NOW - a dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists
Feb
21
to Sep 2

NOW - a dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

NOW is a collaborative programme aimed at reinvigorating discussion around the role of female contemporary artists in the art ecology of present day China.

Through a series of exhibitions, commissions and events, NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment. Turner Contemporary is exhibiting work by Yin Xiuzhen and Duan Jianyu.

 

February 21 to September 2, 2018

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Eliot's women: Two muses,  both beguiled, both frozen.
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Eliot's women: Two muses, both beguiled, both frozen.

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This performance led by Judy Dermott, will look at the poet through the eyes of the women who had such a profound influence on his work – Vivien Haigh Wood and Emily Hale.

Vivien accompanied Eliot to Margate during his stay here in 1921. Also accompanying him, at least in his creative imagination, was the ghost of his first love Emily Hale.

 In contrast to his corrosive and mutually destructive relationship with Vivien, his romantic attachment to Emily was pure and pristine. She was Isolde to his Tristan, Beatrice to his Dante.

 In terms of his Artistic Vision the two women presented two polar opposites, the ultimate dichotomy. Yet both women possessed enormous self potential, going far beyond the constraints both the Poet and Society imposed on them

We would like you to join us in a psychic exploration, finding areas of the town, which we believe will resonate with the impressions (of both women) that we hope to evoke, possibly, hopefully, giving them, the freedom of expression denied when they were caught up in the web Eliot spun for them.

Turner Contemporary, Margate - Saturday 28th April at 11am.

Free event.

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Flight
Apr
16
to Apr 30

Flight

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A collaborative project by Kat Cutler-MacKenzie and Ben Caro who propose a critique of contemporary feminism: woman is now free from her cage, told that she can fly, but has wings too heavy and too fragile to ever take flight.

In their exploration, the pair learned that concrete shared these qualities: it was simultaneously fragile and immovable. However, in their research, they found that sand and stone reinforced the fragile structure. Margate beach became an integral part of the artwork.

A free exhibiton, located outside the bus cafe on the Sundeck, Margate beach.

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Vivien Eliot's involvement in The Waste Land  - Talk
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Vivien Eliot's involvement in The Waste Land - Talk

As part of Journeys with The Waste Land, join Ann Pasternak Slater for a talk about Eliots relationship with his first wife Vivien, and its impact on The Waste Land.

In 1921 Vivien sent Eliot to Margate to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. There, practicing scales on the mandolin, sheltering on the sea-front, Eliot began work on his seminal poem. 

Pasternak Slater is editing Viviens literary archive, and will set Eliots poem in the context of the couples mental health in this memorable year.

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We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!
Mar
11
7:30 PM19:30

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

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This critically acclaimed play tells the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.

She was recently cited amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women's lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4. Women's Hour Power List. She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them:

"What you are running here is not a factory¸ it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips¸ others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions¸ Mr. Manager!”

 She not only stood up for workers' rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.

"Short¸ sharp scenes¸ as directed by Louise Townsend¸ make us laugh¸ feel and think. The strike failed¸ but the performance ends with a moving expression of hope and solidarity from  Desai. This is not merely rhetoric. Throughout the performance¸ Townsend Theatre Productions give her message life¸ through  the audience’s experience of her powerful story¸ powerfully   told.” The Observer ****.

Voted one of the Guardian Readers' favourite shows of 2017

Sunday 11 March

7.30pm start

Tickets £11 to £13 (plus booking fee) from Theatre    Royal

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Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film
Mar
11
4:30 PM16:30

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film

Make More Noise is a BFI film featuring the suffragettes in silent movies, with a specially commissioned score composed by Lillian Henley. At this one-off screening, Lillian will be playing live accompaniment.

This will be preceded by a series of shorts made by pupils from a number of Kent schools.

The afternoon will conclude with a post- screening discussion featuring Corinna Downing, writer and BFI consultant; Lila Allen, documentary film- maker and Lillian Henley, composer.

Limited wheelchair access

4.30pm

Tickets £6 (£5 concessions)

On-line sales for this event end 12 hours before the start time of the event. Tickets may be purchased on the door.

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What Does it Mean to be a Woman in Art?
Mar
11
4:00 PM16:00

What Does it Mean to be a Woman in Art?

Join artist and printmaker, Ruth McDonald for a talk, questions and wine at the gallery. Based in Whitstable, Ruth reflects her interest in woodland landscape and the sea when illuminated by failing light and the moon to expose the traces left by past inhabitants.

4 to 5pm

FREE EVENT: If you have not booked a ticket there will be some availability on the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Mirror, Mirror - A Rehearsed Play Reading
Mar
11
3:30 PM15:30

Mirror, Mirror - A Rehearsed Play Reading

All pre-booked tickets for this event have now sold out but there may be some availability on the door.

This critically acclaimed play is a collage of the writing of some of Canada's foremost women writers (Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Fraser, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro and Gabrielle Roy) selected and adapted by Patricia Mahoney for the stage to portray the complexities of female relationships, particularly the bond between mother  and daughter.

The play reflects and celebrates the lives of girls and women. Readers for this special event are: Katharine Elvin, Miranda Peacock, Jane Pulford and Lucy Warwicker with musical punctuation by guitarist, Jamie Moore.

3.30 to 5pm

FREE EVENT: If you have not booked a ticket there will be some availability on the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

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The Waste Land Works by Women
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

The Waste Land Works by Women

Take a guided walk around Journeys with The Waste Land¸ Turner Contemporary's Spring Exhibition, which explores resonances between TS Eliot's poem and the visual arts, with a special emphasis on the work by female artists.

2 to 3.30pm

FREE EVENT: If you have not booked a ticket there will be some availability on the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Landing Place
Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

Landing Place

Landing Place at Turner Contemporary is where poets and spoken word performers arrive to showcase their words. “Go get your teeth” (a line from TS Eliot’s The Waste Land) is an all-women line-up - standing up to be heard in honour of International Women’s Day.

Come to be inspired and socialise. All mediums of spoken word are covered from readings to film and performance.  Tracey Thompson Arts, supported by Turner Contemporary and Dan Thompson Studio.

1pm to 4pm

Free

 

 

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Mothers Day Lunch at Archive, Ramsgate
Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

Mothers Day Lunch at Archive, Ramsgate

Sample a range of vegan and vegetarian delicacies at one of Ramsgate's favourite cafes from a specially prepared menu to mark both POW! and Mothers' Day, whilst looking out over the iconic Ramsgate Harbour.

Mother’s Day Vegan Lunch at
Archive
11th March 2018, 1-3pm

MENU
An afternoon of plant-based delicacies
Passion fruit mimosa (or fresh juice) & treats from
the kitchen
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Carrot & orange soup, freekah & pomegranate, chilli &
lime tofu bites
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Trio of Mushroom
Miso marinated Portobello steak with Asian noodle
slaw
Spinach spelt risotto with roasted chanterelles &
radish
Shitake & oyster salad
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Chocolate ganache tart w/ coconut & passion fruit
mousse
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Coffee or tea

1 to 3pm Tickets £25

On-line sales for this event end 12 hours before the start time of the event. Tickets may be purchased on the door.

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SHE by Chris Avis
Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

SHE by Chris Avis

Hear Chris Avis talk about her work and her inspiration for her exhibition of the in-depth exploration of not only mother and child,  but of child and mother and how their relationship changes and develops as the child grows up and becomes an adult.

The sensitive use of the material and the complimentary quality of the photographs and video enable the works to flow together into one joyful narrative.

11am to noon Tickets £7.50

On-line sales for this event end 12 hours before the start time of the event. Tickets may be purchased on the door (cash only).

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Geek@POW!
Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

Geek@POW!

Join Genetic Moo for a fun workshop on coding as part of GEEK (Gaming Expo East Kent) 30 minute drop-ins, where participants will learn how to create simple moonscapes using creative coding and design floating alien creatures.

This is a drop in session running from 10am to 12pm

Age 8+

10am to 12pm

FREE EVENT: If you have not booked a ticket there will be some availability on the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Running your own business: Grain Grocer, Cliftonville
Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

Running your own business: Grain Grocer, Cliftonville

Join Katherine Hannah and other entrepreneurs for a workshop on how to make a go of your own business. Katherine set up her thriving whole foods store and cafe in Cliftonville and is passionate about raw foods.

10am to noon

If you have not booked a ticket there will be some availability on the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

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The POWder Room  - POW! music night at Ramsgate Music Hall
Mar
10
to Mar 11

The POWder Room - POW! music night at Ramsgate Music Hall

A music extravaganza featuring a diverse array of fabulous artists spanning the generations and held at the UK’s best small venue.

An evening proudly celebrating great women in music past and present, as well as new artists looking to the future pushing boundaries and genres. The night will feature soul legend, Linda Lewis, one of Britain's most respected and talented singer songwriters, whose career spans more than four decades. With her five-octave vocal range, she has fused folk, soul, pop and reggae into a unique signature sound that is now an integral part of the pop music landscape.

Tipped as one to watch, Black Gold Buffalo, play ahead of the release of their debut album. Formed in 2014, they honed their style playing shows around London’s East End, then spent a year perfecting the production. Keziah Stilwell’s distinctive, fiery, often harrowing voice, combines with Marc Hayward’s, glistening, desert evoking guitar licks, which fuse with Hannah Holland and Joy Joseph’s throbbing rhythm section of new waves basslines, heavy 4/4 dance floor and afrobeats. Their first single Pearls Deep blends deviant rock 'n' roll with a brooding edge, an atmospheric return rich in allusion and dark artistry.’    

They are joined by vocalist Emily Watts, composer and performer Lillian Henley and jazz artists Sabina Desir  and  Lizzie Bell. The house band consist of Frances Knight (piano), Josefina Cupido (percussion) and Alex Keen (bass).  Jo Wallace, Jessica Lauren and Bernadette Hawkes are behind the decks.

Over 16s. Doors 7pm, Performers and DJs 8pm to 2am -Tickets  £10 in advance and £12 on the door.

On-line sales for this event end 12 hours before the start time of the event. Tickets may be purchased on the door (cash only).

 

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Helen Caddick Between Sleeping and Waking
Mar
10
3:30 PM15:30

Helen Caddick Between Sleeping and Waking

A recital with an afternoon cream tea. Composer Helen Caddick performs Between Sleeping and Waking. Scored for solo piano, and first performed in 2015 as part of Secret Southbank, in a final concert to put the Queen Elizabeth Hall to sleep ready for its two-year renovation, Helen will revisit her work for POW! Thanet in homage to the suffragettes and to mark the centenary year of the first British women gaining the right to vote.

3.30 to 5pm

Tickets £7.50

On-line sales for this event end 12 hours before the start time of the event. Tickets may be purchased on the door (cash only).

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Drop in for Young Musicians
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Drop in for Young Musicians

Supported by St Lawrence College

Young women interested in music are invited to Pie Factory Music's Female Young Musicians' Drop In at Archive Home.

Come down to meet artist mentors for one-to-one advice, guidance and inspiration about life as a music professional and network with like- minded young performers. Bring a song you'd like some feedback on, a question about career pathways, or just come to meet some amazing   people!

Age 14-21

2 to 4pm

This is a free event, just turn up!

MEET THE MENTORS

Brigitte Aphrodite

Brigitte Aphrodite is a punk, feminist showgirl, and poetical music performance artist who has a loyal following due to her her approach to multidisciplinary art and social expression. Brigitte is most recently known for her critically acclaimed show – ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ – a part gig, part theatre, modern day, punk musical exploring depression. The show sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, was featured on the BBC 10 O’Clock News and in the Guardian and Elle. Gathering big momentum in 2015/16 the show went on to tour the UK and sell out dates at the Southbank Centre. Wellcome Trust funding was awarded to the ‘MBBD movement’ and a workshop, based on the show, to do with the narrative and language we use around mental health was developed and delivered in schools around the country.

Victoria Barrow Williams & Jess du Preez

Victoria’s biography is coming!

Jess is currently working as the Event Producer at Dreamland helping to deliver a wide host of events, making sure the best content is secured to ensure that we have a balanced programme for our wonderful audience! Previous to this she was the Interim General Manager at Harlow Playhouse looking after the Programming and artistic direction, having previously held the Commercial and Development Manager role in the building. At Harlow Jess managed to secure a partnership with BBC introducing whereby they hosted monthly events for local Essex talent.

Jade Williams

Jade Williams is a British independent pop singer, who currently performs under the stage name Whinnie Williams. She released her debut EP, Bad Girl, through Night Beach Records in October 2014. “Coming on like a Brigitte Bardot-meets Farrah Fawcett 60s temptress, her kitsch aesthetic is matched with lustrous, high-drama tracks that have got tastemakers like Noisey, Wonderland, The Line of Best Fit and Nylon in a spin.” – m-magazine, 2018.

Beth Clayton

Beth Clayton is a freelance creative project management, marketing and production person with 12 years experience in the music industry. She currently works on musician Nick Cave’s management team, looking after marketing and other things. She is also Head of Content and Strategy at Boom Shakalaka Productions – an audio and visual production company which makes radio, podcasts, videos and more. Beth has worked in the independent music sector at both record labels and distributors, and with both new and established artists, and she managed a small independent record label for several years.  She left a full time career in the music industry in July 2013 to pursue broader roles in the creative sector, whilst continuing to work in music as a consultant. She has worked on all sorts of creative projects from theatre to albums to radio documentaries.

Daisy Kelly-Granger

 

Daisy’s biography is coming!

Harriet Jordan-Wrench

Harriet is a creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of online music platform Secret Sessions, an artist development platform that finds and develops new talent through video content and live shows. Her work has played a part in the careers of many global superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Bastille & Lumineers. Her video channels have amassed over 20m hits online and gained thousands of followers. Harriet knows how to spot talent and bring it to online audiences in a creative way, that holds integrity.

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Hands Up! Speak Up!
Mar
10
1:30 PM13:30

Hands Up! Speak Up!

Come and raise your hands and voices as poets, singers and mothers come together to tell the story of United Mothers, an intercultural project supporting all women living in Thanet. Hands Up! Speak Up! invites you to tune up your body, voice and mind to the questions of the day: How do we cope when we find ourselves shut off, shut down or told to shut up by other members of our community? What picks us up and how do we carry on?

Age 10

1.30 to 4.15pm

If you have not booked a ticket there will be some availability on the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

As this is a free event, all pre booked ticket holders are requested to arrive ten minutes before the advertised start time. After this time we cannot guarantee your place will be available.

 

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Life Drawing Workshop, Changing Places
Mar
10
12:30 PM12:30

Life Drawing Workshop, Changing Places

Have you ever avoided a life drawing class for fear of not being able to draw or knowing what to do? This is a session for everyone – not just artists!

Whether you are a sportswoman, performer, poet, designer or mathematician, come along and explore drawing through analysing the figure, understanding the skeletal structure better and viewing how the muscles and skin move. Celebrate our similarities and our differences through drawing.

Sign up to this womens life drawing class and pay a reduced rate to draw and also become our model. You will be given guidance on poses and you can pose fully or semi nude depending on how comfortable you feel. This is a women only event.

12.30  to 3.30pm

Tickets £10 / £8 for  models

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1OO years and counting!
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

1OO years and counting!

It's 100 years since women first got the vote – and the position of women has changed enormously – but, as recent media coverage shows, the struggle is far from over. 5oin us for a day of talks, debate and discussion hosted by Prof. Nod Miller and explore how far we have come and where we go from  here.

The day starts with an illustrated talk from Caitlin Davies about the suffragettes' journey to win us the vote and her book, Bad Girls: A History  of Rebels and Renegades. On 21 5une 1906 a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Lancashire became the first suffragette to be sent to Holloway Prison, the most infamous jail for women in Europe. In total, around 1,300 suffragettes were arrested between 1906 and 1914, with the majority ending up in Holloway. What ’crimes' did they commit, how and why did they resist prison discipline, and to what extent did imprisonment serve to strengthen their cause?

Following Caitlin Davies' talk there will be the opportunity to talk to some amazing women about some of the issues which affect us all today – such as politics, work, health and family. The afternoon session starts with a choice of three panels – Gender and Sexuality; Technology and New Media; and Image and How We Are Perceived.

This will be followed by round table discussions where all these issues will be explored.

Please find full details of the speakers and the days events below.

Morning session Incl. tea and coffee 10am to 1pm Tickets £7.50

Afternoon session Incl. tea and coffee 2 to 5pm

Tickets £7.50

Day ticket Incl. networking lunch Tickets £20 - 10am start

There will be a pop-up bookshop during the lunch break.

On-line sales for this event end 12 hours before the start time of the event. Tickets may be purchased on the door (cash only).

 

100 Years and Counting – The Speakers

 

Session 1 - 10am – 11.30am (Clore Learning Studio)

 

Caitlin Davies – Suffragettes – Freedom Fighters or Bad Girls?

Caitlin Davies is a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist and teacher. Many of her books are inspired by forgotten women from history. She loves setting off on the hunt for stories on a subject she initially knows little about, whether wild swimming – Downstream, Taking the WatersDaisy Belle – or the history of female criminals – The Ghost of Lily PainterBad Girls. She has written six novels and six non-fiction books. Some of her books are set in Botswana, including Place of Reeds, a memoir of 12 years living in the village of Maun. Others are set in the UK, including Family Likeness, inspired in part by the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman, who was raised as part of an aristocratic family in Georgian Britain at the height of the transatlantic slave trade. Her most recent book, Bad Girls – a History of Rebels and Renegades looks at the history of Holloway Prison and how this impacted on the suffragette movement.

 

Caitlin Davies’ talk will be preceded by a short warm-up session from Nod Miller, who has been involved in feminist groups since the 1970s, and is strongly committed to the goals of POW!. A major feature of her career has been the organisation of conferences, workshops and seminars, including international events in Brazil, Nigeria and Thailand.

 

Session 2 - Talking Heads – 11.45am – 1pm (Foyle Rooms)

 

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt - Ways in which creative engagement relates to women’s health

Having worked for more than a decade as a curator of international contemporary art, Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt turned her attention to exploring the individual and social value of creative practice. Following her seven-year study of the cultural policy of the Cuban Revolution Rebecca, she has conducted research for an Inquiry instigated by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, which gave rise to a report with recommendations launched in Parliament in July 2017.    

 

Carolyn Oulton – Suffragettes and women in fiction

Carolyn Oulton is Professor of Victorian Literature and Director of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is currently researching the reading culture and literary representation of seaside resorts 1840s-1930s. Her website is at carolynoulton.co.uk and her most recent poetry collection is Accidental Fruit (Worple 2016).

 

Karen Constantine – Can women change the face of politics?

Karen trained as a youth and community worker, and ran innovative projects across the UK. She subsequently became a full time trade union official and for the past two decades has worked at national level for several major trade unions. She has had considerable influence in childcare policy, domestic violence issues and equal pay legislation. She now works as a full time politician, a 'campaigning councillor', in Ramsgate after being elected as a district councillor for Newington in 2016, and as a county councillor for Ramsgate in 2017. She is passionate about gender equality and encouraging women to participate in public life. 

 

Sorrell Robbins – Valuing our bodies

Sorrell Robbins has worked as a therapist, healer and teacher in natural health for over 20 years. She runs The Chamomile Clinic, a multi-disciplinary health centre in Margate which focuses on women’s health, dealing with everything from birth to death and facilitates a Red Tent group for women every full moon. Sorrell is passionate about empowering women on their path to healing mind, body, soul and supporting women with natural medicines and therapeutic techniques to become the goddesses they were born to be!

 

Evie Wyld – Depicting men in fiction

Evie Wyld is the author of two award-winning novels - After the Fire, A Still Small Voice and her second novel All the Birds, Singing (Betty Trask Prize, Miles Franklin Award and the Encore Award amongst others).

In 2013 she was included on Granta magazine’s once-in-a-decade Best of Young British Novelists list. She has also published a graphic memoir, Everything is Teeth, illustrated by Joe Sumner.

 

Dee Neligan – from Rule of Thumb to Coercive Consent

Dee Neligan has been working in the domestic abuse sector for about a decade and has spent eight of those years at Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, providing community outreach and latterly specialist support for women navigating the criminal justice system. She is now responsible for recruiting and developing volunteers within Oasis.  She is passionate about local history and really excited to be able to consider domestic abuse within both a historical and current context and share this information with everyone.

 

Rachel Bell – Pornography and its effects on society

Rachel Bell is a journalist, campaigner and mother of boys. She has written on a range of issues including sexual bullying in schools and the sexism and racism of music videos. Rachel has written a Gender Equality Policy for pre-schools and primaries and a careers book for girls. She is on the Management Committee of Not Buying It, who campaign against media sexism and the normalisation of the porn and sex industries. Rachel trained with Eaves Housing and East Kent Rape Crisis to support rape survivors and is a support worker at a safehouse for trafficked women in Thanet.

 

Shelley Simmonds – You don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only option - a mother's challenge

Shelley has a keen interest in genetics and science and joined the Board of Directors at Action Duchenne, a leading UK-wide patient and parent-led organisation for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy after her son, Fraser, was diagnosed with the condition. She also has a variety of roles with Genomics England as part of their 100,000 Genomes Project. Shelley is a passionate patient advocate for disability and inclusion through her Fraser & Friends community.

 

Alice Wroe – Herstory - why practicing women’s history is a political act

Alice Wroe is a feminist educator, researcher and curator. She founded Herstory a participatory project that straddles art, activism and education, using feminist art to engage people of all genders with the women’s history that has been systematically left out. As well as delivering Herstory workshops Alice often collaborates to create content that champions women’s history in a variety of contexts.

 

Laura Probert – Suffragettes in Thanet

Laura Probert is a retired librarian living in Ramsgate. She cares passionately about the town she lives in  - particularly its architecture and maritime heritage. Through her illustrated talks and her books Laura aims to raise the profile of women’s history in East Kent. Her other interests include WW1, steam trains, Roman archaeology, and life in the Edwardian era.

 

Session 3 - The panels – 2pm – 3.30pm (Foyle Rooms)

 

Panel 1: Are we still constrained by gender stereotypes? What are the challenges that  impact on women’s sexual identities today?

 

Deb Cartwright – Chair

Deborah Cartwright is the Chief Executive Officer for Oasis, the local domestic abuse charity. She has worked in the women’s charitable sector for 10 years, with prior roles in mental health and other disabilities.

 

Mark Hopkinson – How do men figure in the new reality?

Mark Hopkinson taught Sociology and Personal, Social and Health Education in a predominantly boys’ school in Dover. His subject areas and role in sixth form management meant he was directly concerned with how the school and how he, as a teacher, should influence the boys' thoughts and attitudes towards all kinds of issues to do with social justice - not least, gender identity and feminism. He is also a separated Dad to a 10 year old girl and lives with his partner and her son and daughter which involves navigating what it means to be an adult male in non-conventional family set-up.

 

Clair le Couteur – Gender affinities

Clair Le Couteur is a non-binary research artist and folk singer currently completing their PhD – ‘Mislabelling and the Fictive Museum’ – at the RCA in London. Clair makes transmedia assemblages, entangling fact and fiction, research and creation, tradition and contemporaneity. Recent projects include: Transportation Blues (2016), live-looped folksong performance at the Horse Hospital; Roots Between the Tides (2016), a photo-network installation at Warrington Museum; and Reading Trans (2017) and The Trans Tipping Point (2017), postgraduate workshop series for Goldsmiths and Open School East. Clair is one half of the ‘broken folk’ performance research project Lunatraktors.

 

Rachel Bell – Gender stereotyping in children

Rachel Bell is passionate about children receiving up-to-date Relationships and Sex Education – last year her talk at POW! was called, Teaching Consent to Children and Young People. For full details, see above.

 

Maggie Gee – Separate futures?

Maggie Gee OBE is the author of 15 books including The White Family, My Cleaner and My Driver. Her 1998 novel The Ice People, which the Observer called ‘one of the first great novels of the post-climate change era’, was also a pioneering work about gender. Her work has been translated into 14 languages and she is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her most recent novel, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan (Telegram) brought Virginia Woolf back to life in 21st-century New York, and her next, Blood (Fentum, Feb 2019) features a six-foot-two, joyously offensive heroine on the rampage in Brexit-era Thanet. 

 

Panel 2: Are we all cyborgs now? From banners and horses to Tinder and tweets…..

 

Nod Miller – Chair

Nod Miller is Emeritus Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of East London, where she was previously Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Lifelong Learning and Head of the Graduate School. Before joining UEL in 1995, she was Director of the Centre for Adult and Higher Education at the University of Manchester. She has also worked in universities in Australia, Nigeria and the USA and published widely across the fields of media sociology, broadcasting policy, group dynamics, lifelong learning and feminist auto/biography. She has a particular interest in issues concerning gender and technology.

 

Daisy Buchanan – How social media has changed our lives

Daisy is an award winning journalist, author and broadcaster, writing about everything from feminism to fashion for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, Grazia, The Pool, The Times, The Telegraph, Marie Claire, Stylist and Elle. She wrote Grazia's agony aunt column “Dear Daisy”, produced a TEDx talk entitled "Don't Compare And Despair: How to crush a quarter life crisis" and regularly appears on Woman's Hour and BBC Radio Scotland's Kay Adams programme. Her third book, How To Be A Grown Up was published by Headline in spring 2017, and she's currently working on her next title for Headline. 

 

Heidi Colthup – Video gaming and digi fiction

When not lying in bed drinking coffee and plotting to take over the world, Heidi Colthup teaches at Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, and is a Digital Envoy for Kent. In her spare time she’s completing a PhD on narrative in video games. Heidi also tweets a lot and is continually searching for the perfect Smart Phone App. In a previous life she wrote a column for a national magazine, ran a social media and branding company, edited The School News Magazine, was a staff writer for The Scarlet Orchid magazine, helped to run a farm, made short films, and kept chickens.

 

Trudy Barber – Sex dolls and artificial intelligence

Trudy Barber created the UK’s first immersive Virtual Reality Sex environment during her Fine Art degree studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London (1992). She completed her PhD: Computer Fetishism and Sexual Futurology: exposing the impact of arousal on technologies of cyberspace at the University of Kent. In 2006, she joined the Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty at Portsmouth University and is Course Leader for the Media and Digital Practice Degree in the School of Media and Performing Arts. Her areas of interest include emergent media, digital culture, cybersexualities, VR, robots, deviant leisure, theories of love and attachment, art practice and the digital future.

 

Panel 3: How much is a woman’s image her own construction, and how much is made up of a pre-conceived idea from others?

 

Zoe Murphy – chair

Zoe Murphy is a furniture and textile designer from Margate who uses her colourful screen printed patterns to adorn furniture and fabrics that exhibit around the world. Being a native of an, at times, unpopular seaside resort, Zoe has used her ten year career in the design industry to push the idea of 'loving what belongs to you'. She speaks often about regeneration, using creativity to enhance an object or a location, and believes that everything can be interesting if you scratch beneath the surface. Outside of her time in her Margate studio, Zoe is also one of the founders and acting president for the Margate branch of the Women's Institute, a national charity formed 100 years ago to champion the education and enhancement of the lives of women. 

 

Lucy Baker – How to build self confidence

Lucy Baker is a confidence coach and professional make-up artist, running private coaching sessions and Makeup Mastery sessions, in-person and online. She coaches (mainly) female entrepreneurs to be confident, both inside and out, encouraging women to become the best version of themselves - so that they thrive within life and in business. She is a columnist for the next edition of Isle magazine, Your Kent Wedding and has recently been featured in the Margate Mercury, Natural Health magazine and had a mention in Cosmo mag. Lucy volunteers with the look good feel better women’s cancer charity and is a partner with Live Better With :: Cancer.

 

Lorna Dallas Conte – What older women have to offer. Are we really invisible?

Lorna turned right instead of left and went into banking when she left school. Trying to find her way back to the left hand road she has lived in Belgium, taken a variety of voluntary roles, run and closed a textile printmaking charity in Brixton, studied for an MA as a mature student and subsequently worked for the Design Council, Crafts Council, had her own consultancy business, set up a gallery and was the first Creative Industries Business Adviser in Kent. Working around five children and eight grandchildren, she now juggles roles in universities with her own creative practice based at her studio at the Home for Smack Boys on Ramsgate Harbour.

 

Cynthia Lawrence- John – Who dominates  - you or your clothes?

Cynthia Lawrence-John is a costume designer, stylist and creative director, working in various creative fields for over 20 years. As well as working in fashion, film, music and sport on a professional level, Cynthia also feels it is important to mentor young women who are exploring the what, where and how of working in these fields, as well as navigating life in general.

 

Session 4: 3.45 – 4.45 (Clore Learning Studio)

 

Looking to the future

 

Lorraine Williams - chair

Lorraine Williams has been involved in many aspects of Thanet life, bringing her mindful and positive approach to projects including Broadstairs Town Team, POW! Thanet and Ramsgate Festival. She is the co-founder of Mindful Thanet, Director of The Thyroid Trust and a freelance communications advisor, as well as an artist and poet. She was brought up by her father, mostly in Glasgow, following her mother's untimely death when she was five, did a sociology degree in Liverpool in the 80s, then worked in London for more than 20 years, including helping to launch the international 'Because I am a Girl' campaign in 2006, before moving to Broadstairs in 2011. A champion for Thanet, social justice and women’s and girls' rights, Lorraine is passionate about transformative conversations and giving everyone a voice.

 

 

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Wink the Other Eye - POW! Cabaret at The Lido, Margate
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Wink the Other Eye - POW! Cabaret at The Lido, Margate

Prepare to be wowed with an evening of avant-garde theatre, comedy, music, dance and burlesque set in the iconic Lido and curated by Screaming Alley.

Hosted by seaside burlesque star, Missy Maybe the line up includes Margate’s very own Brigitte Aphrodite whose electric performances and punk poetry have won rave reviews around the UK. Brigitte will be joined by the pioneering dance group, Moving Memory; Ray and Lennie of Pink Suits; Glory Pearl – the naked stand up; broken folk by Lunatraktors; operatic arias from Laure Meloy; Marianne Dissard the take-no-prisoners chanteuse, and sultry jazz and blues from Kai Hoffman. There will also be  performances from Alissa Cooper, Jessica Jordan-Wrench, Marj Hogarth and Victoria Barrow-Williams.

House DJs will be at the ready to help you dance the night away.

Tickets £10 in advance  £12 on the door -  8pm til late - Over 16s - limited disability access.    

Tickets may be purchased on the door (cash only).

 

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Dry Run #9 at Chiara Williams Contemporary Art
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Dry Run #9 at Chiara Williams Contemporary Art

Come and explore works in progress by Felicity Allen and Hedley Roberts in this edition of Dry Run curated specially for POW! This intimate evening held in the beautiful Grade II listed Royal York Mansions in Margate Old Town, opposite Turner Contemporary, offers a safe and supportive space in which artists can test out new work and ideas and receive feedback and constructive criticism.

No wheelchair access.

7 to 9pm

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As this is a free event, all ticket holders are requested to arrive ten minutes before the advertised start time. After this time we cannot guarantee your place will be available.

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NOW A Dialogue on  Female Chinese Contemporary Artists
Mar
9
5:30 PM17:30

NOW A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists

Guan Xiao, Shiyuan Liu with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen, Hao 5ingban, Wang Xin, Geng Xue, Liang Yue, Liu Yi. This event presents some of the most exciting film work being made by contemporary female Chinese artists as part of the collaborative programme NOW.

Addressing notions of modernity, tradition and technique, the films range from Liu Yi's pen- and-ink watercolour animation Origin of Species (2013) to Shiyuan Liu's animated twitter exchange Best Friends Forever (2017). Female artists in China have long been  left  at  the  fringes of art historical debate.

NOW aims to re-open a dialogue on the way female Chinese artists are positioning themselves today. The film programme is curated by Bren O'Callaghan, HOME, Manchester.

5.30 to 7pm

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Grooming, Consent and Assertiveness by Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, Family Workshop
Mar
9
4:00 PM16:00

Grooming, Consent and Assertiveness by Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, Family Workshop

With the Early Intervention and Prevention Team. Interactive family workshop that focus on issues around consent, understanding the dangers and dynamics of grooming and the importance of assertiveness. Adapted especially for POW! Thanet, Oasis is excited to be sharing this with young people and their families.

Age 14+

4 to 5.30pm

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Finding Jane, A Journey with Mrs Pugin
Mar
9
2:00 PM14:00

Finding Jane, A Journey with Mrs Pugin

Ramsgate poet, Sarah Tait celebrates Jane Pugin's journey from impoverished widow and single mother-of- eight to her last years at St Augustine's when she was known locally as ’The Grand Old Lady of Ramsgate'.

This poetry workshop will give an insight into Jane Pugin's life, her rich contribution to Ramsgate's heritage, and her possible connections with other Ramsgate women of the time. (Workshop participants will have the opportunity to read their words at Sarah's later reading should they wish to do so).

Workshop  2 to 3.30pm

Tickets £7.50

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Listen to Sarah reading and performing work from her specially written collection Finding Jane– a poetic exploration of Jane Pugin's life and Ramsgate  times.

The reading is open to all. 4 to 5pm

Free entry

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International Women 2: A Talk with Karen Constantine
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

International Women 2: A Talk with Karen Constantine

Cllr Karen Constantine was invited to Kurdistan, in September 2017 as part of the WK referendum monitoring team which helps to ensure a free  and fair election process. Karen visited Erbil the capital, and Barderash during the referendum and became concerned about Kurdish people, refugees and the Yazidees who have been subjected to extreme persecution. Karen's talk, with short films and photographs, will help you to gain some understanding of the country's complex politics, the value of democracy and how women's and girls' rights are vulnerable and need protection.

1 to 2pm

Tickets £5

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Syd and Sylvia
Mar
8
9:30 PM21:30

Syd and Sylvia

Eastbourne, 1987. Infamous  club owner / compère Syd and his long-suffering singer / entertainer wife Sylvia, have been performing the same  old  routines at their working men's club for 15 years. However, after taking up an evening class in Women's Studies, Sylvia has been taking liberties with some of the material, much to the disapproval of her abusive husband. Re-imagined karaoke lyrics, cheesy keyboard playing and bad jokes sit alongside harrowing anecdotes of misogyny and sexual assault in this one-woman show about control, expectation and the crap that women face every day.

Limited wheelchair access.

9.30pm start

Tickets £8

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