a shrine to women’s work (2016)

1 – 13 August 2016, 12 – 6pm daily
studio 307, AWOL studios / Hope Mill

a shrine to women’s work brings together works from eleven artists who have reflected upon matrilineal influences in their own working / playing lives. Such influences include the work / play of mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers and also the ‘grandmothers’ of each artist’s artform(s) – or artistic lineages. Each contributor has made something that incorporates selected aspects of this embodied and relational history. Eventually the shrine was assembled from these objects in studio 307 at Hope Mill, Ancoats, itself a site where women, men and children endured gruelling labour in the textile industry in the 19th Century.

The impetus for this project came from the desire to recognise hidden histories of women’s work / play and from the site in Manchester in which I currently work. It has also arisen from my feelings of being haunted by the generational differences and resonances between myself and my grandmothers and from my own detailed interest in early modern dance history (my artistic grandmothers).

Contributing artists:
Dani Abulhawa
Hannah Buckley
Bridget Fiske
Natalie Garrett
Christian Kipp
Anna Macdonald
Laura Mcgee
Emma Meehan
Jennifer Reid
Zoe Robertson
Sara Spies

Installed by Michael Vaughan