NICOLA CANAVAN’S ‘RAISING THE SKIRT’ WITH DAWN FELICIA KNOX & ‘RAISE YOUR SKIRT AT THE ARCHES’

Nicola Canavan's 'Raising the Skirt' with Dawn Felicia Knox & 'Raise Your Skirt at The Arches'

The Arches & Wellcome Collection present

Nicola Canavan's 'Raising the Skirt' with Dawn Felicia Knox & 'Raise Your Skirt at The Arches'

part of Sexology Season

Sat 16 - Sun 17 May 2015 | Exhibition: Sat 16th, 10am - 10pm & Sun 17th, 10am - 6pm | Raise Your Skirt at The Arches: Sat 16th & Sun 17th, 2 - 4pm | Free, unticketed | 16+

Nicola Canavan’s Raising the Skirt with Dawn Felicia Knox

‘La mar es posa bona si veu el cony d’una dona’, is a Catalan belief in the vagina, translated as ‘the sea calms down if it sees a woman’s cunt’.

The gesture of lifting the skirt has been translated across the world. It is known as Anasyrma or Ana-Suromai (Ancient Greek), Anlu (Kom Communities) and many others. A flash of the cunt has been known to calm other forces of nature too, in Madras (India) women were known to subdue storms by exposing themselves and throughout many other cultures across history, Women could drive away the devils, evil spirits and more.

Through support from Live Art Development Agency’s DIY initiative, Nicola Canavan devised the ‘Raising the Skirt’ workshop to set the foundations of a much larger and ongoing investigation into a fiercer femininity which is drawn from a deeper primal sense of being. RTS commissioned Dawn Felicia Knox to document the process and collaborate on a series of photographic works, which capture this spirit. The exhibition will be up both days of the Sexology weekend.

With a focus on representing a more diverse and strong female image, Nicola Canavan’s research and development into the history of ‘Raising the Skirt’, a multi-functioning action which has been documented in many mediums across cultures and throughout history. The aim of the project is not only to create a catalyst place for women to be present and active in their own bodies but to diminish the ideal woman standard and question the universal problem with gender labelling, stereotyping and social exclusion.

Canavan has simultaneously been creating and updating the RTS website which gives access to a wealth of history and imagery about skirt raising events, related articles and feminist activism across the world.
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Raise Your Skirt at The Arches

We are inviting all women to come to The Arches and raise your skirts with us in our very own RTS Booth to build our Anasyrma Army! We will be photographing and available for discussion 2pm-4pm in the Raise Your Skirt booth on both days of the Sexology weekend at The Arches. Sign up for a 10 minute slot on the day!
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A message from the artist: We Need You!

If you are interested in this project we are also looking for participants to contribute to the website and RTS archive to raise skirts, document body hair, photograph vulvas and write memoirs.

If would like to send us any text, memoirs, images or have any more information that relates to this project or if you are interested in joining our next workshop please email Nicola Canavan at nicolajcanavan@gmail.com

Contribution Information here.
Facebook community: here.

Download the Raising The Skirt programme here!
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Image: Fall II, 1992-1995. John Stezaker. Courtesy of The Approach, London UK
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SEXOLOGY SEASON @ THE ARCHES

Saturday 16th

1000 – 1030: Launch and Intro
1000 – 2200: (Ongoing) Nicola Canavan with Dawn Felicia Knox Raising the Skirt
1000 – 2200: (Ongoing) Lucy Asten Holmes-Elliot Skoliosexual
1100 – 1430: (Ongoing) BFI‘s The Birds and the Bees
1100 – 1800: (Slots) Pillow Talk
1100 – 1800: (Slots) Rosana Cade Walking:Holding
1200 – 1400: (Ongoing) Human Library
1200 – 1900: (Ongoing) Curious Cafe [sign up on the day!]
1300 – 1500: (Slots) Lois Weaver‘s Intergenerational Long Table on the Weird and Wonderful World of Sex*
1400 – 1600: (Slots) Nicola Canavan with Dawn Felicia Knox Raise Your Skirt at The Arches [sign up on the day!]
1500 – 1700: Turn Me On, Dammit! with Post-Film Workshop*
1700 – 1900: (Ongoing) Human Library
1900 – 1930: Arches Community Choir I Touch Myself
1930 – 2045: Lois Weaver What Tammy Needs To Know About Getting Older And Having Sex*

Sunday 17th May

1000 – 1800: (Slots) Curious Cafe [sign up on the day!]
1000 – 2200: (Ongoing) Lucy Asten Holmes-Elliot Skoliosexual
1000 – 1800: (Slots) Nicola Canavan with Dawn Felicia Knox Raising the Skirt [sign up on the day!]
1100 – 1230: The Arches Commons Sexology Salon*
1100 – 1800: (Slots) Pillow Talk [sign up on the day!]
1200 – 1400: (Ongoing) Human Library
1300 – 1400: Rosana Cade Sitting:Thinking [sign up on the day!]
1400 – 1600: (Slots) Nicola Canavan with Dawn Felicia Knox Raise Your Skirt at The Arches [sign up on the day!]
1500 – 1700: Lois Weaver‘s Intergenerational Long Table on the Weird and Wonderful World of Sex*
1500 – 1800: BFI‘s The Birds and The Bees
1700 – 1900: (Ongoing) Human Library
1900 – 2200: End of Festival Gathering

*Shows marked with an asterisk are free, but ticketed. If you’re booking online, please drop us a line at boxoffice@thearches.co.uk so we can reserve your place for these shows.
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