ideas of femininity. The former spreads the lies that women are inferior objects and commodities to be consumed, while the latter indoctrinates girls to accept roles of passivity and submission. What can be done to resist that?

The Feminist Library is hosting an event with members of the French feminist collective CCP (Collectif Contre le Publisexisme – the Collective Against Sexism Through Advertising), which, since 2001, has fought against sexism in advertising and toys using a variety of tactics. The collective prioritises direct action (with sit-ins in department stores and sticker bombing poster ads, among others), and have produced two books of theory and research to back their actions.

Join us to hear members of CCP talking about the theory and practice of their struggle.
This is an all-gender event.

http://publisexisme.samizdat.net/

6.30pm, Monday 2nd December 2013
@ The Feminist Library
5 Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7XW
020 7261 0879
Entry donations encouraged!

www.feministlibrary.co.uk

 

SIATC *UPDATE* JULY 2013

BOOKLARGE

SIATC *UPDATE* JULY 2013

Dear Teacups,

We have had an amazing year so far – so much feminist art activism happening in good ole London Town and all over the world. All of our Storm in a Teacup energies have been focused on the release of the “Lets Start a Pussy Riot”  which was released via Rough Trade records on the 24th of June. If you haven’t already got yourself a copy, you can buy it for £20.00 at any Rough Trade shop or online – all profits go directly to Pussy Riot. You can see some of our great coverage here;

GUARDIAN: http://goo.gl/sHqNc

NME: http://goo.gl/QYkkj

SPIN (USA) http://goo.gl/UHfzf

LINE OF BEST FIT: http://goo.gl/hALME

If you missed the book launch at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre you can see the full panel discussion and Pussy Riot interview here;

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

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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!  >If you’re based in London, come to Tesco’s AGM on Friday 28th June and ask shareholders to urge Tesco to #losetheladsmags! Click here for details.                                                                                                        > Tweet Tesco’s shareholders now via the Lose’ the Lads Mags website.                             For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

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 & DONATEhttp://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 eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/ 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

Underwire Festival 2013 Submissions || Female film talent wanted! UnderWire Festival is looking for short film submissions. Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers, Composers and Film Journalists can all be part of the competition to win plenty of awards. Submit here                      DEADLINE: Wednesday 31st of July                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.underwirefestival.com/

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

COMING UP IN JULY

7 July || Stand up for Women @ Garrick Theatre, Leicester Square. Fantastic comedy evening to support women’s charities at West End Theatre. With Andi Osho, Lucy Porter, Josie Long and other award-winning TV Comedians. Supporting Women’s Aid, No More Page 3, Rape Crisis. (Tickets £25/£35) MORE INFOwww.standupforwomen.org.uk                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/674101259272349/

8 July || As You Are Magazine hosts; Throwing Up Album Launch Party @ Bardens Gallery Space, 6.00pm -9.00pm. Free    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/440666622697438/

11 July || Wadjda special film screening @ Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews. New feature film due for general release on the 19th of July, written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour – the first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia and also the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. 7pm, FREE. Please RSVP nichola.jewitt@freud.com MORE INFO: https://joinourteaparty.org/2013/07/06/wadjda-special-screening/

13 July || Debbie Party @ Resistance Gallery. Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Dance-Party for Everyone. £3.00, 10PM- 3AM                 FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/357735987683220/

17 July || Bloody Ice Cream @ The Grosvenor, SW9. Live bands; Tunabunny (USA), Ethical Debating Society & My Therapist Says Hot Damn. 8pm, £5.00 on door. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/520851681295568/

18 July || T-Club is RAVE @ Dalston Superstore. DJs, photography, art and screenings.                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/491212720955456/

20 July || Dick & Fanny Summer Party @ Dance Tunnel, E8 2PB VIRGINIA (BERGHAIN / BERLIN), KIM ANH (CLUB BOOBYTRAP / LA) and SANJAY (DROP THE NEEDLE / LONDON) FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/292530977560200/

22 July || She Growwls @ Ram Jam Club, Kingston on Thames. All female lineup of spokenword & comedy. In association with IYF and The Feminist Library. 6.00pm £5.00                                                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT https://www.facebook.com/events/535620389814054/

25 July || Guided Missile Presents; Bis, Ace City Races, Ethical Debating Society @ The Lexington. Blimey! It’s BIS.. playing a rare, one-off gig for Guided Missile here in London. Support comes from Glasgow’s Ace City Racers and London’s The Ethical Debating Society.19.30pm. £11.00 FACEBOOK EVENT https://www.facebook.com/events/534136446624696/                                TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/220343

27 July || Trans Pride Brighton @ Various Venues.

Trans* March 11.30-12.30

Trans* Pride 12.00 -18.00

Trans* Frau 20.00 til late

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/121750861347304/                                 WEBSITE: http://transpridebrighton.tumblr.com/

COMING UP IN AUGUST

2-4 August || Brighton Pride, Parade and various events and club nights. Parade starts. 11am prompt from Madeira Drive on 3 Aug. Gay girls weekender event listings. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/521211627914880/                                           MORE INFO: http://brighton-pride.org/

2 August || Fanny Pack @ The Waiting Room. 90’s disco for Rebel Grrrls and Nancy Boys. 10pm-3am. £3 entry before 11:30pm, £5 after                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/558863747498864/

17 -18 August || UK Feminista Summer School 2013 @ Birmingham University Join hundreds of people from across the UK for a unique weekend of hands-on training in taking action for gender equality.  Summer School 2013 is open to all, and is perfect for seasoned campaigners and new feminists alike. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, skills or solidarity, this event is for you! MORE INFO www.ukfeminista.org.uk/event-details/summer-school-2013 FACEBOOK EVENT https://www.facebook.com/events/392276737551726/

18 -19 August || Revolution – Pussy Riot Commemoration Festival @ Islington Mill, Manchester. £12 for both days of gigs. TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/6352

SUNDAY 18 AUG headliner is SOPHIE DELILA!(www.facebook.com/SophieDelila)The high-energy London-based French performer is coming to get us in the festival mood. As well as boasting a successful solo career, Sophie has performed with NOUVELLE VAGUE (www.facebook.com/nouvellevagueofficial) and collaborated with Christophe Willem (www.facebook.com/willemofficiel), among others.

MONDAY 19 AUG headliner is PRINCESS CENTURY (aka Maya Postepski of AUSTRA/TRUST – from Toronto) making her UK DEBUT!! (www.facebook.com/princesscentury) Maya’s latest solo album Lossless (released April 2013) was inspired by the Charles Manson murders, lending a distinct intensity and creepiness to its dark synth vibes. She is currently playing to sellout crowds around the world as drummer for AUSTRA (www.austramusic.com).

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/271647546314136/

29 August || Breakfast with Apollo # 6 The Butterflies Audiovisual EP Launch @ Rattlesnake of Angel,  N1 0NY. Gloom-pop solo artist She Makes War presents the glittering launch party for the “Butterflies” Audiovisual EP, with a headline set plus the premiere screenings of all six videos from the release! 7pm  BUY TICKETS: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/224434               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/540940459302726/

She Grrrowls @ The Ram Jam Club

She Grrrowls

She Grrrowls @ The Ram Jam Club

An evening showcasing female talent, with a variety of spoken word delights. 22nd July, 6pm Buy tickets

FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/535620389814054/ In association with IYAF: http://www.iyafestival.org.uk/                                          and The Feminist Library: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/

Featuring:

TABBY FARRAR www.tabbysotherblog.tumblr.com                                      Feminism through the memories and lessons learnt of a converted glamour model, Norwich girl Tabby’s performances look at what everyone else thinks it means to be a woman today, as well as at the strange dilemmas of the modern world as a whole.

NIKKI MARRONE www.mayyourpengracethepage.blogspot.co.uk            Nikki Marrone is a published writer, performer and workshop leader from Cambridge who in 2012 took her poetry from page to stage and has been performing spoken word across the UK ever since.

A.L.MICHAELwww.almichael.com                                                                                  A.L. Michael is a novelist and creative writing workshop leader. She has a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship and is about to start an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She likes green tea, tacky jumpers and anything with a fox on it. Her debut novel ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’ was published in May by Stairwell Books.

BISHA ALIwww.bishakali.com                                                                                          Bisha Ali will be making us laugh with some comedic refreshment. Her act is fresh from the Royal Court Young Writers programme.

ROBYN-ASTRID www.robynastrid.co.uk                                                                   Providing a mixture of poetry and music, Robyn Astrid will move us with her dark words and dulcet tones. Hailing from Kingston, this local delight will end the evening.

www.shegrrrowls.tumblr.com

@shegrrrowls

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* NOVEMBER

Dear Teacups,

Last month we saw some amazing feminist action from UK Feminista at their Feminist lobby of Parliament on 24th of October. Good news for womens rights and gay rights in the US and beyond with Obama being re-elected for a second term. Plus Katja, one of the Pussy Riot three, was released on probation in October. Also good news about the future of The Women’s Library. A new home has been found at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) the downside is they will not be able to maintain the building and will be vacating the purpose built library in Aldgate in 2013. Still it’s nice to have some good news and lots more positive feminist events and actions coming up this month and we all must keep standing up and speaking out to see real, positive progress happening.

This month don’t miss the Music & Liberation exhibition.This amazing collection of zines, photos, art and music of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement from 1970-1989 and has been touring the UK this Autumn. Its final stop is London at Space Station Sixty-Five in Oval. Come along to the free opening event on the 30th November with a performance from folk legend Frankie Armstrong and a talk from Sadista Sister Jude Alderson. The exhibition runs from the 1st of December until the 13th January with a closing event featuring a documentary about Gina Birch (The Raincoats) band; The Gluts. For more info about the archive check out the Women Liberation Music Archive website.

The  Reclaim the Night women-only national march against sexual violence and for gender equality, organised annually by the London Feminist Network is happening on Saturday 24th of November from 6pm. The Feminist Library are hosting a social on Saturday 24th at 2pm with bring and buy book-sale and refreshments. East London Fawcett Group will be marching together and hosting a info stall, so get in touch with them if you want to get involved.

This month there are also some fantastic feminist film festivals coming up; Underwire Fest from the 20th – 24th November and London Feminist Film Fest at Hackney Picturehouse from 29th November until 2nd December with a selection of Feminist films and documentaries. Underwire Festival boast a full week long programme of short films shortlisted for prizes in screenwriting, directing and producing. For full programme of film showings and events please follow links below.
Underwire 2012:
http://www.underwirefestival.com/2012festival/
London Feminist Film Fest:
http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

Another date for the diary; Saturday 8th December is the first ever Queer Zine Fest London. It’s a fantastic lineup of zine distros, zine artists, workshops and much, much more. They got some great coverage in The Independent last week. For full Zinster lineup see the Facebook Event. Also in South London is a new Riot Grrl/queer night; Bloody Ice Cream on Saturday 1st December with an awesome lineup; Skinny Girl Diet, Ethical Debating Society and My Therapist Says Hot Damn. For more information see the Facebook Event.

In October Storm in a Teacup and The Girls Are.. presented a show at the Lexington for New York band The Shondes, with support from The Tuts and AmiTY. Thank you to all involved and that came along in support it was a great night, great crowd and check out The Girls Are review which features some great photos (yip I just said great three times!!!). and hopefully we might have some more fem fronted gigs on the cards in the new year. In other Storm in a Teacup news we are itching to tell you about the project that has been brewing for a few months now for Lets Start a Pussy Riot. We hope to soon be able to reveal what we have planned alongside some amazing artists, musicians and collectives. We really wanted to create a lasting legacy and impact with this project and so its well worth the wait.

East London Fawcett Group
launched their new website and continue their amazing work with the Great East London Art Audit and getting some well deserved press coverage. They have also got some great events coming up including; a discussion about Women & Sport on the 25th November, which includes a special screening Melanie Brown’s photo-film, Fighting for Peace: Kabul’s Female Boxers, the event is also a fundraiser to support female boxers in Afghanistan. Also on Saturday 24th November ELF free Artist Talk; “The role of the Artist” where artists Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi will discuss Capaldi’s new work at the Zabludowicz collection with a special emphasis on the role of the artist, and the trials and tribulations of an art education. For more information about attending these events please email: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Check out some recent press about ELF’s art audit  in Time Out and Huffington Post;
TIME OUT:
http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/09/03/is-there-equality-for-women-in-the-arts/
HUFFINGTON POST:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/23/sexism-art-world_n_2005498.html?1351008965

Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information about these events or becoming a member please check out the ELF audit website and contact East London Fawcett Group at eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news. http://joinourteaparty.org
If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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/
http://www.causes.com/causes/787323-free-pussy-riot-now-pussy-riot
LATEST NEWS: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/pussy-riot-suspects-go-on-hunger-strike/461594.html

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) Get involved with the “Great East London Art Audit” research and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/

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/

A Safe World for Women Please follow the wonderful work of this organisation, which connects grassroots organisations worldwide via:MORE INFO:http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/aware-uganda/awu-stories/2559-teddy-curran.html

Climate Rush Climate Rush seeks craftswomen of all kinds to support the campaign and help to create a beautiful future. The group meets every Thursday at 7pm, Carnaby Street.
MORE INFO: http://www.climaterush.co.uk/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

Lets Start a Pussy Riot zine open submissions
DEADLINE: Ongoing
OPEN SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
You are invited to submit a creative response in celebration and investigation of freedom of speech, feminism, Pussy Riot and our own place within democratic society. We are accepting submissions in forms of essays, poetry, short stories, investigative journalism, and letters of support. Scholarly, creative and non- fiction writing and artwork. Photos, artwork, music, lyrics. Submissions should be sent to: letsstartapussyriot@yahoo.co.uk
MORE INFO:  http://letsstartapussyriot.wordpress.com/get-involved/
FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/LETS-START-A-PUSSY-RIOT/212071305586673

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate.storminateacup2009@googlemail.com


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COMING UP NOVEMBER 2012

Ongoing || Long March to Equality Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Spanning over four hundred years, this exhibition offers the opportunity to delve into and discover “the greatest collection of women’s history in the world”.The Long March to Equality brings together for the first time some of the rarest items from the Womens Library collections.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/222482641210886/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

Ongoing || Lets Hear it for the Boys Exhibition @ The Women’s Library Let’s hear it for the boys! will showcase the men who have worked with, helped shape, and appear in The Women’s Library collections
FACEBOOK EVENT:http://www.facebook.com/events/334012556692699/
WOMENS LIBRARY: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/

15 November || T-Club @ Dalston Superstore. DJs THE LIBRARIAN, FELIX the BARBER, RICKY ALMEIDA, SHAMPAIN. Plus much more. Free. 8.30pm onwards.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/470860299625148/

16 November || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Anything goes knees up for queers & misfits. DJs play bubblegum pop, girl punk, rock&roll, soul, divas & women who ROCK.  £5 (£3 conc / flyer) 9.00pm – 2.00am. No entry after 12am.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/518692738140955/

16 November || Club Lesley @ Dalston Superstore. 9pm onwards. MDMX + MAXX DMX
BISOUX + JOHN RENAUD in the steampit basement £5 after 10.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/282585795186674/

17 November || OBJECT! Turn Your Back on Page 3 Protest @ News International HQ. 2pm. Turn Your Back on Page 3 campaign and other feminist groups, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Page 3 with a protest outside News International HQ calling for an end to sexist misrepresentations of women in our press.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/422543917805364/
MORE INFO: http://www.object.org.uk

18 November || Feminist Film Evening @ House of Brag, Kennington. 5pm onwards. Film, raffle and refreshments. Suggested donation £2 -£5 raising funds for Feminism in London’s 2013 conference.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/109419022556024/

20 – 24 November || Underwire Film Fest 2012 @ Ritzy, Brixton. Celebrating shorts by Women. Submissions for short films now open.
FULL PROGRAMME: http://www.underwirefestival.com/2012festival/
MORE INFO: http://underwirefestival.com

23 November || Giddy Up! @ The Betsey Trotwood.An alternative night for the homosexually inclined and their friends.  9pm onwards. Free.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/489027364463767/

24 November || Reclaim the Night Social @ The Feminist Library, 2pm onwards. Social gathering before the march.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/113179455510343/

24 November || Reclaim the Night March assemble @ Whitehall Place, 6pm. Join with thousands of women to shout a loud NO to rape and male violence against women and demand justice for survivors.
MORE INFO: www.reclaimthenight.org
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/275013282618165/

24 November || ELF Artist Talks “The role of the Artist” with Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi @  Zabludowicz Collection (Library room), NW5 3PT. 1pm. Artists Rose Gibbs and Leah Capaldi will discuss Capaldi’s new work at the Zabludowicz collection with a special emphasis on the role of the artist, and the trials and tribulations of an art education.RSVP to add your name to the list: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com.
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/
EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

24 November || TWAT b. presents; AUSTRA, DAM MANTLE (live), Planningtorock, Anika (DJS) plus much more. @ Victorian Volts, EC2A 3JF 10pm – 5pm £10.00.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/136562446491341/

24 November || Sister Sister @ The Victoria, Mile End. Djs include: Girls Get Busy & Not So Popular. Playing the best & biggest female fronted sounds from hip hop, UK garage, rap and r’n’b, to d’n’b & reggae.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/293329184105047/

25 November || East London Fawcett Group hosts Women & Sport discussion @ Body Studio, EC2A 3AY. With a special screening of Melanie Brown’s photo-film, Fighting for Peace: Kabul’s Female Boxers, the event is also a fundraiser to support female boxers in Afghanistan. A discussion will be led by Francesca Brown (Fair Game Campaign, Stylist Magazine), Naomi Gibson (Founder, Girls in Gloves), Margaret Pope (Director and Founder, Body Studio), Trecia-Kaye Smith (Jamaican athlete and triple jumper) and Laura Williamson (Sports Writer, The Daily Mail) . £5.00 entry (£2 unwaged) on door. RSVP to add your name to the list: eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com.EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP WEBSITE: http://elf-audit.com/upcoming-events/

29 November || Women Make Noise @ Power Lunches. LIVE: Trash Kit, Covergirl, Sisters, Woolf. Launch gig to celebrate the publication of Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to Modern. Out now on Supernova Press (special women & arts imprint of Aurora Metro)  FREE GIG! Though contributions for the bands are very welcome. Get there early as there is limited capacity.Bands start at 8pm. RSVP: rebecca@aurorametro.com
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/478924028797272/

29 November-2 December || London Feminist Film Festival @ Hackney Picturehouse. Join the mailing list by sending an email with the header “mailing list” to info@londonfeministfilmfestival.com.
FULL PROGRAMME: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/programme/
MORE INFO: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

29 November – 9 February 2012 || Donmar Warehouse presents; Julius Caesar Phyllida Lloyd directs an all-female company in Shakespeare’s raw and eternal study of power. The poster for the production shows women dressed as PUSSY RIOT. This production marks Phyllida Lloyd’s return to theatre, and to the Donmar stage, after her film The Iron Lady. Tickets on sale now, only limited tickets still available.
MORE INFO: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl153.html

30 November – 15 January 2013 | Music & Liberation: Feminist Music Making in the UK 1970-1980’s Exhibition @ Space Station Sixty Five, London. How feminists used music as an activist tool to entertain and empower women during the 1970s and 1980s. It brings together for the first time a diverse collection of women’s cultural heritage to inspire and inform contemporary audiences about the politics of music making. Come along to the opening party on Friday 30th November.
OPENING PARTY FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/121988741290913/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/196908370424852/
MORE INFO: http://music-and-liberation.tumblr.com/

30 November || Debbie @ Resistance Gallery. DEBBIE is a night of female-fronted rock, pop & indie, for gays, girls, freaks and geeks. 9.00pm onwards. Free before 10, £3 till 11, £5 after 11. Last entry 11.45 pm.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/477729758937296/


COMING UP IN DECEMBER 2012

1 December || Bloody Ice Cream launch night @ The Grosvenor, SW9. Live: Skinny Girl Diet, Ethical Debating Society, My Therapist Says Hot Damn. Plus Zines and DJs including Girl Germs spinning the best of riot grrrl/indie/90s Doors at 8.30pm, £5/£4 with a flyer. FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/527239767292154/

8 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11. Expect talks, workshops, music, art, films, exhibitions, food and stacks of queerific zines. 12.00pm – 7pm.
THE INDEPENDENT COVERAGE: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/zine-and-done-it-8300830.html
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/232251613569656/

15 December || Club Motherfu*ker Christmas Party @ Shacklewell Arms. Line up TBA
£5.00adv £7.00 on door.
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/109039439258583/?fref=ts

Over and Out,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* APRIL 2012

SIATC *UPDATE* APRIL 2012

Dear Teacups,

This month Storm in a Teacup are involved in helping raise awareness of the Russian Feminist Punk group: Pussy Riot. Three members of Pussy Riot are in jail awaiting trial with the possibility of 7 years in prison for performing their punk protest songs in an Orthodox Church. Feminist and Riot girl groups across the world are organising protests and fundraisers in support of Pussy Riot. Only last month St Petersburg passed new legislation to ban “homosexual propaganda” in a massive u-turn for gay rights in Russia. Would we be silenced if we happened to have been born Russian? Stand up in solidarity for Pussy Riot.  Grab a balaclava, your electric guitar and meet us outside the Russian Embassy on 23rd of April!

Storm in a Teacup, Girls Get Busy and Not So Popular have joined together to organise a Free Pussy Riot fundraiser on Sunday 22nd of April at The Shaklewell Arms, Dalston. An all-dayer of bands, workshops, speakers, djs, zines and loads of lovely things. Keep your eyes out for the full line up to be announced soon!

The next wave of The Great East London Art Audit is about to begin! Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information please see this blog post and contact East London Fawcett Group at eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news. http://joinourteaparty.org

If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign  or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who currently have 3 members in prison awaiting trial for a performance in an Orthodox Church. Find out how to support;
FOR LATEST NEWS:
http://freepussyriot.org/
BBC NEWS:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17366601
LONDON PROTEST:
http://www.facebook.com/events/337054436346614/
LONDON FUNDRAISER:
http://www.facebook.com/events/147284122067968/

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) launched in June 2011 and are currently looking for volunteers for “Great East London Art Audit” research. For more info info please email eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/eastlondonfawcett/

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

Homotopia Arts Friday 4th May 2012 is the deadline for this years call for artists, producers, theatre-makers, promoters for the annual Homotopia Arts festival in Liverpool in November.
MORE INFO:
http://www.homotopia.net/?p=1819

VV Collective Are you a female visual fine artist? Join VV members lounge, and sign up to their mailing-list to find out about open submissions for upcoming exhibitions.
MORE INFO:
http://wearevv.wordpress.com/members-lounge-2/
APPLY: http://wearevv.wordpress.com

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate. storminateacup2009@googlemail.com


COMING UP IN APRIL 2012

April 11 || Progress! A all-female comedy lineup @ Vauxhall Tavern. From 7.00pm
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/242730945816755/

April 12 – 15 || Fringe! Gay Film Fest @ Various venues across East London.
FACEBOOK PAGE:
http://www.facebook.com/fringefest
WEBSITE:
http://fringefilmfest.com/

April 13 || Fanny Pack | Adventures in Neon
@ The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington. From 10.00pm – 4.00am. DJs B-LOW and G-CHILD (the girls are, Girl Germs, spit., She Runs With Wolves, Ladyfest Ten, Now That’s What I Call A Clubnight)
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/277884668956605/

April 13 – 21 || Facing You Exhibition part of Fringe! Film Fest. Facing You brings together five London-based photographers whose work exploresthe notion of queer alongside gender in terms of identity and lifestyle
Opening Times:
7am – 6pm
Private View:
12th April 7pm
Panel Discussion:
15th April 5.30 – 7pm
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/271890402889780/

April 14 || The Most Cake & London Roller Girls present;  Girl Gang Trilogy – Fringe! Film Fest @ Hackney Picturehouse Put your warpaint on and join us for a screening of Katrina Del Mar’s explosive Gang Girls Trilogy, preceded by an exclusive Q&A with the London Rollergirls and screenings of heavy metal fuelled bout footage alongside the 27,000+ hit YouTube sensation, ‘Shit London Rollergirls Say’. 10.30pm -1.00am
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/296894580380782/

April 14  || Bad Reputation @ Resistance Gallery. Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks. We play bedroom dancing songs for the socially awkward and the socially awesome. We play indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits. 9pm-2am £3 entry
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/330848060298225/

April 14 || Dick & Fanny Official Fringe! Festival Party @ CAMP Basement. DJs: LAUREN FLAX (CREEP, NYC), JOSH SPARBER (NYC), BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT (DJ SET) and SUDHA (FAITHLESS). As usual they’ll be supplying you with a tasty mix of classic house and techno, hi-NRG, disco and a healthy helping of 90s dance hits. With live visuals supplied on the night by Luke Warda. £7, £6 b4 10pm, £5 for ticketholders of late night Saturday night Fringe! screenings at Rio Dalston and Hackney Picturehouse
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/280734188670069/

April 21 || East London Fawcett Gallery Tour #1 Facing You Exhibition
@ Long White Cloud Cafe, E2 8JL. From 2pm onwards
MORE INFO:
eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

April 22 || PUSSY RIOT FUNDRAISER | Girls Get Busy, Not So Popular & Storm in a Teacup present an ALL-DAYER @ The Shacklewell Arms. With bands, DJs, Zines, Workshops. Lineup TBA. £5.00 2.00pm- 12.00pm
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/147284122067968/

April 23 || FREE PUSSY RIOT PROTEST @ The Russian Embassy, London. Pull on your neon balaclava, pick up an electric guitar, get yourself down to the RUSSIAN EMBASSY to protest with these women. Meet at 6pm. Pussy Riot at 6.30pm. On the evening before their trial we will make sure that PUTIN knows women around the world are watching him. In solidarity with PUSSY RIOT. FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/337054436346614/

April 28 || STAV’Bs East London Fawcett Fundraiser From 6.30pm til late @ Fabrica, E8 4AH. Stav B’s liquor bar is delighted to announce the second installment ELF fundraiser aiming to increase awareness within gender equality and raising money for women’s charities. Donation starting from £3. tailor made cocktails, music, performances and other treats, screenings, hair salon/ cuts and styles
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/347987135242162/

April 28 || Too Cute to Puke – Female Fronted Bands – Launch Night! @ The Baby Bathouse, Stoke Newington. Chasing Girls and Too Tough! So Cute DJs. 9.00pm- 3.00am £3.00
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/389741891045449/

April 29 || The Voice of Protest – Spokenword benefit for Slutwalk London @ The Shacklewell Arms. Over 15 spoken-word artists. £5.00 from 7.00pm
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/310074289057862/

COMING UP IN MAY 2012

3-5 May || Her Noise Archive Symposium @ Tate Modern A three day event investigating feminist discourses in sound, launching with a performance and talk by Pauline Oliveros.The event marks the donation of the Her Noise Archive to University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections housed at London College of Communication, and is realised as a collaboration between CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), Electra and Tate. INFO:http://www.furtherfield.org/netbehaviour/soundgenderfeminismactivism-call-contributions

5 May || NMR#15 The Sticks, Covergirl, Chasing Girls @ Power Lunches, Dalston. 7pm onwards
FACEBOOK EVENT:
http://www.facebook.com/events/272185176175273/

Over and Out,

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

Girls Get Busy & SIATC present; SARA MARCUS

Girls Get Busy & Storm in a Teacup present; Sara Marcus – Girls to the Front

We are so excited and proud to be teaming up together to present this amazing event for the wonderful Sara Marcus.

Sara will be talking about her well renowned book ‘Girls to the Front’ and the Riot Grrrl movement, which will be followed by rousing discussion.
Merchandise will be available to purchase, and be sure to bring along your copy of GttF because Sara will be doing book signings in the last hour. The Feminist Library will have a stall selling goodies too!

“Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front is not only a historical rockument of the revolutionary 90s counterculture Riot Grrrl movement, which birthed the DIY feminist punk scene, but also a rousing inspiration for a new generation of empowered rebel girls to strap on guitars and stick it to The Man.” – Vanity Fair

FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/308799125848640/

7.30: GGB Dj’s
8.30: SARA MARCUS
9.30: Book signing + GGB Dj’s
10.30: Home time

♥ ♀ ♥ £3 on the door ♥ ♀ ♥

GIRLS TO THE FRONT
http://www.girlstothefront.com/

GIRLS GET BUSY 
http://girlsgetbusyzine.tumblr.com/

STORM IN A TEACUP
https://joinourteaparty.org/

FEMINIST LIBRARY
http://feministlibrary.co.uk/