March 8th 2017 At The Mill Coppermill Lane.
It is International Women’s Day and so we were a dozen mostly older women after-hours at a workshop given by Anna Alcock of Inky Cuttlefish. Did we all know what special day it is?
Anna introduced vigorously the now quite hackneyed topic of invisible women artists. Noticeably, the Tate is up to its neck in events and films about said same.The assumption was that we in the room all knew nothing about the fact that art galleries hardly pronounce in blazes of glory the existence of women in art. Our local William Morris Gallery was cited as a museum which never promotes women artists. I managed to promote myself for I do have two solo exhibitions for IWD 2017 and then have a hung work in the Tower Gallery and that is an all-women exhibition. A passing seagull would have shown more interest.
“It is hard to be a mother and an artist”. It’s bloomin’ hard to be a mother. It’s hard to be a mother and any kind of creative. It has always been and still is and so the only way forward is to be pro-active, actively promote women artists because of their gender primarily and bring about change. I added in that women need to retweet women artists’ tweets and share information about women art exhibitions through Facebook and the like. They don’t. I have many exhibitions on at present and the amount of sharing of information is almost non-existent. Meanwhile I’ll be busily promoting people I don’t care about but in the name of women power it has to be. It was evident that many of the women there tonight for example do not use social media.
Most people do not share other women’s joy.
“It seems okay to promote women in craft but not in the traditionally male work arena of printing”.
We printed and made samples as mementoes of our learning.
Wed 18th June free 6-9pm East London in Flux promotes their tour of William Morris Gallery. Book at Eventbrite
Thurs 19th June £25 (for the 10 sessions) 11-1pm Subscribers to the art course at Centre For Better Health in Hackney embark on session 8 painting still life.
Sat 21st June free 10-4pm House Mill tour with East London in Flux. Fantastic day for seniors. Book at Eventbrite. It’s more than a tour.
free 11-5pm Wapping Police Station Museum. Two minutes from the station. However am editing to say that there is no East line from Dalston this weekend. No step-free access at the station platform. Much more to see along the road too. take a picnic or visit great pubs.
Tues 1st July. free events. Launch of London’s Capital Age Festival 2014.
This is the View Tube, Greenway, ready for Capital Age Festival 2014.
That was something else: a free evening at the Gallery in all its glory for teachers and those imparting knowledge. I’d been to cultural evenings before following the refurbishment of the magnificent old house and am used to the old now brilliant white staircase up to the top and the once squeaky floorboards. Imagine the maids in days of yore; up and down fetching and carrying for ole Bill and his ilk.
The main temporary exhibition is ….wait for it…..awesome. I loved it. I saw creams and browns, witches and spiders. Kinda topical!
There were free demonstrations for the attending teachers all about textiles and prints and weaving and block printing and there was free wine with nuts.
So many people I know in Leyton have no idea where is William Morris Gallery, let alone the Village.
The moon was high and nigh on full. It was good to see the viewing gallery from the outside in the dark and to get a show from the coloured lights inside.