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Spring 2019

Opening our year-long discussion around issues of feminism and representation, Spring 2019 brings together artists, artworks, activities and a new interactive resource area to explore gender and identity.

Visit our new exhibition, Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett, which brings together two artists whose work about bodies and gender roles spans more than 40 years and discover a new large-scale vibrant mural by Laura Callaghan.

Join us for a series of activities and events throughout the season that explore the major themes of the artists' work and the idea of the female archetype. Including a special collaboration with four women from the Merseyside Women's Liberation Movement, we'll be asking how do we create stereotypes around gender and how are these continually reinforced? Be part of a discussion that ties into a much wider global conversation as we explore the shifting reality of gender and identity.

Events from this season

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Do Something Saturdays


Every Saturday

Drop in on Saturdays and tell us what princesses and princes are like in 2019.

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Reading & Discussion Groups

From fairy tales to gender politics, join us for a reading group of texts by seminal female writers followed by a discussion.

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Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

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Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

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Wicked Women: Reimagining Gender and Fairytale

Wicked Women explores the gender narratives that are shaped through fairytale and mythology, and the female archetypes that are woven into our histories and contemporary society. This symposium will be followed by a screening of Marianna Simnett films.

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Lizzie

Join us, Writing on the Wall and LCR Pride Foundation for a screening of Lizzie.

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Fairy Tale Liberation Club

Join us for a fairy tale-inspired storytime where two stories, rewritten by women from the Merseyside Women’s Liberation Movement in 1972, will be acted out and read aloud.

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Once and Future Tales

Join us for a conversation and reading group with the women who rewrote the fairy tales for the future.

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LightNight

Join us for a spectacular LightNight as we explore the fairy tales and the rituals in our everyday lives.

Marianna Simnett, The Udder (video still), 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Jerwood/FVU Awards.

Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

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Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

Latest articles

Once and Future Tales

In 1972, four women from the Merseyside Women’s Liberation Movement endeavoured to rewrite a series of traditional fairy tales. This is the story behind why and how you can read their retold Once and Future Tales.

by Jess Fairclough

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