Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Manchester Roller Derby Celebrate 5th Birthday with Big Bash

Reblogged from

It’s been five years since Manchester Roller Derby burst onto the scene with their all-inclusive approach to Roller Derby, and to celebrate they’re hosting a unique double header on Saturday 7 March.

MRD’s Kerried Alive and Sirenide block Sheffield’s Beat Monkey – Photo by Shirlaine Forrest

Boy, girl, whatever else - Manchester Roller Derby never wanted it to matter, which is why we’ve trained co-ed since our inception, and why our All-Stars are the undefeated champions of it in the UK. So, we’re celebrating our 5th birthday the only way that seems right - with a co-ed roller derby double header.
Our All-Stars will face their toughest challenge to date in Crash Central – a mixture of Crash Test Brummies, a frequent match up for MRD’s Men’s A Team New Wheeled Order, and Central City Roller Girls, who have only ever faced MRD’s ladies as their B-team.
Manchester’s Co-Ed B-Team – the Furious Engines – will be facing a side from the Wirral – the Savage Animals are a mix of the Wirral Whipiteres’ ladies The Savage Lillies and best frenemies of Choas Engine – The Pack Animals.

All the details for the days events can be found at our facebook event. You know the drill, get your tickets HERE to save some serious ££, they’re £7 in advance but £9 on the door. Any derby fans under 10 years old can enjoy the action for free.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Thursday Lates: In Emergency Break Glass, The Feminist Takeover

Thursday Lates: In Emergency Break Glass, The Feminist Takeover
Manchester Art Gallery, 5th March 2015. 5.30-8, events begin at 6pm.

To Launch the Wonder Women Radical Manchester program of events for International Women’s Day 2015

From suffragette smashing windows in the gallery to a breathtaking exhibition of female surrealists, Manchester has a rich heritage of stereotype-smashing women. Yet society, and the art world, is still dominated by men.

‘In Emergency Break Glass’ brings together the North’s best emerging female contemporary artists, performers & creatives to challenge the male-dominated artistic canon, respond to the gallery’s artworks and inspire attendees.

Curated by The Feminist Takeover team (made up of feminist artists, curators, writers and researchers, protagonists from No More Page 3, For Book’s Sake, Mighty Heart Theatre and Stirred Poetry), The Feminist Take Over Thursday Late launches the Wonder Women’s week of events for International Women’s Day 2015.

This Thursday Late will run from 5pm-8pm, with events beginning in the Atrium at 6pm. Audiences are invited to tour the new contemporary exhibition that we have installed within the permanent collection. Live performances are scheduled all evening throughout the gallery and within the Feminist Takeover hub in the Atrium, and audiences are welcomed to explore the issues for themselves via the interactive arts & artist discussions that will be occurring throughout the evening in the Atrium.

By giving self-identified women a voice in the context of Manchester Art Gallery we aim to encourage discussion and explore the issues around the representation of women within the gallery, the art world and the wider society. 

This is an emergency.

Join us in smashing patriarchy with art!!!

Artists & performance line-up to follow.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Anti-capitalism and fashion – marking International Women’s Day

The Working Class Movement Library will celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday 7 March at 2pm with a talk by Tansy Hoskins about her book Stitched Up: the Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion.  Ballad singer Jennifer Reid will perform alongside the talk.

Winner of the ICA Bookshop Book of the Year 2014, Stitched Up delves into the alluring world of fashion to reveal what is behind the clothes we wear. Moving between Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Marx, the book explores consumerism, class and advertising to reveal the interests which benefit from exploitation.

Tansy dissects fashion’s vampiric relationship with the planet and with our bodies to uncover what makes it so damaging. Why does ‘size zero’ exist and what is the reality of working life for models? In a critique of the portrayal of race in fashion, the book also examines the global balance of power in the industry.

Stitched Up provides a unique critical examination of contemporary culture and the distorting priorities of capitalism.  Alongside this Jennifer Reid’s songs, drawn from the Library’s vast collection of songbooks and songsheets of protest and rebellion, will form an apt commentary.

This event is part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester.  It is free, and open to all.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


An evening of spoken word, music and comedy on an all-women platform

Celebrate International Women's Day with a fantastic evening of all-female talent, from spoken word and poetry, to theatre and music, hosted by Freedom from Torture and the Lesbian Immigration Support Group.
Inspired by the late Maya Angelou, Still I Rise highlights the talents and struggles of women from across the world. It will include a theatre performance by the women of the Lesbian Immigration Support Group and poetry readings by clients of Freedom from Torture. A £4 donation is suggested.
Special Guests TBA!
This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Thanks to for the artwork.
Further information available on the website here

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015 - Light up the city, fill it with noise

Reclaim the Night March
Thursday 26 February, 19:00
Meet at Owens Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield

Reclaim the Night After Party
Thursday 26 February, 20:00 – 02:00
Club Academy, University of Manchester Students’ Union, Oxford Road

Key Information
On Thursday 26 February, we Reclaim the Night and raise our collective voices against street harassment, violence against women, rape culture and victim blaming.

The march starts at Owens Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 19:00. A neon parade will head down Wilmslow Road towards the University of Manchester Students’ Union. The march will be led by a women’s-only block, open to all self-defining women, and followed by a mixed march open to all genders.

The evening continues with the Reclaim the Night After Party, a festival of the finest women speakers, performers and DJs at the Students’ Union Club Academy.

This year is going to be bigger, brighter and louder than ever. Bring your glow sticks, bring your friends and bring your voices.

Light up the city, fill it with noise

The Twitter hashtag for Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015 is #ReclaimtheNightMCR

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Inspirational women at first National LGBT Festival

This Valentines Weekend, Manchester is hosting the first National Festival of LGBT History.

Pop down to Central Library on Saturday and People’s History Museum on Sunday to hear about the lives of some fantastically inspirational women.

All events are free, no tickets required.

Saturday 14 February Central Library

Christine Burns MBE was a leading figure in the campaign for trans rights for 15 years, helping secure the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004. She also chaired the North West Equality and Diversity Group for many years and helped organisations develop equality strategy. Her widely praised books ‘Making Equality Work’ and ‘Pressing Matters’ are based on the various aspects of her work 10:30 - 11:00, Space 2

Historian Helena Whitbread will explore the live of Anne Lister 1791-1840 who is often dubbed the first ‘modern lesbian’. She was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist who lived in Shibden hall, near Halifax. Her diaries were half written in code, and when the code was cracked it revealed Anne’s sexual exploits with other women, beginning in adolescence and continuing throughout her adult life. Helena Whitbread will also be available to sign copies of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. 14:40 - 15:10, Space 2

Razia Aziz highlights her Spiritual Journeys
 “During a half century which has taken me from Lagos to London to Brighton to Lewes, from a girls’ public school to Cambridge to company director, from an Indian Muslim heritage to the mixed blessings of the distinctive UK brand of 21st century diversity, from an ambition to be a professional singer to body work practitioner to Interfaith Ministry, I have often pondered upon the meaning and significance of my gender identity and sexuality in pursuit of an answer to the question we all ask at some point in our life: “What’s it all for?” 15:20 - 15:50, Space 3

Sunday 15 February - People’s History Museum
Sheila Standard discusses her experiences at Greenham Common, a personal reflection of one of thousands of women discovering the power of working together, singing, being silly, the wit and repartee, fear and bravery, that goes with bringing fences crashing down, to the mockery of militarism. A women’s movement that conflicted and then embraced sexuality, and stood up to the hateful press, and “respectable society”, embracing freedom, and our right to struggle against the holocaust. 11:30 – 12:00, Changing Exhibition Space

Dr Sonja Tiernan will explore the lives of Esther Roper and Eva Gore Booth. This formidable lesbian couple who lived together in Rusholme from 1890s and who defended working class women’s rights including those of mill workers, barmaids and flower sellers. They also established Urania, a pioneering covert journal on gender and sexuality
In the People’s History Museum foyer Warp & Weft’s Jenny White has put together a display on the lives of Esther and Eva, including Helen Davies’ craftivist crochet mask of Esther Roper which was used to yarnbomb a man statue in Manchester Town Hall. 14:00 – 14:30, Coal Store
Dr Kate Cook will speak about her involvement in the 1990s struggles to end rape and about the involvement of lesbian feminists in the movement against violence against women and girls. 14:00 – 14:30pm, Archive space
Prossy Kakooza will talk about how she rebuilt her life in the UK after experiencing abuse and torture in Uganda. Many LGBT people like myself run from persecution to seek asylum in nations like the UK thinking they’ll immediately be safe. But most times seeking asylum makes you enter what feels like another form of persecution with having to prove your sexuality to the immigration system. When I asked for asylum, on many levels, it felt like jumping from a frying pan into a fire. In a series of such intrusive and embarrassing questions, I was asked to prove I was gay. How on earth was I or anybody else supposed to do that?!” 14:50-15:10, Coal Store

Linda Bellos will explore some of her historic achievements. Actively involved in community politics since the mid 1970’s, she came out as a lesbian in the late 1970’s and joined the Spare Rib Collective in 1981. She helped organise the first Black Feminist and the First Black Lesbian Conferences. She argued strongly against the notion of a ‘hierarchy of oppression. In 1987, as Chair of the London Strategic Policy Unit, she was responsible for introducing Black History Month to the UK. She has become a leading authority on equality and human rights law and its practical application across the public sector. 15:30-16:00, Coal Store

Cath Booth will be discussing Lesbians and Gays Support the Printworkers (LGSP): a group in London supporting workers sacked by Murdoch in 1986, following closely in the footsteps of LGSM during the miners’ strike. The group took part in marches and actions throughout the year of the strike, making alliances with sacked strikers and other support groups. They produced regular bulletins, badges and posters, and monitored virulently anti-gay articles of the Sun. 15:30 - 16:00, Archive Space

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS In Emergency: Break Glass! - NoMorePage3 takes over Manchester Art Gallery

No More Page3 Manchester is calling for North West based artists, working in any medium, to respond to the issue of the representation of women, for the Thursday Lates to launch Wonder Women Manchester's month of events for International Women’s Day 2015. ‘In Emergency Break Glass’ brings together the North West’s best emerging women creatives to challenge the male-dominated artistic canon, respond to the gallery’s artworks and inspire attendees. This is an emergency. Join us in smashing patriarchy with art!
We are prioritising self-identified women in this call out as we aim to address the lack of representation of women as art creators, in Manchester Art Gallery and in wider society.
We are looking for spoken word, sonic, performance-based and visual pieces -any format is encouraged. The artwork must have an element of responding to the issues we aim to address. For those also interested in responding to specific pieces in Manchester Art Gallery please specify the piece.
The event will run from 5pm-9pm in Manchester Art Gallery as part of the exciting Thursday Lates series of events on Thursday 5 March. Artists will be encouraged to be present throughout the whole of the evening and there will be installation time also to consider.
The requirements are that the piece of work is self-contained and that materials used are appropriate to the art gallery. Material costs are the responsibility of the artist, but there is a small fund to cover expenses.
To apply please send;
Contact Information
Address including Postcode
Information about your practice
Three examples of previous work (Website, jpeg, word, pdf).
Details of your proposal for this event (the work cannot interfere with the current exhibiting collection, must be freestanding and cannot attach to any of the gallery walls etc). Please provide as much detail as possible here, the format of the work (visual, installation, performative etc). Are you available on the Thursday 5 March to install your work?
Which of the issues we are addressing does your piece respond to? or which Manchester Art Gallery piece are you responding to if any? 
For those interested in responding to specific pieces in Manchester Art Gallery, this is a list of potential sources of inspiration, however you are free to choose any piece, or respond to the issues we are addressing in any way. Possible works to respond to: 

The Sirens by William Etty

The Storm by William Etty

Dressin Gallery 6 (A Highland Romance)

Jane Hamilton,Countess Cathcart with her daughter Janeby by Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Mirror by Walter Sickert

Or visit to see the collection

Closes Sunday 15 February 2015 
If you have questions or are interested in submitting send your information to:

This has also been posted on Arts Council England Arts Jobs

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


To help mark International Women’s Day 2015, we want to collect photographs of women across Manchester telling us about their achievements and why they ride their bikes.

This is an interactive friendly competition open to all women across Greater Manchester –

We want photographs of everyone – so whether you have just learnt to ride; you enjoy occasional riding with family or friends in parks and green places; your bike is your transport; you like to explore the world from the saddle; you enjoy speeding on steaming tarmac; or love bumping about on dirt tracks in the wild forest – we would like your photograph!

No creative photographic experience necessary – it’s the statement and location that’s going to potentially win you some great prizes.

Have a look at the website for plenty more information about how to submit & get started.

Please s p r e a d the word to any networks or individuals you might know who would be interested in getting involved.

Final exhibition, bike party & prize giving to be held after Critical Mass on March 27th at Popup Bikes, Manchester. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Still We Rise sharing event, Manchester, Tues 16 Dec 2014

Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Manchester Migrant Solidarity ( MISOL)  invites you to a sharing of:

     "Still We Rise"

 on Tuesday 16th December 2014
 a Sharing 
from 6pm 
at Methodist Central Hall,
 Oldham Street, 
Manchester, M1 1JQ.

  (approximately last 1hr.)

Still We Rise is a disturbing, eye opening and frank account of untold stories from women asylum seekers, some of whom have firsthand experience of being held in Yarl’s Wood, using multiple voices to emphasise the causes of how they end up there.

Still We Rise created by members of WAST in their own words to highlight the issues they face as part of their struggle for freedom in the asylum system.

Still We Rise consists of poetry, song and dance and drama through their journey as they fight back with dignity.

Funded by. Tudor Trust, & Individual donations from supporters and is  Supported by Safety4Sisters 
                                                                                 DONATIONS WELCOME

No booking necessary but it would help us to know if you would like to come please email;  or   

Thursday, 4 December 2014

10th December 2014 Manchester - Demonstration Stop the cuts to specialist “Violence Against Women” services

10th December 2014 marks Human Rights Day.

It is also the end of the 16 days of action associated with UN International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. As Manchester City Council announces a further round of cuts to the tune of £60 million, Safety4Sister calls all women and men to join our demo and send out a united message to the Coalition Government


Wednesday 10th December 2014 - 12-2pm

St Peters Square, next to Cenotaph, Manchester City Centre

Bring banners, placards, whistles, pots/pans, spoons and drums.

The Coalition Government has slashed funding to vital frontline services for women and children escaping gender based violence and Manchester City Council has just announced that it has to find a further £60 million in saving. This is devastating. Some of the most vulnerable women and children are facing an uncertain future as specialist services, such as Women’s Aid refuges and Rape Crisis centres, struggle to survive. These, and many other specialist Violence Against Women services in Greater Manchester and around the UK, literally save women and children’s lives and provide excellent value for money. Services such as refuge accommodation, advocacy, advice, outreach work and emotional and group support to those experiencing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, honour based violence and other forms of gender based violence.

Further cuts to this sector will mean that women will have to rely on higher cost services such as A&E, critical homelessness and emergency services. This will end up costing the government more.

These cuts are located within the wider politically driven ‘austerity measures’ which have resulted in extensive reductions in funding to legal aid, NHS, education, welfare services and other vital public sector services. Women’s rights and safety are at risk. Women are finding it harder to get access to justice; to a safe and secure specialist refuge; to protection for their children and to essential support services. The most marginalised women are bearing the brunt of the impact as poverty and inequality intensifies. As services are being starved of resource’s, the first to be affected are those facing extra barriers in accessing support such as women from black and minority ethnic communities, women with immigration status problems and women with disabilities. The Coalition has already undermined the services and spaces hard fought for. Given that on average, 2 women per week are killed by partners or ex-partners, these resources are the safety net upon which thousands of women and children rely on.

Did you know that -

• 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence over their lifetimes

• 1 in 5 women (aged 16-69) have experienced some form of sexual assault since aged 16 years

• Between 2010 and July 2014 the number of specialist refuge services decreased by 17%

• In one day in 2013, 155 women and their 103 children were turned away from refuges because they could not be accommodated

• 48% of 167 domestic violence services in England said that they were running services without funding. Six refuge services were being run without dedicated funding and using up their reserves to keep their services going

• Approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year

(Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis



Organised by Safety4Sisters – a campaigning group which aims to highlight issues affecting undocumented women experiencing gender based violence, challenge the injustices they experience and work towards improving services

For more information contact – Sandhya Sharma or Vicky Marsh @safety4sisters Safety4Sisters (Northwest)