Don't break down, break out | Symposium
Saturday 20 May 2017, 1-6pm

A symposium addressing historic and contemporary forms of political activism and art-making, in a programme of screenings, performances, and discussions, taking as a starting point the publication within this exhibition 14 Radnor Terrace: A Woman’s Place. With contributions by Amy Tobin, Harry Giles, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Suzy Mackie (See Red Women’s Workshop), Channels, Jacob V Joyce, Gail Lewis, Alice Correia and Nazmia Jamal (Sisters Uncut).


This event will have live subtitling provided by Stagetext. For more details, please contact: Elizabeth Stanton 


Free childcare is available on site for children aged between 6 months and 5 years, organised by Little Kunst. For more information please contact: Rhian Smith 


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Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski is an artist, archivist and organiser. Between 2014-16 she was an artist/archivist in residence at the Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths with art group X Marks the Spot. Sowinski is currently working as archivist and collaborator with artist Rita Keegan and is also developing a project to archive the papers of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-97). She is a committee member for the GLC Story oral history project, and a specialist volunteer for the Equiano Centre.


Channels is an all-female performance collective with an unfixed number of members. The group work experimentally and collaboratively in sound, writing and theatre. Channels will stage a live intervention into Amy Tobin’s essay 'Breaking Down A Woman’s Place’ (2017). 


Dr Alice Correia is an Art Historian and Curator. Her research examines issues of home, homeland and belonging in contemporary British and international art, with particular interest in South Asian diasporas, the establishment of migrant homes and the legacies of colonialism. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Salford, and has been awarded a mid-career fellowship from The Paul Mellon Centre in order to undertake a project titled 'Articulating British Asian Art Histories'. She is co-editor of a special issue of Third Text journal titled 'Partitions: Art and South Asia', due later this year.


Harry Giles is a performer and poet, based in Edinburgh. Harry makes art about protest and protest about art, co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY and co-founded The Workers Theatre. Their first collection of poetry, Tonguit, was published by Freight Books in 2015. Harry will present Drone, a spoken word and sound art performance about remote technology and anxiety. Drone is a collaboration with the sound artist Neil Simpson which debuted in SHIFT at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015. The book of the show is published in Our Real Red Selves from Vagabond.


Nazmia Jamal is a member of feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut who have campaigned against life-threatening cuts to domestic violence services in the UK since 2014. She was a volunteer at Lambeth Women's Project between 2007-2011. She is a teacher and organiser.


Jacob V Joyce is a non-binary interdisciplinary artist who makes queer and decolonial interventions into commercial and community spaces. Jacob makes artwork for international human rights campaigns, currently working as an illustrator for Global Justice Now, as well as for comic books and zines. They are a member of the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective and front person for the band Screaming Toenail. Jacob has self-published a number of illustrated books, and performs spoken word and solo electronic music.


Dr Gail Lewis is a sociologist who specialises in psychosocial studies of race and gender. She is in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. She was a long-standing member of Brixton Black Women's Group and co-founder of the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD). She has worked on the European Journal of Women's Studies and Feminist Review and recently trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She is an Arsenal supporter (lower east).


Suzy Mackie is a member of See Red Women’s Workshop (1974-90). See Red Women’s Workshop was a women’s silkscreen printing collective that produced posters, illustrations, and did service printing for the women’s liberation movement. A monograph on See Red Women’s Workshop was published by Four Corners Books in 2016.


Amy Tobin is Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and teaches at City and Guilds Art School and West Dean College. She is editor of 14 Radnor Terrace: A Woman’s Place (2017).



Image: Soofiya Andry, Sisterhood* is Powerful not just cisterhood. Feminist slogan, entreating women to see other self-identifying women as close relations with intersectionality at the core of the sisterhood, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. 

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