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FANTHOME, Lynne and Safety4Sisters Migrant Women's Group, (NRPF) (2018) “Women go Ahead!". [Artefact]

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Image (Museum label Safety4Sisters (2018) “Women go Ahead” text commentary in response to - The Poster Collective (1977) : “Defend Workers' Right To Organize. Support Grunwick Strikers. Out Since 1976...” PHM archive poster.)
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As Editorial panel member and participating community group, Fanthome and Safety4Sisters were invited to create commentary labels for posters from the museum collection for “Represent! Voices 100 Years On” at the People’s History Museum (PHM). Some of the Safety4Sisters (S4S) group came to an editorial meeting to view selected artefacts, considered for the exhibition. The Poster Collective (1977): “Defend Workers' Right To Organize. Support Grunwick Strikers. Out Since 1976...” was selected, as it showed an Asian woman leading a struggle against the odds. A discussion with the larger group was of the power of women, the need to resist, how support can fail, but change has to be fought for. The PHM sought to change the poster in the exhibition, which was resisted by the S4S group, as their responses were specific to the poster now shown. The group's responses are heartfelt campaign messages, which closely relate to their own position of fighting for rights as women and migrants.

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Additional Information: Responding to a call from the People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester in 2017, for community groups to form the editorial panel of “Represent! Voices 100 Years On”, Fanthome partnered with PHM and Safety4Sisters with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) women’s group, with the objective that participants author contributions to the exhibition. The research aimed to discover what an inclusive and representative community arts and heritage practice requires as a commitment from community groups, museum, and researcher. The methodology combines activist, feminist principles and critical attention to participatory, co-production principles: questioning whether participation was possible, or would benefit the group in their situation of emergency and crisis, additionally; what might the partners learn from this research activity? The researcher held several roles: PHM editorial panel member for the larger exhibition project; contributing to the presentation of artefacts; facilitating women with NRPF in deciding the form of their contribution; working with Safety4Sisters and PHM to ensure the confidentiality and security of the group. Consideration of these roles form a significant aspect of this research. Critical attention was given to the impact and effects of power and inequality on the NRPF group, where the priorities of the museum and researcher claimed authority, or precedence. Knowledge production was important throughout this process: PHM suggested changes to exhibition content, which Safety4Sisters and researcher successfully argued against; the white plinth, however, was retained by the museum despite objection, raising questions regarding co-curation that are ongoing (SITZIA 2018). The NRPF women’s group could not have taken part without material support from the Safety4Sisters’ organisation, who agreed the partnership with the museum, but question whether their limited resources could support future activity. Directors at PHM have discussed additional funding to secure future participation, inviting the group to contribute to their next exhibition, Migrant Identities for 2020.
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Event Location: People's History Museum Manchester
Depositing User: Lynne FANTHOME
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 16:21
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 16:21
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5116

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