Finding the Women of Wandsworth Mums http://www.wowmums.org.uk/ accidentally as I dropped into Rollo Business Centre on the Doddington & Rollo Estate near Battersea Park felt like a sizeable piece of the jigsaw fell into place.
Some of the WoW Mums took part in Nic Green’s performance art piece involving 50 women dancing naked, 2 years ago at BAC – where our next event takes place. So I feel hopeful that our artistic nude opportunity may appeal.
Also on the trail of Wandsworth women I discovered that Southside Players http://www.southsideplayers.org.uk/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1, a local amateur dramatics group are due to perform Calendar Girls shortly after our event, nearby in Balham. The script is about to be released for hire for just a year and has subsequently been snapped up by 250 am-dram companies.
I am thinking of doing a naked workshop for women focussing on feeling empowered in the nude. Returning to a women only format feels apt whatever the men say. Too many women are put off by the presence of men and there needs to be a space to not be distracted by them.
I would like to do a mixed workshop as well, with a slightly different emphasis being on posing as a group and the art of life modelling. It’s still about being empowered in the nude, however – it doesn’t matter how many people point out that men have body issues too. We would need more funding to reach more of the guys with really major body issues. It’s more immediately possible for us to connect with the women. In any case we are an organic entity, ever shifting with inputs from different people and at the right time when we may reach those men and women who may benefit most from us, we will surely have a man on the team equipped for that episode.
Lucy has been active on her local forum – StreetLife – and is recruiting from within since she is a Wandsworth resident, among several of her networks. She will organise a meeting soon for potential participants to meet us and ask questions etc.
Images were taken by Lucy at the Hesketh Hubbard exhibition last week.