These amazing young people from South Bristol with support from Gill Simmons of Brave Bold Drama, choreographer Vic Hole of 2’Oclock Beauty Queens & film-maker Anna Haydock-Wilson devised a dance piece.
On the 29th October 2018 we met lets of lovely young people aged 8-18 from Hartcliffe at the Room13 Harclive studio in Spike Island Arts. We played some games with words to encourage us to share our opinions and our voices and made some posters.
‘I am a Chilean artist and psychologist. I research, both theoretical and pictorial, the image of the female body grounded in my cultural context.
Rosy Wilson has decades of experience of working in education with women of all ages and backgrounds. She always said she would retire an write poetry and with the support of a small group of women poets she has written and published several books and anthologies and led a collaboration which produced a film.
There’s a temptation to aspire to be ‘one of the lads’ and hope that no-one will notice that we are female and will judge our work on it’s own merit. But the art world is dominated by men at a high level and programmers and curators might say ‘we’ve got one of those this season’ which they might not say about ‘straight, white, middle-class men’. If we accept that challenges exist, we can start working with other women towards equality.
We want to celebrate the ‘cracks’ as often we only have those times and spaces to work in. We also value the work we make in collaboration, in the spaces between each other. The title of the project is adapted from a piece written by Rosy Wilson, entitled ‘Finding Room to Write in the Cracks of Family Life’ She wrote about the difficulty of finding time, even in retirement.