ARTS PROJECT: “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” interdisciplinary collaborative arts project

From jisclist email (feminist academics)

Dear all,

“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”, is a new and exciting, interdisciplinary collaborative arts project. It will last for a duration of nine months (42 weeks)- a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. Now into its ninth week, the site contains moving and powerful art and texts by artists, performers, photographers, academics and poets exploring a diverse range of subjects about the maternal.The project and site is due to be exhibited and presented at the AHRC Motherhood in Post-1968 Women’s Writing: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues conference at the University of London’s Senate House in October.

This project is very much about making connections with a wider audience and creating dialogue around the art works, texts and posts, therefore I would encourage you to contribute to the project by adding comments in response to the site posts.

See the about page of the website and below for further information about “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”.

All the best Helen Sargeant


“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” has been created to show existing work and research-driven practice about the maternal by the Mewe arts collective in response to the title. The site includes documentation of visual art work, video, sound, performance and texts by members of Mewe, including contextual dialogue and blog posts that have arisen through the creative process. It is our aim to share our collective research and reveal the cross-disciplinary and collaborative nature of our practice in order to connect and exchange ideas with a wider audience.

The duration of this blog will be for nine months (42 weeks) – a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. At the end of three months (the first trimester) Mewe will be exhibiting and presenting this site at the AHRC Motherhood in Post-1968 Women’s Writing: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues conference at the University of London’s Senate House.

By the second trimester we will be organising and developing an exhibition, and by the end of the third trimester we will show work created through a critical engagement with this website in various locations within Calderdale. The exhibition will therefore be born out of the communications and interactions made visible through this space.

This site will explore the following themes:

Changing Models of Motherhood

Motherhood and Fertility

Motherhood and Loss

Motherhood and the Media

Motherhood and Memory

Motherhood and Mental Health

Motherhood and Place

Motherhood and Sexuality

Motherhood and Technology

Motherhood and the Visual Arts

Motherhood and Work

EVENTS: Kirklees Town Halls over the summer

From email:

Kirklees Town Halls has a fantastic summer  season ahead from Comedy, Cabaret, Classical to Drama and Dance



Magic of Motown  – 10th May – Huddersfield Town Hall

Calendar Girls – 15th to 17th May – Cleckheaton Town Hall

Dewsbury Beer Festival – 16th to 18th May – Dewsbury Town Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic – 17th May – Huddersfield Town Hall

Ken Dodd – 2nd June – Huddersfield Town Hall

Cleckheaton Folk Festival – 5th to 7th  – Cleckheaton Town Hall

BOX OFFICE 01484 223200 / 01484 222444 / 01924 324501


NEXT HFC EVENT: READ MY LIPS, Monday, the 30th January 2012

tyrannosaurWell, we decided we wanted a book group. And a film society. Oh, and a song club too. That would also discuss zines, blogs, art, TV shows and other types of media and look at them from a feminist perspective. And so Read my Lips was born!

Next get-together:

Monday 30th January 2012

Tyrannosaur (18) Paddy Consadine

Join us to watch the film Tyrannosaur at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, then stop for a discussion of the film in the upper bar afterwards.

Click here for more info about the film and how to find the LBT.

Film starts at 7.30, tickets £6. Look out for us in the foyer from 7.15 or let us know you’re coming so we can look out for you!

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Everyone’s welcome. Items for discussion can be anything – the only things we ask are that they are short enough for busy people to read/watch/otherwise digest, and that they are relatively available so people can get hold of them in advance of our get-togethers. They do not need to be ‘feminist’ in themselves, the idea is that we discuss things from a feminist point of view.

We hope to meet around monthly at appropriate venues in and around Huddersfield.

To make suggestions or to find out about our next get-together, drop an email to us at and we’ll let you know the venue and what we’re going to be talking about next.

NEXT HFC EVENT: READ MY LIPS – reading (and more) group starts next week! (Tuesday 20th September 2011)

Microsoft Word - Book group.docWe’re starting a reading/film/art/culture discussion group! Like a reading group, there will be one managable ‘text’ each month, and we’ll get together informally in different locations to discuss it.

First up:

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber (click here to read on Google books)
A book of short stories – please read the title tale, and any others are a bonus!
Tuesday 20th September, 7.30pm, Upstairs bar at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield.

If you arrive before 7.30 one of us will be hanging about in the foyer to show you where to go! The venue is wheelchair accessible and refreshments both hard and soft will be available in the bar 🙂 This is a free event. Bring your ideas, plus any suggestions for future texts.

All welcome – hope to see you there!

EVENT: Wild – three women writers perform (Sunday 3rd July 2011)

Wild: women/write/speak, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe, White Lion, Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge

Sun 3 July – 8pm – £3/£4 on the door

Three vibrant women writers and performers, stretching from Manchester in the west, to Bradford in the east, picking up at Todmorden in the middle, all come together at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe. Emma Decent of Todmorden presents her raw, funny and vibrantly performed words – a mix of provocative poetry and performance prose. Emma has had guest poet slots all over the north west including Manchester, Huddersfield
and Preston. She was chuffed to have her first ever poetry slam win when travelling further afield last year at the famous Chicago Uptown Poetry Slam. “Thought-provoking, lasting, understated but pivotal.” Belinda O’Hooley.

Jane Steele is a Bradford-based poet whose first collection, ‘Natural Light’ was published by Currock Press in November 2010. She has been doing stand-up performance poetry in and around Yorkshire for 5 and a half years, and in 2007 was a prizewinner at the Ilkley Literature Festival for a monologue bringing Medusa to Wakefield. Her poetry makes people cry with both laughter and sadness. Well, three of her mates have cried. They told her so.

Angela Smith is well known to anyone who enjoys the Manchester live poetry scene. Impish and wry, Angela’s poetry looks at love, relationships and life with only a little help from faeries and butterflies. Her book ‘This is the Me I Would Be if I Dared’ is published by Puppywolf in June 2011, so ‘Wild’ will be one of the first opportunities to taste it.

There may even be time for a little open mic so bring something if you fancy!

EVENT: Shakespeare this Sunday (Sunday 26th June, 2011)

Open air theatre in Huddersfield this coming Sunday Quantum Theatre present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Where: TimeCirca 2010 Cafe, 51 Hammonds Yard, off King Street, Huddersfield

When: this Sunday 26 June @ 3pm Tickets £6-10 available from Cafe or phone them on 01484 531 090 Cafe will be open from midday for food and drinks

I hadn’t heard of this cafe before (Time Circa 2010 – intriguing name). It’s a new and interesting enterprise that has a commitment to combining good coffee with creative events. Sounds like a lovely idea so hope the weather holds up (they’ll probably have a gazebo lined up in case it doesn’t).

EVENT: Holmfirth Arts Festival: Th’Owd Towser Show, 11-26 June 2011

Holmfirth Arts Festival: **Th’Owd Towser Show, 11th – 26th June 2011, Daisy Lane, Holmfirth, UK*

This group exhibition brings a selection of contemporary artists to
the Grade 1 listed heritage site, once used as the village church lock up, mortuary, ambulance station and fire station. Perhaps the oldest building in Holmfirth dating from circa 1597, Th’Owd Towser (The House of Correction) houses some unexpected things reminiscent of the building’s former uses. Artists have been selected from an international open call to show new work in response to this unique building, with
the lower floor showing an artists’ film programme throughout the festival.

*Kristin Anderson, Lorna Barrowclough, Paul Clark & Richard Light, Alastair Cook, Angella Conte, Amelia Crouch, Chris Czainski, Michael Day, Paul Edmondson, Christopher Garcia, Maggie Hall, Christine Hurford, Ilené Jacobs, Lefty Caligari, Marius Leneweit & Rocío Rodríguez, Lin Li, Amanda Loomes, Bob Lorrimer, Fin McMorran, Charlotte Morgan,
Rachael Parsons, Ellie Rees, Tim Shore, Dan Wagstaffe, Simon Warner, Donna
Wood, Tobias Zehntner.*

Curated by Alice Bradshaw and Vanessa Haley.

Open: Saturday 11th/18th/25th June & Sunday 12th/18th June 2011,
12-5pm, free. Artists’ Talks: Saturday 18th & 25th June, 4-6pm, Back Lane Art Space,

Download artist information: (5.7MB pdf)

About Holmfirth Arts Festival: Holmfirth Arts Festival is a mixed art form commissioning festival established in 2008. Taking place annually in the picturesque town of Holmfirth and throughout the Holme Valley, the festival’s programme embraces theatre, visual art, literature, and music. Holmfirth Arts Festival celebrates the landscapes and
communities of the Holme Valley and Yorkshire and fosters the distinct cultural traditions which thrive here, such as brass bands and choral singing. Making new work is fundamental to the festival; each year’s programme is built around a series of new works across all art forms, including works by young and emerging artists and companies, local artists, and nationally or internationally known practitioners. |