Update on POW!'s community projects

POW!’s Community Projects have been progressing well as the festival approaches

 Carli Jefferson - Reclaiming the Power - a ROSA funded community project.

Carli Jefferson ran amazing sessions with women from the Oasis support group. Each week different materials were given to the group to experiment with producing some wonderful moments of creativity. Women found  the love for art they once had being revived and inspiration was released to create varied works of empowerment and determination! Sessions included some tears as memories were released and shared, but there were also tales of joy of the magnificent journeys that some of the women have been on to get to the empowered and safe place that they find themselves in now! Works include a song written and sung by 2 of the group, a film, paintings and collages. Come and see the results on Art Crawl Night in Margate on 7th March.


 Kasia Molga - Sealabs Edition#1 Reactive Jewellery and the Sea - a ROSA funded community project.

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Robotic Fusionist Kasia Molga has started her sessions with the young girls at Pie factory Music to make ‘Wearables’ - jewellery or clothes that change in some way when you interact with them! Sessions have been lots of fun so far with the girls showing that working with electronics doesn’t have to be dull- as they all took up singing ‘call and response’ songs in unison at the top of their voices while sewing components together to produce an electronic circuit! Go Girls! Come and interact with the finished works at Kasia’s studio in Margate on Art Crawl Night on 7th March.


Sarah Wyld and Lucy Edematie - See Me and Hear my Voice - a ROSA funded community project.

Sarah and Lucy have spent 2 months visiting and talking with women from East Kent Mencap to capture life-stories and incredible personal tales.  Wonderful, large images literally which jump out of the frame at you, whilst words and sounds delve deeper revealing snapshots of the incredible different lives and interests that the women have. Join them for the Margate Art Crawl Night end party on 7th March.



Tracie Peisley - Once Upon a Time - a ROSA funded community project.

Tracie Peisley worked with women who are either living with, or are caring for those who are living with memory loss and dementia from Copperfields, Ramsgate, to make beautiful textile  memory books. The deeply emotional sessions produced wonderful memory sharing, and books were completed with collage, paintings and real photographs which can be cherished by the women’s families. A recent coffee and cake morning event for other residents and friends of the centre to come and see what has been going on proved popular, with a visiting group spontaneously having fun in a sewing session that Tracie had provided! Come see the works and meet the artist in Ramsgate on Art Crawl Night on 6th March


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Tomorrow’s Great Pageant

Post Workers Theatre (Dash and Nick) and photographer Jason have been leading theatre and photographic workshops for young people at Liberty Training to re-imagine a famous political cartoon from a 1909’s Suffragette play! The first day found the young people learning to create live images or Tableau Vivant using simple camera techniques, and talking about what we mean when we think about Gender, Prejudice or Freedom - all this whilst standing still on one leg, being Usain Bolt, or just ‘being’ a random word for the others in the group to guess! Come and see the final images at the Art Crawl Night party at Vinyl Head in Ramsgate on 6th March.

 


Banners Project

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Our Banners project is on its way! Artist Jessica Vorsanger recently led inspiration banner- making talks and everyone went away brimming with excitement! Groups such as Speak Up CIC are now full steam ahead creating a lively, colourful banner to walk with in our Opening Night Procession. Jessica is making more visits this week to take a look and provide more inspiration for all our participants! Come and join us for the procession on 8th March from Margate Station!


POW! Banner makers needed!

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POW! are looking for banner makers and walkers!

Would you or your group, like to make a banner and be part of our International Women's Day procession for the official launch this years POW! Festival? Are you part of a group that supports or celebrates women's issues, or, would you and a group of friends like to make a banner to celebrate inspirational women and be part of our procession?

If you would like to find out more about how to be involved in this project, please e-mail info@powthanet.com for more information.

This years POW! 2019 official launch will open with a procession of banners created by women from local organisations around Thanet and will be led by artist Jessica Voorsanger. On Friday 8th March, the different groups with their banners, will meet and will form a procession leading to Turner Contemporary. This will be the main focal point of the launch of POW! 2019.

Background

In 2018, as part of the Artichoke / 14 – 18 Now Festival, artist Jessica Voorsanger worked with Turner Contemporary in collaboration with a group of local artists and makers to create the banner for this event. POW! 2018 commissioned artist Tracie Peisley to work alongside her, and with a small group of people from the community in Thanet, created the POW! Banner which then took part in the procession, in London.

See here for more information: turnercontemporary.org

Award from ROSA for POW!'s community work

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We are delighted to announce we have been awarded £20,000 from UK women's charity Rosa to continue workshops with our isle community groups.

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Recently Natasha, who took part last festival, came with us on the Processions 2018 march after helping make the POW Thanet banner. A proud moment for us all and something we really believe in here. We cannot wait to build on this and start working on wonderful art projects again with superstars like Tash. Thank you Rosa!

You can read more about the POW! banner on the projects page here.

We will continue to update you about our continuing work using the ROSA award over the coming months.

Politics Cafe: Sylvia Pankhurst

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Katherine Connelly, author of the book Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire, will be speaking at the Thanet Left meeting. From militant suffragette at the beginning of the twentieth century to campaigner against colonialism in Africa after the Second World War, Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. 

In this vivid biography, Katherine Connelly examines Pankhurst’s role at the forefront of significant developments in the history of radical politics. She guides us through Pankhurst's construction of a suffragette militancy which put working-class women at the heart of the struggle, her championing of the Bolshevik Revolution and her clandestine attempts to sabotage the actions of the British state, as well as her early identification of the dangers of Fascism. 

The book explores the dilemmas, debates and often painful personal consequences faced by Pankhurst which were played out in her art, writings and activism. It argues that far from being an advocate of disparate causes, Pankhurst’s campaigns were united by an essential continuity which hold vital lessons for achieving social change. This lively and accessible biography presents Pankhurst as a courageous and inspiring campaigner, of huge relevance to those engaged in social movements today.