Friday, 11 October 2019

And The Door Opened, ceramic project with Women @the Well, (W@W)

(image above: The Inivisible Men, 2019. To be broken in Centenary Square, Bradford, October 19th 2019 at Filia international feminist conference.)

W@W is a women-only service located in Kings Cross dedicated to supporting women whose lives are affected - or at risk of being affected - by prostitution. They have asked me to make a collection of pots that would illustrate the stories of the women they work with and then to get both the pots, and the stories they tell, to as wide an audience as possible. 

And The Door Opened,’ is my response. In effect, it is a travelling ‘Work in Progress’ show – think ‘Open Studio' goes on tour. It is not a single exhibition, or any exhibition as such, it is a series of events with displays of my pots, demonstrations of pot-making, talks, seminars, and conversations  that, together, will illustrate the stories of women wanting to leave, ‘exit’ prostitution. 

The aim is to improve the public understanding of what prostitution is and to show that, with the right support, girls and women do not need to live and die exploited in the sex trade – there are ways out.

When and where:

November 7thth-December 31st 2019 with Collage-arts at Collage Artspace 4 and Wood Green Library, Library Mall, 191 High St, London, N22 6DZ (See below for details of full programme for this venue and click here for: invitation to the launch on Monday Nov. 25th.)

March 20th-22nd 2020 Ceramic Art London, Central St Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA

May 1st-September 30th Beyond the Streets and St. Botolph’s without Aldgate,
Aldgate High St, London EC3N 1AB

September 19th and October 3rd 2020 Southbank Open Spaces Trust with Crossbones Cemetery, Redcross Way, London, SE1 1SD

September 10th-November 3rd 2020 Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA

And the Door Opened will continue in 2021 in Stoke on Trent, Bradford and Leeds.

More details about each of the events:

Collage Artspace 4 and Wood Green Library, November 7th-December 31st 2019
Window and Library displays: Nov 7th – Dec 31st 2019
Launch with speakers and pot-breaking ceremony: Nov 25th  (to coincide with UN 16 days campaigning to eliminate violence against women;) Book your place here

Demonstration of mending a pot with talk: Nov 30th 12-4pm;
How to mend a pot - workshop for participants Dec 7th 12-4pm.

Ceramic Art London, 20-22nd March 2020,
Project to be included in the lectures and workshops programme with a display of completed pots. 

St. Botolphs without Aldgate with Beyond the Streets, Whitechapel, May-Sept 2020
Beyond the Streets, an exiting service in East London, leads a walking tour in Whitechapel in opposition to the ‘Jack the Ripper’ tours, on the last Thursday of each of the five months. The tour talks about the lives of the women who were murdered, stopping at the places they lived, and also talks about the lives of prostituted people now. St. Botolph’s without Aldgate will have a display of pots from the project from May to September.

Cross Bones Cemetery and Southwark Cathedral, September 10th – November 3rd 2020
Ceremony involving the breaking of a pot Saturday, Sept 19th, 2020
Installation of a pot as a permanent memorial and call for action Saturday, Oct 3rd 2020.
Cross Bones is the burial site of the ‘outcast’ people of the 17th and 18th centuries, including prostituted women. Display of pots at Southwark Cathedral in the chapel until October 10th, and in the link until Nov 3rd  2020.