This summer The Showroom’s gallery will host two projects supported by Create Church Street, a Westminster City Council fund which seeks to engage the local area with the arts.
The Feminist Library will present materials from their collection and a temporary space for meeting, discussion and creativity, alongside Expressions an exhibition of artworks by local young people who identify as female and a Person of Colour.
Expressions builds on two years of work and engagement by London- based artist Rebecca Buckman with young women of colour living and going to school in the Church Street Ward. Projects have included zine workshops with OOMK, and wellbeing and Sisterhood workshops with Dorcas Magbadelo / Dorcascreates and Georgia Dodsworth/World of Self Care. The resulting exhibition builds on relationships made and expands to include new work by local teenagers and youth projects.
The Feminist Library, originally founded in London in 1975 is still active today in its current space in Waterloo, led by a collective of volunteers, who will bring elements of the Library’s fascinating collection to The Showroom, along with their collaborative, DIY ethos, offering a programme of free events.
Minna Haukka, the Feminist Library’s artist in residence will create a new installation for the space, taking inspiration from the Library, particularly its vulnerability - after facing eviction in 2016, the Library's volunteer collective has spent the past two years campaigning to save it and working to secure a new space.
Details of the Feminist Library event programme will be announced soon.
Funded by Westminster City Council, in association with the Church Street Futures Group, to involve and engage the local community in arts and cultural activities as part of the Church Street regeneration programme.
Photo: Eva Megias