As part of our groundbreaking exhibition of feminist art, we are offering the rare opportunity to meet with some of the artists and hear the stories behind the works. The talks are free to attend, but spaces are limited to 15 so please book your tickets here.
Be sure to check out our Symposium and Workshops too!
ARTIST TALK - SUSAN MERRICK
12 December, 7pm
Statements In Semaphore
Using Art to explore hidden experiences of women
Susan Merrick will discuss her recent and current work that uses visual communication, translation and communication barriers to explore ideas of power and language.
Her current work 'Statements in Semaphore' was instigated by a collaboration with The National Archives responding to documents from 1913 on suffragette prisoners in Holloway. Her film piece of the same name is part of the In Our Minds exhibition touring UCA campuses at the moment and will be shown in The National Archives in Jan 2017. Statements in Semaphore is now a developing project that will kick off her residency with FiLiA for 2017.
Susan will be the first Artist in Residence with FiLiA through 2017 and she will be sharing with us the project plans and how her work with FiLiA will benefit women in her local area as well as form links into the Art world.
Susan is an Artist and Interpreter studying an MA in Fine Art at UCA Farnham. Susan's practice is influenced by her background in Sign Language Interpreting and Sociology, Feminism and everyday life.
ARTIST TALK - SARBJIT JOHAL
14 December, 7pm
The Burnsall Strike
Sarbjit will be showing a 40-minute film about the Burnsall strike, the story behind her painting of Darshan Kaur and Surinder Bassi, who were shop stewards at the Burnsall Strike (Birmingham 1992-1993).
The strike involved about 26 mainly Asian women workers. It was in a small metal finishing factory in Smethwick. The strikers were working in inhuman conditions and being denied breaks, sick pay and being forced to do overtime. Once on strike the strikers made links with the refugee community by mobilising support for protests against the draconian 1993 asylum and immigration appeals act which was being passed at the time. The strike was supported by a number of community groups and womens groups and students across the country.
Through showing the film, Sarbjit hopes to raise discussion about Women's experiences of work, the strategies used by strikes led by Asian women, and make links with migrant workers struggles going on today (cleaners, hotel workers, carers etc). This will emphasise the importance of supporting workers struggles today and show how employers work with 'immigration' authorities to deny equal rights to migrant workers.
Sarbjit is an artist and an activist based in London. Most of her paintings are of women and particularly on the struggles faced by South Asian Women. She is an active member South Asia Solidarity Group (an anti-imperialist, anti-racist organisation based in Britain) and Freedom Without Fear Platform (an arena for Black, South Asian and 'Minority Ethnic' women to lead discussions on the violence against women and girls).
As she states in her own words Sarbjit paints because: ‘it is the only time I feel free to reflect on my experiences and express my emotions more deeply’.