In this workshop, artist Jacqui Gordon encourages you to challenge the ways in which we document and record the collective and personal histories of women. With a focus on creating a contemporary archive of herstories, you will be guided to create an impression, drawing or gesture, which celebrates the unique story of a female - whether they be an ancestor, friend, or an individual whom you admire.
Each participant will be given a free clay kit and video instructions, which will enable you to create a unique and ephemeral herstory artwork. All participant works will be documented and exhibited online as part of the project archive to be launched on Friday 12th June.
- Suitable for adults and young people aged 6 years and over
- No prior experience or special skills required - all welcome
- Participation is free, please book online to avoid disappointment
- Workshop kits can be collected from Kingston City Hall Foyer on Saturday 16th May between 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm, if you are unable to collect your kit, you will be emailed a resources list to create your own kit instead.
online artwork submission
Please submit your final artwork between Saturday 16th May and Saturday 30th May by completing the online form here.
This workshop is part of 'Formerly Née', a contemporary exhibition by Arts Grant recipient and visual artist, Jacqui Gordon. The project follows the artist’s journey to connect with her maternal lineage by posing the question, ‘What would my surname be today if the tradition were to take my mother’s name?’
Jacqui Gordon is an artist working across installation, participatory performance and video. Her practice considers local stories and ways of representing history that challenge the dominant narratives in this country. She is currently undertaking a visual arts mentorship with Chako Kato from Slow Art Collective.
Chako Kato is an inter-disciplinary artist working across sculpture, drawing, installation and community-based projects. Collaboration and negotiation are crucial tenets of her work, with collective actions and communal discourse often performing as the primary material of her work. Kato's ambitious projects are often catalysed by simple impulses and frameworks, including reciprocity, negotiation and craft practices of weaving and knotting.