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Women's History Month 2016

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WOMEN artists, activists, writers and performers, community groups and organisations are celebrating Women’s History Month (March 1 to March 31) with a remarkably diverse range of events and exhibitions.

Art exhibitions and events include Rosalie Schweiker: Bra Talk and Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance at Toynbee Studios, photographs by the late Maud Sulter at Autograph ABP, The Barbara Brush Calendar at 4COSE on Vyner Street, Unfurling Bangladesh at Rich Mix, The Match Women’s Strike 1888: Alison Marchant’s 1988 ‘Wall Paper History’ revisited at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library, Room of a Thousand Butterflies by Renee Rilexie at the Travelling Through Culture Club and Political Animals/21 Century Feminist Cinema, discussed by Sophie Mayer at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Performances include a programme at Rich Mix with Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN), a one day festival of music, spoken word, two exhibitions, panel discussions and free open workshops, Sudanese singer Alsara and the Nubatones and French-Algerian jazz and blues performer Iness Mezel; Cleo Sylvestre’s one woman show The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole is at the Rosemary Branch Theatre; comics Katie Steckles, Marian Call, Helen Arney, Timandra Harkness and Candi Gigi are appearing at the Backyard Comedy Club; and Landscapes of Girlhood, a night of short films is at Deptford Cinema.

History is explored through talks and discussions focusing on the East London Suffragettes and The Match Women’s Strike at Tower Hamlets History Library; Women Making Waves, a weekend event on women’s maritime history at the National Maritime Museum; What is Feminism? at the Idea Store Chrisp Street; and Julie Begum invites you to come and be inspired by Jahanara Imam writer and political activist at the Idea Store Whitechapel.

Courses include Women in the 19th Century – The Fight for Human Rights and Five Centuries of Women Artists at Bishopsgate Institute, How to write about art with Gilda Williams and Working with Archives with Nayia Yiakoumaki at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Women’s groups and community organisations from all over the East End are putting on special events to celebrate International Women’s Week from March 6 to March 12.

Women’s History Month is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets. Council.