Our two trial workshops held in October explored unconscious biased language which many of us use without even realising. It produced some very thought-provoking conversations
With next February being the centenary for women (over the age of 30) being given the right to vote, alongside the current climate of front page news around biased attitudes and behaviour towards women, we wanted to explore how the use of some, not all, everyday language has become altered, overlooked and ‘normalised’…
Using collage, we invited participants to create their own statement badges whilst engaging in dialogue during the making process. The topic was approached from many different angles, not only from a female but also from a male perspective.
Badges have long been used as a way of conveying allegiance towards a particular cause, commenting on events as well as initiating conversation between wearer and viewer. We were interested to see what sort of dialogue would and could be struck up between participants and those they encountered during their wearing out…
The pieces produced would definitely start some very interesting discussions…!
We will publish follow-ups on these inspiring, thought-provoking creations and are currently engaged in further research on this subject and are looking to hold more workshops in the new year…keep an eye on our blog for further updates and information.
If you are interested please email us on as places are limited. email@example.com
February 2018 marks the centenary of the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage which was partly achieved by the Representation of the People Act 1918 – allowing women over the age of 30 the right to vote.
During the coming months, Collective Exchange will not only be reflecting on those turbulent times which surrounded the Suffrage Movement but will also be looking at how attitudes towards gender inequality have altered over the years, where they currently stand today and how much change is still needed for the future.
Through a series of workshops we will start by investigating language, specifically gender biased language, as a way of beginning an exploration of women’s place in society.
Two making sessions will be held in September with dates, venue and content details to follow.
People braved the weather and turned up in great numbers during Clay in the Making! We had a really fantastic day of sharing skills and knowledge and all for free thanks to the funding from Arts Council England, Haringey Council and Middlesex University.
There was a great sense of calmness as you walked into the rooms where Clay in the Making was held despite it being a busy day.
The shere enjoyment of sitting down for a few hours with other people from the community, sharing a laugh and spurring each other on could be sensed walking around and talking to people. Many said it was so refreshing to spend time with people in a creative and hands on way and it just shows that, although technology is amazing in many ways, we still want the physical contact – both hands on and face to face.
Big thank you to Josefina Isaza, Nao Matsunaga, Jess Miller and Lisa Stockham for their fantastic contribution to the day, sharing ideas and their expertise with the public and Collective Exchange!