Architects of women place is the first part of the idle women journey.
With help, support, labour and encouragement of many women we have conceived and created a new narrow boat which will serve as a touring womens art centre. Co-dependent on it's sister motoroboat this vehicle will navigate the north of England via the ‘cut’, the wound carved into the earth to serve the Industrial Revolution owing credit to thousands of unsung women. This arts centre is built in the context of the Tory governments mass closure of specialist womens services, refuges, safe houses, and social spaces and the never changing lack of womens place in the arts.
building the new arts centre
Architects of womens place
'Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen' Rehana Zaman
This six part video collides a fictional soap opera about a corporate takeover with documentary fragments filmed by and about female migrant workers from the self led organisation Justice for Domestic Workers Leeds (J4DW Leeds). Framed around working conditions in a former industrial centre of the North, 'Some Women...' examines the shift in gendered and racially constructed worker relations from the 1980s to the present day.
Rehana Zaman is an artist based in London working with video and live performance. She frequently collaborates to produce deadpan, narrative based works exploring neurotic social relationships upended by race, gender and the failures of language.
The Square Chapatti Club
Uzma Kazi is an artist specialising in theatre design/installation and community development. At 'The Square Chapatti Club', no one is going to judge you by how well you're chapatti's turn out - we are not perfect - we are human!
'The Square Chapatti Club' is a space for women to own their own experiences, to be heard and to be a listener for others. This is about 'YOU' - the woman behind all of those roles you play. Join us for a fun filled practical, and a deeply creative conversation! (Be warned - it will get messy!)
Dana Popa began her associate work with idle women by taking a series of portraits of local women to celebrate the beginning, these are just a few of the everyday architects of women's place, change makers and activators we have met over the past months.