'Doing What We Can' - Book Launch, 16th Feb 4-6pm

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Come along and listen to some readings from the book, have a chat, be inspired, while enjoying a piece or two of homemade cake.

The Myrtles came together many a year ago here in Cornwall. The love of rug hooking, which they all share, began the “Myrtles”. What started as a pur hooking group, expanded a great deal over time, as they explored our creativity in lots of different ways. They love to inspire others to find their inner creativity, and share their knowledge in workshops.

'For the sake of adding more positivity to this world, which we think is greatly needed, we decided on writing our book. It celebrates the joy of life, the friendship and our inventive imagination.
We hope that it shows, that one does not need a lot to achieve a joyful state of mind, just “do what you can with what you have, where you are”. - Brigitte Kaufhold

More information here.

'Breaking Out of the Plate' - Botanical Art Talk with Dominica Williamson, 28th Feb 7.30pm

Photo Credit: Andy Hughes

Photo Credit: Andy Hughes

Doors open 7pm, Thursday 28th February. Talk starts at 7.30pm. Free places can be booked here.

As part of the Cultivator funded creative network series, Dominica Williamson will take us on an interactive plant journey that starts with a look at the Hypatia Trust archives and the Eden Project Florilegium Society. She will then focus on how she is slowly drawing and modelling ecosystems through studying and creating traditional botanical plates, and by looking at plants that are indigenous and non-indigenous through the sciences, and through embedded knowledge and people’s feelings.

Dominica is an artist working in the field of interdisciplinary design and sustainability and new materialism. After completing a Leverhulme Artist in Residence with the University of Plymouth, her practice around plants has blossomed. She has co-worked with scientists and communities on a Global Challenges Research Fund during which Mangrove forests became integral to the project. Currently she is co-creating landscape-based work on a pan European cultural project called Ruritage.

Feminist Duration Reading Group - 2-6pm, Saturday 26th January

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Feminist readings, networking and cake! Thanks to Cultivator we’re delighted to be able to host this free event at the end of this month. To be assured of a place please register a place on Eventbrite.

The Feminist Duration Reading Group was set up in London in 2015 to explore lesser-known feminist texts from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition, combining this with discussions of current feminist issues and urgencies.

On their visit to Hypatia, Giulia Antonioli, Sabrina Fuller, and Helena Reckitt of the FDRG will share texts and inspiration from black feminist writings, Italy and Indonesia.

No advance reading is required as we will read texts out loud together and then discuss.

2pm networking and coffee

2.30-45pm introduction to the FDRG and our visitors Giulia Antonioli, Sabrina Fuller, and Helena Reckitt

3.00- 4.30pm reading and discussion sessions

5.00-6.00pm informal networking and refreshments

More information:

The Feminist Duration Reading Group welcomes everyone to explore the feminist legacy and its resonance in art, thinking and collective practice. If there are enough people who are interested in forming a local reading group we may also discuss the viability of this.

Details about The Feminist Duration Reading Group, London can be found here.

Texts to be Read: (Copies will be made available)

Milan Women’s Bookshop Collective, The Practice of Doing, in Sexual Difference: A Theory of Social- Symbolic Practice, trans. Patricia Cicogna and Teresa de Lauretis, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Hazel V Carby, White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood, in The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in Seventies Britain, edited by the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1982.

Khairani Barokka, ‘Moon Dances with Three Planets,’ ‘Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee,’ and ‘Coffee Monologues,’ (excerpts from solo spoken word/art show Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee) in Poems and other myths: a collection of spoken word poetry by women from Asia, Big Bridge Press, 2016.

Khairni Barokka, Indigenous Species, London: Tilted Axis Press, 2016 (selections)

First Event of 2019! Book Art from the Heart - A Conversation with Patricia Chupa

Wednesday 16th January, doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start (no booking necessary) 

This free event is for anyone curious about book arts, hoping to try their hand at making, bookbinding, already engaged in the creating of, or wishing to help nurture activities in support of book artists.

The evening’s conversation will include a presentation of the book art piece, ‘Kernow Foremothers: A Homage to the Ferris Women of St. Agnes, Cornwall’, being given to the Hypatia Trust for its collection.

Patricia will show images and remark on some of her works (many of which now reside with private collectors in many states in the US; in the Artist’s Book Collection of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in Washington State; and also, in Penzance, Cornwall.) 

Rounding off the evening, she will give a brief history of the origin and progress of the Puget Sound Book Artists organisation – and share encouragement for the activities and efforts of the book arts community in Cornwall. A short Q & A may follow. A handout of useful information and links will also be available. 

About Patricia: Patricia Chupa is now retired from a varied working life as a teacher, bookseller, and senior library circulation supervisor. Over the last 10 years, her work has been in exhibitions in Tacoma and Olympia, WA; Dallas, TX; Bristol and Cornwall, UK, Blissfully, she is now able to devote much more time to the making of book art and bookbinding. She has been at it now for over 28 years.

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Writing Classes Coming Up

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An intense 4 session course with further creative writing writing exercises and discussion to strengthen description, atmosphere and imagery.

You’ll work on several key topics each week such as:

  • contemporising/re-imagining myth and stories

  • symbolism and surrealism

  • writing creative non fiction

  • review and critique

  • discussion and individual work

See this short introductory video to introduce the course, and contact Linda Cleary: freewriterscentre@gmail.com for booking and information.

Christmas Party at Hypatia - 13th December, 7-9pm

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Come one and all to our HypeWomen Christmas Social, an informal event with mulled wine, mince pies and networking! Bring and share your upcycled/homemade Christmas present ideas (or steal someone else’s!) and meet friends old and new. Christmas jumpers welcome! Festivities from 7pm.

To find us, the new Hypatia Headquarters are situated in the lower ground floor of The Regent, 54 Chapel Street. Turn left down Custom House Lane (as your walk down Chapel Street) and we’re the grey door on the left a little way down.

Hope to see you there!

More information can be found here.

Mary Ann Tocker Research Accepted on Wikipedia!

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Catherine Horrell has been researching the fascinating life of Mary Ann Tocker (1778 - 1853) as part of the push to redress the gender balance in Wikipedia biographies. Catherine stumbled across this story as she was researching her own family history:

‘Mary Ann Tocker (1778 – 1853) was born in Tregony, Cornwall and tried for Libel at Bodmin in 1818. Acting in her own defence, she drew attention to corrupt electoral practices and the arrogance of men in Judicial office who thought they were above the Law.

Mary Ann had written an anonymous letter published in the West Briton. In it she exposed the behaviour of a Stannary Court Judge who had obtained office by electioneering. When he discovered she was the writer, he accused her of libel. She could prove that he had both neglected his duties while himself in jail and that he had taken bribes. In 1818, it was not a lawful defence against Libel to argue that statements were true or in the public interest. However, Mary Ann argued against the absurdity of the law. She quoted from celebrated Libel cases and used moral philosophy to make her case. She stood up to the judge when he interrupted or blocked her attempts to give evidence. She finished by appealing to the common sense of the jurors: "I trust that it will be seen this day, that it is more hazardous to commit a crime, than to publish that crime when committed.''

Despite the Judge's instructions, the jurors found her not guilty. Mary Ann's victory was rightly celebrated as 'triumph of virtue' over bribery and corruption. She had triumphed in a male domain and influenced other woman radicals. Why is she not better known today?’

Read Catherine’s full Wikipedia article here.

Bodies of Performance - A Talk by Roberta Mock, 29th November 7pm

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As part of the Cultivator funded presentations for Hypatia's Creative Network, this talk thinks through the relationships between the body of an individual performer and her body of performance work over an extended period of time. Focusing three very different performers -- Canadian performance artist, Jess Dobkin; London-based interdisciplinary visual artist, Oreet Ashery; and the late American comedian, Joan Rivers -- it will consider how specific performance events might embody the ghostings, reanimations and accumulations of previous performances by both the artist in question and others.

Book your FREE ticket through Eventbrite here (refreshments included):

At the heart of this exploration is the spatiality of the performing body, borrowing from Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of the body as a “nexus of living meanings,” in order to consider the transgression of gendered expectations. For each of these women, the tensions between interiority and exteriority operate as both seams and fault lines, enabling deep connections to the historicity of performing bodies as well as effective ones with audiences and participants in the moment of performance.

Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and the Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA). Her books include Jewish Women on Stage, Film & Television; Performance, Embodiment and Cultural Memory (as co-editor with Colin Counsell); and Walking, Writing and Performance (as editor). From 1996 to 2006 she directed and performed with Lusty Juventus physical theatre; now she makes occasional solo performances.

More information on this event can be found here.

Bristol Art Library Comes to Town! 3rd November

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This free event celebrates Bristol Art Library's 20th anniversary. Head librarian artist Annabel Other is delighted to be bringing the library to The Hypatia Trust. A performance event - pop in and interact with this fully functioning public library housed in a wooden cabinet the size of a small suitcase. 

The library’s volumes cover a wide range of subjects, from palaeontology to astronomy, with 250 books made by artists and practitioners from all areas of the arts and sciences. The library will be at Tate St Ives the day before it comes to Hypatia in Penzance and new publications will be collected in Cornwall along the way - including an edition by artist Abigail Reynolds.

Membership of Bristol Art Library is free, and once you have joined and received your manilla reader’s ticket you may visit the library and peruse its volumes anywhere in the world. The library now has 1200 members, a gift shop and a friends’ organisation FOTBAL (Friends of The Bristol Art Library).

Pop in and join in the fun on Saturday 3rd November anytime between 2-4pm. We recommend you sign up for a free ticket through eventbrite - though just come along if not!

More info here.

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Art & Taste Charity Auction: Gardeners' House Fundraiser, 1st November 2018

Another fabulous fundraising event coming up in aid of The Gardeners’ House project! On the 1st November is the Art & Taste Charity Auction, with paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewellery, cinema and restaurant offers all up for grabs.

The auction will take place at The Union Hotel, Chapel Street, at 6.30pm, and promises to be a really fun evening with some amazing things on offer from generous local artists and businesses. Have a look at what you could bid on! Viewing will begin on the day at 4.30pm.

For the Facebook event page, click here.

Plenty more to follow in support of the project, so keep an eye out for more events this autumn.

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Maria's Marathon - 14th October 2018

On Sunday, 14th October 2018 Maria Adams is competing in Cornwall’s biggest running event, the Eden Marathon and Half Marathon - a multi-terrain route through the spectacular Cornish countryside.

She'll be tackling this challenging hilly multi-terrain course to raise funds for The Gardeners' House project, our mission to build a new botanical education centre in Penzance.

If you'd like to support Maria and the project click here to donate 

For more information on the run you can go to Eden Marathon

Best of luck to Maria and her training!!

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New date for Jellyfish Thinking, Art & HD! 13th October, 2pm

We have a new date for Bryony Gillard’s presentation!

In partnership with the Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Hypatia artist Bryony Gillard will explore the relationships between art and literature, peripheral landscapes, female experience, and creativity, drawing on the writings of the Modernist poet, and Isle of Scilly resident, H.D. 

Bryony will talk about her recent moving image work, A cap like water, transparent, fluid yet with definite body (2018), recently presented at Tate St.Ives in Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings. The event will also include a screening of the film.

Bryony Gillard’s practice is situated between writing and art practices that draw on the notion of ‘constant revision’, and states of being in which structures or ideas can be subverted, dissolved or questioned. Her work often focuses on marginalised Herstories and practices — addressing historic imbalances and reflecting upon practices, approaches and ideas that refuse to be pinned down or categorised.

October 13th, 2-4pm at the Hypatia Trust. More information about this event here.

Payment by donation.

The Elizabeth Treffry Collection Moves to Morrab

Finally - A Room of Our Own

In 2012 the Hypatia Trust launched a campaign called "A room of our own"-- inspired by Virginia Woolf's seminal feminist essay--to find a new permanent home for the Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and just over 6 years later this 3000-strong collection of books and papers has finally found a permanent public home at the Morrab Library.

Hypatia has permanently gifted the Elizabeth Treffry Collection to the Morrab Library with a number of fittings and accessories to aid the continued cataloguing of the books and archives for the benefit of the public. 

Dr Tehmina Goskar, Heritage Lead for the Hypatia Trust said:

"This move has been a long time coming. Echoing the struggles many women face to have their achievements recognised, recorded and valued, I am both relieved and delighted at the Morrab Library's offer to be the place where the only collection dedicated to Cornish women will reside. And what a year to do it, to mark the suffrage centenary--the possibilities for women's studies and women's heritage in Cornwall have gone up considerably. We have numerous supporters to thank for making this happen, but in particular everyone involved in the Heritage Lottery-funded History 51 project in 2013 and the Tanner Trust who supported the cataloguing of the collection."

The collection of books, information boxes and archives covers a range of topics from Cornish women's achievements to their literary triumphs. It also includes works by women who have adopted Cornwall as their home or for whom the Duchy has been an inspiration. 

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Join Us for a Historic Day!

A historic day tomorrow! In 2012 the Hypatia Trust launched a campaign called "A room of our own"-- inspired by Virginia Woolf's seminal feminist essay - to find a new permanent home for the Elizabeth Treffry Collection on Women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Just over 6 years later this 3000-strong collection of books and papers has finally found a permanent public home at the Morrab Library! Join us for this wonderful day if you can at 2pm, with tea later on.

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Suffragette Tea Party - 18th July, 7pm

EqualiTeas are an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy politics. This one especially celebrates Women and the Vote and The Rebellious Sound Archive & Listening Booth at Hypatia. Join us for an informal evening of tea, talk and fun with a few words from Tom Williams from Parliament.

Do come dressed as your favourite suffragette or political reformer! 7-9pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/161117694758085/

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Rebellious Sounds Archive - 14th - 27th July

Exploring a rich heritage of women’s activism, this interactive collection features historical oral histories from women in the South West and continues to collect inspiring stories that connect women now to the women’s suffrage campaign 100 years ago. 

Become a part of the story and come along to the listening booth from 14th July to 27th July at the Hypatia Trust!

Workshop days 19th & 20th July 10-4pm.

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Young Women's Book Club Launching!

Introducing a brand new Hypatia Trust group! For young women 18-36 keen to read more widely and discuss female-focused and authored works as a group. 

We're kicking off with 'Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype' by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

'Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller shows how women's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconsious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.' 

Our first meeting will be on the 25th July at 7pm at The Hypatia Trust, and we ask £2 for entry to cover the cost of the space. Do get in touch for more information, either via the Facebook page or by contacting florence@hypatia-trust.org.uk.


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