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"And the Door Opened"

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Come and join us for the launch of ‘And The Door Opened,’ a ceramic project by Collage-arts artist Claudia Clare in partnership with Women @the Well, hosted by Collage-arts.

Women @the Well is a women-only service located in Kings Cross dedicated to supporting women whose lives are affected by or at risk of being affected by prostitution.

‘And The Door Opened,’ is a series of events with displays of Claudia’s pots, talks, demonstrations and conversations that together illustrate the stories of women wanting to leave, ‘exit’ prostitution.

The aim is to improve to the public understanding of what prostitution is and that with the right support, girls and women do not need to live and die exploited in the sex trade – there are ways out.

The evening will proceed as follows:

6pm: Doors open and a chance to view the first group of pots Claudia has made for the project - some complete, some still in process – and to talk to her and ask questions. Drinks and nibbles.

6.55pm Welcome from Manoj Ambasna, Collage-arts

7.00 Claudia will talk about the project

7.10 Caroline Hattersley will talk about the work of Women @the Well, what exiting is, why it matters, what a good exiting project should be and about proposed legal reform.

7.25 Julie Bindel will talk about her research into the global sex trade and the impact it has on women and girls.

7.40 Fiona Broadfoot will talk about the prevention work she does in Bradford with Build A Girl, and about her role in #ImNoCriminal the judicial review to remove criminal convictions from the record of exited women.

8.00pm We will have a minute’s silence to reflect on the harms done to girls and women exploited in prostitution. This will end with Claudia smashing the pot pictured above – releasing the images of the women inside.

Followed by Julie McNamara reading Audre Lourde’s “Litany for Survival”.

8.15-9pm network, meet people, ask questions, and let’s start an exiting project in Haringey.

Ends 9pm.

Manoj Ambasna Executive Director - College Arts

Claudia Clare - Artist and Project Lead

Caroline Hattersley - Director of Women @the Well

Julie Bindel – Journalist and writer, author of ‘The Pimping of Prostitution: abolishing the sex work myth,’ Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Fiona Broadfoot – Co-founder of PACE, (parents against child exploitation) and Street EXIT, formed to offer support to women exiting prostitution. She is now runs a social enterprise in Bradford, Build a Girl.

Julie McNamara – Artist, performer, writer, activist and Artist Director of Vital Exposure, ‘a passionate appeal for social justice.’

Further events for ‘And The Door Opened,’ at Collage Artspace 4 are

Saturday Nov 30th 12-4pm meet the artist demonstrating the processes of making a pot,

Saturday Dec 7th, 12-4pm Claudia will teach participants how to mend a broken pot

And The Door Opened is an ongoing project which is touring in London in 2020 and to Stoke on Trent, Leeds and Bradford in 2021.

Claudia is a potter-painter, best known for her large painted earthenware jars depicting the impact of big events on ordinary lives. She is also known for her broken and mended pots, a response to the words: ‘I was shattered. Now I’m piecing myself slowly back together.’ She has been represented by Zuleika Gallery since 2016, is a regular contributor to Ceramic Review and is the author of ‘Subversive Ceramics,’ Bloomsbury 2016.

This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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