What is ‘Feminism’? Answers on a Postcard…

Personally, I don’t think I’d be able to fit all my thoughts about feminism onto a postcard (if that was possible, this blog wouldn’t exist!) – let alone make said postcard aesthetically pleasing and worthy of being put up for auction! Hats off, then, to the 38 people who have done just that for tonight’s Feminism in London Postcard Auction.

Raising funds for this years Feminism in London conference (taking place on the 23rd of October) the auction will include works from artists, writers, activists and feminists – even musician Kate Nash has got in on the action with her cut-and-paste commentary on the way women are treated within the music industry.

My personal favourite is Hayden Kaye’s take on toilet door signage (always an interesting starting point when looking at social gender construction) and I’m glad to see one of my favourite illustrators, Julie Verhoeven, is on board too. The whole thing has been curated by the anarchic and witty Sarah Maple, who has been declared as ‘The heir to Tracey Emin’s throne’ by The Independent on Sunday.

The auction starts tonight from 8pm at East London’s Aubin Gallery, but you’ll want to get there a bit earlier to secure your entry (for £7) and get your mitts on some free drinks! All the details are here, happy bidding!

(Hurray for UK Feminista for bringing this event to my attention, and also the The Guardian for covering it so extensively!)

By: Sarah Barnes, 04.10.2010 | Comments (0)
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Register for the Feminism In London conference

I’ve just heard the good news (from The F Word blog) that the Feminism In London one-day conference is now open for registration! The programme is full of interesting speakers and plenty of workshops to choose from (including ‘Young, old feminists: Getting to know each other’, ‘Confronting privilege, contributing to change, for men only’ and ‘A space to recover for women of colour only’)

It’s great news to hear that this event is completely child friendly, with a creche (run by the London Pro-Feminist Men’s Network) and relevant workshops for 12-18 year olds. It’s also good to know that trans women are welcome at the women-only workshops and trans men are welcome at the men-only workshop.

You will need to get your skates on to ensure you get a place on the workshop of your choice, so register here asap! You can find out more about the event at the FIL website, and keep up to date until the event via the FIL twitterfeed.

By: Sarah Barnes, 11.07.2010 | Comments (0)
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