Blackburn, Nov 2015-March 2016
architects of womens place is the beginning of the idle women (on the water) tour and looks at everyday architects of womens place, the change makers and activators.
muf architecture/art, are undertaking the first residency working in collaboration with a local women’s organisation, future artists-in-residence and idle women’s growing community. Together we are co-designing a floating arts venue that will tour the waterways of Lancashire and West Yorkshire until 2017.
muf architecture/art are working closely with Humraaz, a specialist Black and Minority Ethnic Violence Against Women and Girls refuge provider to interrogate the complexities of a design which requires multiple use, for large numbers of women in a limited mobile structure.
In January the work began on the new idle women boat build, working with Anne and Dean Atkinson at ABC Boats who have now completed the steel work of this special new boat. The new boat will arrive on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal at the end of February when local women are invited to get involved in the final fit out of the idle women arts centre.
The cargo narrowboat or butty* is the ‘base camp’ for idle women (on the water) as well as hosting talks and events, and giving women and girls across the North West the opportunity to take part in contemporary art projects as creators and audiences.
To coincide with the launch of the new boat on International Women’s Day, idle women have commissioned new writing by legendary historian, feminist, activist Silvia Federici.
Renowned photographer Dana Popa has also been commissioned to take portraits of particular local women, those who are the everyday architects of women's place, change makers and activators.
the grand domestic revolution
Burnley, March-June 2016
We are pleased to announce that artist Martina Mullaney will take up the first water-based residency in March, together with her daughter and their dog Max.
Over the past seven years Martina has developed a strand of her practice called Enemies of Good Art, highlighting the missing Mother in critical, public, social and academic contexts. Her work is often text based and discursive. "I am interested in maternal, domestic and social labour and how the role of the mother continues to be denigrated."