Take a look at some of our past and current projects.
Using creativity to make tools for social change
This isn’t what love should feel like: zine & digital campaign
Katy Sadler worked with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA) and writer Nafeesa Hamid to make This isn’t what love should feel like, a domestic abuse awareness raising zine and digital campaign on social media. The zine features new poetry by Birmingham based Nafeesa and contributions from BSWA, along with helplines, factual information, myth busting and ways to join the movement to end domestic abuse. It includes advice on how to offer support to someone who may be experiencing domestic abuse, and what to do if you are worried about your own relationship. This isn’t what love should feel like was designed by artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood, written and edited by Katy Sadler and printed by The Holodeck. It is used by frontline service providers and is available to anyone as a free download. Supported by Arts Council England.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
Creative opportunities for women in our communities
Art in Refuge with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid
Our project with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA) was a programme of creative activities for women aged 16 and up, living in refuge. Katy Sadler worked with artists Carolyn Morton, Sarah Taylor Silverwood and the ceramics collective Modern Clay to provide opportunities for women to develop their creative skills and interests, to carve out much needed time for themselves, and to help (re)build confidence and self-esteem. Workshops included a variety of ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, collage and writing projects, running remotely during lockdown in 2020, followed by in person sessions in 2021. Supported by Arts Council England.
West Bromwich Market workshop with Multistory
FWFC workshop at West Bromwich Market as part of Multistory‘s UN Women End Violence Against Women 16 Days of Activism 2017 project. The public were invited to put their own feminist slogan on a tote bag using block printing and painting. The event raised awareness and fundraised for The Haven in Wolverhampton. Women living in their refuges were the focus of photographer Susan Meiselas‘ book A Room of Their Own, commissioned by Multistory, and launched as part of the project.
Barber Lates Feminist Slogan Workshop
Feminist slogan & tote bag making workshop for Barber Lates 2020 at the Barber Institute Birmingham, for students and the public. The workshop including an introduction to feminist protest signs and slogans through history, and a guide to generating your own.
Creative & innovative fundraising for vital causes
Our SKILLS FOR GROWTH shop is raising funds for Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid. It sells affordable, limited edition artwork, tea towels, tote bags and t-shirts, designed by artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood and produced in Birmingham by Sofia Niazi and Do Make Say Ink. Inspired by the women working for BSWA, SKILLS FOR GROWTH encourages everyone to make their people skills work for change. Using empathy, care and understanding to connect with, support and nurture others can be powerful and radical.
EMPOWER BAB for Baobab Women’s Project
EMPOWER BAB, our 2020 fundraiser for Baobab Women’s Project. Our EMPOWER BAB shop sold small, original, affordable artworks made and donated by over 50 people responding to the word ’empower’, including women supported by Baobab. We also sold a limited edition EMPOWER BAB brooch designed and produced by Katy Sadler and Juneau Projects. Baobab Women’s Project are a West Midlands refugee and asylum seeker women’s advocacy project, working in solidarity with others for positive change. They focus on undocumented, asylum seeking and newly granted refugee women’s issues, particularly supporting women affected by gender-based violence and trafficking.
Talk Ain’t Cheap for The Haven’s Telephone Interpretation Service
Talk Ain’t Cheap 2018 fundraiser at Centrala in Digbeth, Birmingham, raising funds for The Haven refuge’s telephone interpretation service. The service is vitally important to supporting non-English speaking women to access domestic abuse services. The event sold limited edition Talk Ain’t Cheap t-shirts and prints by Sarah Taylor Silverwood, limited edition brooches and hand printed tote bags, alongside artwork donated by artists in the city. The event featured film screenings, our feminist library reading area and an evening of performance, spoken word and music.
Talk Ain’t Cheap performances, clockwise from left: Spoken word artist Poppy Mabel performed new poems, artist Liz Ord performed new spoken word material, writer Nafeesa Hamid read poetry from her book Besharam and artist Emily Warner performed Not It (a work I stole from Samuel Beckett), a queering of Beckett’s Not I. We also had THE best DJ set from Who’s That Girl? but sadly no picture!
PROTESTS & MARCHES
Solidarity with others in the movement for gender equality
FWFC at the Women’s Strike 2018, Reclaim the Night 2019, with Birmingham YouthStrike4Climate at the Global Climate Strike 2019, and Pregnant Then Screwed March of the Mummies protest, 2022. FWFC at the Women’s Strike were featured in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Women Power Protest exhibition zine designed by Kerry Leslie, in a stunning piece by Sarah Taylor Silverwood.
Women’s Safety in Public Space with Otherwise Silent
Talking to Amelia Hawk during lockdown, on her podcast Otherwise Silent, about women’s safety in public space. Listen via Amelia’s website or in your usual podcast places.