Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience, Summer 2020
FCH gave a short talk together with Mandy Harris Williams from Women’s Centre for Creative Work as part of an online event, organized by the LA-based Gas Gallery and coordinated by curators Ceci Moss (Los Angeles) and Jenni Nurmenniemi (Helsinki). In preparation to the event, we made this recipe: Cocktail for Moments When Celebrating Feels Good
UrbanApa: #StopHatredNow 2020, Workshop: What do we need in order to work together? Spring 2020
An online workshop for 32 people directed at artists and freelancers in the culture field focused on establishing methods and best practices that ensure better working conditions for all. Neicia, Katie and Selina gave a short introduction to terms and conditions; their usefulness when setting boundaries individually or within a working group; and their practicality, when negotiating for better working conditions within the art field. In the workshop, the participants wrote and shared their own terms and conditions, which they can then use to structure their practice and negotiate with collaborators.
Workshop for Feminist Leadership Platform: Fictions and frictions—making the feminist choice, Spring 2020
FCH facilitated a workshop of discussions and short exercises with 20+ people that circled around curating, power, and ethics, and also clarified what FCH means by feminist curating and leadership.
Workshop for Theatre Academy—University of the Arts Helsinki: Working with Frictions in Collective Practices, Spring 2020
FCH facilitated a workshop with students reflecting on collectivity. We prompted them to think about, present, and discuss the following questions:
-what are my needs when approaching collective work / in what ways do I need to be cared for?
-what kind of tools would enable us to care for each other?
-how can we create situations and conditions that enable us to care for each other?
Thank you Sonya Lindfors for inviting us to join this session.
Workshop for Theatre Academy—University of the Arts Helsinki: Considering gender diversity in teaching, Spring 2020
After a request from a working group of students of the University of the Arts Helsinki we gave a workshop on how to actively and respectfully consider gender diversity in teaching, specified for the needs of the Theatre Academy. There will later be a workshop of a similar kind taylored for the Fine Arts Academy in Helsinki. This workshop was part of an activist project, initiated by the student group of Jessie Bullivant, Dasha Che and Niko Wearden, which aims to make the structures of the University of Arts safer for all genders. The project is still ongoing.
Grant writing clinics, in collaboration with Globe Art Point, Helsinki, Autumn 2019
Globe Art Point invited us to lead two workshops guiding and sharing with Kone, SKR and Taike grant applicants. Priority was given to non-Finnish born artists and culture workers residing in Finland.
Workshops took place in September-October, 2019 and focussed on respectful budgeting, thinking about working conditions, and valuing labour within grant applications, as part of our dreaming for equitable working conditions within the arts field. 30 applicants received one-on-one advice and participated in group conversations, each bringing along a burning question related to their application. We shared examples of successful applications and budgets, and talked through how we approach grant writing.
Open Studio: Poimu Dinner, Spring 2020
We wanted to share the work we had done in planning the culture house and also involve our peers, and learn from others. We invited anyone interested to come and visit us during the open studios—to share; learn about us and the Feminist Culture House; give feedback; and possibly lay the foundations for joining one or many of the several networks of sharing and support that we are working towards.
We presented our blueprint for the Feminist culture house, which continues to grow, along with our work.
We prepared dinner: talking and exchanging ideas took place while eating lentil soup, beetroot hummus, salad, and bread around a table, before visiting our workspace after the meal.
Open Studio: Oodi Library, Spring 2019
For the open studios at Oodi Library, we rolled up our blueprint and hung it up on the meeting room walls. Two pop-up open studios brought our project new audiences and helped in establishing new relations. Meeting people outside our feminist network gave the Feminist Culture House plans new angles, and made us reasses our ways of thinking, organising and sharing.
The open studios generated an even more generous and abundant blueprint, and also, a couple of learnings about organising as a collective.
Workshop: FEMF: How to organise with feminism?, November 2018
A shared open workshop on building a feminist (art) organisation. How to build a feminist (art) organisation? How to balance hierarchy, power, responsibility and care? Is it better to organise for a small group and stay on top of safety, or aim to remain open for as many people as possible? How to make space and safety for difficult conversations? Does a feminist organisation need borders and if so, how should they be built? How to create a structure that allows movement, change, development and liquid existence?
The workshop was organised in collaboration with FEMF, Feminist Forum in Helsinki.