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.

For this research and development phase of Accumulations / The Grandmothers Project I had extended conversations with each participant about the lineage of their own working lives with particular attention to the working lives of their familial and vocational mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Participants were then invited to make a contribution to a shrine to women’s work. The idea was that this contribution somehow took its inspiration from this lineage of women’s work while also somehow being engaged one’s own current work or creative interests. 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 my 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 own 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
Emma Meehan
Laura Mcgee
Jennifer Reid
Zoe Robertson
Sara Spies

Installed by Michael Vaughan