Opportunity Makers, Opportunity Takers

21 November 2021

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Venue: Womens Art Library, Special Collections Library, Rutherford Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Organiser: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman

Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis are both artists attempting to live and work in London. They are both interested in alternative settings for art and collective educational processes. A thread that links Kerri and Sophie’s ways of working is a shared interest in commentary surrounding current societal issues and addressing power structures through playful and creative acts. Having met on the self-selecting Whittingdale residency programme they have begun to work together to engage with ideas around support structures, privilege, the co-creation of meaning and value and the taking up of space.

Someone wise once said there are two types of people in the world, opportunity makers, and opportunity takers.

In this session this quote will be used to frame discussions between five self-initiated projects, spaces and groups who will share the narratives of their creation thus far and collectively reflect on what role gender and feminist politics may play in their motivations, aims and processes.

Speakers will include; members of research group CaW (Sophie Chapman, Carolina Escobar, Georgia Gendall, Bryony Hussey, Lou Macnamara, and Andra Raduca), Cheap Drinks (Rosa Farber and Helen Savage), KINGDOM (Kerri Jefferis and Ellie Wyatt), Ladette Space (Elena Colman) and Nice Gallery (Rosa Nussbaum).

Expect discussions around knowledge sharing and building, collective care, the awareness and celebration of agency, women and DIY, sacrifice, methodologies, harnessing our ability self initiate, complicity and rejection, and breaking with the market and art celebrity with particular reference to sharing economies and cooperation as a strategy against austerity and the cult of individualism.

Here we will question each other, so welcome those joining to also bring details of their projects as well as their own questions and stories.