In the first issue of Shape & Situate zine, Deborah Withers made a poster about Pat VT West; Pat was one of the creative forces behind Sistershow. Sistershow was the amateur feminist theatre branch of the Bristol Women's Liberation Movement. They used humour, dramatics and art to explore the feminist issues of the time. They challenged stereotypes about the humour-less feminist whilst exploring new forms of gender and sexual identities.
Deborah has been working really hard over the past year in her role as project coordinator to put together a series of exhibitions and events that open this week: Sistershow Revisited. This is the result of years worth of research and interviews that Debi has been doing.
This May an exhibition (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) about Sistershow and the history of the Bristol WLM (1973-1974) is being held in Bristol.
The exhibtion aims to invoke the spirit of Sistershow for contemporary audiences. It will include participatory educational activities that will enable visitors to reflect upon the gender and sexual politics of the 1970s, as well as our own era.
To accompany the exhibition there will be also be a catalogue which will include the research generated by the project, commentary and analysis.
The Sistershow Revisited exhibition, is open 7 days a week from 7-26 May at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol UK
There's loads going on alongside the actual exhibition. The full programme of events is here: http://sistershowrevisited.wordpress.com/events