Take a look at some of our past and current projects.
We worked with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA) and poet Nafeesa Hamid to make This isn’t what love should feel like, a domestic abuse awareness raising zine and social media campaign. The zine features new poetry by Birmingham based Nafeesa Hamid and contributions from BSWA, along with helplines, factual information, myth busting and ways you can join the movement to end domestic abuse. It also 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 supported by Arts Council England.
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. Supported by Arts Council England.
FWFC members Katy Sadler and Sarah Taylor Silverwood joined Amelia Hawk on her podcast Otherwise Silent, talking about women’s safety in public space. Listen via Amelia’s website or in your usual podcast places.
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’ – and our limited edition EMPOWER BAB brooch. 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.
FWFC feminist slogan workshop for Barber Lates at the Barber Institute Birmingham, including an introduction to feminist protest signs and slogans through history, and a guide to generating your own.
Talk Ain’t Cheap 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.
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!
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 publication in 2018, in a stunning piece by artist and FWFC member Sarah Taylor Silverwood.
FWFC workshop at West Bromwich Market as part of Multistory‘s UN Women End Violence Against Women 16 Days of Activism project, 2017. Members of the public were invited to put their own feminist slogan on a tote bag using block printing and painting. The event raised funds for The Haven Refuge in Wolverhampton, the refuge featured in photographer Susan Meiselas‘ book A Room of Their Own, commissioned by Multistory, and launched as part of the project.