London Free School is an organisation set up to teach communities about our society and current affairs for free, in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. The school uses derelict places around London to put on the ‘free school’. This is a building around the corner from my house which is a ‘listed building’ meaning that it cannot be demolished. As the building has no particular use, it is used as a communal space allowing all ages in the community to use it as a sort of town hall. I went at the beginning of the week and there was a workshop on feminism and woman’s rights (to celebrate International Women’s Day).
Currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery is a collection of photographs displaying people who have influenced or contributed to our lives through our very much celebrity-driven time. This photograph shows models Twiggy and Kate, both international supermodels of their times who have achieved international recognition for their signature looks. This photograph was taken for a special edition of I:D Magazine.
‘Bird’s Eye View‘ is a yearly film festival celebrating the life and work of women filmakers. The event includes screenings of up and coming short films, Q&A sessions, live music and members’ social events. I went to see the screening of five short films which included a documentary about a 12-year old-boy in Wales who bred chickens! You can watch the BEV 2010 Festival trailer on YouTube.
These posters are among 66 commissioned in 1989 from some of the world’s leading female graphic designers to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Declaration of Human Rights. Many of the designers considered human rights an abstract ideal. However, this selection focuses on rights perceived to be neglected, often to do with the expression of various aspects of personal identity and the contraints that may be placed upon it.