A Room of Their Own – 16 Days of Activisim

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During 2015 and 2016, Multistory collaborated with Magnum photographer, Susan Meiselas and women who were living in a Black Country refuge. The resulting publication, A Room of Their Own, shares the women’s experiences of domestic abuse.

To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2017, and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 Nov – 10 Oct) they have teamed up again to develop a ‘pop-up’ exhibition accompanied by a series of events, workshops and talks. Download a flyer detailing a full programme of events or see below.

A ROOM OF THEIR OWN – POP-UP INSTALLATION
25 Nov – 10 Dec 2017 – West Bromwich Indoor Market

(open daily 10am – 4pm, except Sunday) – FREE
A ‘pop-up’ installation showing a selection of digital narratives from A Room of Their Own by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas.

AN EVENING WITH SUSAN MEISELAS AND GUESTS
Fri 1 Dec 2017, 6.00pm – 8.00pm – West Bromwich Town Hall

Places are free but must be booked (details below)
Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas will introduce A Room of Their Own, her latest work with Multistory. After the talk there will bea panel discussion with project collaborators; a Q&A; and food and music.
Book your place here via Eventbrite.

SUSAN MEISELAS’ A ROOM OF THEIR OWN – BOOK SIGNING
Sat 2 Dec, 11.30am – 12.30pm – 
West Bromwich Indoor Market
Buy signed copies of A Room of Their Own.

WORKSHOPS
Sat 2 Dec 2017, 10am -3pm – West Bromwich Indoor MarketP
Places are free but must be booked in advance (details below)
10am – 12.30pm: artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood will lead a workshop to make your own tote bag using DIY printing techniques to create slogans to empower, to inspire activism and to send a message of hope.
Book your place here via Eventbrite.

1.30 – 3pm: go beyond a ‘selfie’ in a self-portrait workshop with Alex Nelson, photographer and manager at the Susan Meiselas studio. Participants will make a self-portrait using photography and expand upon the basic image using collage, writing and drawing to represent their many selves.
Book your place here via Eventbrite.

A ROOM OF THEIR OWN WITH EMMA PURSHOUSE
Mon 4 Dec 2017, 3.30 – 4.30pm – West Bromwich Central Library

Free entry; no need to book
Wolverhampton-based writer, poet and storyteller Emma Purshouse will read extracts from A Room of Their  Own with Priscilla, a project participant.
Click here for more info & to show your interest. 

FEMINIST ART WORKSHOP WITH FEMINISTS WORK FOR CHANGE
Tues 5 Dec 2017, 11am – 3pm – 
West Bromwich Indoor Market
Free, drop-in event.
Using a range creative techniques, artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood will lead this drop-in workshop so you can make your messages into flyers and posters, inspiring, solidarity, hope and change.
For more info & to express your interest click here.

POP-UP PORTRAITS
25 Nov – 10 Dec 2017 – West Bromwich Indoor Market

(open daily 10am – 4pm apart from Sunday) – FREE
Have a free portrait taken by photography students at Sandwell College & leave a ‘message of hope’ to be part of the ongoing conversation around domestic violence.

DISPLAY AT WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY
25 Nov – 10 Dec 2017 – Wolverhampton Art Gallery
A display featuring a single photograph from
A Room of Their Own. Visitors are invited to respond to the photograph through writing and drawing.

To donate to the campaign and receive a copy of A Room of Their Own click here.

Visit the team at West Bromwich Indoor Market between 25 Nov – 10 Dec to buy / drop off items of need and to find out more about the exhibition and events.

Sandwell Libraries will act as information hubs over the 16 Days and will also display A Room of Their Own and other books written by women or about domestic violence.

If you are effected by domestic violence please call the national helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit a Sandwell Library near you during 25 Nov to 10 Dec.

#16DaysofActivism #OrangetheWorld

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