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Sat, 05 Mar


Beecroft Art Gallery

International Women's Day Festival with Snapping the Stiletto

A festival to celebrate all Essex women and to mark the end of the second instalment of Snapping the Stiletto. The festival, organised by Snapping the Stiletto in collaboration with Southend Museums, is completely free.

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International Women's Day Festival with Snapping the Stiletto
International Women's Day Festival with Snapping the Stiletto

Time & Location

05 Mar 2022, 09:30 – 16:30

Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX, UK

About the Event

9:30am Women’s March

Pier Hill to Beecroft Art Gallery

10am Talks

(Lecture Theatre)

10am Welcome refreshments

10.30am Speakers working across arts and culture, and Snapping the Stiletto projects including: Rebekah Wallace Brown of Eye of Boudicca, Sophie Parkin, Lu Williams, Hephzi Tagoe, and the glorious Syd Moore!

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12.30pm Break

1.30pm A choice of three creative workshops (please note some are book only):

Workshop 1: Stitching ‘Wild Essex Women’ Broocheswith Juliet Lockhart

Using felt and simple embroidery stitches we will be creating textile brooches inspired by Roman face pots infused with the spirit of wild Essex woman Boudica. Unleash your own wild side, a connection to nature, a love of colour or a leaning towards a bit of bling, to create a unique piece of jewellery in celebration of being a part of the Essex women tribe.

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Workshop 2: Copy and Paste with Heidi Sharp

Using images and cuttings we'll start by making collages. From the collages we'll make a monotype. The collage will create a crisper, more contemporary piece while the monotype will create a ghost like figure.

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Workshop 3: Creating blueprints for the Essex women of tomorrow with Emma Mills and Laurence Harding.

Inspired by the remarkable Essex women of the past, Laurence and Emma invite you to learn a photographic process called cyanotype. Cyanotype printing is a photographic process that uses the sun to expose photographic light sensitive paper, which is blue in colour. The term ‘blueprint’ comes from this cyanotype process and was used by architects and designers to duplicate their plans.

We will also have a range of other art materials for you to draw, or write alongside your cyanotype, so that you can create you very own blueprint postcard that will influence the future generations of Essex Women.

This is a drop-in workshop.

3pm A choice of two bookable practical workshops:

Workshop 1: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere - How to Lead like a Feminist with Vinice Cowell

Tips and tricks for radical leadership development. I’ll be using solution focused coaching and personal development practices to empower attendees to find and utilise their inner leader. We’ll focus on what qualities they have that make a good leader, what being a good leader looks like, how to lead fearlessly, harness courage and the power of being kind, not nice.

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Workshop 2: Homeland is Presence with Lora Aziz

Explore STS's project Homeland is Presence by sharing a cup of tea with Lora Aziz, the artist and forager leading the project. Find out more about foraging, the uses and meanings of herbs, and the project in general.

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Other drop-in workshops, activities and installations:

1pm to 4pm Styling headcovers with Multicultural Southend

Used by women throughout the world, head coverings have different purposes. They can be used for modesty, for religious purposes, after medical treatments, to protect the hair or as a fashion statement.

In this drop-in workshop, local women will teach the different cultural styles of headwraps and headscarves. This workshop was especially created by the Multicultural Southend group to teach women that need or will need head coverings but weren’t taught how to style one.

Headscarves will be available. Bring your own scarf or fabric if you'd like to keep your headcover on.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th In Her Shoes, an immersive installation created by Blown Fuse Theatre

FULLY BOOKED. To check other available venues:

Joan’s enchanted shoe shop has appeared overnight and portals through time are hidden in the shoeboxes on the shelves. Will you take a walk In Her Shoes?

In Her Shoes is an immersive installation experience exploring the concepts of identity, stereotypes, and relationship to home. Your 20-minute adventure begins as you step inside a shoe shop built for one. With former Bata Shoes employee Joan as your guide, you're transported through time and along the way, you’ll meet real women from Essex, past and present.

05/03/22 to  27/03/22 147 Women by Sophie Parkin & Mandee Gage:

An installation of 147 pieces of hand made and painted ceramic, dedicated to 147 incredible women of this country who have made the world better. Laid out like a dinner party in homage to Judy Chicago. This work explores British Identity, philosophy, humanity, history, memory and the collective consciousness of us all.

Music and soundscapes during the day from DJ Storm and K-A-B.

2pm to 4pm Jazz Centre UK (Lower ground floor)

Zoe Rahman Trio, all female Jazz Trio

4.30pm Close

This event is free!

Note: Workshops are for adults only.

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