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Woman Up! is a series of Podcasts devised by Desperate Artwives in collaboration with Artist Susan Merrick and in association with the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s College.



Driven by the many inspiring women and stories we come across over the last 8 years of feminist practice we realised that we wanted to hear more from some of these amazing group so we gathered women from all walks of life who inspired us, influenced us and activated our practice as artists and curators but above all as humans.



We speak with women artists, mothers and academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more. Those hoping to inspire, or those being inspired. Those challenging ideas and ideals, questioning assumptions and provoking social change. And maybe those who just have something important to share. We will have conversations about lived experiences, about achievements and inspirations and we will share stories as well as campaigns and awareness.



We are choosing to talk to Women* because So much of women’s experience around the world is hidden, silenced, not documented or minimised. This isn’t a podcast for only women to listen to, but it IS a podcast about women and women’s lives.

Join us.



We would like to say a special thank you to:

Althea Greenan and The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths College for providing us space and equipment to record as well as support for the project;

Rosemary Schonfeld and OVA for the use of their track Early in the Evening, and to the Women’s Liberation Music Archive for storing such inspirational music that we can then find!

Mike Dignam for remixing the track for us beautifully and last but definetly not least Francesca Mattia for her generous funding of the project.



*Including Trans Women ’trans women ought to be included in the feminist coalition because we share some experiences of misogyny with cis women, because we share liberatory goals with feminism, and because our exclusion makes feminism weaker’ Alyson Escalante

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Woman Up! is a series of Podcasts devised by Desperate Artwives in collaboration with Artist Susan Merrick and in association with the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s College.



Driven by the many inspiring women and stories we come across over the last 8 years of feminist practice we realised that we wanted to hear more from some of these amazing group so we gathered women from all walks of life who inspired us, influenced us and activated our practice as artists and curators but above all as humans.



We speak with women artists, mothers and academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more. Those hoping to inspire, or those being inspired. Those challenging ideas and ideals, questioning assumptions and provoking social change. And maybe those who just have something important to share. We will have conversations about lived experiences, about achievements and inspirations and we will share stories as well as campaigns and awareness.



We are choosing to talk to Women* because So much of women’s experience around the world is hidden, silenced, not documented or minimised. This isn’t a podcast for only women to listen to, but it IS a podcast about women and women’s lives.

Join us.



We would like to say a special thank you to:

Althea Greenan and The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths College for providing us space and equipment to record as well as support for the project;

Rosemary Schonfeld and OVA for the use of their track Early in the Evening, and to the Women’s Liberation Music Archive for storing such inspirational music that we can then find!

Mike Dignam for remixing the track for us beautifully and last but definetly not least Francesca Mattia for her generous funding of the project.



*Including Trans Women ’trans women ought to be included in the feminist coalition because we share some experiences of misogyny with cis women, because we share liberatory goals with feminism, and because our exclusion makes feminism weaker’ Alyson Escalante

    Nicola Hunter 'Censorship, Bodies and Vulnerability'

    Nicola Hunter 'Censorship, Bodies and Vulnerability'

    Woman Up! Series 3, episode 2. Nicola Hunter – CENSORSHIP, BODIES and VULNERABILITY Artist and activist, Nicola Hunter was born in north east England (UK), began their path in fine arts and has since been performing and showing work nationally and internationally for over a decade. Hunter has seen international success as founder of intersectional feminist project Raising the Skirt and continues to develop a queer feminist arts and photographic practice, which is rooted in action based performance and spans live work, documentations of its products & traces and the re-presentation of these in other forms.www.nicolahunter.com Subtitled version will become available in the next few days    

    • 46 min
    Jodie Hawkes, 'Mother Trouble Makers'

    Jodie Hawkes, 'Mother Trouble Makers'

    Woman Up! Series 3, episode 1. Jodie Hawkes – MOTHER TROUBLE MAKERS Jodie is one half of performance duo Search Party. Formed in 2005 Search Party’s work has encompassed theatre, live art, durational performance, participatory art, home video and performative writing.  Search Party have made performances for theatres, galleries, public squares, 24-hour parties, high streets, village fetes, parks, shopping centres, across rivers, between bridges and along seafronts. Jodie is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Chichester. Her research Playing Kate focuses on maternal performance and class.http://searchpartyperformance.org.uk/  https://www.playingkate.coFor subtitled version  

    • 32 min
    Episode 14 - Rachel Epp Buller

    Episode 14 - Rachel Epp Buller

    The post Woman UP! Podcast Series 2, Episode 14 – Rachel Epp Buller appeared first on Desperate Artwives.

    • 42 min
    Episode 13, Christmas Special - Guerrilla Girls

    Episode 13, Christmas Special - Guerrilla Girls

    The Guerrilla Girls are anonymous artist activists who use disruptive headlines, outrageous visuals and killer statistics to expose gender and ethnic bias and corruption in art, film, politics and pop culture. They believe in an intersectional feminism that fights for human rights for all people and all genders. They undermine the idea if a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly is the first book to document their hundreds of street projects all over the world as well as interventions and exhibitions blasting museums on their own walls for their discriminatory practices. The Guerrilla Girls’ motto: Do one thing. If it works, do another. If it doesn’t, do another anyway. Keep chipping away. Creative complaining works!To purchase the book go to www.guerrillagirls.com/store/the-art-of-behaving-badlyAll images are credit Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly  © 2020 by Guerrilla Girls, published by Chronicle BooksFor subtitles option see below

    • 31 min
    Episode 12, Part 2 - Jennie Klein

    Episode 12, Part 2 - Jennie Klein

    PART 2Jennie Klein is a professor of art history at Ohio University. She is the co-editor, along with Myrel Chernick, of The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, published in 2011. In 2014 she and Chernick chaired TFAP@CAA Day of Panels, which was also themed around maternity and motherhood. She has recently published several essay on art and the maternal, including “Feminist Art and Motherhood: An Overview,” in The Routledge Companion to Motherhood, “Maternal Metaphors I and II: a labor of motherlove” in The Maternal in Creative Work, both co-authored with Myrel Chernick, and “The Mother Without Child/The Child Without Mother: Miriam Schaer’s Interrogation of Maternal Ideology, Reproductive Trauma, and Death” in Inappropriate Bodies.  For Part 2 click HEREFor subtitled version please see below 

    • 31 min
    Episode 12, Part 1 - Jennie Klein

    Episode 12, Part 1 - Jennie Klein

    Jennie Klein is a professor of art history at Ohio University. She is the co-editor, along with Myrel Chernick, of The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, published in 2011. In 2014 she and Chernick chaired TFAP@CAA Day of Panels, which was also themed around maternity and motherhood. She has recently published several essay on art and the maternal, including “Feminist Art and Motherhood: An Overview,” in The Routledge Companion to Motherhood, “Maternal Metaphors I and II: a labor of motherlove” in The Maternal in Creative Work, both co-authored with Myrel Chernick, and “The Mother Without Child/The Child Without Mother: Miriam Schaer’s Interrogation of Maternal Ideology, Reproductive Trauma, and Death” in Inappropriate Bodies. For Part 2 click HEREFor subtitled version please see below 

    • 24 min

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