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Collage class: a woman’s place is in the home?

One day practical course

Short course

Saturday 7 March 2020
10.30am — 5.30pm

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Sadie Hennessy, Curtains.

Photo © Sadie Hennessy.

This day-long practical course uses the technique of collage to explore feminist art and portrayals of the domestic interiors.

Participants will create a series of 2D paper collages, constructed from vintage women’s magazines and other ephemera, looking at the relationship between women and the home. Inspired by early Dadaists such as Hannah Höch, this class will also reflect our increasingly automated society – with its driverless cars, robotic sex dolls and the voice of Alexa.

Each participant will create a ‘shadow box’ (a glass-fronted box containing found objects or collaged elements). The shadow box will be based on a seminal work of early American feminist literature called The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in 1892. This is a short story about a woman confined to her home, due to a “slight hysterical tendency” and it illustrates the attitude towards women’s mental and physical health in the 19th century. Participants will draw out some of the imagery and themes from this important work and create a personalised shadow box, using vintage wallpapers, small objects and photographs, and a variety of other materials, to create their own 3D artwork.

All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to read the novella beforehand and to bring any small personal objects or photographs that they might like to incorporate into their shadow boxes.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

This course is part of a programme of events at the RA to mark International Women’s Day 2020. Details of further events in the programme will be released in January 2020.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 7 March 2020

10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£120. Includes all materials and light refreshments

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