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Women's History Month 2017

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FROM March 1 to March 31, 2017, women’s groups, artists, activists, performers, writers, arts, media and community organisations are celebrating Women’s History Month in East London, with a powerful range of events and exhibitions demonstrating female diversity.

Art Exhibitions and Events include:-

Sonia Gomez and Steakhouse Live at Toynbee Studios, Ingrid Pollard at Autograph ABP, Tschabala Self at Parasol Unit, Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington USA) at the Whitechapel Gallery, Alina Kisina at Chisenhale Arts Place, Vanessa Bell at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Threads 50 women artists at the Espacio Gallery, Glad to be Gay: The Struggle for Legal Equality at the LSE Library.

Performances include a programme at the Rich Mix with Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN), a festival of theatre, visual arts, music, film and discussions by female artists from across the Middle East and North Africa; 8Eyes-# Female Takeover hosted by Flower Child with Shauna Sundae, Ka’Reema and Sharna Cane; Foreign Body solo show by Imogen Butler-Cole; Woman and Revolution in the Black Arts Movement with the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC); a showing of a remarkable video recording of four women who witnessed the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 and are still alive will be at the Idea Store, Watney Street; and the Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival focuses on the worldwide struggle for women’s rights.

History is explored in a fascinating all day workshop From Suffragettes to Feminists with Michelle Johansen at the Bishopsgate Institute and Nostalgia is not Enough – an exhibition about the Brady Girls Club founded by Miriam Moses in 1921 at the Cass Foyer Gallery. There will the opportunity to explore the archives at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and find out about Women in the East End Yiddish Theatre and The First Woman Mayor of Bethnal Green, and Eastside Community Heritage are planning to exhibit Women’s Football: The East London Story.

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 4-11. This year they will be following the theme of Women in Public Life.

Women’s History Month is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets Council and the many artists and venues participating.

To find out more visit www.alternativearts.co.uk/.