Networks and Links

Factory Floor is a creative network for women artists/writers/performers- a forum for exploring, sharing and testing solo work and discussion in a supportive, artist-led environment. FF was founded in 2006, following a series of workshops and symposia at Lancaster University entitled Women’s Writing for Performance.  We meet 3-4 times a year, taking it in turns to host and facilitate weekend workshops and showcase new work. FF currently has eight members nationwide: Abi Lake, Caroline Wilson, Clare Duffy, Emily Underwood-Lee, Kerstin Bueschges, Lena Simic, Lorena Rivero de Beer and Louie Jenkins.
Factory Floor

MaMSIE – (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), international interdisciplinary research network that aims to focus attention on the maternal in current cultural, political, aesthetic, psychosocial and theoretical configurations. The network is co-founded by Lisa Baraitser and Sigal Spigel and it is based in the School of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London.
MaMSIE

TaPRA – Performance and the Body Working Group
Although the “body” has been key to critical discourses since the 1980s, the impact of such discourses on understandings of the performing body has been limited. While “the performative” has become a key metaphor for examinations of bodies in the social domain, the specificity of performance and its frames, the ways these impact on the actions of and reactions to the soma, have received far less critical attention. This working group therefore recognises that there is still substantial research to be undertaken, especially in relation to interrogating cultural form(s). Areas for consideration include: historically based readings of the body (including the gendered, racial, sexualised and politically radical body); group or ensemble collections of the body in performance; the individual body as testament; the virtual body; and, the disciplined (rehearsed) body.
Performance and the Body WG

The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home has joined forces with Lorena Rivero de Beer in starting up The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group in January 2010. It ran from 2010 to 2012 and has been resurrected again in 2016. The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group responds to a desire to create a space that supports our effort to read philosophical/political theory outside academic environments and develop our critical thinking. The group is directed to people interested in exploring the complex relationship between art/aesthetics and politics.
The Politics and Aesthetics RG archive (2010-2012)

Migrant Artists Mutual Aid
A group of artists who can come together to raise small pots of money to grapple with huge problems.  A network of people coming together to produce and attend events that can raise between 1000 and 3000 pounds. MaMa is Liverpool-based.
MaMa

The Magdalena Project, international network of women in contemporary theatre
The Magdalena Project is a dynamic cross-cultural network of women’s theatre and performance, facilitating critical discussion, support and training. It is a nexus for diverse performance groups and individuals whose common interest lies in a commitment to ensuring the visibility of women’s artistic endeavour.
The network was founded in 1986 and currently spans more than 50 countries, with autonomous national groups organising festivals, gatherings and events on a regular basis.
The Magdalena Project

links

Some of the projects, initiatives, venues, arts and research networks that I have been involved with:

25 Stratford Grove
https://25stratfordgrove.wordpress.com

Arnolfini
http://www.arnolfini.org.uk

Artsadmin
www.artsadmin.co.uk

Art Workshop Lazareti
http://www.arl.hr

[Blok]
http://www.blok.hr/en

Body Space Technology Journal
people.brunel.ac.uk

The Bluecoat
www.thebluecoat.org.uk/

The centre for the advanced study of contemporary performance practice
www.cascpp.lancs.ac.uk

Contemporary Theatre Review
http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org

DIY professional development by artists for artists
http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/diy/

Dublin Live Art Festival
http://dublinliveartfestival.com

Edge Hill University
http://www.edgehill.ac.uk

The Egg, the Womb, the Head and the Moon blog on art and motherhood
http://www.eggwombheadmoon.com/

Factory Floor, network for women performers and writers
www.factoryfloornetwork.wordpress.com

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home
www.twoaddthree.org

Hab, Word of Warning
http://www.wordofwarning.org/hab/

Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria
http://www.lakeside-kunstraum.at

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lica/

LANWest, Live Art North West
www.lanwest.org

Live Art Development Agency
www.thisisliveart.co.uk

Liverpool Hope University
www.hope.ac.uk

Magdalena Makeup, live art event by Lena Simic
www.magdalenamakeup.org

The Magdalena Project, international network of women in contemporary theatre
www.themagdalenaproject.org

MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), international interdisciplinary research network
http://mamsie.org

Mewe
http://meweart.org

Migrant Artists Mutual Aid
http://migrantartistsmutualaid.wordpress.com/

M/Other Voices
https://www.mothervoices.org/about/

Mute Magazine, culture and politics after the net
www.metamute.org

n.paradoxa, international feminist art journal
http://www.ktpress.co.uk/

Odin Teatret, Denmark
www.odinteatret.dk

Performance Studies international
psi-web.org/

Performance Research journal
http://www.performance-research.org

Polygon, centre for cultural research and project development
www.polygon.hr

Studies in the Maternal journal
www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk

Studio 12, Bratislava, Slovakia
http://www.studio12.sk

TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)
www.tapra.org

The Free University of Liverpool
www.thefreeuniversityofliverpool.wordpress.com

Women’s Writing for Performance
www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/theatre/womenwriting