A piece of textile with women's names written on. It is being held up against a light by two hands that are visible.


The Penelope Project Workshop: explore gender politics and sexual inequality

Hosted by the LSE Library

LSE Library, United Kingdom

Join our art workshop for all women to rebuild, reconnect, and restore in a supportive framework as a positive sisterhood.

Hosted by LSE Library, artists Helen David and Isabel Castro Jung invite women (over 18) to this free open workshop.

This workshop is part of an interactive art project considering gender inequality led by artists Helen David and Isabel Castro Jung. Through a programme of performance and visual art and workshops, Helen and Isabel wish to explore the continuing issues of gender inequality that, despite #MeToo, is still largely prevalent throughout our society.

The Penelope Project aims to enable women of any age to vocalise their frustrations and experiences by way of physically contributing to a growing variety of floor cloths and veils which will be further interpreted and incorporated into an exhibition to include a performance piece.  Through the workshops, participants are encouraged to create ‘veils of insults and praise’, ’beds sheets of duties and rights’ and to dance in the ‘flour box of anonymity’ where participants write the names of women anonymous in public life but who mean something special to them.

With the support of The David Isaacs Fund and our partners Clean Break Theatre Company, Helen and Isabel staged three workshops for female ex-offenders on 4, 11 and 18 March 2020 at Clean Break.

Your workshop leaders

Helen David is a contemporary artist whose work focuses centrally on emotion, identity and memory. Her preferred medium is textiles. She uses textiles to discuss themes such as war and peace and women’s voices. In 1983, after completing her degree in Textiles and Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell School of Art and a Postgraduate at Central St. Martins, Helen founded the well-known fashion house English Eccentrics. Examples of her work can be found in the permanent collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, The Imperial War Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Fashion Museum in Bath and the National Museum of Victoria, Australia. In 2000 Helen left the world of fashion to concentrate on her art practice. Helen studied printmaking at The Royal College of Art in 2005.

Isabel Castro Jung is a visual artist, educator & designer dedicated to the development of multimedia projects mainly in performance art, sculpture, video and drawing. Her approach is through metaphor and visual imagery. In her performances, the body is the vehicle for expressing experiences, experimenting and inhabiting her pieces with the resistance, weight and the obstacle that often represent symbols of the conditions of life. She works with a wide range of materials and mixes a variety of disciplines in her performances (dance, music, video). Isabel has exhibited her works internationally at the Miró Foundation (Spain), Ohrenstrand Festival Berlin, Corpus Media Toulouse, Fira Tarrega [Catalonia], the Spain Now Festival and Art 15 London.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.


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