My attempt to establish meeting places for women through cultural activities
do anything to get girls into my bedroom
I decided that this
was a good way to offer something to women, whos work I like and
wanted to show them that I respected their work. I wanted to express myself
as a feminist, and place certain demands upon myself with regards to solidarity
I lived in that apartment
for another two years, in which time I tried to present work by women
artists each month. We would have gatherings each month, to discuss the
progress of the project and if participants (not just the artists) had
suggestions we would discuss them at these meetings. Men were not excluded
from these meetings, but I have to admit I did discourage them. I began
to feel less isolated through these actions, but still within my own particular
set of circumstances, which I have always felt determined to retain and
value, rather than try to change them, in the hope that I could find something
This is a list of
the participating artists as far as I can remember, some of whom made
work, which I have attempted to describe here, for the lack of documentation.
If you lived here youd be home by now Two video monitors,
with a single mattress in between, and top to tail pillow
arrangement. On one monitor is a close up, fuzzy black and white image
of a woman lying on a bed. She is wearing rabbits ears and reading a book
of Rembrandt paintings. On the other monitor, there is the same woman,
with her hand down her underpants. Kate Belton: Three Cibachrome images
mounted on thin aluminium. Kates photos are taken from painted,
cut-out and constructed arrangements, she makes in miniature. Two are
of a womans head, almost covered by a sheet, and one is a small
portrait of a naked figure, rolling back in a pose, legs in the air, with
a smile. Moyra Derby, Jennifer Williams, Claudia Lee, Jyll Bradley: A
Poetry reading, for one evening only. Helena Goldwater: A Performance
installation, for one night only. Emma Leslie and Krista Bagnell: Video
and music designed to put on when I was getting dressed in the morning.
Janine Rostron: Her own Music on a walkman. Angela Basson: I would like
to come to your place and film myself throwing a bag of feathers out of
your window. Sofia Hulten: Sofia made a bed that floated in the room,
using helium filled balloons and a sheet.
There was a group
show called Its been so long since Ive seen you, so
much has changed, It would be great to see your face again. Which
included Photographs by Kristin Lucas, Fran Gore, Niamh McMann, Virginie
Amant, Paula Roush, Soozi Mead, Anna Lucas, Sandra Hedditch and Vivian
By the time it came
to moving into the gallery, we almost didnt want to be there. Paula
and I really wanted to do something about the area where Bobos was.
We met a woman and her mother who ran a market stall nearby, and got involved
in a whole conversation about how the council was trying to evict her.
So we decided to make a video about it. Oreet wanted to make a campsite,
in the communal garden at the back of the house. Yokos friend came
and convinced everybody that she was pregnant. We did all of this, we
even made a picnic in the gallery with coffee and different foods from
the take away shops along the street.
I had been involved
in Women in Black who are an international womens peace
group for about two years. They hold monthly vigils in Trafalgar square,
previously they were campaigning against sanctions in Iraq, and now they
were turning their attention to the situation in Kosovo. My friends from
Bobos got interested and came to support the vigil that evening,
held banners and gave out leaflets.
The Sewing Circle
Emma Hedditch, Copenhagen May 2001.