Pope Tower, first building completed for Small Life project. I have an abiding love of miniature worlds. The sophisticated globe trotter amongst you may have recognised the reference to Disneyland's Small World ride in the title of this blog. I was once whisked away on an all expenses paid trip to Disneyland Paris with my son and his cousin who between them had recovered from open heart and brain surgery. I held the coats and bags while the five year olds went on the scary rides with my sister-in-law, I would happily have spent all weekend floating round the jinngly, glittery Small World ride. All Together!
It's a small world after all,
It's a small world after all.
Now that what passes for autumn these days is upon us (still have snap dragons, daisies, pinks, penstemon and geraniums in the garden) I fancied indulging in a bit of summer garden nostalgia. Photos are of my mum's 1940s suburbun garden, a wedding somewhere near Lichfield and our Cambridge backyard.
The globally renowned Passion For Freedom art festival opens in London on Monday 21st September at its new home in the Mall Galleries.
Passion For Freedom was started in London by a small group of friends who shared a goal of achieving basic human rights for every person in the world and decided to use art as both their weapon and their shield. Predominantly young women, they also seek to highlight the hypocrisy in Western attitudes toward the female body.
The Passion for Freedom open exhibition invites artists to consider three questions; What is freedom? How easy is it to lose? How hard is it to get back? It showcases uncensored art from the UK, Europe and around the world, which aims to promote human rights, highlight injustice and celebrate artistic freedom of expression.
The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm, 21-26 September 2015.
Tits Out for the Lads Doll
My One-Woman Offensive to Unnerve a Tory. On Saturday at a Bedfordshire village show (part of that sea of blue surronding Cambridge) I presented the Right Honourable Alister Burt, member of parliament for North East Beds, with a YOU'RE LUCKY BAG, which promised FUN TORY FUN and contained thoughts on such things as austerity, benefits, social housing, homelessness, refugees etc. He is Minister of State for Care and Support. It must be his extremely light workload which allows him so much free time to schmooze with the Tory Faithful.
A long term collaborative project which draws collaborators into recording, making, reconstructing and reproducing clients' gardens in a variety of unexpected settings.
This project draws inspiration from Duchamp's Readymades. There are three criteria to consider in the creation of Post-Duchampian artworks. Firstly, the choice of object is in itself a creative act. Secondly, that by cancelling the ‘useful’ function of an object it becomes art. Thirdly, that the presentation of the object and the addition of a title gives it a new meaning. Hence
Thought I would share this early stage project Dirty Washbasins; Finding Beauty in the Abject., influenced by Julia Kristeva's 1980s interpretation of the Abject, that is; bits of our physical selves and social identity that have since been rejected. A corpse is an extreme example, hairs in a washbasin a less dramatic one, of that which has been cast out of the cultural world. The beauty of these otherwise repulsive cast-offs, for me, lies in their resonance with the socially rejected other.
Let me know if you have a particularly neglected washbasin I could photograph!
Come along to the Private Art Tent in the Eastern Bloco Arts Area at Strawberry Fair, noon til late on the 6th of June, to look at and interact with Objectify That! , a playful counter-balance to female objectification. Play Hook the Dick and Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Bring something for our Show and Tell, Bring and Share Table. Do some colouring, cutting and sticking at our free (donations accepted!) Tits Out For the Lads workshops. Make a charitable donation and take away one of our Nipples for Breast Cancer Research. And much more. Please be advised that this exhibition has been awarded an adult content warning.
7.30 tonight. The Old Spring, 1 Ferry Path, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1HB 01223 357228,
A group for women who want to create corrupted cross-stitch, subversive sewing, effluent embroidery and the like-group or personal projects welcome. Bring what you have and use what we bring. No experience necessary. We intend to meet monthly. This being the first meeting we will have to see how it goes, to establish if this is the right venue and time etc. Hosted by Jane Hellings and Vix Ford
The pigeon image is uncredited. If anyone know's who's responsible I would love to meet them!
Jane Hellings' adventures in Art Land
- 9 Stitches FiLiA Residency 2018-19
- Lass Struggle FiLiA 2017
- Art for a Fiver
- The Every Day Project
- Afternoon tea with Sheela
- And They Lived Happily Ever After
- Object Object
- Objectification and Gendered Violence Symposium
- Feminist Pound Shop
- Slag Sofa
- It's a Mad World
- Penis Emporium
- Objectify That
- Louise Bourgeois Gallery
- Charity Nipples
- Our Lady
- Dirty Washbasin Project
- A Series of Poor Jokes
- Playing House
- Playing Shop
- Desperate Artwives
- Sew Angry
- Public Art
- Community Art
- Up t'Arts
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