‘A Mile Of Black Paper’ (2016) by Greg Thorpe

On Friday 2nd June 2017, Instigate Arts will proudly steward/curate “A mile of black paper’ by Greg Thorpe at the  ACT UP York Conference.   (Fax machine, black spray paint, black fabric, white A4 paper, black marker pens)   “When The New York Times bought its first fax machine, ACT UP faxed them a mile of black paper to protest their silence on AIDS, effectively shutting down the machine.” – Greenwich Village History   “There are two kinds of AIDS: AIDS of the past, and AIDS today. Neither one is over.” – Sarah Schulman   This collaborative artwork entitled ‘A mile…

DWAN & Instigate Arts Curate ‘Wonder Women; Whose Festival Is It Anyway?’ Hear the full audio of the conversation here.

Whose Festival is it Anyway? Wonder Women 2017  Whose Festival is it Anyway? Was a conversation, discussion and debate held at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 March 2017.   As the 2017 Wonder Women festival drew to a close, Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] and Instigate Arts brought together 2017’s contributing artists, producers, curators and groups for a lively and provocative panel discussion asking if feminist festivals are an act of disruptive activism in their own right, raising consciousness and introducing young activists to key moments in the history of their own movements and causes? It looked forward to 2018 and set out a bold vision for…

Rebel Dykes, screening of the film in progress shown at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017. Sell Out!!

Rebel Dykes, screening of the film in progress was shown at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017. This queer-punk documentary is in post-production, and HOME screened the work-in-progress cut which sold-out at BFI Flare in March 2016 and we’re very pleased that it sold out Home’s biggest cinema screen too! Created by a Manchester-based queer film crew, Rebel Dykes tells the story of a bunch of kick-ass women from London in the post-punk 1980s. The Rebel Dykes challenged norms ahead of the international riot grrrl movement, and the film features women’s punk music, animation, archive material and recreated footage. The film will be followed…

Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews Siobahn Fahey ahead of screening of the work-in-progress ‘Rebel Dykes’ at Home Mcr on 12/03/17.

  Rebel Dykes This week’s Wonder Women is Siobhan Fahey, producer of the film Rebel Dykes. So tell me about Rebel Dykes We’re very excited about the film; it’s about women in the 1980s who lived an outlaw life – squats, bands, sex work. We were disliked by ‘mainstream’ lesbians, I suppose you could say we were giving the gay rights movement a bad name. The general public didn’t like us either! But it all feels forgotten; people talk about Riot Grrl but there was a lot going on before that. We were artists, queers – it’s a story that…

Making The Strange Familiar – Film – Launching Wonder Women Festival 2017 at Manchester Art Gallery

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Instigate Arts would like to share this video of our Wonder Women launch last week at Manchester Art Gallery. We feel strongly that not only is it unbelievably important to celebrate the successes, achievements and wonderful things that women around the world do every minute of every day, but also to highlight how much more we all need to do to bring about gender equality in our time. To quote Leymah Gbowee “It’s time for women to stop being politely angry”, and there was nothing polite about any of the artists involved with our launch last week. Their…

Stand-Up Poet Kate Fox performs at Dolly Mixtures by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Wonder Women. Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews

  Kate Fox is a stand-up poet who has been Poet in Residence for Radio 4’s Saturday Live, the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival. She recently declared “Lass War” on the Northern Powerhouse with a protest outside the man-heavy Northern Powerhouse conference. Tonight she’ll perform new work from her residency at Quarry Bank Mill, looking at modern women’s working conditions. See Kate performing at Dolly Mixtures, a variety show of feminist theatre curated by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre.     Dolly Mixtures at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 3 March 2017,  7.30pm to 10pm -FREE EVENT – BOOK HERE A…

Rosie Garland – ‘If I Had A Hammer’ at Dolly Mixtures by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Wonder Women. Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews

Rosie Garland Rosie Garland is a novelist, singer and spoken word artist based in Manchester. Catch her singing with The March Violets or performing at Dolly Mixtures, a variety show of feminist theatre curated by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre. So tell me about your performance – what’s inspired it? It’s a spoken word piece I’ve done just for the festival, inspired by Manchester Suffragettes. I feel like the Suffragettes have been rewritten lately as nice ladies in hats, but they were radicals – they believed in direct action. My piece is about one incident in April 1913,…