Objectification and Gendered Violence

10 September 2016

Room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

A one-day multi-disciplinary symposium inspired by the exhibition 'Object Object' showing in the stairwell of the Alison Richard Building, which brings together objects, made and found, to reflect the everyday lives of the seven participating women artists. Working in isolation from each other, the women came together to curate the objects, in the expectation that shared concerns and experiences would lead to common themes which would inform the grouping of objects. Once gathered together, themes which emerged were; home, motherhood and children, sentiment, sex and relationships, personal values and activism, oppression and subjugation, objectification. The participating artists are Jill Eastland, Jane Hellings, Susie Johnson, Alison O'Neill, Eirini Kartsaki, Jane Waterhouse and Rachel Wooller.

Presenters at the symposium are drawn from Cambridge women's organisations and from a broad range of the arts including visual, performance, spoken word and film. The keynote speaker is Angie Stewart from Cambridge Women's Aid. There will be an interactive tour of the show Object, Object with some of the participating artists. Speakers, presenters and performers will explore, with their audience, the relationship between objectification of women generally and male violence against women specifically.

We will be exploring difficult and sometimes painful topics, the day will be punctuated with lighter and  humourous moments, but there is a comfortable seating area just outside the symposium room for anyone needing to take a break, at any time during proceedings. There is also access to outside seating should anyone require it.  Unlimited hot drinks will be available for attendees to serve themselves. A delicious lunch, prepared by Cambridge Food Cycle is included in all ticket prices.

The venue is fully accessible.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

10:00

Registration

10:25

Welcome

10:30

Angie Stewart, Cambridge Women's Aid

11:30

Q&A and discussion

11:45

Coffee break

12:00

Interactive Drawing Tour of 'Object, Object' Exhibition

Jane Hellings, Artist

13:00

Lunch, provided by Cambridge Food Cycle

14:00

The Object of Blame

Nora Al-Ani, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre

14:15

Active Futures; For Those with Chronic Conditions

Pippa Palmer, Active Futures

14:30

Practising Intersectional Feminism in Elite Spaces

Audrey Sebatindira, Cambridge University Student's Union Women's Officer

14:45

Hate Crime; Targeting the Weakest

Zareen Taj, Anti-Racist Activist

15:00

Q&A and discussion

15:15

Coffee break

15:30

Art History and Objectification

Alison O'Neill, Artist

15:45

We Must Love and Support One Another

Jill Eastland, Artist

16:00

Performance Poetry

Fay Roberts, Artist

16:15

Tuck it in No More, Performance

Eirini Kartsaki, Artist

16:30

Q&A and discussion

16:45

Coffee break

17:00

Summing up

A table is booked at a nearby pub for anyone wishing to continue the discussion

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