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Guided Walk and Podcast Recital: ‘Because… what exactly is ‘it’ that you’re...

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The Yesterday Society Vintage Boutique

117 Grainger Street

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Guided Walk and Podcast Recital: ‘Because… what exactly is ‘it’ that you’re worth?’

Wednesday 29 November, 4.45pm-6pm

FREE (£5 Deposit), please book

(followed by refreshments and optional discussion at 6.45pm, including showcase of work from women’s businesses, fashion entrepreneurs, and the Women’s Trading Collective)

Meeting at: The Yesterday Society Vintage Boutique, Unit 9 : Alley 1, Grainger Market NE1 5AE
Ending at: Ampersand Inventions, 4th Floor Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim St., NE1 6QE

How do women understand beauty today? What are the pleasures and agonies of fashion, consumerism and body image when shaped by the social ideals of what it means to be a woman or girl? How are local women empowering themselves to live aesthetic and sustainable lives? And if you’re worth it, what exactly is ‘it’ and how do we measure its value?

Join writer Dr Alex Lockwood for a guided walk and podcast recital exploring the complex relationship between fashion, beauty, consumption and women’s lives in Newcastle and Gateshead. This collaborative exploration with fellow walkers asks participants to take a deeper look at the social and physical fabric of our urban environment through a lens of gendered space. The narrative includes interviews with a dozen academics, artists, feminists, activists, charities and fashion industry workers. Choosing to listen to the podcast in a collective, mobile performance embeds our everyday choices around beauty, fashion and consumption into the broader currents of climate change, social inequality, city spaces, and the nature of human identity.

This co-participative walk is part of the Shift and Signal project, a series of podcasts and events exploring ways for us to go deeper in our adaptations to the contemporary environmental and social crises we face. Asked to think about what it is we have to relinquish if we’re to survive the current moment and create a sustainable future, this second episode continues the work of the first (on masculinity) to challenge the dominant identity formations propping up our unsustainable Western lifestyles. Questioning ideals of beauty and our global fashion industries furthers this investigation.

This walk ends at The Fashion Lab Project in Commercial Union House, where it’s followed by refreshments and discussion with fellow participants, with a showcase of work from women’s businesses, art, including a pop-up stall from The Women’s Trading Collective, a project of Newcastle’s The Millin Charity, who help women become makers, entrepreneurs and business owners; and an alternative DIY Zine-making demonstration and show from illustrator Nil Laverick.

To participate in the walk requires a £5 deposit which will be refunded within 24 hours of the event. Please book here

Please dress appropriately for the weather. A link to download the podcast for the walk will be emailed to you at least 48 hours ahead of the event. You will need to:

  • download the podcast in advance via Itunes (Apple) or Soundcloud.com (Android);
  • and/or have enough data to stream the podcast from Soundcloud.com during the walk;
  • bring headphones.

Listening devices can be provided if this causes a barrier to your participation. Please contact us in advance. We look forward to walking with you! For further information, please contact alexlockwood@phonecoop.coop

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