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WomanUp! podcast speaks to and about artists, academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more all (m)others and all womxn. Those challenging ideas and ideals, questioning assumptions and provoking social change.
Originally created under the Desperate Artwives collective, from Series 4 Woman UP! has made it's home with Procreate Project. Woman Up! is a podcast dedicated to the people and women that are taking risks. To the ones trying to change current structures founded on biases that have to do with gender, caring responsibilities, race, the integration of the private and the public. We have conversations about lived experiences, achievements, and aspirations and we will share campaigns and awareness around crucial intersectional struggles and subjects.
Woman Up! is produced by Procreate Project, hosted and created by Artists Amy Dignam and Susan Merrick.
Logo designed by @studio_co_co
Special thanks:
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

Woman Up‪!‬ Amy Dignam, Susan Merrick and Procreate Project

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WomanUp! podcast speaks to and about artists, academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more all (m)others and all womxn. Those challenging ideas and ideals, questioning assumptions and provoking social change.
Originally created under the Desperate Artwives collective, from Series 4 Woman UP! has made it's home with Procreate Project. Woman Up! is a podcast dedicated to the people and women that are taking risks. To the ones trying to change current structures founded on biases that have to do with gender, caring responsibilities, race, the integration of the private and the public. We have conversations about lived experiences, achievements, and aspirations and we will share campaigns and awareness around crucial intersectional struggles and subjects.
Woman Up! is produced by Procreate Project, hosted and created by Artists Amy Dignam and Susan Merrick.
Logo designed by @studio_co_co
Special thanks:
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

    Woman Up! Series 4 Episode 3 Frances Hatherley: On Class, the female grotesque and Sublime Dissension.

    Woman Up! Series 4 Episode 3 Frances Hatherley: On Class, the female grotesque and Sublime Dissension.

    Dr Frances Hatherley is a writer, researcher and curator. Her writing provokes critical engagements with working-class women’s subjectivities, creativities, art works, and notions of a classed-aesthetics.
    In 2018 she was awarded her PhD from Middlesex University titled “Sublime Dissension: A Working-Class Anti-Pygmalion Aesthetics of the Female Grotesque” examining the intersections of class and gender in the formations of grotesque, and sublime femininities in art and visual culture.
    She has published writing on surrealism and the subversive female grotesques of Leonora Carrington’s book The Hearing Trumpet and in David and Al Measles’ film Grey Gardens, and on working-class sexualities and fat femininities in characters from the comic Viz, as well as challenging stereotypes of working-class aesthetics in the photography of Richard Billingham. Other articles discuss class, sexuality, education in film and television.
    In 2020 She published her first book on Jo Spence, with a foreword by Marina Warner, titled Class Slippers: Jo Spence, Fantasy, Photography & Fairytales.
    Frances has been involved in curating several exhibitions in the UK, the first at the Pelz Gallery working with Patrizia di Bello and a group of MA students, with a show titled “Cultural Sniping: Photographic Collaborations in the Jo Spence Memorial Library” in Spring 2018. She co-curated the exhibition “Jo Spence: From Fairytales to Phototherapy” at the Arnolfini, Bristol, December 2020 – June 2021. Before Christmas, she was involved in curating the expanded film project “The Hurrier: Poor on the Roll” with Anne Robinson showing at galleries APT and Five Years, taking up topics of women, work, sexuality, and time travel.
    And she’s currently working on her second book exploring her conception of the Anti-Pygmalion in representations of women in art and popular culture with a focus on the practices of working-class cultural workers in Britain. 

    • 44 min
    Woman Up! Series 4 Episode 2 - Sasha Kanster The Work of Ukrainian organisation 'Feminist Workshop'

    Woman Up! Series 4 Episode 2 - Sasha Kanster The Work of Ukrainian organisation 'Feminist Workshop'

    In Woman Up! Series 4 episode 2 we talked to Sasha Kanster, external affairs manager and educational projects manager for the Feminist Workshop organisation based in Lviv, Ukraine.
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    Sasha says ' I think a lot of people will find there is no space for art, they will need to do more practical things and feel pressure about it …. But some people also understand that art is the only way that we can deal with trauma at a collective level. I don't think we can go as a whole country to therapy! But art will allow us to work through this experience.'
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    For more info about their work during the war and to donate please visit: https://femwork.org/warinukraine/

    • 37 min
    Woman Up! Series 4 Episode 1 - Annya Sand 'WAAW London - Taking action to increase representation of women artists in galleries and institution'

    Woman Up! Series 4 Episode 1 - Annya Sand 'WAAW London - Taking action to increase representation of women artists in galleries and institution'

    In this first episode of our re-launch we interviewed Annya Sand co-founder of the WAAW London a new initiative aiming to create more representation for female artists inviting London Art's galleries and non-commercial art institutions to exclusively showcase women artists during the week of the 8th  to 15th of June.

    'What I try to do is to find a sustainable solution to the lack of representation of female artists... If a gallery says no to us we don’t let them off the hook so easily, and I believe we have right to do so. 

    We would ask them to exhibit female artists at another time in the year and perhaps host a talk to highlight and talk about the important of representation of female artists. We offer our platform to advertise this potential initiative throughout the year so that galleries feel encouraged to make their programme more inclusive….
    By improving the situation for female artists we are ultimately improving the generation that is being brought up by them, and in turn our societies mental state and outlook of what’s fair and what's not' - Annya Sand

    • 28 min
    Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 9 - Leni Dothan 'Breaching the Contract'

    Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 9 - Leni Dothan 'Breaching the Contract'

    Leni Dothan is an Israeli-born artist, architect and researcher based in London, dealing with the overlooked representations of women – especially mothers – in art history and contemporary culture. Through the prism of a mother to a boy, a foreigner in the West, she creates sculptures, photographs, videos and installations that suggest new narratives other than the perfect and ideal mother-and-child relationship. Dothan completed her MFA and PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Leni also works collaboratively with scientists to raise awareness on eco-political subjects and environmental issues. Dothan presents her work around the world in galleries and museums and she is represented by MTArt Agency.

    Leni has also shown her work 'Mine'(2012) and 'Double'(2015) at the Desperate Artwives 'The M Word' exhibition at One Paved Court gallery in 2019. 

    • 49 min
    Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 8 - Lauren Craig 'Social Media Shyness and Cultural Futurism'

    Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 8 - Lauren Craig 'Social Media Shyness and Cultural Futurism'

    Lauren Craig (She/her/hers) is a social-media shy, internet-curious cultural futurist based in London. Her practice draws on her experiences as an artist, curator, researcher, birth/death doula and celebrant. She has founded and directed five creative organisations with a background in ethical, social and environmental entrepreneurship and reproductive justice. 
    Her practice moves with slow depth between performance, installation, art writing, moving image and photography. Through archival socialisation, she elevates lived experience as a tool for reframing past and present underexposed narratives. Through collaborative live engagement Craig invites us to presence conditions for ethical cultural memory.
    Craig's current project Rendering Experience takes a revisionist approach to Maud Sulter's book Passion: Discourses on Blackwomen's Creativity (1990), investigating the art historical legacy, impact and potential curatorial futures inspired by this formative yet overlooked text. Passion has featured in previously co-curated exhibitions The Rita Keegan Archive (Project) (RKAP) at South London Gallery, (2020) Show and Tell, The Women's art Library (2015). Forthcoming works, publications and events include collaborations with Feminist Review, Photofusion, Eastside Projects, The Womens' Art Library and Arts Catalyst. 
    She is a member of RKAP, a social history and curatorial collective whose activities include the publication Mirror Reflecting Darkly, MIT Press and Goldsmiths May 2021 and exhibition Between There and Here at South London Gallery in September 2021 and.
    She has an MA in Enterprise and Management for Creative Arts from the University of the Arts London. Craig will continue her practice-based research as part of Syllabus VI 2020/21 and the Royal College of Art 2021/22.



    Edits:
    1) Lauren mentions the British Art Network initially (around the 13:17min mark and again at 19:07min), but then referred to them ongoing as British Artwork, rather than the complete title British Art Network. 
    2)  At 13:07 and 13:36 when Lauren mentions "Women's Work Project", she meant to say "Group Work in the Women's Art Library"

    • 48 min
    Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 7: Felicity Allen - The Disoeuvre

    Woman Up! Series 3 Episode 7: Felicity Allen - The Disoeuvre

    Felicity Allen is a British artist and writer who makes paintings, books and films, often collaboratively. Her current work is mainly focussed on two durational projects. For one she is developing her concept of the Disoeuvre (as a feminist alternative to conventional ideas of an artist’s oeuvre); for the other she produces series of Dialogic Portraits. She has just completed her most recent Dialogic Portraits project, including her film Figure to Ground: a site losing its system (trailer: https://vimeo.com/527359904), with the cross-disciplinary research project People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation https://peoplelikeyou.ac.uk/ . 
    Her current work on the Disoeuvre involves a study group with the Women’s Art Library archive at Goldsmiths. She outlined the concept in her PhD (2016), since when she has made a film and a series of prints, as well as the artists book The Disoeuvre: an Argument in 4 Voices (WASL Table); 6:27, (Ma Bibliothèque, 2019).
    She continues to work with the literary, activist, walking organisation Refugee Tales https://www.refugeetales.org/ , for whom she made Dialogic Portraits postcards last summer when Lockdown made mass walking impossible. Recent exhibitions of her work have been at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; x-hibit, Vienna; and Resort, Margate. 
    For most of her working life Felicity has been involved in informal and higher education and, having run the education department at Tate Britain, published a series of articles on gallery education, and edited the Whitechapel/MIT Documents of Contemporary of Art book Education (2012). For more info see www.felicityallen.co.uk

    Her photographic work, Baby II, is currently on show in the Ikon Gallery’s exhibition A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s.
     

    • 44 min

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