FiLiA 2017 An Immense Weekend!

I want to write while it’s fresh in my mind, but I’m still exhausted and I don’t feel very prepared. So maybe I will write a second post about the exhibition once my brain has come back to life. I want to recap a little and over the next week or so I will be…

September

Throughout September I have been putting together work that I have made or am making, along with work created in or from the workshops. This work has become a collaboration, between my own practice and the creativity of the women that I have worked with. The work I am using that comes from the women…

New Beginnings – Woking

September saw a flurry of activity for the project, but this time with regard to my own artistic responses to the past nine months.   It began however with a wonderful invite to the New Beginnings exhibition at The Lightbox Gallery in Woking. This exhibition is an annual competition set up by Women In Prison…

August Recap

Today I am finally getting around to updating the blog and letting you know what has been happening (if you haven’t been following on FB). July and August saw the final workshops with both the You Trust Hampshire and from Women In Prison. The workshops, for me, were incredible. We ran twelve in total, six…

An Artist’s Experience – Leah Thorn

  I am one of the artists lucky enough to be working with Susan on her Statements in Semaphore project. I am a spoken word poet and a long-time women’s liberation activist. I’ve been committed to working with women in prison for the past eight years and although I always work with a feminist consciousness, I…

An Artist’s Experience – Rebecca Harris

I first came across Susan Merrick’s work when my daughter suggested I applied for the open call as part of the artist’s latest Art Council supported project ‘Statements in Semaphore’.  Susan is artist in residence for FiLiA 2017 and is working on delivering, as well as myself and other artists, workshops to women in various settings including…

My mixed feelings of the term Patriarchy.

I’ve been considering how I feel about the word, idea and undeniable reality of Patriarchy for a while now, and I sway within mixed feelings. When studying Sociology the word was a useful tool to describe the societal structure that we live within. But on a personal level I have on occasion found that it…