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In East London 1-31 March 2014 , by Alternative Arts

Women’s groups, activists, arts, media and community organisations are celebrating WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in East London with a remarkably diverse range of exhibitions and events.


Toynbee Studios

28 Commercial Street E1 6AB

Aldgate East tube

www.artsadmin.co.uk 020 7247 5102

Thursday 6 March 12-9pm FREE

TANIA EL KHOURY Garden Speak, a work in progress 

Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protect the living from the violent thrusts of the regime. Artist Tania El Khoury will create a sound garden, inviting visitors to pay careful attention to the precarious history that is being entrusted to them.

Thursday 13 March 7.30pm FREE

BEG BORROW STEAL Curated by Laura Dee Milnes 

An evening of oratory featuring carefully selected speakers from all walks of life. Whether talking art, science, education, philosophy, food, drink, music, activism or Elvis impersonation, guest orators will take to the soapbox for up to ten minutes to voice their opinions. And there will be ample opportunity for discussion, as well as open mic slots for those prepared to stand up and speak.

Thursday 20 March 7.30pm FREE

AMY SHARROCKS Museum of Water Artist’s Talk

Amy Sharrocks is gathering a collection of water for future generations to enjoy. Her museum has already attracted over 200 publicly donated bottles and their stories including water from a holy river in India and a melted snowman. Amy will talk about the idea behind the project and collect donations throughout the evening. So please bring along some water that is precious to you in a glass bottle and she will archive it for you.


230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4OH

Liverpool St tube

www.bishopsgate.org.uk 020 7329 9200

CONCERTS presented by the City Music Society 

Wednesday 12 March 7pm Tkts £18, under 25s in full-time education FREE

Janina Fialkowska piano

Celebrated for her interpretation of the classical and romantic repertoire, Janina is particularly distinguished as one of the great interpreters of the piano works of Chopin and Mozart.

Tuesday 18 March 

Cordelia Williams piano 1.05pm-1.55pm FREE

Since becoming the Piano Winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006 Cordelia has continued to build an outstanding international career.


Sunday 16 March 11am-1pm £10/£8 concs

And The Memory Lingers On: The Jewish East End 

Rachel Kolsky uncovers the memories of the Jewish community who made the East End their home after fleeing Eastern Europe in the late 19th century.

Tuesday 18 March 7.30pm £9/£7 concs

Columbia Road: A Strange Kind of Paradise 

Linda Wilkinson traces the history of the fragrant home of East London’s famous flower market.


Thursday 20 March 7.30pm £9/£7 concs

Synagogue Stories: An Oral History Project 

Rachel Lichtenstein reveals all about her latest project with Sandys Row Synagogue in Spitalfields, the oldest Ashkenazi community in London. Drawing on interviews with elderly Jewish members of the synagogue, Rachel will discuss her work with photographer Phil Maxwell whose film created around the project, with Hazuan Hashim, will conclude the evening.


Find out more about the many creative courses at Bishopsgate Institute, visit the website or email enquiries@bishopsgate.org.uk


64 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ

Mile End/Bethnal Green tube

www.chisenhale.org.uk 020 8981 4518

28 February-13 April Wed-Sun 1-6pm FREE


The first UK Solo exhibition by French, New York based artist Camille Henrot. This new commission follows Henrot’s presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) for which she received the Silver Lion for most promising young artist. The Pale Fox comprises a bespoke structure and gallery environment inspired by research at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC linking the history of the universe and the universe of the artists’ studio.


Art in the Community 

122 Lower Clapton Road E5 0QR

Clapton Stn/Hackney Downs Stn.

www.artographylondon.com 020 8985 3902

28 February – 28 March Mon 11.30am-3pm, Tues-Thurs 9.15am-2pm Fri 10am-2pm Sun 10.30am-1pm FREE


A series of photographic macro images exploring the unexpected shapes, colour and symmetry existing in flowers in and out of water. There will be a FREE art workshop led by photographer Alix Edwards to explore the exhibition on Friday 14 March from 10am to 12.30pm hosted by Art in the Community. Everyone welcome.


Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign 

3-9 March 

Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every section of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future. To find out more about getting involved go to www.climateweek.com


St Dunstan’s Church, Stepney High Street, E1 0NR

Limehouse DLR/Stepney Green tube

www.coma.org 020 7739 4680

Tuesday 4 March 8pm £8/£6 concs

CoMA LONDON ENSEMBLE conducted by Gregory Rose

A concert of new music all written by women composers for Community Music Association ensembles.

Cello Soloist: Miriam Wakeling.


11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields E1 6QH

Liverpool St/Aldgate East tube

www.elevenspitalfields.com 020 7247 1816

7 March – 27 April Sat & Sun 10am-6pm Mon-Fri by appointment.

CA MATHEW: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century ago 

An exhibition of photographs from Bishopsgate Institute by CA Mathews that have been carefully restored by Jeremy Freedman. These incredible images are undoubtedly the finest visual record of early 20th Century Spitalfields. Residents of the streets of East London are captured with startling clarity by the enigmatic CA Mathew.


159 Bethnal Green Road E2 7DG

Shoreditch High St Overground

www.espaciogallery.com 07947 628 694

6-18 March Mon-Fri 1-7pm Sat & Sun 11am-7pm FREE


A sweeping historical perspective on women’s struggle for social, sexual, political and cultural equality, acknowledging the remarkable accomplishments which early feminists might not have dreamed of, whilst confronting the darker realities of the many battles not yet won. Artists: Sally Grumbridge, Carol-Ann Lyne, Jamie McCartney, Marianne Frank, Brigitte Boldy, Laura Bello, Tima Viljoen, Natalie Sirett, Nora Velazco, Renee Rilexie, Gabriela Giroletti, Christopher Guest, Tareshvari Robinson, The Finsbury Park Deltics.


1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Hackney Central Stn 020 8356 3000

www.hackney.gov.uk www.artographylondon.com

3-31 March Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm

WONDROUS! Alix Edwards 

A series of floral macro images by East London woman photographer Alix Edwards which explores the unexpected shapes, colours and symmetry which mirror each other in flowers in and out of the water. A FREE Art Workshop will be led by Alix Edwards to explore the shapes and colours in this exhibition. Please contact the Library for more information.


Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

Shoreditch Overground/Liverpool St tube

www.halesgallery.com 020 7033 1938

28 February – 12 April Tues-Sat 11am-6pm FREE

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN Water Light/Water Needle 

The first solo exhibition in London of this pioneering artist. Schneemann’s innovative body of work, from the 1950s till today, is consistently challenging both perceptions of, and resistance towards, performance art, the body, politics of identity, and feminist ideology. This is the first time an exhibition of Water Light/Water Needle has been held since the original performance in 1966.


1-8 March 

Women’s Groups across the borough will be celebrating with a wide range of activities following the theme of Women in Public Life. Organisations involved include Poplar HARCA, Kollun, Heba, Will Crooks TRA, St Hilda’s East Community Centre, Women’s Environmental Network, Spitalfields City Farm, Jagonari Women’s Centre, Lincoln Area Regeneration Group, Neighbours in Poplar, Mohila Ongon Association, Muslim Women’s Collective, Nari Diganta, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Bangladesh Mohila Sangstha, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, Account 3, LBTH Youth Community Services, Sports4Women.

Full programme available from info@alternativearts.co.uk and at www.alternativearts.co.uk


42 Hoxton Square N1 6PB

Old Street tube

www.kkoutlet.com 020 7033 7680

7-29 March Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 12noon-5pm FREE


A group exhibition taking its aesthetic reference from fashion shoots but revealing a slightly more sinister side of the fashion industry. Women are often portrayed in the media as beautiful, aspirational creatures – shot under studio lights, made up by a team of experts and photoshopped almost beyond recognition. The exhibition comments on the cruel set up all women are subjected to through the media portrayal of what they’ll always fail to live up to. Artists: Alison Brady, Aurelien Juner, Emily Stein, Isabelle Wenzel, Lydia Garnett, Simon Wald Lasowski, Yolanda Dominguez.

LON-ART Seeds of Creativity 

www.lon-art.org 07446612107

Women and Museums 

Museums are created to show art, but they are also an invaluable place to hold conversations where critical thinking takes place on subjects such as current affairs, tolerance, gender equality, creative thinking, politics, human rights and more.

Our workshops concentrate on visual literacy: learning how to look at and ‘read’ artworks and, by extension, all manner of images that we see day to day. Aiming to escape a passive reception and acceptance of art, we promote the act of looking as an active, critical dialogue.

Women and Ceramics Sats 1, 15 March 1pm-3pm £5 donation

Victoria & Albert Museum, Ceramics Room, Cromwell Road SW7 2RL

An inspiring session learning about the unique relationship between women and clay throughout history.

Women at the National Gallery Sats 8 & 22 March 1pm-3pm £5 donation

National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Entrance, Trafalgar Square WC2 5DN

Have you ever wondered why so many of the images that we see in museums are nudes? Or why there are so few women artists? Or what role women have played in the history of art? Come and help re-think art history from the perspectives of contemporary women.

The workshops are FREE to charities working with disadvantaged community groups.

Contact: mariagonzalez@lon-art.org


No1 Warehouse, West India Quay E14 4AZ

Canary Wharf tube/West India Quay DLR

www.museumoflondon.org.uk 020 7001 9844

Saturday 8 March 11am-4pm FREE


Celebrate amazing London women with inspiring stories and creative workshops. Suggested ages: 3-11.

11am Amazing Women I Know. 12.30-1.30pm Wonderful Women. 12.30, 1.30 & 3pm Meet Mary Seacole. 11.30am & 2pm East End art. 11.30am, 1pm & 12.30pm The meeting of two queens.


14 Wharf Road N1 7RW

Angel/Old St tube

www.parasol-unit.org 020 7490 7373

Friday 14 March 7-9pm £6/£5 concs


Family History is a rich source for artists, and the poets Sue Rose, Anna Robinson and Hannah Lowe all mire this theme to produce powerful narratives. Join them in a discussion exploring how they use memory and archive to turn private reminiscence into public statement. Event hosted by Hercules Editions publishers and chaired by Tamar Yoseloff.


35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

Shoreditch High St Overground

www.richmix.org.uk 020 7613 7498

Friday 7 March 4pm FREE

GLOW by Manjnder Virk 

Commissioned by Theatre Centre GLOW follows a teenage girl boxer (Kul) living with her father after the death of her mother and how she fights to survive through her imagination.

Sunday 9 March 7pm FREE

MUHAMMAD ALI AND ME by Mojisola Adebayo

A lyrical coming of age story, following the parallel struggles of a gay girl child growing up in foster care and the black Muslim boxing hero’s fight against racism & the Vietnam War.

Monday 17 March 7.30pm £5

MODUPE by Utopia Theatre

When Modupe Williams wins a local election she unleashes the fury of veteran politicians who will stop at nothing to retain power. Modupe is an adaption of Duchess of Malfi.

Friday 21-Sunday 23 March 7.30pm (also 2.30pm Sat) £10/£8 concs

BIRANGONA: Women of War by Komola Collective.

When a Birangona woman dies, her story dies with her. Komola Collective is dedicated to telling the stories that often go untold – stories from women’s perspectives. This piece uses innovative physical performance interwoven with films.

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 March 7.30pm £12/£10 concs


Combining the pulse of the underground, grace of contemporary and power of Africa to bring you a dynamic, creative night celebrating dance theatre culture.


Rivington Place EC2A 3BA

Shoreditch High St Overground

www.autograph-abp.co.uk 020 7749 1240

Until 7 March Tues-Fri 11am-6pm Thurs to 9pm Sat 12-6pm FREE

‘WHEN HARMONY WENT TO HELL’ Congo Dialogues: Sammy Baloji and Alice Seeley Harris. 

Autograph ABP, Anti-Slavery International and the International Slavery Museum present a rarely seen archive dating from 1904, created by English missionary Alice Seeley Harris in the Congo Free State. These pioneering photographs publicly expose the violent consequences of human rights abuses at the turn of the century, and are exhibited alongside newly commissioned work from acclaimed artist Sammy Baloji.


All Nations Café 

8 Sandringham Road E8 2LP

Dalston Kingsland/Dalston Junction Stns

www.sablelitmag.org / www.allnationsdalston.co.uk 020 7254 0023

Thursday 13 March 6.30-9pm £3 or special meal deal


SABLE LitMag women editors perform their own poetry.

Multi-talented Dorothea Smartt, multi-faceted Kadija Sesay, multi-lingual Wangui Wa Goro.

This is an opportunity to share food, a drink and chat with editors about having work published in SABLE’s forthcoming issues. Plus there’ll be an open mic with 5 slots available for women of colour, creative writers, at the start of the evening, who would like to share their work on stage. Contact Kadija@sablelitmag.org or michael@sablelitmag.org


Idea Store Watney Market 

Watney Market E1 2PR

Shadwell DLR & Overground 020 7790 4039

www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7790 4039

Saturday 1 March 3pm-4pm FREE (Ages 11+ and adults)

SUFIYA AHMED presents 

Prize winning author Sufiya Ahmed will talk about her dreams of becoming an author and discuss the issue raised in her book ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ – forced marriage in the UK – and, using volunteers from the audience, demonstrate an Asian bride’s Henna Ceremony.

Saturday 8 March 2pm-3pm FREE


Celebrate International Women’s Day come dressed in and bring along photos of yourself or a family member in your national costume and share the memories of your experience with your cultural

background. Also talk about women international children’s authors, books that made a difference and authors that inspire you.

Idea Store Whitechapel 

321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU

Whitechapel tube

www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 4332

Friday 7 March 6.45-8.45pm FREE

WOMEN’S WORK IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Old Problems, New Horizons 

Talk and discussion led by Dr Rosie Cox from Birkbeck University.

Women in Britain now work outside the home in greater numbers than ever before. Women have excelled in many different areas and yet they still face the problem of the ‘double burden’ – they have to have brilliant careers as well as looking after their families and homes. Women’s increase in hours of paid work has not been met by an equal increase in men’s unpaid work at home. Women still face sexism and discrimination in the workplace and earn less than men for each hour worked, and it is women who have borne the brunt of recent cuts to welfare. This talk explores what work is like for women in the 21st Century and how we can make sure new horizons overcome old problems.

Saturday 8 March 2pm-4pm FREE


Talk and discussion hosted by the Idea Store and presented by Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. Amongst our guests will be Nadia Ali who is a presenter for the BBC Asian Network, a Barrister and Writer. Nadia will be sharing her experience and reading from her work. Come long and share your views and thoughts.

Idea Store Bow 

1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, E3 5ES

Mile End tube

www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 4332

Tuesday 11 March 11am-4pm FREE


Information stalls from local Women’s Centres and resources.

Idea Store Chrisp Street 

1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, E14 6BT

All Saints DLR

www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 1502

Saturday 1 March 1pm-2pm FREE (Ages 11+ and adults)

SUFIYA AHMED presents 

Prize winning author Sufiya Ahmed will talk about her dreams of becoming an author and discuss the issue raised in her book ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ – forced marriage in the UK – and, using volunteers from the audience, demonstrate an Asian bride’s Henna Ceremony.

Tuesday 11 March 2-3.30pm FREE (for adults)


Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading poetry, short stories and excerpts by influential female authors, including Angela Carter’s The Snow Child, Jeanette Winterson’s The World and Other Places, Silvia Plath and Virginia Wolf.


277 Bancroft Road E1 4DQ

Stepney Green/Mile End tube

www.ideastore.co.uk 020 7364 1290

Saturday 15 March 2pm-4pm FREE


Launch of a new exhibition of oral histories of Black and Asian women reflecting on their lives and experiences in Tower Hamlets, collected as part of the Where I Belong project. The launch will feature children’s activities, workshops and refreshments. The exhibition will be on show until July 2014. Hosted in association with Black Women’s Health & Family Support, BYM Whitechapel Women’s Centre and the Zaccheus Project. Exhibition opening times Tues: 10am-5pm, Wed: 9am-5pm, Thurs: 9am-8pm, Fri: closed, Sat (1st & 3rd of the month) 9am-5pm, Sun, Mon: closed.


SPORT4WOMEN programme 8-14 March 

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk 020 7364 2433/07914685261

Saturday 8 March 12noon-5pm

Spotlight, 30 Hay Currie Street E14 6DN

Zumba Dance, Bollywood Dance, Cycling

Tuesday 11 March 4pm-9pm

York Hall, Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road E2 9PJ

Main event – Cardio Tennis, Bokwa, Cheerleading, Bollywood Dance, Zumba Dance, Badminton, Ergo/Kayak Paddling Machines, Table Tennis, Aqua Jog, Water Aerobics, Beauty treatments. 4-7pm Face Painting and Dance sessions for accompanied children over 5yrs.

Wednesday 12 March 10am-2.30pm

Tiller Leisure Centre, Tiller Road, Docklands, E14 8PX

Brazilian Dance, Swimming, Water Work Out, Boxing, Mum & Toddler Dancing, Beauty treatments.

Thursday 13 March 11am-1.30pm

St Georges Leisure Centre, 221 The Highway E1W 3BP

Health Walk and Swim.

Friday 14 March 6pm-7pm

Mile End Stadium, Rhodeswell Road, E14 7TW

Women’s Football – Kikk Talang Football club

ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE – No need to pre-book, just turn up and register. More info: pauline.stewart@towerhamlets.gov.uk


77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX

Aldgate East tube

www.whitechapelgallery.org 020 7522 7888

Open Tues-Sun 11am-6pm Thurs until 9pm

Until 23 March Galleries 1, 8, 9 

HANNAH HOCH Tkts £9.95/£7.95 concs

A member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s, Hoch was a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. Splicing together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, she created a humorous and moving commentary on society at a time of tremendous social change. Bringing together over 100 works from major international collections, the exhibition examines her extraordinary career from the 1910s to the 1970s.

Until 13 April Zilkha Auditorium 


Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price’s film is a study of desire and consumption. It was shot in the former home of an anonymous art collector which remains an iconic example of 1960s architecture and interior design.

Thursday 6 March Study Studio 7-8.30pm £6.50/£4.50 concs

THE REAL WORLD: Art, Gender and the Media Discussion 

Is the work of female artists undervalued by the media? How have artists used or challenged the press within their work? This seminar unravels what impact critical recognition can have in a career and how this reflects the value systems at play in contemporary art.

Thursday 20 March Zilkha Auditorium 7pm £8.50/£6.50 concs


A debate exploring the enduring visual language of collage across art, film making and the internet. Featuring artists Elizabeth and Linder Price in conversation with Prof. Dawn Ades OBE and Eisler curator Daniel F. Herrmann.


Millfields Lodge, 201 Millfields Road E5 0AL

Dalston/Dalston Junction Stn, Bus 242

www.worldwrite.org.uk 020 8985 5435

Saturday 8 March 7pm FREE

THE FORGOTTEN HEROINE Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible 

Documentary screening & Q&A with Director Ceri Dingle. In feature length essay form, this documentary traces the life and impact of lesser known East End heroine Sylvia Pankhurst. A famous suffragette, internationalist, anti-imperialist and communist, the film brings to life her ideas, campaigns and politics. The film is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images from museums and archives, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Alternative Arts and all the venues, projects, artists and performers participating.


There are a wide ranging number of important issues confronting women today – so get active and join a campaign or start your own! Here are a few suggestions and organisations that can help:-

Who Needs Feminism www.whoneedsfeminism.com

No More Page 3 www.nomorepage3.org

Daughters of Eve www.dofeve.org

Everyday Sexism www.everydaysexism.com

Loose the Lads Mags www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

Demand the Impossible www.demandimpossible.wordpress.com

Counterfire www.counterfire.org

Object www.object.org.uk

Equality Now www.equalitynow.org

End Violence Against Women (EVAW) www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

Million Women Rise www.millionwomenrise.com

Black Feminists www.blackfeminists.org.uk

Just the Women www.justthewomen.com

The Women’s Room www.thewomensroom.org.uk

Change www.change.org

London Feminist Network www.londonfeministnetwork.org.uk

UK Feminista www.ukfeminista.org.uk

The Fawcett Society www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

Womens Resource Centre www.wrc.org.uk

Equality and Human Rights Commission www.equalityhumanrights.com

All the Rebel Women: The Rise of the Fourth Wave of Feminism by Kira Cochrane has just been published as a Guardian Shorts Originals ebook (£1.99). Visit www.guardianshorts.com

Women’s History Month in East London is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts www.alternativearts.co.uk +44(0)20 7375 0441 info@alternativearts.co.uk