Holloway

‘Holloway’ is an exhibition exploring the past, present and future significance of Holloway Women’s Prison, which for 150 years stood as a symbol both of acts of resistance by women and their continued marginalisation.
 
Join me and other artists and agitators Tuesday February 6th at the Ringcross Community Centre, Lough Road, N7 8RH 6-9pm for the PV.
Show runs until Feb 23rd.
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In the early 1900s, several Suffragettes were imprisoned at Holloway, and force-fed after they embarked on hunger strikes in protest of their treatment. In 1918, Constance Markievicz, a fighter in the Easter Rising of 1916, arrived at Holloway, and during her time incarcerated she won election to the Second Dáil in the elections of 1921. In 1955, Ruth Ellis was the last women in the United Kingdom to be executed. Only last year, in January 2016, Sarah Reed committed suicide in her cell, where she was kept waiting for nine weeks for a mental health evaluation.

Now, just three decades after the prison was rebuilt from scratch, the site is set to be completely repurposed and developed into housing. This exhibition seeks to ask questions of this transformation: What does it mean to turn a place of incarceration into a place of probable luxury? How can a new housing development go ahead, while remaining conscious of the history of the site?

This exhibition is an attempt to explore Holloway as the confluence of many issues: women’s rights, mental health, gentrification and the current upheaval of the prison system.

On Thursday 8th February Pilion will host a screening of J. Lee Thompson’s 1956 film ‘Yield to the Night,’ starring Diana Dors as Mary Hilton. The film presents Mary in the shadow of her execution, as she retells a chain of events that drove her to murder. The film bears a striking resemblance to the case of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed at Holloway in 1955.

The exhibition will run until Friday 23rd February.

Artists and Contributors:
Kate Kelly
Jess Zaydner
Charlotte W. Stubbs http://www.cwstubbs.com
Victoria Suvoroff
Susan Merrick
Paul Talling
Sisters Uncut
Kingombe Onyangunga

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I am happy to announce that I have been chosen as one of 40 artists by @NastyWomenLondon and @CreativeDebuts to exhibit in Nasty Women’s first exhibition in London, UK.

 To celebrate the International Day of Peace on 21 September, part of the money raised from the exhibition will be donated to Rape Crisis England and Wales and Women for Women International to protect women’s rights worldwide. Come and show your support from 7pm on 21 September! #NastyWomenLDN

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Don’t fall in, come on out.

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Hello good people.

Well, the time has finally come to let the cats out of the bag.
I would love to take this opportunity to invite you to come and enjoy some new work including; giant cats, skulls and MRI brain scans at the launch night of my new show at Flaxton Ptootch Gallery in Kentish Town from 7pm on Thursday June 1st
The show runs until July 3rd, so if you can’t make it down on the first night, then you’ve got all month to have a look at your leisure.
I am showing alongside the artist Katherine Griffin, a Slade alumni whose work appears like some beautiful, velvety dreams in oil on canvas. Original works will be for sale alongside limited edition prints. There will be food and music and lots of previously unseen pieces. It will be a fun night full of colour and cocktails.
Say “Sinister Pussy” sent you at the door for free entry….be great to see you there. x x x
237 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JT London. 
The PV starts at 7pm.
Closest tube is Kentish Town.
(turn left out of station and walk down approx 200m and FP is on your right)

 Charlotte is the fourth generation of committed self taught female painters in her family and has been honing her skills since her teens.  

 CW Stubbs  enjoys bringing beauty to subjects that are often disturbing or uncomfortable. Using vibrant colour to seduce the viewer and often stark        uncompromising imagery, she challenges our perception of the narrative truth from multi media sources. www.cwstubbs.com

More than Cats & Skulls…. Two bold and colorful painters will be showing at the Ptootch this June. Katherine’s detailed acrylics and gilded prints explore and celebrate life through psychodelic landscapes, whilst Charlotte’s work is often inspired by the global political one. Mixed media canvasses prints and collages pay homage to the forest, to Mexicana and the women of the cartel killings, protestors in all their rage, and the delicacies of the human mind and body. CEW Stubbs label Sinister Pussy paintings and textiles can be found here: www.cwstubbs.com Katherines work here:https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/

Private View Thursday June 1@ Flaxton Ptooch Gallery -Skulls, Cats, Cocktails and gary’s big brains.

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Thursday June 1st is launch night. I am bringing out the 3 giant kittens alongside the work of the very velvety talented katherine griffin https://www.katherinegriffinart.com/.

On display will be a multitude of skulls. There will be food, cocktails, music and many a print or original canvas to buy. I’m aiming to sell it all within the next few months, so get some while supplies last.  Show runs until July 3rd. Closest tube is Kentish Town. Come on down. Say ‘sinister pussy sent me’ at the door for free entry.

x x x

Stratford Open Studios

 Hey hey hey,

Essex house is having it’s open studios Sept 3rd! I’m showing off my Legend of Sooki Song series, previously known as Sooki Song and the Brain. Come and say hello..

  
 

30 day ARt challenge, continues

The last two thirds of the ARt challenge were fraught with major interruptions.

Before making the conscious decision to fall head first into a later in life motherhood. I interviewed every artist-woman I knew, every mother artist, every mother and every artist. My biggest question was, could I still be an artist and be a mother? Could I do both? Would being a mother, calm the quiet rage inside me? Would I lose my drive, my inspiration?  I had many other issues surrounding motherhood, and my non-predisposition towards it, but for now allow me to focus on art and motherhood.

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I read many articles from famous artist that were also mothers and from many women that were also artist that had children. A majority said, that you have to give all to your craft if you ever wanted to truly succeed. Some, like Vivienne Westwood claimed it was possible but also unbelievably  boring.  An Italian sculpture who I found very inspiring claimed it aided her to focus her work. That one could no longer wait to be inspired, to have the divine muse descend when the circumstances were perfect. (not that I ever had that), but as an artist she made time for her art and made time for her children. Yes she wasn’t as prolific as many of her male contemporaries for awhile, but whatever. She made good stuff, and has no regrets in the winter of her life. She grabbed whatever time she could find and did it.

So with that, I’ve made time over the last few years. Rather I steal time.

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Instead of conjuring up 2am passion, it has to be mixing paint after the 9am drop off.

This month, 12 days into the 30 day challenge, an exercise I needed to clear out the cobwebs and create new stuff.  The bubs gets very ill and we end up in hospital. A road we’ve been down often enough. But this round, it’s unfamiliar in it’s medical speak. I lose my mojo. There is a lot of dead time in hospital, a lot of sitting and waiting and checking and sitting and waiting and staring.

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A few days back home, we start home schooling, I incorporate  art lessons into our every day lives, as it feels as I’ve forgotten to draw. I did draw or create every day, but it wasn’t the usual just show up and do it, it was forced. I had nothing. I blanked. Angry late night words on paper with lines that didn’t make any sense.

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