Art, friendship and a chat over a cuppa with Sunderland Women’s Art Group

Have you ever thought that you wished you could do art but never thought you could. Or feeling lonely and depressed? Art has the power to make a difference in people’s lives in a variety of ways. It makes you feel better, builds confidence and makes you feel good about yourself. So come along. A friendly group awaits you

We invite women across Sunderland to come along to take part in the new course in the art of printmaking. Create interesting patterns and explore colours, techniques and materials to create your own prints.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, 6 September 10.30am – 12.30pm.

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Simply Drawing

Our drawing classes have begun in earnest this summer. The six week course is led by Khaled, a Gateshead based artist, highly experienced in drawing and watercolours. We at Sunderland Women’s Art Centre love drawing and it is great to learn some new techniques and approaches to broaden our skills.

There’s nothing more satisfying and peaceful than seeing your work emerge on paper. Drawing can be great fun and serious at the same time. The scope for creative exploration is huge in this genre of visual expression. Last two weeks have been deeply insightful and informative. Look forward to more.

Women’s House Symposium: It’s Finally Here

Support from the Arts Council of England, SLATE, Sunderland Culture and Cultural Spring has enabled Sangini and CWC members Padma and Miki to develop an arts project ‘Women’s House’, exploring feminism, art and the role of women within the Black minority ethnic and LGBTQ groups.

As part of this project, women from across South Tyneside and Sunderland will come together to take part in ‘Women’s House Symposium’ to be held on Friday, 12thApril, 10 am – 12.30 pm at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.  A panel of speakers from across the region and beyond are invited to present their experiences, thoughts and views on ‘Women as artists, their art and the place of women’s art in the current climate’.

The symposium invites artists, academics and cultural practitioners to reflect upon and engage in a discourse about Feminism from Black and LGBTQ perspectives, share creative practices that challenge and articulate these concerns and raise questions about the status of women’s art within the wider framework for equality.  So popular this has proved that within days of announcing, the event was sold out.

Women’s House project takes its reference from Judy Chicago’s original feminist art installation ‘Womanhouse’, 1972.

Four decades on, this project – Women’s House, considers BME and LGBTQ women’s narratives around some of the issues the women are facing in current times in the light of the wider political, social and demographical changes.

The Women’s House symposium provides an opportunity to examine the notion of domesticity and space (or the lack of it) and asks women artists about how they negotiate and navigate their practice through these socially genderised structures.

Padma Rao and Miki Z, two diverse women artists leading on this project have been working with women’s groups across South Tyneside, Sunderland and Newcastle.

For more information about the Women’s House Symposium or take part in any of Sangini’s activities, please contact Padma Rao via email: projectsangini@gmail.comor 07930175319

Women’s House Symposium: Now open for booking

Women’s House Symposium

Exploring feminism, creative expression for women and women as artists

Friday, 12th April 2019, 10 am – 2pm

 

National Glass Centre,

Liberty Way,

Sunderland SR6 0GL

 

Set in the context of the centenary of suffragette movement and the ‘me too’ campaign, this event is part of an artists-led project Women’s House that looks at how we define, understand and relate to feminism intersecting with identity and sexuality in these current times.

The symposium invites artists, academics and cultural practitioners to reflect upon and engage in a discourse about Feminism from Black and LGBTQ perspectives, share creative practices that challenge and articulate these concerns and raise questions about the status of women’s art within the wider framework for equality.

Women’s House project takes its reference from Judy Chicago’s original feminist art installation ‘Womanhouse’, 1972. Hence, the symposium provides an opportunity to examine the notion of domesticity and space (or the lack of it) and asks women artists about how they negotiate and navigate their practice through these socially genderised structures.

The project Women’s House is supported by funding from Arts Council of England, Slate and Cultural Spring.  The symposium is supported by the Arts Council of England and Sunderland Culture.

 

Please register on Eventbrite to book your place: https://womenshouse.eventbrite.co.uk

 

For more information, contact Padma Rao – 07930175319/ email: projectsangini@gmail.com

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City by the Sea

Big Congratulations to Sangini and its art group –  SWAG (Sunderland Women’s Art Group)

Sunderland Women’s Art Group is selected to design a bespoke surfboard to be on permanent display in THE BEAM at VAUX.

The VAUX is an ambitious and ground-breaking site that aims to bring new opportunities to live, work and play in the heart of Sunderland city centre.   The City by the Sea surfboard exhibition at THE BEAM represents the first step for the VAUX site of celebrating and promoting the creative and cultural excellence within the region.

This project gives talented women from Sunderland Women’s Art Group to take part in the exciting fast developing cultural landscape of Sunderland.

A Heroine’s Journey

Sangini marks International Women’s Day with a women’s art exhibition

An exhibition of artwork produced by the members of Sunderland Women’s Art Group (SWAG) of Sangini to mark International Women’s Day.  The Exhibition looks at the women’s stories using myths, fairy tales and stories with female protagonists and how they resolve their conflicts without resorting to violence.

Over the past few weeks, women from SWAG have been exploring the themes of feminism, in particular how we understand narratives of a heroine’s journey within the social norms and find positive personal interpretations through creative expression.

The workshops were led by Lyn Killeen and part of a wider project ‘Women’s House’. Set in the context of the centenary of suffragette movement and the ‘me too’ campaign, the ‘Women’s House’ investigates female identity, domesticity and art through research, community workshops and personal reflections, led by two artists Padma Rao and Miki Z.

The project Women’s House is supported by funding from the Arts Council of England and the workshops were funded by the COUNTY DURHAM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION from the Tampon Tax Community Fund. This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through Sunderland Culture’s Great Place programme.Flyer SWAG exhibition

Women’s House: Explores diverse women’s identities and expressions

Women’s House

Women from diverse backgrounds, specially BAMER and LGBTQ are invited to take part in Women’s House through fun-filled, informal conversations, collaborative, participatory workshops.

Set in the context of the centenary of suffragette movement and the ‘me too’ campaign, the Women’s House investigates female identity, domesticity and art through BAMER and LGBTQ perspectives, led by two artists Padma Rao and Miki Z.

Using creativity and art, the women can express their ideas and views, share their own experiences whilst investigating female identity, domesticity and art.

The project aims to inspire, enthuse and encourage diverse women from all walks of life to look into the status and roles of women, whilst exploring a variety of themes such as domesticity, equality, violence and abuse, voting rights and feminism.  Join us to learn new skills, explore and create your story.

Free workshops are held across Tyne & Wear area.

Thursday, 21stFebruary, 10.30am – 1pm, Makaan Art Gallery, South Shields NE34 0RG

The workshop is open only for women who identify themselves as LGBTQ.

Friday, 8thMarch, 10.30am – 1 pm,  Makaan, South Shields

Open for all women, especially from BAMER and LGBTQ background, the workshop helps explore female narratives, domesticity and personal space through creative expressions.

Saturday, 9thMarch @ WHIST, South Shields 11.30am – 12.30pm

As part of International Women’s Day event, this workshop offers women an insight into the issues of feminism and help explore personal narratives.

Sharing event:  Friday, 12thApril 2019, 10.30 am – 2pm, National Glass Centre, Sunderland. There will be opportunities for women and artists from diverse community groups to take part in a sharing event on where lead artists, as well as guest artists, will present their experiences and resulting artwork. Please book your place in advance.

Final exhibition: 3rdMay till 31stMay 2019 at Makaan Art Gallery, South Shields. Using mixed media, print making, drawing and painting, the two artists would convert a terraced house into a site-specific art installation.

For more information or to take part in the project please email: projectsangini@gmail.com or Padma Rao – 07930175319