WELL THAT IS LOVELY!
'Well that is Lovely!' is a two day programme, jam packed with performances, talks, exhibitions and Womxn SRSLY's 2nd birthday, with sneaky secret DJ appearance (NTS), part of Arcade East's 2019 Design and Politics season. Well isn't that lovely!
Dates: 30th and 31st Aug
Venue: Arcade East, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare St, London E8 3RE
Cost: FREE (book in advance to avoid disappointment)
Friday 30 August | Doors 8PM | Double Bill: Symoné and Claudia Palazzo
Exploring the impermanence of underground culture Symoné and Claudia Palazzo invite you into a space where their worlds collide. In between loud bass, sweat and psychedelic lights emerge two separate works conveying their experiences towards collective activism and escapism.
Build up by Claudia Palazzo
Informed by her experiences of dancing on podiums and subliminal communication in public, this new work in progress looks at the potential to build temporary spaces and communities that facilitate growth. With lights, loud beats and nature build up is Palazzos attempt to ask for help to break the silence.
Untitled by Symoné
Symoné revives her personal experience in a cult into a new work in progress. Inspired by the American rave and ballroom (voguing) culture, she invites audiences to join her in a in a show full of imagination and insanity.
Saturday 31 August | All Day Event | Exhibition, Talk, Party
2 - 4pm - Exhibition Sinead O’Dwyer
An exhibition of work from Sinead O'Dwyer's back catalogue. Sinead's work straddles the disparate realms of industrial practice, relying on fibreglass moulds made by life-casting human bodies, and intimacy, with a design vocabulary rich in silks, lingerie forms and a faithful representation of the female form.
4 - 5pm - Talk Lucy and Yak
Lucy and Yak are an ethical clothing brand. Their aim is to demonstrate that a clothing label can produce awesome unique clothing of a high quality whilst proving that this can be done without exploiting anyone involved in the process of creating and selling the garments from start to finish. They think the system doesn’t have to be “winners and losers”. The system is whatever we all decide to make it, so let’s make a system where everyone wins. Founder Lucy will present a talk about her company and ethos.
Womxn SRSLY 2nd Birthday Party | Doors 7.30PM
Womxn SRSLY is 2 years old! Come and celebrate with us at a special birthday party hosted by London College of Fashion's Arcade East as part of the Design and Politics festival. Artists include; Valerie Ebuwa, The Yonis, Grace Nicol. Expect performances, djs, dancing and all round power!
MEET THE ARTISTS
Symoné is a queer multidisciplinary circus artist and dancer. Most renowned for fusing multiple circus disciplines together and bringing a club-like energy in her performances, she continues owning her roots as an underground raver in high end shows around the world.
Claudia Palazzo is an artist and dancer working across the intersections and contradictions of dance, performance art, alternative cabaret, and film using her body as a responsive site to her environment and territory. Her work exists somewhere between the nightclub, gallery, and street and focuses on the live experience as a place for highly charged connections.Claudia is often preoccupied with, how to move through, deal with, process and oppose systems of violence. As a dancer and performer Claudia has presented her work internationally in a wide variety of contexts and has spent a long time dancing on the club scene.
Grace Nicol is a choreographer, activist. Her artistic practice has a particular focus on object-body relations and materiality, investigating juxtapositions and associations of objecthood and bodies to explore movement within socio-political contexts. Grace’s choreographic work has been shown at The Place, CentrE17, The Yard, Guest Projects, Hackney Showroom, the V & A Museum and has toured nationally and internationally, winning a Stockholm Fringe Award in 2015. To develop her work with WS further, Grace provides mentoring for female artists and university lectures, most recently working with Falmouth University and on the MA programme at ArtEZ. Grace is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Research Studio, member of Chisenhale Dance Space and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School in 2018.
The Yonis are a contemporary movement girl band. Inspired by gig culture, we want to recreate the shared feelings of joy, euphoria and togetherness that one feels when watching their favourite band. Our work brings contemporary dance to unexpected places and in doing so encourages audiences to break the audience/performer barriers, to dance with us, enabling a more embodied viewing experience. As an all-female collective we celebrate our bodies as vehicles to be physical, powerful and dynamic, finding strength in coming together to create, take up space and make noise. The Yonis are proud to be girl-band in residence at Womxn SRSLY.
Sinéad O’dwyer graduated from the royal college of art’s ma fashion programme in june 2018, presenting 23:19:26. Her work straddles the disparate realms of industrial practice, relying on fibreglass moulds made by life-casting human bodies, and intimacy, with a design vocabulary rich in silks, lingerie forms and a faithful representation of the female form. Her work has been featured on print, online and televised platforms, including W, Love, i-D, Candy, Playboy, Sleek, Vogue Italia and Dazed. Figures to have worn her pieces include Björk—shot by Tim Walker—Rupaul’s Drag Race winner Aquaria, and musicians Kelsey Lu and Arca. Sinéad was also selected to take part in Gareth Pugh’s ‘i’m a dreamer’, a radical luxury takeover of Selfridges’ corner shop, alongside designers Edwin Mohney, Richard Malone, Bianca Saunders, and stylist Ib Kamara. here, she presented live models in the department store’s window, who were drawn by Showstudio illustrators and live-streamed on their platform. Post MA Sinéad O’dwyer presented 115:95:130, a print companion to 23:19:26, the designer’s graduate collection. produced in collaboration with photographer Ottilie Landmark, writer & editor Mahoro Seward, artist Jolien Van Schagen, and graphic designer Monika Gruzite (goys & birls, nxs world), the publication comprises episodes of image and text that mirror and develop issues broached in the collection.
The alienation of female-identifying bodies through fashion is discussed through a series of fragmentary testimonies given by115:95:130’s models & muses, jade bruce-linton, pelin ekmen, berivan cemal and love bailey. each assesses fashion’s status as a critical instrument of self-fashioning, self-loathing and self-love. the complementary imagery depicts their bodies in varied states of detachment and presence, clothed in 23:19:26. accompanying them is a visual chronicle of the garment making process.
In the past year she was commissioned by melissa shoes to create original new work as part of curator bryony stone’s all in: bodied exhibition which opened in galeria melissa in london this october, alongside choreographer Grace Nicol and artist Zoe Marden, and has been part of 1 granary’s void collaborating with Sharna Osborne, Danielle Emerson and Arpa Studios to create a film and zine that was showcased during London fashion week.
Valerie Ebuwa is a freelance dance artist, write, mentor and model based in London. She started her training at Lewisham College before obtaining a BA HONS degree from London Contemporary Dance School. Amongst others she’s recently worked with; Vincent Dance Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Protein Dance, Holly Blakey, Eddie Peake, Grace Nicol and Rhiannon Faith. As well as her blog, Valerie writes for I am Hip Hop magazine; a printed and online publication championing Hip Hop culture. Her own work has been featured Crack magazine and Parallel- a digital publication showcasing eclectic artists and their work.